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... West End, The City, Fleet Street, St Paul's, Westminster, Waterloo, The East End and back. We then found what is now our favourite Italian Restaurant and had a great lunch. After the first if what I hope to be many siestas on tour, we met my cousin Chris and family, Priscilla, Emma and Tommy late in the afternoon at the South Bank. Their very well behaved children hadn't met 2 very boisterous boys like ours and they managed to make the best of some late ...
... letter of thanks from me soon. It does, however, feel good to be moving on for the moment.I feel very fortunate to be working in The Natural History Museum, such a beautiful and historic spot! They didn't have much on Busk, but they did have a few letters, which was great because I have yet to see a single letter from Busk (which is sort of a problem, and also extremely weird). ...
... Nope, didn't happen. So now we are without our refund from the prior week and we are also going to be quite late for our 6 p.m. dinner reservation. We called the restaurant and told them we would be there at 6:30.
Our train should have gotten us to Waterloo at 6:20 but it arrived at 6:30. Still we figured we could make the restaurant in about 10 minutes. Just not to be this evening. Not quite sure if it was rugby or football but the Tube ...
... for the hospitality, we were spoilt rotten, we felt at home and slept in the most comfy bed of the whole trip! We were sad to leave and I cried the whole way to the station the day we said goodbye. See you in Chile boys!!
Highlight of London- the musical!
Best landmark- Tower bridge
Best meal- famous English Fish and chips! Notable mention to Adrian's brunch ;)
What would we take home- Soho, so chic
In-jokes- air bubble off, black water ...
... to all see, it would be the following:- • The Shard. (Some say that the London Eye is better, but in my opinion, it's overrated. The Shard takes you up much higher than the London Eye does, has an inside and outside viewing deck, has a range of restaurants and cafés for you to choose from and allows you to stay for an unlimited amount of time, all for the same price as the London Eye, that rotates for approx 30 mins and nothing else.) ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Connaught London
Absolutely Perfect..Quiet and Luxurious,
My wife and I stayed in a fourth floor suite (203-205) for three nights in December. The suite, Living room, Hall, Bedroom, Bathroom were clean, neat, extremely well furnished and very comfortable. Murano glass chandeliers in both the Living room and Bedroom. I've always thought the term "MiniBar" was very descriptive of most hotels inroom bars. The Connaught takes it to a new high. A large oriental cabinet with 1/2 pint bottles of spirits, wine, and a selection of four different types and sizes of glasses. Ice bucket always full...nothing Mini here.
The staff was very helpful. I waited until the last minute to decide on dinner and Theatre for our first evening. The Concierge called the room an hour later with reservations for both. Excellent work!
The public areas are very inviting and comfortable. Normally I don't visit the hotel bar because most are loud, garish and uncomfortable. The Connaught's isnt. We had after dinner drinks and I enjoyed a fine cigar in the bar on two of our evenings. It's was very enjoyable.
This hotel is expensive, but if you value service, comfort and convenience it's well worth it.
Great hotel in Mayfair
Just returned from a 4 night stay at the Connaught. Absolutely superb experience. We had a suite (117/18) that was fabulous and super luxurious, staff was very friendly, and the quiet location in Mayfair nice. It is an easy walk to shopping on New Bond and Oxford, St. James, and Hyde Park. Concierge was great in getting restaurant reservations. Highly recommended!
Really great, quiet hotel:
We spent a couple of nights recentley at the Connaught. The area is fantastic, very pretty. Our room was beautifully decorated and quite large. Bigger than I expected. My only complaint was that the concierge were not very helpful and really didn't seem interested in doing much of anything but talk to each other. Other than that, it was great value for what we paid!
Winter in London
Spent a week at the Connaught in February 2003, arriving on the former BA 1. The driver from the Connaught, not a contract worker, picked us up.
Arrived with my wife and infant daughter.
Concierge very helpful. Arranged tickets and train transportation to Manchester where we saw ManU play Arsenal in the 03 FA Cup.
Nice location, cozy rooms and a very intimate feeling.
