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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel 41 London
Aug/Sept 2003- My husband and I wanted to splurge a little as we had celebrated our 25th anniversary while getting our 2 kids settled at their respective colleges. We decided on a trip to London. I did a little surfing on the internet and kept pulling up "41" with key words such as "romantic, location, service, etc." I have stayed at many Ritz Carlton and Four Season Hotels and I must say, "41" was exceptional! We arrived at 7:30 am, were met at the enterance by a wonderful gentleman who relieved us of our luggage and led us to a warm and comfortable sitting area. We were offered breakfast immediately while they checked us in. We were in our room within a 1/2 an hour. The staff was exceptional, room and bed were wonderful, location wonderful. The staff all addressed us by name, asked how our day had been and enquired about future plans and if they could help us plan. They offered suggestions for dining and other activities and made arrangements for us when we requested. "41" is within 2 blocks of Victoria Station, the Gateway to London! My husband was having difficulty with allergies, the staff was quite concerned even going as far as having their trademark (beautiful) orchids removed from our room in case they were the culprit. We had internet access in our room, which was wonderful, as we could check in with our kids and other family members without incurring long distance charges. When I travel in the future, I hope I am fortunate enough to find a hotel as wonderful as "41".
Quiet and Convenient
Our five night stay was perfect. The staff at the 41 were exceptionally helpful and friendly from the moment we showed up -- 8:00 a.m. after an overnight flight from Detroit Metro to Heathrow -- insisting that we have breakfast and coffee and making sure we were quickly checked into our room for a shower and a nap. Our room was very quiet and the twice daily maid service w/evening turn down was a nice touch. The bed and bed linens and the bathroom all rate high marks -- VERY NICE indeed.
Given the small size of the hotel, you will feel coddled, not crowed.
The Rubens at the Palace is next door and its bar/restaurant provide good, reasonably priced options for a quick snack or meal, too. This hotel's location can't be beat -- 3 blocks from the Victoria tube station, 1-1/2 blocks from Buckingham Palace. If you're taking a cab in from the airport, tell the cabbie to go to the Rubens, as he/she may not know of the 41. The 41's entrance is about 10 feet from the Rubens' entrance.
Across from Buckingham Palace and treated like Royalty
I first made reservations at the Rubens because of this website, but wanted a bigger accommodation and was so charmed by my phone conversation with Chantal Morand, the Manager, that I changed my booking to the 41.
The hotel's door is adjacent to the Rubens and the Rubens' concierge takes care of you. You can walk from one hotel to the other with your key (inside). The 41 is like an exclusive concierge level of the Rubens. It is 3 long blocks from Victoria Station to the hotel and across the street from the back of the Palace.
Upon arrival, the Rubens' concierge, Dave, whisked away our baggage and checked a list and let us in to a lovely hallway, directed us to the elevator.We were met at the elevator and brought into a lovely wood paneled, glass ceilinged lounge (very large) and offered a cocktail of our choice..we were offered another and another as well as something to eat and finally we went to our room, a suite. The suite was 2 levels.
There is a black and white marble foyer with a large walk in closet under the stairs and a living room about 12X8 with black and white capeting , a desk, 2 cahirs, a hassock, a table and a corner cupboard with a tv, dvd player and integrated computer. There was also a fireplace in the other corner. Sadly, it was not serviced and could not be used. There is a very large window in this room which had no view.
Upstairs, there is another desk, a built in closet, a king size bed and ample draweer space. Lighting is excellent. There is a full length mirror in the closet and a free standing mirror as well as a makeup mirror on the desk. There is a comfortable, black afghan on the bed.
There was a sky light in this room and low ceilings (I don't think a very tall man (over 6'5" would be comfortable). There is lovely and detailed crown molding and a large tv set with another internet connection. The bed was VERY comfortable and the heat/AC easy to control and efficient and accurate.
The bathroom was huge...replete with black and white marble. It contained a large shower a large jacuzzi (with a TV to watch at the end of the tub), a long vanity with one sink, a bidet and of course a toilet. There were plush towels and a large heated towel rack. There was also a skylight in this room. All skylight drapes are remote controlled.
Amenities included: 2 types of robes (one think terry and one waffle robe, very lovely slippers, Pehgaligon toiletries (both full size and mini size),bath loofas, swabs, cotton balls and make up remover pads.
