Park Plaza Riverbank London
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So.....let me begin at the beginning.....Just as I put one dainty foot out of the shower the phone rings...It's Wendy...the short story is that our plane out of Newark has mechanical difficulties and we need to go to JFK and they will give us $500 each for our trouble....We scramble for a cab and less than 2 hours later we are on our way to JFK!
Donna here....I locked Wendy in the Tower but she charmed a Beefeater into letting her out I took pictures with Beefeaters and guards, but Wendy has the pics and she is Skyping/screaming with her mom as we speak...we both brought computers this time! The tower was interesting. All I could think of was poor Ann Boylen. Every once in a while I would …
Today Saturday, we have lovely sunny weather to commence our tour with a drive to Stratford Upon Avon to visit the area well known for Shakespeare and Ann Hathaway.
Interesting history for us as we in Australia just don't have this ancient history.
Fellow tourists all appear to be friendly, lots of Americans, some …
We have a lot to cover! Jer and I boarded our 9 hour flight to London full of excitement! We put our carry-ons in the overhead bin and waited impatiently for all the other passengers to get situated. One guy near us needed to put his bag in a bin and chose the one Jeremiah's was in.
He apparently had no regard for the possibility that Jer's …
After conquering our jet lag, Jer and I woke up extremely excited for Day 2 of our London stay. That day was Wimbledon day! I've been watching the Wimbledon tournament since I was a kid, and Jer has gotten more interested in it (because of me) over the past few years. Even as we boarded the train to the grounds of Wimbledon with tickets in hand, I …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Park Plaza Riverbank London
Great hotel! We'll definitely go again
I was there with my wife at the end of June 2005. We had a great time!
I booked a room at the Victoria Park Plaza through BA Holidays, but when I got there I was told that BA Holidays screw up with the reservation and the hotel was full. So they put us in a cab (paid by them) and sent us to the Riverbank Park Plaza for the same price. Great deal!
The hotel design is beautiful. Truly eye-catching. Rooms are not so big but they are very comfortable and the bathroom is wonderful. It was exactly what I was looking for.. I hate hotels with old rooms and old furniture and that's usually what you get in London (and for a lot of money).. so the Riverbank was a blessing.
Service was wonderful, the staff was always smiling to us.
Location is also very good. If you're sightseeing, there's a Big Bus Tour stop around the corner. A five minutes walk takes you to the Houses of Parliament... If you're into musicals, 10 minutes and GBP 5-7 will take you to most of the theatres in town.
Only downside in our opinion: Air Conditioning was always too strong on most public areas of the Hotel. My wife always had to take a coat with her to go to the Breakfast room (in the peak of the summer)...
But that's ok. Next time we go to London, we'll stay there again... If you like good service and modern rooms with beautiful design, I recommend you to do the same.
Exceeded my already high expectations
I have stayed in a lot of hotels in London and this hotel was a breath of fresh air! It's location is fantastic - right on the river front overlooking the houses of parliament and just along the river from the London Eye. The hotel is very contemporary and the design of the reception/bar/restaurant and bedrooms is very impressive. When we arrived we were offered 20% off our evening meal if we booked a table at their Chino Latino restaurant - this was because the hotel had just opened. We booked a table and it was a fantastic meal - the food was very imaginative and well presented and the cocktails are a must! It doesn't feel like you are dining in a hotel restaurant. I would have still been impressed if they had added 20% to price and not taken it off!
The bedrooms are very luxurious - better in fact than many 5 star hotels in London that I have stayed in. Many 4 star deluxe and 5 star hotels in London rely on their well known names and when you arrive you are disapointed by how old the rooms are - this is the other away round here!The air-conditioning in our rooms was great and we were staying on a very warm evening. The bathrooms are huge with separate shower and bath tub.
I will definately be returning to this hotel. If you like contemporary, luxurious hotels and are tired of old stuffy 5 star hotels in London then stay at the Riverbank instead. Don't worry about the negative reviews - they may have had a few problems when they first opened but so does any new hotel and this is why the prices were lower. You will not be disapointed!
Beautiful hotel with lots of problems
This new hotel is very nice by London standards and I didn't even mind the location even though it's a bit outside of central london. After traveling all night from California, I arrived early at the hotel and the checkin staff made no effort to accomodate me any earlier than their published checkin time. Returning from dinner about 10:30p, our cardkey would not work. I made 5 trips to the front desk, and ultimately they had to remove the whole door locking mechanism to let us into our room. Then the air conditioning did not work at all and the windows would not open. They moved us to another room and the AC did not work there either. I heard other guests during checkout complaining about no AC. I complained to the guest relations mgr, and they gave me a voucher for a free weekend stay. When I subsequently tried to use the voucher, they claimed it was only for one night even though it does not say that and specifically says for a weekend stay. I'm glad my weekends are longer than one day; and I'll certainly avoid these Park Plaza Hotels in the future.
Stylish but lacking in substance
Having read the other reviews before booking to stay here on business, I was surprised by the inadequate service at the hotel.
On the second day of my visit, having vacated the room at 8am, I returned at 1.45pm to work and discovered that the room had yet to be serviced. No answer from housekeeping so I went down to reception to chase...I was told that the room would be ready in 20 minutes. I returned after 20 minutes, no sign of any housekeeper. Back down to reception, was told that it would be 20 minutes, back to the room, only to find again, that it was still not done. This time, I complained. In my experience, when one has a genuine reason to complain, at a hotel of any substance, one is offered apologies and compensation. When I say compensation, I mean that I would have expected the staff to, for instance, suggest a coffee on them while I waited or the offer to be moved to another room. In this case, I sat, with my work in reception and, in all, waited 1 hour to get into the room. It's not good enough and the cool, polished look of the reception does not make up for the cool, inadequate service.
