This Hesperia, located a stone's throw from Victoria station, was renovated in 2006 and now has the kind of decor and services that make it good value for its four-star rating. The velvety fabrics and shades of beige with dashes of fuchsia create a comfortable ambience.
This hotel review is a translation from the French by the agency Traductéo.
The hotel is a stone's throw from Victoria station right at the heart of London, about 10 minutes on foot from Parliament Square in Westminster and a few tube stations away from Oxford Street and King's Road.
The establishment has 212 rooms divided into 4 categories: suites, executive rooms, superior rooms and standard rooms. Two of its rooms are adapted for guests with reduced mobility, and there are also facilities here to cater to the needs of families. If you are lucky enough to be travelling on the Orient Express, you might be interested to know that the station is just next to the hotel. The reception bar stays open until midnight. Although it only serves tapas dishes and sandwiches, it does at least have a few options in case you feel peckish when the restaurant has closed for the night.
The reception is a pleasant space furnished with lots of coloured armchairs and sofas to help any waiting time pass by swiftly. Part of the building's façade is glass, which allows natural light to flow in and gives the space a bright, colourful appearance. Like some of the other hotels in the city, the facilities are a bit limited. However, guests can still enjoy a bar and a gym with lots of new exercise machines, which are ideal for letting off steam at the end of the day. All in all, the amenities are high quality, although the corridors leading to the gym could do with being renovated sooner rather than later. They are not dirty, but the chipped paintwork makes the place feel less homely. The hotel's management assured us that it was indeed planning to smarten up these rather disappointing parts of the establishment.
The suites are ideal for families. They include a lounge furnished with a sofa bed (for two children under 12 years of age) and a separate bedroom, and cover a total area of around 50m². The bathrooms are provided with a full range of amenities, including a jacuzzi and Bulgari hospitality products. The toilet is in a separate room. If you are staying in a suite, you will also be provided with a pillow menu and tea and coffee-making facilities. The standard rooms are furnished with double beds. Although they are not very spacious, they are functional and can also be adapted to sleep a child under the age of 12. The bathrooms are fitted with a shower and a separate bathtub, and are provided with biodegradable soap. The superior and executive rooms enjoy additional services like the provision of international newspapers, bathrobes, and six drinks free of charge, and the sofa beds are opened out every evening. The decor is refined in all of the room categories. Shades of beige and grey are highlighted with fuchsia, giving the spaces a current, contemporary feel.
The restaurant is only open in the evening, when it serves an immense buffet, although you can also opt to dine à la carte. This is a place popular with theatre fans, who can come here to enjoy a special menu. Unfortunately, the restaurant does not overlook the street, but the classy decor makes it a pleasant place for a meal, all the same.