The Waldorf Hilton
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Another classic rainy day in London. We still had many of sites to see before we left for Rome. Started the day off with a nice breakfast at the Waldorf then headed straight to the famous Abbey road. We made a quick stop at the official Beatles store, which was next to the home of Sherlock Homes, but didn't find anything of interest. My dad asked a …
Today was cut a bit short because of the jet lagged start to the morning. We all woke up around 11am which was much later than planned as we had many sites to cover. The first (and only) stop of the day was the Tower of London. This is fortress was built by William the conqueror in 1066 after the Normans invaded England. There was much to see at …
My trip to Europe finally begins. Left Logan airport around 10:30ish EST riding in first class Virgin Air. After flying first class for seven hours I can see how people can get used to it. It completely takes the annoyance out of travel. After having a glass of champagne handed to me as I walk on, full dinner and breakfast, full bed, personal TV, …
... open to the Great Hall. Wow!! I was spell bound! For the next 3 hours I was spell bound by Harry Potter original sets, Harry's dorm room, Gryffindor common room, Dumbledor's office , potions classroom. That is not all but I tired of trying to name all . The very end was the original model of Hogwarts used in all the filming . Souvenir T-shirts and 3 1/2 hours later and we are done. As we jump on the express train as doors are closing, we are on our ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Waldorf Hilton London
Nice hotel, but don't drink in the bar!
This is a nice hotel, with good facilities in the room. I booked through Priceline and paid £70, which was a great deal. However, the hotel made it's money back by charging £37 for overnight parking (valet only) and £18 for 2 Rum and Cokes in the bar!
The plasma screen in the room was great.
6 nights in London at the Waldorf
This hotel is actually owned by Hilton now....Stayed 6 nights, from March 18-24....The hotel was in an excellent location, walking distance to many sights and numerous pubs/restaurants...the only downside is that there is nota tube stop in the immediate vicinity-Temple, Covent Garden, or Charing Cross were easy walks but a little inconvenient....As far as the room, it was by far the most comfortable I have stayed in while visiting Europe....The bed was very comfortable and the shower was excellent....We also had a flat screen plasma TV, which I think are standard.....The staff were very attentive and helpful....I had a FedEx delivered during the stay and it was delivered to my room while I was out....The hotel was adding another elevator too....Didn't eat at the hotel but did have drinks at the bar, which was somewhat chic and seemed like a popular place for after theatre drinks...the weight room was LA Fitness and it was amazing....I would definately stay here again, especially at the Priceline rate!!
Mixed experience at Waldorf
Stayed at the Waldorf for 6 nights in March, 2004. I agree with previous comments regarding the art/tech rooms - they are large and comfortable, but the layout is just weird (no real separation between bedroom & bathroom). There was a swinging glass door that either closed off the toilet or the shower, but it left a gap of about 5 inches when using the shower, so water got out onto the tiled floor which was then extremely slippery.
Location is great, but the staff needed more training (or something).
We started off by being checked into a room that was already occupied, then after extending our stay two nights and having our keys reprogrammed for this, they didn't work. Also, bedding was not changed until 3rd day and only after we called to have it done (which made us wonder if it had been changed before we checked in - eeehh). Climate control in room wasn't working when we checked in but was fixed promptly after we reported it, and fridge didn't get cold (this didn't get fixed).
If I hadn't gotten the room at a steal of a rate through Priceline (US $100/night) I would have been very disappointed at this from a '5 star' hotel, but given the rate and the room size and location of hotel, it was a good place for a London stay.
A beautiful hotel destroyed
I've been visiting London five or six times a year since 1998 and have virtually always stayed at the Waldorf. I always loved the traditional, Edwardian atmosphere, and by booking on-line, I often got a good deal.
I've just returned from London this weekend and discovered that ALL bedrooms have now been changed to Art & Tech rooms. What a crime to shoehorn minimalism into this hotel, and how impractical!
I saw three rooms in the end, as a new feature of these rooms is to have no bathroom door, just a glass hinged panel. Great: you really want to hear and see your partner on the toilet!
