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Hotel The Ritz London Hotel 5 star
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

This legendary chain hotel, which has stood at the heart of the British capital for over a century, really needs no introduction. This uber-famous chain has only 3 European hotels, namely in Madrid, Paris, and London. Although they all are run independently of each other, they all share an exciting history and provide ultra-chic surroundings, from the communal areas to the huge guest rooms. Do be aware though, that if you're planning on visiting this legendary establishment, if only to partake of its traditional afternoon tea, you will need to show your credentials, be appropriately dressed, and have a nice full wallet.

This hotel review is a translation from the French by the agency Traductéo.

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    Location 5.95 /10

    Located just a stone's throw from Green Park (and the eponymous underground station), the prestigious Ritz London stands majestically on the very chic Piccadilly thoroughfare. Located in the trendy Mayfair district, it is also just a few minutes from most of the city's attractions and luxury shops. In fact, you can get to pretty much anywhere in the city centre in a flash, either on foot or using the underground system (the Piccadilly, Victoria, and Jubilee lines all stop close-by).

    Accommodation 9.30 /10

    Despite its imposing size, the hotel houses "only" 135 guest rooms. It makes sense really, when you think that the Standard (and smallest) rooms start off with a floor area of 27m²! You might be interested to know that 50% of the guest rooms have adjoining doors and that they all have views of either the major Piccadilly thoroughfare or Green Park. All of the rooms (including the suites) are decorated in an elegant Louis XVI style in a selection of 4 colours (including fuchsia pink!), making for incredibly chic surroundings. This being said, they might prove to be a little too much for some tastes. Amenities include: a plasma screen television, a DVD player, broadband Internet connection (£25 for 24 hours), a minibar, a radio, and a large marble bathroom with a selection of Floris hospitality products, bathrobes, a bathtub (plus a shower in some rooms), and of course feature the inevitable Ritz pink. The suites also come equipped with a printer and fax machine.

    Overview 8.70 /10

    Your first steps inside this true institution will certainly have something magical about them. The lobby and concierge desk are located under a majestic glass dome, the reception is to the left, and a luxury boutique is on the right. The whole is set amid extremely refined surroundings where great attention is paid to every last detail. The seventh and top floor houses a hair and beauty salon, a treatment room, and a small gym, but those who want to work out in more spacious surroundings can visit the larger gym nearby with which the hotel has an agreement. If you're celebrating a particularly special occasion, the hotel has a selection of very elegant private lounges and dining rooms available to its guests.

    Food and drink 8.70 /10

    The Ritz might only have the one restaurant but what a restaurant it is! Indeed, it is considered by some to be the finest restaurant in the world! Just like the rest of the hotel, the setting here is one of the most magical you'll find in the British capital. The cuisine is "English with French influences", in the words of the management, making this a real treat for the eyes and taste buds alike. Of course, this does come at a price: £36 for the set breakfast menu. There are, nevertheless, several restaurant options available, such as the Palm Court, where the afternoon tea is one of the most popular in the city. In fact, even the 5 sittings a day are not sufficient to satisfy the London elite: there is a 2-3 month waiting list for a table in the Long Gallery. The Rivoli Club, meanwhile, is a decidedly more intimate alternative and is a good second choice if you just want a drink, whilst VIGs (Very Important Guests) will also enjoy access to the Ritz Club, which is not open to non-residents. The latter consists of a bar, a restaurant, and a casino, with Russian-influence decor set off by an impressive blue chandelier. It is open until 6:00am.

    To know

    The hotel has 300 employees working non-stop to pamper the residents of the 135 guest rooms.This hotel operates on a bed & breakfast basis but can also accommodate guests' needs on an individual basis. To celebrate the centenary of the Ritz London in the pomp and circumstance fitting to such an establishment, the management had Mr Ritz's dream come true by buying and incorporating the building next door to the hotel, which dates back to 1746 and was once the home of the Prime Minister. The building now accommodates the hotel's 2 largest suites: the Royal and the Prince of Wales.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      beauty salon, massage, spa, Turkish bath, wellness, keep fit

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      gym, sports, fitness

    • Animals allowed
    • Hairdresser
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The hotel's history
    • The location
    • The comfort and decor of the guest rooms

    disadvantages

    • The prices
    • Very exclusive
    • The waiting list for afternoon tea

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