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Despite running a travel website where we usually cover ways to get away from the UK, we do occasionally get around to reviewing hotels on our doorstep. And let’s face it: in London, we are spoiled for choice ….

A couple of months ago we reminded readers of all of the great hotels that were reader-reviewed during the pandemic as part of our ‘My Favourite Hotel’ series. The article was very popular and helped a lot of readers to discover content that they never knew we had.

We’ve decided to run more of these articles occasionally. Today, I want to look back at the 26 London hotel reviews we have done since 2019.

We have not included airport hotels which will be covered in a later article.

West London: Battersea, Mayfair and Westminster

The West End has long been a popular location for hotels; none moreso than Mayfair and Park Lane, where virtually every building is a grand (and often historic) hotel.

  • JW Marriott Grosvenor House: one of London’s largest five-star hotels, this is one of the many luxury hotels to grace Park Lane – the historic centre of luxury in London (and now with The Peninsula just across Hyde Park Corner)
citizenM Victoria

In Westminster:

  • citizenM Victoria: the newest of citizenM’s capsule-style hotels in London, close to Buckingham Palace and Westminster, with high-tech rooms
Art’otel Battersea

And, south of the river:

  • art’otel Battersea Power Station: directly opposite the restored Battersea Power Station, this hotel looks like it could have been styled by Mondrian, with boldly-coloured rooms and a rooftop pool

The Square Mile

The ancient Roman centre of London now forms a major business district, with steel and glass skyscrapers contrasting mediaeval churches and imposing neoclassical buildings.

Whilst few people live here – although it is becoming more popular, with many bars and restaurants now open at weekends – the area has seen a number of new hotels open as developers realise how well connected the area is.

  • Andaz London Liverpool Street: this was Hyatt’s first Andaz hotel when it opened in the original railway hotel building at Liverpool Street Station. Historic features and an exceptional breakfast set it apart.
  • Westin London City: Marriott’s wellness brand comes to London with a riverside hotel featuring an extensive spa and pool in the heart of the City
  • citizenM Tower of London: citizenM’s flagship hotel in London, this capsule-style property offers small, high-tech rooms and a rooftop bar with views of the Tower of London and Tower Bridge
  • DoubleTree Tower of London: this is a discreet property tucked in between Fenchurch Street Station and the Tower of London. The SkyLounge rooftop bar has views across the city.

Central London: Soho, Trafalgar Square and the South Bank

In Bloomsbury, the fashionable residential area around the British Museum:

  • Kimpton Fitzroy: this stunning Victorian hotel is a landmark in itself. It’s as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside, with grand marble entrances and a stunning palm court – although beware the small standard rooms

Just north of Oxford Street at the Soho end, one of London’s busiest neighbourhoods for restaurants, bars and shops:

  • The London EDITION: hotelier Ian Shrager’s outpost in London, the brand’s luxurious minimalist rooms with wood panelling contrast the magnificent 19th century features in the lobby and restaurant
  • Hotel Cafe Royal: this luxury hotel is right on Regents Street and Piccadilly Circus, with a storied history and underground spa
Marriott County Hall London South Bank
Marriott County Hall

On the South Bank and Bankside you have:

  • Marriott County Hall: you can see many of London’s top attractions from its prime location on the South Bank of the Thames opposite the London Eye.
  • Hampton by Hilton London Waterloo: Hilton’s no-frills brand, this hotel is good value and well located, just south of Waterloo Station and the Old Vic Theatre, with independent restaurants and bars a two minute walk away on The Cut
  • Sea Containers: this luxury nautical themed hotel takes is inspired by the building’s previous incarnation as the offices for the container transport company. The hotel features Tom Dixon-designed rooms and excellent views across the Thames to St Pauls.
  • Hilton Bankside: the faux-industrial style of this hotel is a far cry from your average Hilton; the location, just round the corner from the Tate Modern, is discreet yet central.
Great Scotland Yard Hotel 40 Elephants
Great Scotland Yard

In Whitehall, between Trafalgar Square and the Thames:

East London: Canary Wharf, Shoreditch, Whitechapel, Stratford

East London contains a growing number of hotels and is becoming a popular spot thanks to its easy connections to the West End via the Elizabeth Line and trendy bars, restaurants and markets.

We have seen a number of new hotel openings over the past few years with no end in sight.

Closest to Bank and the City of London you have:

  • Canopy London City: this is Hilton’s first Canopy hotel in the UK and offers a trendy, boutique-style four-star hotel
  • Hyatt Place London City East: Hyatt’s answer to a Hampton Hotel, this Hyatt Place is close to Whitechapel and Brick Lane and offers budget accommodation that isn’t boring
Hart Shoreditch

In Shoreditch, we’ve reviewed:

  • citizenM Shoreditch: one of four citizenM hotels in the city with high-tech capsule-style hotel rooms
The Gantry

And slightly further we’ve visited:

  • Marriott Canary Wharf: refurbished just before the pandemic and handy both for amenties of the Wharf and Central London via the Jubilee Line
  • Hyatt Regency Stratford: this conversion of an IHG hotel is right in the middle of Stratford’s Westfield shopping centre and within walking distance of the London Stadium

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Comments (22)

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  • H says:

    Although, understandably, not on the list, The Heathrow Hyatt Place has really good value Hyatt Points redemptions, good value underground parking for 24 hours and good access to central london by regular bus and tube.
    Not like staying in central London but a useful , inexpensive redemption alternative.

