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Grange St. Paul's Hotel (London)
Member Name: bwinter90
Grange St. Paul's Hotel (London)
Advantages: So quiet, amazing bed
My boyfriend and I stayed here at the beginning of March 2010 for our birthdays. We booked through lastminute.com's "top secret hotel" offer and got the hotel for £100 a night which was pretty impressive for a 5* in London. We had never heard of the Grange hotels before so weren't sure what to expect.
The nearest tube station to the hotel is Blackfriars which we later found out is literally a two minute walk from the hotel. However, Blackfriars is currently closed so we took the tube to Mansion House. We don't know London at all, so took about 20 minutes walking around until eventually we found Godliman Street. After we had found it once we had no trouble finding it again - we just were not expecting our hotel to be tucked in to a side street as it looks so big on the website. It is a big hotel, and although it is in a side street, we had a fabulous view of St Pauls Cathedral.
Check in was easy, although I didn't feel very comfortable after the hotel took £100 out of my boyfriend's bank account just in case we had any room service or anything. We made sure we did not touch the mini bar because of this reason. Everything went smoothly and the £100 was transferred back in to his account three days later.
The hotel itself is very modern and new. There are two bars and the breakfast area/restaurant looked nice although breakfast was very expensive and not included in our package so we ate at Cafe Rouge instead which was two seconds walk away. I really liked that we were greeted by a porter who took my luggage to check in and then carried it to the lift afterwards.
Our room was located on the fourth floor. It was a very nice size - a lot of room. The most noticable thing about the room was the floor to ceiling window that covered the whole wall facing towards St Pauls. Although this also faced an office block so had to keep closing the curtains when getting changed. There was a flat screen TV and iPod dock, mini bar, huge wardrobe with plenty of space, a dressing table and chair, and a hairdryer. The huge double bed looked so comfy with all the cushions on, but these were taken off before bed by the maids to make life easier. The beds were soft and absoloutely massive. The curtains were black out curtains, and so we couldn't believe it when we rolled over to find it was 9.45! oops! I was also surprised at how quiet it was. We have stayed in hotels in London before and they were always rather noisy but at the Grange we didn't hear a thing.
The bathroom was gorgeous and very modern with a nice big shower and bath, and best of all Molton Brown toiletries which I took home with me :). During our stay we also visited the pool & spa area which had just opened. Although we didn't have any treatments we did enjoy the sauna steam and jacuzzi along with the lovely pool. There was only us and another couple for the whole time we were in there, and they play lovely music to make you feel even more relaxed.
I have no complaints about this hotel whatsoever, and would return in a flash if I could ensure I would get it at £100 a night, but unfortunately I think that is very unlikely - the price on the Grange website is much higher. However, it is a very classy modern hotel which I would reccommend for both business and pleasure, couples and families.
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