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We did some walking this morning, then took the boat to Greenwich for most of the day. This was a wonderful experience; seeing London and all its landmarks from the water was just breathtaking. The boat (Thames Clippers; www.thamesclippers.com) was super-nice and we even enjoyed a cocktail during the ride. Boats leave from multiple convenient …
We took the train from Paddington Station to Windsor. While at Paddington, we had a wonderful ham and cheese baguette from The Upper Crust. Seriously, these are really delicious and I had actually been thinking about another since I had one way back in 1997. Lyndon was also able to get a traveler from the bar that was open near our platform. We …
We got up late once again and had tea and some fruit from the club lounge. Hubby realized we could be taking our own tonic and Diet Coke to pubs, thereby saving some cash. (Mixers are an additional charge in bars and pubs.) Brilliant!
Once we were ready for the day, we walked to the Picadilly Circus area, stopping at The Porcupine for a …
We were up rather late again and got tea and breakfast from the club lounge. We made our way to Harrod's, where we spent a good part of the day. We did not buy anything other than souvenirs for family members but the point was just to look around, anyway. The food halls are simply amazing! If we had something like this at home, we'd be in real …
We slept pretty late, still dealing with jet lag. Once we had some tea and fruit, we headed out. We walked to and around Trafalgar Square, followed by a wonderful lunch at The Portrait Restaurant at the National Portrait Gallery. The view is stunning and we lucked out with a window table for two. The pork belly was particularly good. After lunch, …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsRosewood London
We really enjoyed our stay here. The rooms are very spacious for Europe (although we were upgraded to the club floor where the rooms are larger than regular floors) and appear to have been recently refurbished. The blackout curtains worked too well but were much appreciated given our jet lag. The bathroom was lovely with a good-sized shower, separate tub and two sinks. We were thrilled to have use of the club lounge, which saved money on breakfast and evening cocktails. The lounge also had several newspapers available each day. We did not make use of the hotel's spa, though it looks very nice. We likewise did not eat at Pearl but did have snacks and drinks in the bar off the lobby -- very friendly bartenders, great liquor selection and solid bar food.
The hotel is one block from the Holborn tube stop and is walking distance from many theaters, Covent Garden, the British Museum and the Trafalgar Square area.
Our only complaint was at checkout -- even though we had not taken anything from the minibar save one package of chips (for which we had filled out the card as instructed), we were charged over forty pounds. We were able to get this removed from the bill but later received a letter from the hotel attempting to charge us for two waters allegedly taken from the minibar -- we had, in fact, left extra water in the minibar. When we questioned the hotel, they admitted they have no real system for monitoring the minibar; just be careful here and be sure to review your bill at checkout.
All in all, we loved our stay here and would definitely return.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Rosewood London
We stayed at the Renaissance Chancery Court for four nights last summer and loved it. The property is beautiful, the room was quite spacious and well appointed, the concierge was unbelievably helpful, and the location is convenient. You are just a block away from a tube stop on the Picadilly line (one of the newer trains) as well as a five-minute walk to the British Museum. There is a lovely, cozy bar in the hotel as well as a deluxe day spa. The best thing of all: the price! If you book off of the Marriott website and check AAA, senior, and government rates (if you're eligible) you'll see great deals. For example, my government rate was 114 pounds a night, including two full breakfasts. Right now, the AAA rate for summer is 120 pounds. Really amazing for a five-star hotel. I can't recommend this property highly enough.
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Absolutely stunning! Wait until you see the grand entrance. Doormen in full tails and top hats open the doors. At nearly any hour, live piano music floats from the Lounge. Beautifully appointed rooms with fabulous comforters. Renaissance Chancery Court (RCC) houses fine restaurants (the breakfast and afternoon tea are superb) and a contemporary bar serves yummy, free snacks. From the front desk and wait staff to the concierges, we were treated with utmost respect. Location is most convenient, being just a block from Holborn Underground. Many nice cafes, pubs, and newsstands are just outside RCC s door. We were able to walk nearly everywhere. You can t go wrong by staying at RCC.
My family stayed here at Christmas through New Year's Day 2003-2004.
I just got back yesterday from a 3-night stay at the Renaissiance Chancery Court Hotel. I was truly impressed with the hotel itself, the staff, and the location. I arrived at the hotel at 10am after an overnight flight from Raleigh, NC. I was a bit worried that I would have to leave my bags and wander around the city until I could check in later in the day. I had nothing to worry about as they gave me a very lovely room as soon as I arrived. The room was quite large and the shower had great water pressure. Located about a block away from the tube station, my fiance and I were able to get around London quite easily. The hotel staff was very friendly and helpful. I would not hesitate to stay at this hotel again in the future.
My wife and I stayed here last week to celebrate our 2nd anniversary.
Being a Marriott Platinum member I expect good service. The service here was amazing. I was greeted by the Guest Relations manager who showed us around the hotel and then checked us into the Tower Suite.
How amazing!! The room had three levels and a huge king bed. Marble everywhere in the bathroom. The club lounge was nice and the Spa is to die for! Service was good all around. I have stayed at more than 100 different Marriott properties around the world and this is in the top two! Amazing. I highly recommend it to anyone. Large rooms (not just the suites) and very close to the Holburn tube stop. Short 15 min walk to all major attractions.
As a Marriot rewards member I've stayed in over 50 Marriotts across the US (JW's etc...) and this is the best by far. I hestitated to book here with the "Renaisance" label, but don't be fooled, this is a true "service" hotel. From quality of the rooms to friendliness of the staff. The club room amenities are excellent (you have to try the desserts). Short walk to museums and theatre district. Can't recommend this place enough!
Best for business travel
I stay at the Renaissance 5-6 times/year on business. It's a very nice place to stay. Lots of little extras (Toblerone at the front desk) and an excellent staff. The club lounge has an awesome breakfast. Beautiful surroundings and extra quiet hallways and rooms. You're gonna love it at the Renaissance!
As far as London hotels go, this is absolutely top of the line, at a price even (many) tourists can afford. I've stayed at this hotel quite a few times in the past two, three years - I won't go anywhere else.
The Renaissance is a fabulous hotel - one of the best I've stayed at in London and I've stayed at a lot. The rooms are large - much much larger than the normal room in London. If you aren't used to London rooms, let me tell you that regardless of price they are generally small. I've stayed in five star hotels where you would have a job falling out of bed the walls were so near the edge!!! Anyway, there's a lot of marble, mahogany, lovely fabrics and furniture. The bathroom was beautiful. Service was outstanding. Ask to be shown the historic staircase and one of the staff will take great pride in taking you to see an architectural marvel. The bar was predictably expensive as was the restaurant. But, there are loads of restaurants around the hotel and it is well placed for theatres. Would definitely return. Try to get a rate on Expedia.
Incredibly luxurious hotel near Kings tube station. Marble lobby, stairs, walls, bathrooms. This is a perfect example of an old building lovingly restored ( very recently)and put to a current use. Staff was phenomenal, the rooms are large, luxurious and very well equipped. Health club in the hotel, liveried doormen, a gourmet restaurant as well as a clubby bar. The hotel is immaculately maintained. The outside of the hotel is as beautiful as the inside, and by London standards not as expensive as it should be. MUCH nicer than the old hotels in Kensington and about half the price. Grocers nearby and close the British Museum, and the City.
Highly recommend this establishment!