Next time I'm in London, I would like to try the Four Seasons at Hyde Park that seemed nicer.
Loved it yeah yeah yeah
Stayed here for two nights on business. I found the staff very helpful and attentive. Its certainly the best hotel I have stayed at in London so far. I found the Angela Hartnett restaurant first class allround. Maybe my judgement was swayed a little. Sat at the next table was Paul McCartney and George Martin.
We called it the 'can not'
We stayed at the Connaught several years ago and thought that the service was so lousy that we found ourselves referring to the place as the "Can Not" hotel. However it's in a lovely section of town and it's fun to walk around in.
A Refuge In London
My wife and I stayed at the Connaught last July and have already made reservations to stay there again next summer. I've stayed at a number of deluxe London hotels and really enjoyed the club-like atmosphere of the Connaught.For anyone who wants a central and quiet location, this is the place to stay. We walked to Le Gavroche and to Gordon Ramsey at Claridges from the hotel. It is also a relatively short walk to the Ritz, shopping and Berkely Square.We ate at the restaurant in the hotel and had a very nice dinner and enjoyed the American Bar. The syaff was friendly and helpful and weren't placing bets in my view as one writer noted.
Aging rather ungracefully, I'd say
I stayed four nights in a top floor suite late august 2003. The concierge was busy placing bets and could not be bothered by waiting customers. The service others talk about did not exist. Room service did not even pick up the phone. When I asked to borrow an adapter, I was advised that I could by one at Dixon's on Oxford street. The rooms were terribly dated; last remodeled in the early 60's I imagine. The bathrooms... not what you'd expect at Connaught prices. The phonesystem is shot and your line won't hang up once you finish a call. The only reason I'll set foot here again is to eat at Angela's restaurant; she knows how to cook. However, the ambiance and service one might seek by staying at the Connaught is found in spades at the Ritz, and that's where I'll go back to next time.
Great, quiet hotel
We just got back from a stay in London at the Connaught Hotel.
Everything was as I had hoped- the room was pretty, clean, had a teriffic bathroom, nice view, not too small. Best of all, unlike some of the other well-known hotels in London, on a quiet corner in Mayfair.
Many of the other hotels facing the parks that we had considered turned out ot be surrounded by 6 lanes of traffic. The service was excellent and friendly, no attitude. The Concierge's desk was always helpful. The nicest menu in the place was on the Terrace, rather in the Gordon Ramsay- sponsored restaurants. We ate dinner one evening in The Menu restaurant at the hotel and found it not worth the money. I don't mind paying a lot for dinner if it is truly memorable ( we once spent $800.00 for dinner for 2 at Alain Ducasse) but one could get a truly spectacular meal at Daniel in NYC or Galtiero Marchese in Italy for the same price one pays for an uninspiring dinner here. Be that as it may, I will never stay anywhere else in London.
This hotel was amazing... from the moment the doorman extended me his white gloved hand to help me exit my taxi I knew I was in for an adventure. The wonderful gentlemen who were at my service couldnt do enough for me... my bags were whisked away and I was led up the architecturally stunning wooden staircase to my room. There was a small foyer with a door to the inner room and another to the marvelous marble and chrome bath. The room was decorated in soft yellows, greens and burgundy... a pale green murano glass chandelier lit the room... and the furniture was beautiful rich dark wood... the view was of the rooftop flower gardens. My butler unpacked my clothes and made sure that I took the umbrella with me as I ran out the door. When I arrived back from my afternoon of exploring I was soaked to the skin and the same doorman took my wet umbrella and led me to the red drawing room where the concierge asked me if I would like some hot tea while he had the butler draw me a hot bath! My dinner at the hotel was also incredible... even as a woman dining alone I was treated like royalty. Dinner was superlative... fois gras terrine, dover sole, champagne and a spring cup for dessert that I still dream about. John, the head waiter from Wales was one of the nicest people that I have ever met... he made this one of the nicest dinners I have ever enjoyed even though I dined alone. This hotel is magical and I would recommend it to anyone who loves a taste of the good life. The special rate for my room was relatively inexpensive compared to other hotels of similar stature and location.