I had booked an entry level room, overlooking the atrium, so it was quiet, and, like other reviewers, found the aircon ridiculously fierce. The room was clean, stylish and fairly well equipped but had a grotesque larger than life painting on one wall that was enough to give me nightmares. Unlike your other reviewers, I found the TV system unwieldy, with poor sound.
The bathroom is spacious.
Definetly Recommended...Great Hotel!
This was our first visit to London, and loved the hotel!We are used to staying in five star hotels like, the st.regis, etc...but this is definetly a four star! It is brand new and clean. The room we stayed - we were it's first guests!
We were first given a room by the railroad tracks and asked to be moved, and they upgraded us to a partial waterview of The Thames.
Although it is not centrally located, it was a 5gbp taxi ride over to the parliment square area.
The concierge was excellent and really helpful.
Fantastic value for money, but it is a new hotel so the prices will probably rise. Large rooms, contemporary design. Location is not too convenient but tube is a 10 minute walk away so it is fairly easy to get into the centre of town. Great image. Would definitely stay there again.
Superb value at the moment - some teething problems
Stayed here for 2 nights while taking in Live8 endurance test!
Got a great price of £50 per person per night including breakfast which made up for the 5-10 minute direct walk either to Vauxhall or Westminster tubes.
Hotel is lit up at night in sickly sweet pinkish hue so easy to spot from a distance.
The lobby is large and spacious as is the driveway outside. While we didn't have a drink in the bar, it looked large, modern and popular with relaxing atmosphere.
Room was clean (I would have expected no less for such a new hotel) with spacious bathroom including separate shower cubicle). There was a ghostly howling noise coming from the pipework in the bathroom - it didn't travel to the bedroom but late night visits to the loo may be off-putting for those of a nervous disposition! Bed was OK - not the most comfy I have slept on, with soft pillows. The room temperature was adequate. No hot water available on morning 1 - this was a hotel wide problem and was resolved by night-time.
Had inclusive buffet breakfast both days in a windowless dining room (the Club Lounge) that had only been serving for 2 days when we used. The room was pleasant enough but extremely cold. Air conditioning was on far too high and the edges of the room were icy with vents being situated in this area. Full range of hot and cold items - all of a high standard. However, hot items were stored in containers that were inadequate at keeping items warm. I appreciate this is always an issue with buffet items, however food was no more than the cold side of tepid - spoilt the breakfast for us. I mentioned to the maitre'd on morning 1 re cold room/food - no change on morning 2 though I appreciate they may have just been getting things sorted out in these early days.
Note that guests who have booked at rates including breakfast are served in this downstairs Club Lounge - those who pay for rooms excl breakfast are served in the restaurant upstairs. While menus advise a la carte options are available upstairs, I could see that guests were also using the same buffet containers as we got downstairs. Felt a bit that this splitting of breakfast availability gave a first and second class treatment impression.
Though we had minimal dealings with them, staff were all pleasant enough and attentive.
On leaving hotel, we discussed the review we could give this hotel. After debate, we summarised as great value for what we paid but given location and the (admittedly could be one-off) niggles of cold rooms/water/food, then we would consider other more central options if the good deals aren't available.
How many times can one be checked in
Booked a superior non smoking double room for 1 night business stay.
The hotel is 5 minutes walk from Vauxhall tube station and located on the south side of the river Thames. The location is not very central but doesn't really matter as any where in London can be done by tube easily.
It looks very modern and impressive from the outside. The bar in the reception hall looks very nice and inviting.
Checking in was bit of a struggle: the reception ensured me there was internet access in my room. I just had to plug my laptop into the black box on the writing desk. When I arrived in my room: no black box...Back to reception: oops very sorry not all the rooms have internet connection yet....New room appointed - when I arrived I could smell quite some cigarette smoke - yep smoking room and even in this new hotel it made the room feel quite dirty. Again back to reception and this time they got it right (although 2 single beds and not one double as requested).
The TV system is quite funky although it took me 15 minutes to sort out how to get full sized view (mind you I'm not blond).
The separate walk in shower is really a pluys although you cannot shower without creating some water ballet on the floor.
For a London room it didn't feel small (not large either).
During my stay some drilling was done near the entrance hall.
As the hotel has opening prices (Euro 160 per night excl. breakfast incl. VAT) I think it's quite good price/quality ratio.
Great, modern hotel...
I recently stayed for one night at the Riverbank Park Plaza after a last minute booking with priceline.
The hotel was very modern with extremely helpful and courteous staff. The room was great - a pretty good size with digital TV plus a fantastic bathroom with separate shower cubicle.
Whilst I didn't eat in the hotel I did have some cocktails with a colleague in the bar and can thoroughly recommend the Nadege and Chico Latino Mojito!
All in all a very good hotel, particularly in light of price obtained through priceline.
Very nice 4-star hotel, but...
The hotel's room facilities, restaurant, bar, and service are of extremely good quality. Rooms are clean, beds and furniture are brand new and very comfortable. Great breakfast. Stuff was really friendly and accommodating. However...
...Our room was quite small, smaller than a 4-star hotel room should be. It had no view other than that that of an inside courtyard, and no opening windows. It felt claustrophobic. For that reason alone, I can't give more than a 3/5 rating to this hotel.
It's a shame really. I really enjoyed the hotel in all other respects.