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A very Historic Hotel with Wonderful Service
Date: 23/09/00, updated on 23/09/00 (125 review reads)
Advantages: Very Comfortable and Service that is Second to None
Disadvantages: No leisure Centre
On a recent trip to London I was fortunate to be able to stay at the world renowned Brown’s Hotel.
Browns are now owned by the Raffles group who are renowned for their excellent personal service.
On arrival at the hotel I was greeted by a very smartly dressed doorman who showed me through to the reception area.
The hotel which is made up of 11 Georgian town houses was originally two establishments Brown’s and St Georges Hotel’s.
The hotel was last refurbished in 1997 when the Raffles group took over control. The rooms are all decorated to a very high standard if a little old fashioned. The room I stayed in was wood panelled with a very masculine Prince of Wales check on the seats.
As the hotel building is a very old building the rooms are more generous in size. I stayed in a standard room and it was bigger than a suite at some other hotels.
All rooms have ISDN/voicemail/telephone, separate desk area and very comfortable beds. The bathrooms are marble and also very generous in size. It almost makes you not want to leave your room.
The service the hotel provides is the best I have ever experienced. Room service comes very promptly, dry cleaning is done in just a few hours and the staff are so friendly.
The lounge and lobby downstairs are also very smartly decorated. It is like being in an old gentleman’s club.
The afternoon tea they serve is wonderful, plenty of cakes and sandwiches together with quality tea or coffee.
I also learnt quite a lot while I was there as I never realised that this hotel was were Rudyard Kipling completed The Jungle Book in 1884 or did I know that Agatha Christie based her book “at Bertram’s Hotel” on Brown’s and if that wasn’t enough Alexander Graham Bell made his first successful telephone call in Britain from Brown’s in 1876.
This is truly a wonderful hotel and will make any visit to London very special indeed.
The only thing I wou
ld add is a leisure centre as at present there are no leisure facilities.
The Hotel is open all year, however the restaurant does close on a Sunday Evening.
Standard rate for a double room is £329 per night. The hotel does have rooms accessible to disabled guests.
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