Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel London
Enjoyed my stay
I stayed at the Lowndes the week of Thanksgiving and booked through BA. I asked for and received a room overlooking the street. The closest tube stop is about a three minute, three block walk past the front entrance of Harvey Nichols.
Breakfast was included in the rate and I noshed on some croissants and fruit. The room was a comfortable size for one person and I was glad to be able to open the windows for fresh air.
One weird thing about the tv/cable stations was that the hotel seems to block Channel 5, which isn't too big a deal but makes one wonder why.
One of two minor quibbles: late maid service every day, even after the maid saw me leave around 9:30 one morning. When I came back that day for a pit stop after lunch, she wanted to know when I was leaving so she could clean my room! I wanted to ask her why she didn't clean my room earlier but let it pass.
Two of two minor quibbles: When checking out, my bill showed a service charge of almost 2 pounds for every morning I had breakfasted in the restaurant. Front desk personnel informed me that I didn't have to pay and I chose not to since I had only asked the waitress for a glass of water.
Other than those quibbles, highly recommend the hotel for its great location. The rate from BA was very good, too, for a nice, small hotel.
My husband and I stayed here for five nights in early November 2004 and found the hotel wonder. We booked through the British Airways website and the price was great for a London hotel. The rooms are a very good size...for a London hotel. The concierges are GREAT. The only issue was the hotel restaurant. The breakfast was the full English breakfast was included in our package that would of cost about $30.00 each and the service was very poor. They had a hard time getting our order correct. Improvements need be made to the restaurant service. Overall, I would highly recommend this hotel.
Generally Good - But One Bad Incident
My wife and I chose this hotel largely due to the rave Trip Advisor reviews.
For the most part we found the hotel to live up to expectations (i.e., good rate, nice size rooms, conveniently located (near the tube), quiet neigborhood but not far from the action, boutique-y intimate feel, generous full breakfast included in our package (which was a good thing because it was priced at 14 pounds (nearly $28) per person on the menu) and pleasant staff (as first time visitors to London, we found the concierge particulalry helpful and knowledgeable)).
However, we got off to a bad start when, while unpacking in the room, we discovered a discarded condom wrapper (thankfully sans condom) on the floor in our closet. We immediately phoned the front desk to express our disgust and, while they did send up housekeeping right away, we were disappointed that they weren't more apologetic and didn't offer to do more to make up for such a foul introduction to their property. We're not ones to look for freebies, but a token acknowledgment here would have been nice.
While the rest of our stay here lived up to expectations and we'd probably stay there again if ever in London, it will be difficult not to think of the "condom wrapper on the floor" incident when we remember our first visit to the Lowndes.
I stayed at the Lowndes for three nights in May. I am from England so I know how much the hotels can vary in quality. Since we arrived early at Heathrow from the US we reached the hotel by about 9:00am. Without a second thought we were checked in which gave us an opportunity to rest. Our room was clean and comfortable and all the staff did an excellent job and very helpful. The hotel is centrally located to all main attractions. I would not hesitate to stay there again and would highly recommend it.
Lovely Boutique Hotel
My daughter and I just returned from a week holiday in London, where we stayed at 2 different hotels. Our first hotel was the Lowndes, which we thoroughly enjoyed. The hotel is quaint and located in a quiet beautiful residential neighborhood, walking distance to all the "chic" shopping (Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Gucci, Laura Ashley. etc). The service was great and the Citronelle restaurant served a wonderful full breakfast, which was included in our rate. The beds were very comfortable with white soft duvets, and the room tastefully decorated.
Room service was quick and the food delicious (the french fries were the best). Not many channels available for children, but we were on the go so much that it didn't matter. If you prefer a small, elegant hotel with great shopping close by, the Lowndes hotel is for you. We much preferred it over our stay at the 5 star Landmark Hotel.
An elegant intimate and comfortable hotel
I've stayed in the Lowndes twice. I travel alone, and feel very safe here. The staff is very friendly and helpful. It is a 5-minute walk from the tube or bus, and at night this can be a little scary because there are few pedestrians. But, that's only in my mind because I'm a New Yorker -- I've never had reason to be scared there. It's a very elegant, quiet neighborhood. During the day there's a fabulous food market on the corner and you can keep wonderful things in the room fridge. The Carlton Tower's health club and pool (included with all Lowndes rooms) are really elegant and it's about a one-minute walk to get there -- just a great ending to the day, complete with tart green apples and super-fat robes and slippers. If you can get a balcony room, it's really nice -- but all the rooms are nice. Try and get a bargain with the airlines. Both Delta and BA have specials here.
An elegant oasis
We spent four days at the Lowndes as part of the PBS Friendship tour in November and found it to be everything prior reviews had stated. The rooms were ov average size, but certainly comfortable. The basket of fruit on arrival was a delight. The windows opened for a breeze and scent, but as it is off the beaten path, little noise. Restaurant was excellent, but quite pricey. However there is no dearth of places to eat in London. Easy access to two "tube" stations made travel around the city a breeze. I must mention the two concierge's who were an absolute delight and more helpful than we had reason to expect. We definitely felt welcome and cared for. Definitely a "must return".
A nice small hotel, excellent located. Just a few steps from Harrods.
Very friendly and attentive staff, nice decoration and a reasonable price.
Lowndes a great find!
Great value, great location! Medium size rooms, well appointed with duvet bedding and modern bathrooms. The hotel staff and concierge were very helpful and friendly. Breakfast (which was included with my room rate) was better than experienced at other London hotels. No lukewarm buffet dishes - breakfast is cooked to order. Continental breakfast was also better than elsewhere.Only 3 negatives: 1) hotel restaurant prices were very high 2) pervasive cigarette and cigar smoke in restaurant , lobby and occasionally our room. 3) don't do any foreign currency conversions - their exchange rates are ridiculous - more than 10% off rates you can get elsewhere.
I spent six nights at the Lowndes in March 2003. The hotel is very comfortable, well-lit, and cheerful.
My room was medium sized and contained a queen size bed, easy chair, desk, safe, large TV, and ample closet space. The bed did not have the usual sheets and blanket, but rather a down duvet that was luxurious.
The sheets were made from fine cotton---so soft! There were firm and soft pillows on the bed, as well as a couple of colorful throw pillows.
I particularly appreciated the nightly turn down service.
The bathroom was small and accented with marble. The hotel provided complimentary high end bath products (shampoos, soaps, etc.).
The Lowndes is no longer a Hyatt property; it is now owned by an Arab hotel chain based in Dubai. The television channels included BBC, CNN, MSNBC, local channels, and several Arab channels. Guests at the Lowndes have complimentary access to the amenities at the hotel's sister property, the Carlton Towers, located just around the corner.
One of the best features of The Lowndes is the location. The hotel is located on a quiet street just off of Lowndes Square. The Knightsbridge Tube stop is a block away, as is Harvey Nichols department store and Hyde Park. Harrods and the Victoria and Albert Museum are within walking distance.
The staff are friendly and helpful. The hotel has a bistro that serves good food, but is overpriced.
I would definitely stay at the Lowndes again.
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