Full breakfast was included and anything you could want was available left as well. After 8, they stock a refrigerator with yoguort, vegetables, fruit and cheese which you can "plunder." Beverages in the evening are extra. However, on XMAS day Chantal opened up champagne and treated everyone in the lounge to munchies and drinks. A full selection of DVDs are available as well as some board games and magazines.
The service was lovely and warm. The staff was terrific. We ate in the Ruben's restaurant for dinner on XMAS. The food was very good, but our waitress was very poor. We also ate at the sister hotel, the 5 star Milestone, and enjoyed a wonderful dinner there. Service and atmosphere were impeccable. We asked to see the rooms which were lovely as well.
The 41 has a classic but modern feel and is wonderfully located compared to the more country traditional feel of the Milestone. We look forward to our stay here again. We were made to feel both welcome and comfortable.
Traveling on business, stay at the 41
I traveling frequently to London on business and have stayed at many hotels, but I always go back to the 41 for several reasons. Small, luxurious, private hotel which feels like a private club. Responsive staff who go the extra mile to know you and your needs. Comfortable, well appointed rooms with in-room computer system. No need to bring your laptop. I can check my e-mail, surf the internet, work on documents, print or fax them--all from my bed. THe lounge is inviting and well stocked with drinks, snacks, sandwiches, fruits etc. Before going to my room at the end of the day, I always stop in the lounge for a drink. The one minor drawback is the 41 is not conducive for meetings. They do have a state-of-the-art meeting room for guests to use, but there really isn't come meet me at my hotel kind of place.
Access to fitness club is right around corner and complimentary. I know this hotel well and think about staying at other hotels for variety, but why when the staff knows me and I always have an excellent stay.
Good but not perfect
I have just stayed at No 41. The staff are excellent, the rooms classy, the beds wonderful and the food good. I would have given it five stars except for a few little niggles which shouldn't happen in such an up-market hotel. In my room (08, rather small for a double) only one of the four speakers for the television seemed to work, the mouse for the internet wouldn't move properly and the air conditioning was extraordinarily noisy. Relatives who stayed in another room couldn't sleep because of constant noise from rooms above.
Overall a very good hotel which I would stay at again but they do need to watch out for some of the little things.
Quirky and First Class
I have stayed at hotels all over London, and I can say that this hotel is absolutely the best. It does not have all the ammenities of a large hotel, but the rooms are fantastic and the service is great. I highly recommend this hotel!
The perfect escape
This place is great - very comfortable, private and really affords a great escape from the crowds on the streets. It is no longer all inclusive, but they do provide little extras and the breakfast is great. Highly Highly recommend staying here if you can. Definitely better than any of the other larger luxury hotels in London.
Stayed just after 9/11
We stayed at "41" just after 9/11. London was almost empty but we had a great time due to the wonderful staff at "41". Back then everything was included in your stay. I mean everything. Food, Drinks and more. But now, they do things differently and I am sure it is due to the cutbacks many hotels have had to make. Too bad because the way it was before was much better than it is now. Several of our friends have stayed there within past 6 months and said it was nothing like before. It is a great hotel and you will feel like you get your moneys worth. Great location and food was good.
The perfect hotel in wonderful London.
If you'll be visiting London, RUN - do not walk - to reserve a room at the 41. Never in my life have I so thoroughly enjoyed a hotel stay.Somehow, they do everything right. It is luxurious and extremely comfortable, yet not at all intimidating. The staff are unobtrusive and professional as can be with zero attitude. Rooms are amazingly clean, beautiful, and chock full of amenities. And the BEDS! Oh my goodness. A hotel review I read before our trip stated that the beds were handmade at a cost of $4000 apiece, and after sleeping on one I believe it. Heavenly! We stayed there for several nights and never once saw or heard another guest. It was just like living in our own little flat in the heart of the city, but with the added bonus of great room service.And in case you should ever want to leave your comfy, relaxing hotel room to explore London, the location is great to boot. Victoria tube station is a couple of minutes in one direction - walk the other direction for a couple of minutes and you'll be standing right in front of Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park.I would move in there if they'd let me. It was fabulous; I cannot recommend the 41 more highly.
One of the best hotels I have ever stayed at -- the staff was very friendly & the rooms are amazing. We were travelling with our 14 month old son, and were afraid we'd be turned off by a snobby atmosphere. Just the opposite! They were very kind & went out of their way to make us feel at home. I'd go back in a second.
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