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... a little organized. We all decided that a nice easy day and early night is what we all would enjoy. We walked down to a little cafe for dinner and found an ice cream shop on our way back to the hotel. Imagine that! We played a couple of games of spades in the lounge. We split games, so the guys are still 2 games ahead of us. It was great to have a pretty easy and relaxing day, so we will be ready to go again in the morning. ...
I seem to have accidentally posted the first entry in a previous trip to the USA, oh well.
Today we went and visited the Tower of London. I'd been on one of my previous trips but it had been a while so I was happy to go again. We did one of the free Yeoman Warder tours, which was excellent, the guide was very engaging and a great story teller.
We saw the Crown Jewels, which were very sparkly. Some of the large diamonds were amazing, it seems a shame ...
... Big Ben and walked around central London for a few hours. To end the evening, we all went to The Junction pub in Harrow and I enjoyed my first pint of Strongbow in an English pub :)
It has been a wonderful day and I cannot wait to experience more of the city. It is overwhelming to know how much there is to see and do but I am so excited to make it happen. I cannot even begin to explain how grateful and blessed I am to be here!
... around a nice family theme park. I was wrong, we stocked water bottles with gin from a nearby Tescos and joined the thousands in Winter Wonderland, moving with the wave of the crowd until we arrived at the outdoor German Beer Halls where we danced the night away to some performers, a lot of fun! Maddy and I went back during the week to wander Hyde Park free of the larger crowds and alcohol to properaly appreciate what was on offer after having afternoon tea in ...
... a dead body would have taken after a beheading on tower hill, all the while telling stories of executions in the funniest ways possible. Gotta love that dry British humour...! After taking us around to see Bloody Tower, Traitor's Gate, Tower Green (another site of executions, but this one for those of noble birth), and the chapel in which all of the decapitated bodies were buried, our guide set us off to explore more on our own. First stop, the Crown Jewels and royal regalia. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Dukes Hotel London
Location, Location, Location
I have to say we had a faboulous stay at Dukes Hotel last week. It is the perfect location to explore London from -- we really felt like we were welcome by the classy but helpful staff.
This was the perfect hotel for our getaway weekend for shopping, taking the double decker tour bus, and we even got tickets for the theatre. (thanks to the concierge).
You simply must have a drink at the bar -- the martinis are to die for!
We would highly recommend this hotel after our wonderful experience.
A wonderful time in a special place
I spent three wonderful nigths in this charming & Cosy hotel located at the heart of London. The service was of very high standard and the staff was very helpful and welcoming.
I experienced the frustration of losing my luggage while flying but the staff took all the necessary steps to help me recover it as quickly as possible.
Its central location enabled me to discover and visit London very easily.
I would highly recommend this venue and especially the wonderful & unique Martinis served at the bar!
A delightful experience
Another delightful visit to my favourite small hotel in London. Such a setting! Tucked away from the hustle and bustle, yet close to all the places I like to visit during a stay. St James Park, Oxford Street, restaurants recommended by the hotel and a taxi ride to the theatres. I have now discovered that each room is individually decorated to a superb standard and cannot wait to visit again and see another room. Such friendly service from the moment I was helped out of the taxi. The food was delicious, the rooms clean and the room service quite superb. A beautifully relaxing and luxurious experience.
The Dukes of London
I was pleasantly surprised upon my arrival to Dukes hotel in London. The staff at the front desk was amazing they helped me from the courtyard (which is small but charming) all the way to my room. The
room had a flat screen TV, and the bathroom was all Italian marble. Dukes has very comfortable terry robes perfect after a hot bath. The best part on the hotel is the bar!!!!!!!!!
Just returned from a week's vacation in London. We stayed at The Dukes and really liked this hotel. It is small and elegant. Our accomodations were beautiful and the rooms and bathrooms were larger than I had expected. London is very expensive because of the value of the dollar now, and so everything at The Dukes was as well. However, our room rate included a full English breakfast which was served in the most elegant English dining room and was delicious! The bar at The Dukes is known throughout London as having the best martini in town. The best part about the Dukes was the fabulous service. The hotel staff and particularly the concierges were most helpful. The hotel is in a great location for sightseeing and restaurants. I don't recommend this hotel for families with small children or people looking for a noisy, lively atmosphere. If you are looking for fabulous service in an elegant, upscale hotel, The Dukes is a good choice.
This is a charming Hotel, has everything going for it.
The Staff were very helpful.
Apart from the fact that whilst we stayed there both my fiancee and I had a large amount of money stolen, and we would have hoped to have received more empathy and help from the management in this class of Hotel.
Still awaiting a response from them !!!
He let his family and friends use the room in the evning because he was attending a family wedding at the hotel.
It was very difficult to deal with as he made threats if we did not give him the cash he said had been taken from his room.
The hotel has a good sized safe in every room.
It is a very unusual thing to happen.
Instantly Became a Favourite
Amazing atmosphere, over the top friendly service, good looking staff, and a bartender who will remember your drink. The rooms are charming and spacious. I honestly cannot complain about one thing.
Cozy and quiet
I've stayed at the Dukes twice and loved it both times. Last visit was May, 2004 and the hotel looked even nicer than my last visit several years ago. Be warned though that rooms are very small, and there is little view other than the few rooms that look over the courtyard. But the rooms are so cozy and well appointed, and the location so private, yet central, that a view does not matter. Steps to Green Park, Picadilly with all the shops like Fortnum and Mason, Regents Park, the Royal Academy and more. Even theatre and most museums are a 20 minute walk, or 5 minute cab ride.
Service is superb, though service at breakfast can be a bit slow. (we Americans are always in a rush!)
And the bar is exquisite.
Made the Experience to London
The Dukes Hotel is hidden from the main road, so right when you pull up to it, you immediately fall in love with London. The location is perfect for everything from sigh seeing, to theatres, and to shopping.
The bar is world class and the people working there go out of their way to make the stay even more enjoyable. It is a great place to crash after a long day of walking around London. The food their is excellent, we only had breakfast there once, but it was the easiest morning of my life. A little over priced, but very excellent. The rooms themselves are very comfortable and inviting. I would stay there in a heart beat if I was given a chance to go back.
Very enjoyable stay
Charming atmosphere, attentive service, pleasant room. Front Desk attendant allowed me to see five rooms upon check in. Location is great, quiet court yard in St. James, next to the Green Park, nearby shopping. Health club is small, but adequate, great steam room. Bar is pleasant, busy with pre-dinner crowd. The martinis ARE that good. Will definitely stay again.