Claridges Hotel London Hotel Review
by Frank Smith
I booked a room at Claridges to celebrate my 2nd wedding anniversary with my wife and while putting a dent in my wallet I can honestly say it was worth every penny.
Having pre-booked a room via the hotels online booking system, check in is relatively simple. A single signature is required to confirm the reservation, thankfully there are no lengthy forms to fill out as in many hotels. After completing the documentation, one is offered a tour of the hotel's facilities before being escorted to the room and shown the features, which are several and numerous.
It is this level of personal service which marks Claridges out from that of its competitors in the luxury hotel market. Such high levels of service are maintained throughout one's stay. Once settled in the room one is offered the option of having tea or Champagne brought up to the room.
Check out the next day is a similarly fuss-free affair, again a simple signature is required and the presentation of the credit card used is not required. Again, service is personalized and friendly with staff bringing the bill around the desk and finishing the transaction with a hand shake.
Breakfast is served in the foyer restaurant and is of an exceptional quality. There are a wide choice of breakfasts available, from the traditional Full English to a Japanese breakfast, which includes rice and salmon. Breakfast is served with a selection of toasts, cakes and homemade jams and preserves.
The rooms at Claridges are epic in both size and content. Standard rooms are finished completely in the art deco style, this includes every feature of the room, from the mirror above the desk to the light fittings and switches. Standard rooms contain a large double bed, two desks, several telephones and a extremely large but tastefully wall mounted TV. In addition, all rooms are connected to the hotels free WIFI internet service.
Bathroom suites see the continuing of the art deco theme and contain a shower, bath basin and toilet. The bathrooms are finished with black and white marble floors and wall, all of which adds to the art deco feel of the suite. Rooms and bathrooms also contain a large amount of dark wood, which adds a touch of age to the feel.