Because there's no carpet underneath anymore to slow them down, all the doors slam shut. It sounds like a bomb going off when anyone on your corridor enters or exits their room. I'm actually a heavy sleeper, but I was woken with a start umpteen times on Friday night. I thought the IRA were back in town.
The floors are slippery and cold and the tiles are indistinguishable from those in any branch of Boots the Chemist.
After one night I checked out. London is full of "minimal", or "boutique" hotels. In fact the Waldorf's neighbour is one such hotel and does it very well.
The cost of the renovation must have contributed to Le Meridien's financial difficulties. I'm afraid my few thousand a year will be going elsewhere as well.
Really love the hotel!
Well, the hotel was in one word: GREAT!!! The staff was friendly, the rooms were great (with Plasma-TV and power shower)!! Also the breakfast was great! So please, if you visit London, go to this hotel!
The staff as lovely as the exterior
The minute we arrived at the Waldorf, my traveling companion realized she had left her purse in the taxi that bore us there.... The staff at the Waldorf did everything humanly possible to aid us in finding it.
They really went above and beyond the call of duty. My friend is high-stung in the best of circumstances; losing her purse absolutely un-nerved her, and the staff was patient and attentive to every detail.
The bag was returned by a very honest cabbie, making him as unforgettable as the staff! I agree with all reviews regarding the clash of decor inside and out, but the place remains charming and lovely --- especially the dining room with an extensive breakfast served in grand style. I would go back again and again!
Le Merdien Waldorf - confused about her own style!
We stayed at the Waldorf in late October of 2003 and had quite a positive experience. As the hotel was under "renovation" at the time, there were problems here and there which the hotel management extended compensation for occasionally. The most disappointing part of the stay was this horrible conflict of style from this wonderful grand looking hotel on the exterior with great Edwardian charm to the rooms inside that were just hyper modern and simply did not fit the style of the hotel. The lobby was a rather distasteful example of an old world hotel trying desperately to be modern and having it simply backfire. The ultra modern furnishings are uncomfortable and the extensive use of marble (all the way INTO the rooms) is simply just too cold on the feet! Nonetheless, the presence a fully equipped health club downstairs and the location make up for a few dissapointments.
Le Meridien - Fantastic
We stayed in an Art and Tech room from 21 Nov - 23 Nov 03. We were initally due to stay at Cumberland Meridian but were moved due to renovations in that hotel. Probably a good thing too as the Cumberland had been getting slated here on trip advisor.Location - just around the corner from Covent Garden is excellent. Only 5 min walk to tube station. Also plenty of restauants, bars and cafes within a short radius of the hotel too.The reception is modern, clean and sets the scene for the rest of the hotel. Our room was reasonable in size, however the 42 or so inch widescreen TV did appear slightly out of place!!! Shower and bathroom were very contemporary and new. In all this is a great modern hotel and would definately stay again if i had the opportunity!!
I stayed in this Hotel in Fall of 2000 and since then it had undergone changes. This Hotel has something no other hotel seems to have in London: a perfect balance of rate, location, room sizes, amenities, and amazing bathrooms. Service was quite good. The location is excellent.
Recently they have been "renovating" the hotel, and I must say that part of the Edwardian charm one expects to find in London is being decimated by this mindless corporate trendism toward Modernism in Interior Design. The current "Art+Tech Rooms" seem to appeal to the Gen X who watched Star Trek all their life. Too bad the Waldorf is ruining the coherency of interior and exterior design!One interesting point for Americans: the Hotel is owned by a French company, and the French do not "allow" eggs and such for breakfast. When you order eggs, they simply cannot cook them right. Ironically when I went to Paris the same trip, I stayed at LeMeridien Interncontinental, fully expecting relief from the Waldorf's hard -cooked eggs... only to be served by the same bad breakfast by the very same company!
Le Meridien Waldorf was an excellent hotel. I stayed in an Art & Tech room which was amazing and i would recommend this room to anyone! very spacious.
We did experience slight effects from the building work which resulted in us changing rooms for our second night, however i will say the staff were most helpful and allowed us to view many rooms to find one we were satisfied with. All the staff were friendly and helpful.
Would definatly recommend this hotel to anyone.