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150 Piccadilly (St. James)
(44) 020-7493-8181 | www.theritzlondon.com
FOODThe Ritz Restaurant - classic cuisine, breakfast, lunch, and dinner with dinner dance on Friday and Saturday; The Palm Court - afternoon tea; access to the Restaurant at the Ritz Club (otherwise members only); 24-hour Room Service
DRINKThe Rivoli Bar - drinks and light meals; access to the Bar at the Ritz Club (otherwise members only)
ROOMSAntique furnishings and restored period details; corner rooms are spacious and desirable
PRICE (STANDARD DOUBLE)GBP 300
YEAR OPENED1906 (2005 last renovated)
# OF ROOMS135
CONNECTIVITYYes - high speed Internet
GYMYes - personal trainer available on request
SPAYes - The Ritz Salon; hairdressing and a wide variety of massage and beauty treatments
TUBEGreen Park; St. James Park, Hyde Park Corner
Very elegant, traditional, and formal with a generally older crowd in conservative, expensive suits.
GO HERE WITH
Your parents or grandparents
WHY WE LIKE IT
The Ritz London is an institution. The building is a London landmark; the style is old fashioned yet impressive and grand. Staff ratio of about 2:1 ensures extra attention. And the central location bordering Bond Street–a stone's throw to Mayfair, Knightsbridge, and the Theater District–is very convenient to anyone in London for tourism.
AMENITY WE LOVE
Afternoon tea at the Palm Court is legendary.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
The dress code is just a bit too much for us–dressing up for a simple nightcap, while elegant and festive, is tiresome. Though we found some staff members exceptionally friendly and kind, others were a bit aloof.
GOOD TO KNOW
The Ritz London has a formal dress code in its public areas (including all restaurants and bars, except at breakfast). Gentlemen are requested to wear a jacket and tie, and jeans and/or training shoes are not permitted in these areas. Hotel guests and up to six of their guests are granted temporary access to members-only The Ritz Club after filling out a simple application. The club offers a restaurant (7:00pm-3:00am), bar (from 2:00pm), and gaming casino (2:00pm-6:00am; roulette, blackjack, poker, and Baccarat) located in a spectacular former ballroom.
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