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Historical Traveler Reviews Threadneedles Hotel London
Stayed for our wedding night...the staff was polite, helpful and kind. Room was beautiful (stayed in an executive room). Had the romance package so rose petals were scattered on the bed, bathroom floor and around the sink. Candle was lit next to the bathtub and we were able to watch tv while taking a bath! Bottle of champagne was waiting for us as well as a delicious box of chocolates.
The bed was incredibly comfortable and spacious.
Now for the bad...the only thing I can complain about is breakfast: we had a continental. The croissants and pain au chocolat were not fresh. They forgot to give us plates and a set of cutlery. Obviously this isn't much of a complaint and that is why I would stay at Threadneedles again in the future and highly recommend it!
Stayed at this hotel for a weekend. Lovely lobby, staff very polite. Checked in as soon as we arrived, the receptionist showed us to our room, pointing out how to use our room key to work the lift.
Corridors quite funky with illuminous pink lights at the end of each corridor. Room was slightly smaller than anticipated, but still lovely. Earthy tones, and lovely high ceiling which makes the room appear bigger than it actually is. Bathroom was very nice, the tv in the bathroom was a nice touch. Good supply of gels and creams.
Not much of a view, looking onto a roof, and the windows of the office next door, but who goes to a hotel in london to stare out of the window all day, so didnt bother us one bit. We got room service on the first night, which at first appeared expensive, but once the food arrived the huge portions made sense of the price. However the food was not brilliant, extremely salty, so in future i would advise you to ask for no salt and add it yourself to your taste.
The mini bar was not very expensive, which was a surprise. The complimentary water and ice of an evening was handy. All in all a very positive experience. Although the area was quite deserted during the weekend, we were quite happy to walk into the strand etc, Definatly recommended.
High quality hotel for the business traveller in London
Threadneedles is located in the heart of London's financial district, inside a refurbished Victorian banking house.
Service from front desk staff and porters was consistently outstanding, the room extremely well appointed with spacious bathroom (containing shower, bath, LCD TV and phone), and a comfortable bed. Mineral water (choice of sparkling or still) was provided with the turndown service, overnight shoeshine, CD player and Internet access conveniently located on the desk were also nice additions. The room was quiet as a mouse -- I was bot disturbed by either traffic or other guests. Highly recommended for business people working in the City.
Threadneedles, We will be back!
The Threadneedles is a great boutique hotel, we stayed over a weekend and it was really peaceful and quite, however the Bank underground is a block away, so getting anywhere in London is extremely convenient. The rooms are exceptionally spacious and well appointed. The bed and linens were of excellent quality. Great shower and enjoyed watching TV while bathing. We could not fault the service and anything we asked for was provided for quickly and efficiently. All the staff were extremely pleasant and helpful. Their attention to detail was remarkable. We will definitely recommend the Threadneedles Hotel and hopefully will be back in the future.
Don't stay at the weekend
I booked the Threadneedles as a last minute night away with my wife in Novemeber. This hotel always seems to pop up when searching, and I had been tempted to go before, so was quite pleased when it became available again at one-day notice to our trip. A word of warning - I believed that I was lucky when only this and a few other 4/5 star hotels were available for the weekend. The reason for this is that the hotel sits in Bank, the financial district of London. I believe nearly all of their trade is midweek businessmen and the hotel becomes very nearly empty at the weekends as a result. Whilst this means that you generally receive an upgraded room and quiet surroundings, it also means that the restaurant is closed and there exists only a skeleton staff.
First impressions were good - empty and wonderfully grand foyer, and the gentleman booking us in remembered my name from my phone-call the day earlier (another example of the slow weekend trade!). Our room was very nice - clean, luxurious, and very contempary. We had booked a romantic break, and there were rose-petals on the bed and in the bath. Nice touches such as fresh apples in a bowl, personalised business cards, LCD TV in the bathroom, and magazines were present.
We decided to order room service and this is when the problems began - the menu is essentially snack items and I asked how long this would take. I was told 15 mins tops, and so we decided to watch some TV rather than bath etc. After 50mins I called only to be told that there had been a shift-change and that the order would be straight up. After a further 15mins I complained and was sent up a complementary bottle of wine. During this wait we decided to try something from the minibar to find that it was not working - everything was warm. After finishing the food, we both decided that the room was getting rather cold. After 20mins of playing with the air-con controls I again complained to reception to be told that the central computer was not functioning correctly and some rooms could not be heated. A further rant afforded us an upgrade to a suite. This was wonderful and not beset by the gremlins of the other.
If it were not for the actions of the duty-manager, I would have refused to pay the bill at this hotel. A romantic evening turned into a farce involving regular telephone conversations with the manager and waiting various waiters/assistants etc. I suspect that we were just unlucky, but it did spoil an otherwise lovely weekend.
