Royal Lancaster Hotel Review, London
We were invited to spend the night at the newly refurbished Royal Lancaster Hotel in central London last month, and of course we said yes without hesitation. What we found was a hotel with modernity and tranquillity, ideal for a weekend break in the capital.
The Royal Lancaster hotel has been on our radar for a while, and whilst you may instantly think the hotel is part of a large chain like most central London accommodation, the Royal Lancaster is actually an independent – and it’s all the better for it.
This large and well located hotel has been given a fresh and modern twist, with contemporary furniture, gold geometric accents and wide glass windows. The spacious entrance hall features a reception lounge leading to a bar, and plenty of welcoming staff – always a good start. The check in process was smooth and within a few minutes we were walking into our room and enjoying a super view of the London skyline.
Being the tallest building in the area by some margin, you can be guaranteed amazing views all the way round no matter which room you stay in. From our bed we could admire the Shard, London Eye and Gherkin – but don’t worry – the night lights won’t disturb your sleep due to the remote controlled black-out blinds.
Apart from the great vista, the room had all the added touches one would want, including robes, slippers, minibar, a complimentary fruit bowl, White Company toiletries, rain shower head, huge flatscreen TV, and a gigantic bed with enough pillows to throw on the floor before climbing in to bed. One feature which we particularly appreciated was a free-to-use tablet which showcased information on the local area including maps, recommendations and even includes free international calls to certain countries – a nice touch for those who don’t know London and are open to suggestions.
A little weekend break in the big smoke, with shopping and visits to the many outstanding museums is what many non-city folk dream of, and the Royal Lancaster has one of the best locations possible. It is situated right next to Hyde Park, which means you can take a pleasant stroll whatever the season.
The nearest tube station, Lancaster Gate, is a mere 1 minute walk around the corner, and thanks to its central line connection, swiftly takes you to all the main sights. If you are heading to the theatre, as we decided to do, just four stops on the tube will take you to Tottenham Court Road which is walking distance to the Palace, Soho, Dominion, Apollo and Phoenix Theatres, to name a few! Plus, there is an impressive choice of restaurants for some pre-show dining around Soho and plenty of traditional London boozers.
After a day exploring the city and enjoying a theatre show, we headed back to the hotel late and hit the bar before bed. I imagine the hotel bars are busier during the week with business travellers than perhaps weekends with us social ones. That can work both ways as you can pick up some cracking deals and upgrades on weekends. After the nightcap we slipped into the luxurious sheets. A combination of the blackout blinds, comforting silence and wonderfully huge bed meant that we slept deeply, and through our morning alarm!
We didn’t get the chance to try the evening food whilst we were there and there are plenty of incredible places to try locally. Though saying that, the on-site Thai is highly rated. We did, however, try breakfast. The Royal Lancaster try and source everything as locally as possible and promote sustainable living wherever possible, such as their ten bee hives on the roof producing all of the honey used in the hotel. Head to tail cooking is also promoted which ensures the chefs commit to using the whole of an animal in certain dishes rather than just certain cuts.
The food certainly showed the locally sourced quality and once we actually received a menu it was large and well stocked. However, the service did let it down slightly and we seemed to have trouble getting the attention of nearly any member of staff – but that could well have just been an off day.
Overall, the hotel provides and modern and tranquil space from which to explore the capital in comfort and we would highly recommend it for a short break or weekend away. Head over to the Royal Lancaster Website where prices start at around £315 per night.
Image Credit: Richard Twilton