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Good Hotel, Great Location
Grange St. Paul's Hotel (London)
Member Name: mynameisrui
Grange St. Paul's Hotel (London)
Advantages: Location, Nice Rooms
Disadvantages: Bizarre Shower
My partner and I recently stayed in the Grange St Pauls just over Christmas due to my work Christmas party and we certainly enjoyed it!
We got the room through Lastminute.com and it was one of their "secret hotels" which you can generally find out what it is with a simple google search. We payed £115 for the room on a Saturday night which we thought was a great price considering the time of year and the fact that it is a 5* hotel.
The hotel is located quite literally across from St Paul's cathedral and has 3 very convenient tube stops nearby - St Paul's (Central Line), Mansion House (Circle & District) and Blackfriars (Mainline). This makes it very easy to get to many of London's attractions easily. We got off at Mansion house and from there it was no more than a five minute walk to the hotel. As with most of London, there are numerous bus stops nearby so getting around shouldn't cause too much trouble.
The area is very beautiful and was very quiet the whole time we were there due to it being in the main business area of London which is very quiet on a weekend.
The Hotel Itself
The hotel is very new and as soon as you get there you realise this. It is a modern looking glass building so don't expect great architecture but it certainly looks very smart. It has 433 rooms and a few suites spread over 10 floors.
Check in opens from 2pm and we arrived at about 3pm. At the same time as we arrived there was a large group who had just arrived on a coach and they took up a large chunk of the check in area. There were dedicated check in desks open for them but anyone who wasn't in that party had to get in a separate queue which was quite slow. There was only 1 person checking people in and there was bit of a queue ahead of us. It took us about 15 minutes before we were checked in and given our room key and that was only after we managed to get another clerk to check people in instead of just standing there not doing anything. There was no apology and no offer to take our bags upto the room.
Our room was on the second floor. We decided to get in the lift as it was too much of a pain to carry our bags up the stairs ourselves. The problem is that there are only two lifts so we were waiting about 5 minutes before we were actually able to get into one.
Once we got to our room we were very pleasantly surprised. The room was a very good size with a very large bed, a leather sofa, a good sized desk with the main items of stationary used and flat screen TV on the wall which has your standard selection of channels as you would expect. It was very neutrally decorated but everything in there matched from the curtains to the bed clothes which was a nice touch.
However, the best thing of all was that directly out of our window was a view of St Paul's itself which looked absolutely stunning, especially at night when it was lit up. There was the usual array of tea and coffee facilities as well as a hairdryer and an iron and ironing board. The bed was very comfortable and full of pillows and cushions which should make even the fussiest sleeper happy.
There are plenty of power sockets in the room which sounds like a stupid thing but it is the most frustrating thing in the world when there are not enough! They leave the normal leaflets and menu's in the room about things the hotel offers including all room service and internet availability. As with most hotels the room service and mini bar is way over priced but it seemed to be well stocked.
There was plenty of cupboard space as well and they provide lots of hangers for you and there is a safe which I would assume is free but cannot be sure as we did not use it.
The bathroom was a bit bizarre in my opinion. It was certainly very nicely done with the floor being dark marble and the surfaces being white but I wasn't too keen on the shower. Whereas most hotels will either have a shower cubicle or a shower in a bath, this one had a shower in on its own! By this I mean that the shower head was on the ceiling in the corner of the bathroom and the floor was angled around it so that the water would flow down the drain when it hit the ground. There is a shower curtain which you can pull which is supposed to limit the amount of water going everywhere and effectively making the corner of the bathroom the shower. In my experience, it didn't really work. I used the shower and pulled the curtain but when I was finished half the bathroom floor was covered in water. It was also not the easiest thing in the world to get the temperature of the shower right but after burning myself followed by freezing myself a few times I soon worked it out.
Other than the small issue with the shower, the rest of the bathroom was very nice. You are supplied with some very nice Molton Brown goodies (conditioner, shampoo, shower gel, soap, etc) which is a nice touch and plenty of towels to keep you dry. The mirror in the bathroom was nice and big but steamed up easily after a shower with the exception of a small square which is at about face level with is not supposed to get steamed up.
The one thing we didn't like about the room though was that it you could quite clearly see into other peoples rooms and vice versa which can be a bit off putting if you don't remember to close the curtains.
During the night we never found there to be any noise coming from either outside or any of the rooms surrounding ours.
Check out is before 11am which is a bit early but not too bad. When we got down to the desk the lady there was polite and checked us out very quickly.
At the time that we went there was still some construction going on as they were still building the pool and spa area so it was a shame that we were not able to use these. However, we never heard any noise coming from there.
We did not eat in the hotel either. In the room they had menu's for breakfast and they were quite pricey but I have seen worse. There was a good choice of food - toast, yoghurt, croissants, continental breakfast, etc.
There are apparently 4 or 5 restaurants / bars in the hotel so you should have your pick of food and drink but, again, we did not have a look at these.
I must say that this was a very nice hotel. The one thing that stood out the most was the fabulous view we had from our room which has probably clouded our judgement somewhat. In terms of the rooms and facilities, they were very good but there was nothing special there that isn't in any other 5* hotel. The staff were fairly efficient but we didn't speak to them other than when checking in and out.
Location of the hotel was very good and there were good links while the area it is located is very nice, clean and you feel very safe walking through the streets at night.
I would definitely recommend the hotel as we had a very nice stay but I would only stay again if I didn't have to pay full price and was able to get a deal like last time.
Summary: A nice hotel but I wouldn't pay full price for it
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