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Arrived into London at 6am after a very comfortable 24 hours on board the Emirates and Qantas birds - that A380 is massive!! I estimate that each one of its four engines is about the size of a small house!! Part of the service is a Chauffer to take you to your hotel, and ours is the same place we always stay when in London, the St James Crowne …
... the train will NOT be stopping at Leicester Square due to the station being closed due to overcrowding. Wow. have never heard of this happening before. Glad we left that station. As we roll through that station though, they have totally cleared it out and not a single person is on the platform at all, not even a tube worker. rather eerie. Charing Cross might have taken up some of the slack but it was surprisingly sparse as well. Embankment is closed ...
... Criterion Theatre is located at Piccadilly Circus right outside the Eros statue. The show was entitled The 39 Steps and it was brilliant! It was very funny and clever particularly because of the small cast who turned the John Buchan spy story once immortalized by Hitchcock into a comedy on stage in an intimate theatre setting. It was a fantastic production! The Criterion Theatre was also a sight to behold, with the actual theatre located down in the basement.
... We unwrapped our pies and shared them about 50/50 – both were really tasty.
It was around about now that we spotted a chap who we assumed was a local character and who was to give us quite a bit of pleasure over the next couple of days. He was of indeterminate age, probably older than me but he might have had a hard life and he was resplendent in bright red short pyjamas with a silky sheen and (we found out later) a frog motif, finished of with a pair of flip-flops. We ...
... we could get off first. Very nice this time. Not so embarrassing now that I'm exhausted and just want to reach our destination. One of the other nice things about first class is that they fast track you through border patrol. The lines were awful and we sailed right through, grabbed our bags and were through customs in no time. Our driver was waiting and before we knew it, we were settling into our flat, taking showers and a quick nap. Now the adventure truly ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsBrown's Hotel London
What a nice bar and restaurant. Enjoyed the Sunday Roast Chicken.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Brown's Hotel London
Overall, the most attractive feature of the Brown's is its minimalist interior design. However, as illustrated on the picture below, the interior designer also seems to have lacked basic skills, when hanging a painting behind the TV screen and desk lamp. Unfortunately, the hotel does not seem to deserve 5 stars as its internal organisation and procedures appear deficient. Just two examples: between 10.00 p.m. and 10.00 a.m., hotel staff knocked on our door three times (!) to prepare the bed (a bit late) and to check the minibar (a bit early) - something I never experienced before in a "leading hotel". Also, when asked for a Lebanese restaurant, the concierge sent us to a Turkish one; close, but not the same! All in all, hotel management and staff seem unexperienced, and hopefully they will one day meet the standards of the hotel's overall design - and maybe the interior designer will take a second look at details in the meantime too. Meanwhile, I will not visit again.
This hotel is pure class. We stayed for two nights.
We felt like celebrities
We loved Browns. We spent Christmas Day and Christmas Evening there. The renovations were one week old when we stayed and we are pretty sure we were using some of their cutlery for the first time ever! The staff were lovely. They knew exactly who we were from the moment we walked in. I highly reccomend room service - such production value!
We stayed at Brown's for 2 nights last weekend. The hotel has just come out of a major refurbishment and is now part of the 5* Rocco Forte collection. At check-in we were upgraded from a Classic Queen to an Executive King. The room was very spacious with a huge comfy bed complete with Frette linen as well as a flat screen TV. The furniture & interiors were beautiful, with a comfy chaise long. The bathroom was almost the same size as the room! The room was adjacent to the front of the hotel in Albemarle Street which made it slightly noisy but not significantly enough to affect sleep.
While the Brown had that quintessential English shabby-chic (I hate that phrase!) there is definitely room for improvment. Good points: We stayed there for our honeymoon in January due to a really great price on a travel package. Great central location and very close to the tube. Our room was a good size, comprised of a small sitting room and bedroom and a large bathroom. I wasn't expecting much from a British hotel bathroom, having stayed at many over a three month period years before, however, I thought the victorian marble bathroom was quaint and inviting--the shower worked well and we had plenty of hot water. The soaps and toiletries were superb (Italian)! Unfortunately we blew a fuse twice in the bathroom which was an annoying inconvienince to have to let in the repair man. The king sized bed was amazing: Frette sheets (again, Italian) are a dream to sleep in, and the matress felt like it was brand new!
Refined, traditional but overlooked the wear and tear
Very lovely, quaint hotel in an upscale area. Serice was very good.
Beds and bath were just fine. It Definitely takes you back to the 19th century. Tea is a highlight for $200 bucks. Rooms and hotel in general need some work but if you don't look real close it is overall a very nice hotel and certainly british.
Tea nice, but needs a facelift
Reasonable post-xmas rate thru expedia booking ($244/night). Salon rooms very cosy, afternoon tea v. good. Central location convenient for shops (Piccadilly, Fortnum's etc). Comfortable beds, but hotel needs renovating, especially the 1950's bathrooms and elevators - I gather the new owners (Rocco Forte) will do this by 2005. Hotel a bit jumbled as made up of five different houses put together. Food is very expensive, only afternoon tea (you need to book) is really worth it. Note that if you're taking a taxi to the airport, taxi driver will pay bellhop 5 GBP for the intro.
Not a 5 star
While the hotel is quite nice in an antique English fashion, the only real high point was afternoon tea. It was very good . However, service in the rest of the hotel was at about a 2 star level, thus removing it from the same rating level as the Dorchester, the Savoy and the Ritz. It was not good value for the money, but it's central lcation is hard to beat. I will definitely stay elsewhere next time.
Lovely & posh, but very traditional & conservative
Very lovely, posh hotel in a beautiful part of London. I stayed in a standard double room, and while it was nice, the room itself was a bit dark. Beds were comfortable and linens crisp and clean. It is very much a traditional English establishment with excellent service, although I felt it a bit "stuffy" at times. Good for the business excecutive or a slightly more conservative traveler.
A really nice hotel
Very nice hotel. Very pricy. Suggest that you not use room service, although server was very nice, the price of the food was outrageous.
Never found the exercise room. Room was very well turned out. Very clean and well stocked. No view. Close to shops and just a short hop to Buckingham Palace. Concierge was very courteous as was the front desk staff. Recieved substantial discount via Expedia.com and was very happy with the stay.