This boutique hotel located on the street of the same name at the very heart of the City might be a tad tricky to pronounce, but it's certainly not hard to see everything it has to offer! Housed in a former bank, it provides elegant surroundings and a level of comfort worthy of its 5 stars, not to mention a prime location at the heart of the business district. On the downside though, the hotel has nothing in the way of sports or leisure facilities, not even a small gym or sauna. Consequently, it is best suited for business travellers.
This hotel review is a translation from the French by the agency Traductéo.
The Threadneedles stands at the very heart of the city of London, just a few minutes from 4 different underground stations: Moorgate, Bank, Cannon Street, and Monument, giving you access to no fewer than 7 underground lines! London Bridge, Saint Paul's Cathedral, and the banks of the Thames are also within walking distance.
This superb building, dating back to 1856, was once a bank, until the Threadneedles opened in 2002. No major work has been done since the hotel opened, but the management assures us that it does carry out regular renovations. The result is an immaculately appointed establishment, from the communal areas to the guest rooms. The hotel operates on a room-only or bed & breakfast basis.
Upon arrival at the hotel, you'll find yourself in a small, round, and ultra elegant marble lobby with 2 small reception desks where guests can take a seat whilst they go through the check-in formalities. The real showstopper here, however, is the magnificent glass dome that rises up over the bar below, just beyond the lobby. Given the dimensions of the communal areas, you might imagine that the hotel comfortably houses some 200-300 guest rooms. In fact, there are only 69, making this a boutique hotel like no other: THE boutique hotel of the city, if you please! Unfortunately, the hotel offers nothing in the way of sports and leisure facilities, though well-being sessions can be organised on request at a nearby spa.
The hotel's mere 69 guest rooms come in a variety of categories: Luxury, Deluxe, Executive, Studio, and Suite, with no major differences between the categories other than the size and shape of the rooms. All of them come with 2 plasma screen televisions (including one in the bathroom!), an iPod docking station, 2 phones, practical electrical strips with sockets for various countries, a bed made up with Egyptian cotton sheets, a minibar, tea and coffee-making facilities, and individual air conditioning. The bathrooms, meanwhile, come with both a bathtub and a shower (in most cases), a phone, bathrobes, a hair dryer, organic hospitality products, bath salts, magazines, and - the icing on the cake - a bath menu (though there is an additional charge for this). Champagne, strawberries and rose petal cream for the ladies, and cognac and almond biscuits for the gentlemen. You certainly won't get bored here! In terms of decor, you won't find much originality here, even if you do appreciate the comfort of the rooms, the modern furniture, and the contemporary artwork. There is one original little feature though: the hotel offers a £15 movie package consisting of a film, an ice cream, and a soft drink.
The hotel bar enjoys a prime location under the glass dome and serves drinks and snacks until 5:00pm. There is also a 60-seater bar-restaurant, The Bound, that is open Monday to Friday from 6:30am to 10:30am, 12:00pm to 2:30pm, and 6:00pm to 10:00pm, and closed on bank holidays. You'll find something to suit all tastes here, from a wide selection of different breakfasts (English, Continental, New Yorker, Energy, Health, etc.) to a variety of international tapas (marinated sardines and anchovies, smoked salmon, olives, artichokes, Manchego cheese with quince jam, chorizo, ham, etc.) and modern French dishes served during the day, all to be enjoyed in surroundings that reflect the elegance of the rest of the hotel.