From the very moment we arrived, Threadneedles Hotel surpassed every expectation. The reception staff were excellent, very helpful and welcoming.
We were shown to our rooms by the most professional young lady, Christiana, who took the time to point out all the features and facilities of each room. The rooms were meticulous and of the highest standard we have ever experinced, each of the rooms we had booked had it's own ambiance, in addition to special little touches like the candle and the magazines in the bathroom. The view from our room over to St. Pauls cathedral was awe inspiring.
The room service was professional, and all that one could wish for.
The breakfast was outstanding, together with the service provided, down to the placing of the napkins on our laps!
When it came time to check out there was no pressure, and our request to leave our bags to later in the day was granted allowing us to enjoy a further day enjoying London before leaving in the evening.
Overall the very best hotel we have ever had the pleasure of staying in.
Many, Many thanks , Threadneedles.
Great Boutique Hotel in the City of London
I stayed in this hotel at the weekend (when the City of London is more or less deserted) and I loved it. Excellent, professional but friendly service, tastefully decorated rooms (and the bed had the softest sheets I have ever touched in my lifetime), peace, quiet and karma. It's very much a business hotel (I know it is usually full during the week, but only gets a few guests at weekends), and the bar is not open during the weekend, but Threadneedles is 100 times more interesting than any chain hotel out there.
My only niggle is that inside the rooms you don't get much natural daylight - especially if you overlook the side street or the back of the building - after all this is only 3 floors high and is surrounded by tall office blocks, but as I was there mainly to sleep at night, it did not bother me much. The bathroom was spacious and practical, with both a bath and a separate shower cubicle, and fab toiletries in large, generous sizes. I would definitely return. - at the weekend in any case (cheaper rates, but still about £160 per night for a standard room), as I doubt I can afford the high(er) mon-thu rates! Good location for quick access to Bank underground, Liverpool Street station, Petticoat Lane, Brick Lane, Tower 42 (with its champagne bar on the 42nd floor, and Rhodes 24 Restaurant on the 24th floor), and many other City things. Far from the Madding Crowds of the West End. Absolute Bliss.
Mixed feelings on this one
I've heard so much good things about this hotel that my expectations were too high. The rooms were very nice, with decorations like books and artifacts that you wouldn't normally see at a hotel. It gave a "special" feeling to the room. The service was excellent as well. Couple things of note. The elevator works only with your room card key, but I wasn't shown how it worked. I inserted the card and waited for some sign that it was accepted and kept doing that a number of times since the elevator would not work. In the end I gave up and went back to reception which is not closeby and was shown that it had to be inserted and taken out fairly quick. Simple matter but it would have been nice to know beforehand. The elevator was very small and I felt cramped with another person. Why would such a nice hotel have such a small elevator? The biggest disappointment for me was the sound. I was constantly bothered by the sound of the tv or people talking in the room next to mine. The hotel is not cheap by any standards and I felt cheated out of a satisfying stay. If the room next door was not occupied I would have rated this hotel Excellent . If anyone who is bothered with sounds are planning to stay there I suggest asking for a room with no one immediately next to you. Otherwise the hotel was very nice.
The Threadneedles was quite nice. I stayed there alone and felt quite safe as a woman. The reception staff knew who I was when I walked in.
They were quite professional but friendly and showed me to my room. The floors can only be reached by an elevator that only works with key card access no matter what floor you go to.
The room was a good size for one person--it was a corner executive room. The bathroom was rather large and reminded me of FS (Four Seasons) bathrooms with a separate bath and shower. There were bath salts, a candle and magazines next to the tub and a flower on a little stand in the bathroom.
The bedroom had a very comfortable bed (and believe me, I am quite picky about that) with perfect pillows.
I could not hear any noise anywhere but I suppose that could have been due to the fact that it was a corner room.
I thought the food was excellent. I had a club sandwich as I got there late. The restaurant closed at 10:30 so I could not order a real dinner, even on the room service menu. Breakfast the next morning at the restaurant was wonderful though and the service impeccable.
My only criticism--more just an opinion really--is that it is decorated in a more masculine manner-with very earthy tones on the walls in both the bedroom and the bathroom. They also use Molton Brown bath products which I also find a bit masculine. They try to add some feminine touches such as a vanity mirror, the bath accessories I mentioned, and a real (non-wall-attached) hairdryer.
The service is definitely comparable to many FS hotels I have stayed in. They even have preprinted business cards with your name and direct phone number to your room.
It's a matter of taste but for the service, safety and bedding, it is worth a stay here.
Stayed a Saturday night in Aug 2003 the "city" is dead quiet and I think there were only 2 other guests at the hotel ? service was first rate standard rooms were beautiful room service efficient and hot!!
public areas stunning-Rest/bar closed at the weekend is the only downside but lots of deals with other hotels ie access to the purple bar at the Sanderson.