The Courthouse Doubletree by Hilton
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Schneemond stayed here on Mar 26, 2011 during their trip titled: Schneemond's Great Adventure.
This was definitely a park day...a day to take it easy and catch up with Donna...or so the plan goes.
Started out with a walk through South Kensington and then to Kensington Gardens to take Claudia and Draz. The weather was being really kind to us today...glorious sunshine, where have you been all this time. The kids played for a while in Diana's Children's Playground.
We strolled back to the apartment to get some lunch in Kensington (oh and a very short shop ...
... Shakespeare and Dickens. I also spent time papping, or park napping, the newest urban sport of sleeping next to other sleeping people on public benches. Finally, we spent several hours in hunt of the magnificent Globe Theatre, a theatre that looks..like just about any other theatre I have ever been to, but hey, in a country known for a lack of spice, I suppose I don't know what I was expecting.
Finally, the time arrived for us to jump on the 11 hour flight to Africa where ...
... shame that they aren't able to be appreciated in their own countries. Then we caught up with mums friend Michael again. He's a nice guy, terribly pleasant and agreeable. He took us to have Devonshire tea and it was very delightful. He told us about how the clotted cream was made and that it was very rich. It was really nice and he just agrees with everything you say and laughs politely at jokes and helps whenever we had questions. A very good sort. Then I went to catch ...
... Real California Tacos". A single Indian place (Masala Zone) managed to attract our interest longer than most other places, but we kept going. We wanted -local- food! Our quest ended at a small French restaurant. Jimmy was ecstatic for a good French meal and happily conversed in French with the waiter. He got duck and I got cod, both were expertly prepared and delicious. My portion of the check was around 13 pounds, or around $22, which was admittedly more than ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews The Courthouse Doubletree by Hilton London
Wonderful hotel situated in a perfect position in the heart of london.
Room and service was excellent.
And the "Weekend Rate" found at the hotel's website also very nice (165 GBP including V.A.T. and breakfast).
AA Gill doesn't know what he is talking about!
Our recent stay at the Kempinski was absolutely wonderful. Having now sampled the vast majority of London 5* hotels, I can say that this is possibly the best.
Having read AA Gill's recent critical review of the hotel's SILK restaurant in the Sunday Times, we were in two minds whether to indulge. We are glad we did.
The ambiance, the service and the food and wine were all absolutely first class and not that expensive.
I have no idea what AA Gill was talking about - I think he must have just got out of bed on the wrong side that morning!
Both the hotel and the restaurant really dererve to succeed - I really do suggest that you give it a try next time you are in town.
Just simply beautiful...
The hotel is simly beautiful. It's decor is breath-taking. The service and friendly staff were immaculate. Our room was just lovely.
We had a fabulous stay...and will be back!
Great location for walking/travelling to anywhere in central London & got a good online rate for a standard queen bedded room. Always good to see a building cleverly converted into a new use but in this case the original long tiled entrance corridor & muted colours in the reception area make for a fairly cold & uninviting entrance. Check in excellent and showed to our room by the receptionist. Everything is new & fresh. Standard room was smallish with a lot of furniture crammed into the room, e.g. a 2 seater settee beside the bed which you couldn't really sit on without putting your legs high on the bed and which prevented the bedside drawer from opening! Lovely bed with plenty of cushions & big pillows. Marble bathroom with shower over bath & bidet. Fluffy gowns & slippers but provisions in the bathroom limited to basic toiletry items. Certain basics (tea & coffee facilities, ironing board) were missing - admittedly you could phone for a valet to do your ironing. Twice during our 1 night stay we were bothered to service the mini bar (once to fill it up from the previous occupants - & we didn't check in till after 4pm). Things like this are normally handled much better at this level.
I always wanted to know how a Magistrates Court could be converted into a 5 star Hotel and I must say I was most impressed with what we experienced. The Courtroom is still intact with now a gourmet restaurant which has the most amazing food I have ever experienced. The Var has 3 original cells which are unique at the least. Can you imagine there is also a cinema, roof terrace and swimming pool but I did not have a chance to use them. The service and design is immaculate throughout (one of the best entertainment systems I have experienced in a Hotel!). The location is fantastic. The London palladium is next door where we saw Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Oxford Street is right on the door step. I have no faults with the property and must say £165 per night as a special opening rate is a BARGAIN!!! My only point - and it took me a long time to think of one - is for outside tables as the weather was fabulous on my stay.
The Courthouse Hotel is perfect. Staff are lovely, room immaculate, great design, great location (right at the top of Carnaby Street). A 5-star hotel for our 5-star weekend in London. Loved it.
This is quality
OK, you're talking real quality here. This is a great hotel, decor is classy and looks like it might have been used on the set of Hustle (BBC).
We had a superior room with the largest bed ever - very comfy. Plasma TV was huge but not all the channels worked. Not bothered as who wants to watch TV in the centre of London!
Bathroom spotless with bathrobes and slippers. Mini bar had great selection of snacks and drink but there was no tea/coffee facilities in room.
Staff very friendly and VERY helpful, our conceirege went all the way to Oxford street to get us a black cab as none were going by the front of the hotel.
The best bit is we were moved to this hotel as the one we booked was full up so we paid less than £25% of the £400 room rate. Fantastic.
We stayed at the Courthouse Hotel on 26 March 2005 for 1 night, and WOW it is a fabulous hotel the staff are very friendly and polite, our consierge gave us a grand tour of the hotel which was lovely, and guess what the hotel has a cinema which is only for private party's only I was very impressed. This hotel used to be the old magistrates court, they still have two cell's there that you can have drinks in which was facinating, they also have 3 restaurants and in one of them it looks similar to the house of commons. The bar is very eye catching, and there is also a large sitting area, The bedrooms are very nice, very clean and our bed was very comfortable, the location of the hotel is brilliant!! carnaby street is right on your doorstep and oxford circus is just around the corner. I would definately recommend this hotel and I will definately stay here again.
Oh my goodness, this place is fabulous. We stayed for a night at the beginning of the week and were blown away by this hotel. Location is fabulous, and it has some really amazing rooms - the main dining room is in the orginal court room and the prison cells in the bar have to be seen to be believed! WOuld definitly come back and stay again once the spa opens (apparently they have a small swimming pool as well)