    • NigelthePensioner says:

      Can you not book parking for the duration of your vacation? The Sofitel car parking costs have doubled and Citizen Khan(‘t) has added £25 to the journey to LHR for many!

    • Richie says:

      BTW Rhys mentions airport hotels will be in a later article.

  • NigelthePensioner says:

    There are some interesting properties to be sure in the capital right now. My wife and I went to lunch at the Peninsula’s Canton Blue a week after it opened – Superb! After a grand tour of the hotel after eating, we have booked a 3 night weekend shortly before Christmas!
    We shall be staying at the new Sun Street Hotel on Sunday, due to its proximity to the E line from Lpool St to T5 and the Sofitel on Monday. The Sun Street looks very similar to Ham Yard and I think it would be worth a review by a member of your team…..

  • CamFlyer says:

    I also highly recommend the Montcalm East (Autograph Collection). We had an excellent stay there last weekend. The bell staff in particular were incredible, and took great care of us and our three yo. The family suites (really, interconnecting rooms) are good value. It’s on the current Amex £300/£100 promotion.

  • Save East Coast Rewards says:

    On the home page there’s a picture of the Park Lane Hilton, but nothing actually in the article! Has anyone been there recently? I was there a few years before the pandemic, the restaurant and exec lounge were very good, but the rooms were dated. Has there been a renovation? I seem to recall the restaurant lost its Michelin star during covid.

    Saying the Hamton Waterloo is good value has to be a joke! I looked at prices on a random weekday in October and I got £323, when I’m paying that much money I might as well pay an extra £100 for the Hilton Bankside and enjoy a better breakfast and a lounge.

    • Rhys says:

      It’s in the process of a full top to bottom refurbishment. Meant to open about now…but who knows!

      • Rob says:

        There is a Park Lane review but just outside the time frame of this article –

      • Save East Coast Rewards says:

        Ooh, it’ll be nice to see what it’s like refurbished. I’ve just looked at Rob’s review and it looks like he was there a few months before me. I agree on the description of the rooms and the public areas. The exec lounge seems better from my memory (which was lucky because I had to wait there as my room wasn’t ready). My only dining memories were positive (the rooftop restaurant), I can’t remember the breakfast (sounds like it was forgettable based on the review)

    • Rob says:

      As the article says, it was bookable for £84 two years ago.

      • Save East Coast Rewards says:

        That was during covid, London hotels were crazily cheap back then. I got the Conrad St James for around £200/night in 2021 booked through Emyr so I got the extra benefits too.

        I remember seeing the DoubleTree on Pentonville Road (near KGX) around £50/night early 2021.

        About the only good thing about the covid years was the cheap London hotels (when travel was possible)

        • Rob says:

          It’s £130 for much of January, having just looked. Given that you get breakfast for that and the location is great (plus Hilton points etc) you can’t argue.

          Admittedly if you want an £80 Hampton or Moxy then you’re looking at the new ones next to Excel these days.

          • Save East Coast Rewards says:

            I’m surprised the Excel ones (tend to be cheap when no event on) haven’t started rising in price now with the Elizabeth line within reach.

            Now you mention it I seem to recall the Hampton in Waterloo being cheap in January in previous years too, so perhaps it is a quiet time for them.

          • Rob says:

            To be fair I haven’t checked recently but I did an £80 night at the Hampton back in January to keep my Hilton Diamond intact – which ironically just paid off as I’ve got the top suite at the Hilton I’m in this weekend!

  • MisterE says:

    Surprised not to see the St Pancras Renaissance – very convenient if arriving into Kings Cross or Eurostar

    • Rob says:

      We’re doing that next week as it happens – Sinead stayed there for a Eurostar event recently.

      • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

        Will you be reviewing the fast track Eurostar service where you get escorted from your room to the platform? Sounds great but hard to find information about it.

  • Neil says:

    Doubletree Tower of London is very tired these days. Booked in there by my employer but I don’t like it.
    Stayed at Sea Containers twice and much preferred that.

  • pauldb says:

    Is this article aimed at us or the various new openings that might want a place in the list? 😁
    OT but, while I’m thinking of the PH London, I see a December opening date has appeared for the long delayed PH Marrakech.

    • meta says:

      Re: PH Marrakech. It has appeared last year and it was supposed to open before summer then pushed again after summer, now December. It’s also not available for cash or points bookings.

      I wish hotels stopped advertising opening dates unless they are 100% certain they will be opening on time.

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