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Beeston Pl., Grosvenor Gardens (Belgravia)
(44) 20-7396-9000 | www.thegoring.com
FOODThe Dining Room - elegant British fare; 24-hour room service
DRINKThe Bar and Lounge - drinks, light bites, famous afternoon tea; The Garden Terrace - divine in summer
ROOMSSpacious with light/neutral decor; decorated in a classic English country house style
PRICE (STANDARD DOUBLE)GBP 390
YEAR OPENED1910; phased renovations (2009)
# OF ROOMS71
GYMNo - complimentary access to LA fitness three minutes away
SPANo - off-site deal with LA fitness three minutes away
Traditional British formal in a smaller hotel setting with lovely gardens. The formal dining room seems more suitable for a business lunch or dinner. The sitting room on the first floor is comfortable for a nightcap, but during the daytime and early evening it is filled with business suits. The later the evening gets, the more relaxed the lounge becomes.
GO HERE WITH
Your proper aunt; your parents; co-workers; anyone who is looking for a formal British boutique experience.Tends to attract an older crowd.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The location is convenient (within a 10 minute walk to tourist favorite Buckingham Palace); the rooms are spacious and each is decorated slightly differently; and the sitting room in the lobby is relaxing during the later evening hours.
AMENITY WE LOVE
Beds were surprisingly comfortable–Westin dream beds, watch out! Sink into the couches in the bar for a quiet evening nightcap.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
Our room details needed tweaking: lights in bathroom (brighter, please!) and the desk (one can’t sit at the desk properly–chairs are too high!). Competent service could be a touch less stuffy. (That said, one of our readers reported in that the staff always make her feel “at home,” even whipping up a much-needed late night burger upon request.)
GOOD TO KNOW
First hotel in the world to have private bathrooms and central heating in every bedroom. Many claim (especially bath enthusiasts) that Room 114 is the best in the house, for its whirlpool tub under an octagonal cupola.
Read more about The Goring in The Diary
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