Hotel: The Strand Palace Hotel, London
Date: Saturday 27th June 2015
Room: Air-conditioned King Room
I love any excuse to head to the big smoke for a night or two and what better way than to stay right in the centre, steps away from The Thames, Parliament or Trafalgar Square. The Strand Palace Hotel boasts an incredible location and it’s not something many hotels can say unless they charge sky high prices per night. What is great about The Strand Palace is that it does offer affordable luxury and the location without breaking the bank.
Our room was a good size for central London, the king size bed was comfortable and perfectly clean with crisp white sheets. Now not that its needed in the summer but extra bedding was available if wanted and more importantly extra pillows! It was also well equipped with a Nespresso Machine to get you started on your day of exploring! For a little more luxury you can enjoy the Thierry Mugler designer toiletries, bathrobe and slippers – perfect to relax after walking around the city.
We had the opportunity to relax in The Mask Bar before we spent a night out in London Town. The Mask Bar was exactly how it sounds, elegant, classy and intimate. We indulged ourselves with their delicious Gin Menu and tasted the Angel and the Tequila Sunrise Gin cocktails to kick-start a Saturday night out. The Mask Bar serves some petite snack foods to compliment the cocktails.
I can’t forget though that The Strand Palace Hotel hosts a whole mix of eateries that for those staying a little longer. The Dawaat an Indian establishment using inspiration from Indian Street food and creatively mixing with fine dining. Then there’s the Nooke Bar offering those Friday after work drinks and its also great place to grab something before your theater performance begins. For something more contemporary and a little less stuffy try The Carvery & Grill with predominantly local produce (all within 30-miles of the Hotel), these top quality ingredients are sure to tickle the taste buds! As if that wasn’t enough you can enjoy a true British Afternoon Tea serving a quintessential mix of tea cakes, savouries and traditional teas.
As I said the location is pretty amazing for the price, it’s an easy place to get around with the metro links – the hotel is pretty much smack bang in the middle of Temple Underground and Leicester Square, but it’s also a stones throw from Waterloo Bridge so a quick way to get over the Thames without using transport.
It’s hard to tell what kind of clientele usually stay at the hotel purely because it’s central London, yet I saw everyone from business men to families to all kinds of foreign travelers. That being said it had a quite understated feel about it and I didn’t feel at any point like the hotel was full – which it was. Gotta be a good sign, right?!
My favourite bit!
By far my favourite part of the stay was the Mask Bar, it’s such a good place to unwind and relax either at the end of the long day or before heading out for a night of London fun. It was dimly lit, the walls adorned with beautiful wallpaper all fitting well with the velvet coves and chairs – purple, emerald green and black furnishings totally setting the ‘Masquerade’ theme.
My worst bit!
The only small criticism from me is the slightly small bathroom. It’s really no biggy, and I am really fishing here, but it was a little small in comparison to the size of the bedroom.
Overall The Strand Palace Hotel was the perfect location for adventure in London. The staff I can’t forget were absolutely lovely from the moment we stepped inside and did everything they could to make our stay unforgettable. On our early departure we were given pre-prepared breakfasts to take with us, consisting of pastries, fresh juice and fruit. I would certainly suggest using The Strand Palace Hotel for when ‘location’ is everything!
Rooms from £292 p/night for a the Air-conditioned King room, breakfast inc.
The Strand Palace Hotel, 372 Strand, London, WC2R 0JJ, UK; +44 207 379 4737