“ 10 Godliman Street, London, EC4V 5AJ. Tel: (0) 20 7074 1000 „
I cannot fault a thing with this hotel, the only concern was that they gave a room quote price when we arrived which was different from the one when we booked. This was quickly sorted and we were given 20% of our food and drink during our stay due to this (which is as well because the prices in London are skyhigh!) which we made the most of.
The hotel is a one minute walk from St Pauls cathedral. Me and my boyfriend managed to walk to the Shard, The Globe, The Tower Bridge and obviosly the cathedral over a two hour walk along by the river Thames. The location is not good for those who are going to London to oarty but is perfect for those who are interested in the more touristy side. It was particularlt good for us as my bofriend is an architect and could get great photos of building which are of interest to him.
Made entirely of glass the hotel is not impressive from really far away but the closer you get the more obvious it is that this is a really swanky place.
3 restaurants, spa, gym, swimming pool, 3 bars and a nightclub...we could not think of a single thing we would have longed for.
very proffesional and smart, took care of our query in a discrete and efficient way. Staff went out of the way to provide information on the local area.
We recieved a free upgrade which gave us the superior double room, which had a kingsise bed which was ladden with pillows and cushions and the duvets and pillows wore egyptian cotton, very confortable and luxurious feeling. Very large desk which was around five meters long, hotel branded stationary in the drawers was a nice touch. The television allowed computers and storage devices to be connected which meant we could watch our own films, there was a selction of films to rent from the hotel as well as sky tv. Free Wi-Fi was an added benifit and allowed us to upload and email picures to send to family and friends while we were away. Ensuite shower room was clean and had very karge and fluffy white towels and dressing gown. Hotel branded toilettries were again a pleasant touch. Room was large and spacious with modern decor and was immaculatly clean.
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.
I booked this hotel through Lastminute.com secret sales, and for the small sum of £89, I had a nice room and breakfast included. Luckily, reception wasn't too busy when I arrived. I was shown in by a friendly doorman, and seen to immediately. I declined the offer of paying a deposit to have the minibar available; the prices are prohibitive to say the least. I know some rooms have a view into the impressive atrium of the building, and some look out onto St Paul's Cathedral. Mine just looked over a side street, but that was ok. I loved the thick, luxurious drapes which kept the room gorgeously dark, cosy and certainly helped to soundproof it.
The room is modern, simple and luxurious, although I would say that the hotel is more a 4* than 5*. I loved the generous Molton Brown goodies which were topped up every time we seemed to leave the room; we'd come back and found brand new toiletries and the mess cleared up, eg the towels we threw around like the hobos we are!!
We didn't eat dinner, use the bar or order room service that evening but the menu looked impressive. It was rather expensive but not overly so when compared with, say, the Malmaison. We did love the buffet breakfast, with croissants, Tiptree jams and thick smoked salmon, for example.
There is a gym and swimming pool being built but it is not open yet; staff give you a token to get free access to these facilities at another nearby hotel owned by the same parent company (The Grange group).
Nearby there is a Cafe Rouge for food, as well as Yo Sushi, Itsu and various other places, so you're never short of anything to eat. I didn't find it so easy to find the hotel from the tube station and locals didn't seem to know where Godliman Street is but once you find it, it's easy enough to rememeber and it's also near a number of bus routes.
I had no problems at all while there and no rowdy, antisocial guests, or at least no disturbances so I would 100% recommend this hotel. You also don't need to take a hairdryer as they have one in the room for you to use. There's also free tea, coffee and biscuits; a wide range of teas.
I'd certainly book again.
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.
Working over Christmas can be the pits. You are slaving away whilst everyone else is tucking into turkey and watching the Queen's speech. However it does have its little benefits occasionally . This year I had a surprise perk of a night in the brand new 5 star The Grange St Pauls, as I was working the midnight shift on Christmas Eve then back at work at 9am on Christmas morning. We worked out with the company's special discount it was cheaper to stay in a 5 star hotel than get a taxi home and back during the Christmas period. The grange was also very suitable for us as it is a two minute stroll to work. What luxury!
The Grange St Pauls is aptly named as it is located in a side street just opposite St Paul's. Cathedral. I can see it being a favourtite with city slicker executive types due to its proximity to the Stock Exchange in Paternoster Square and also the Bank of England.. This clientèle is catered for with 15 different conference and syndicate suites which I did not experience. Once the health and fitness facilities are open I could also see the Grange being a venue for a luxury city break especially mid week (the City is a bit dead at the weekend), as its within walking distance of venues such as the Globe and the Tate Modern. The hotel caters especially for lone female travelers as the have an wing exclusively for female guests and all the staff working in that section are also femme.
ARRIVAL AND CHECKING IN
I arrived on foot from work so finding the hotel was a dawdle. Being central London its easy enough to get to from any form of public transport. St Raul's tube station (Central Line) and Mansion House (District and Circle) are the nearest tube stations whilst it is not far from Cannon Street, Tcity Thameslink and Blackfriars mainline stations. I'm not sure how easy it would be to park near the hotel , as it is in a city centre location where parking spaces are at a premium.
On first glimpsing the side of the hotel from Carter Lane I was very much underwhelm. The 10 floor hotel with 467 bedrooms is a modern build, all glass and concrete boxes with very little character. I've always imagined my first stay at a a luxury hotel to be very much the ye olde worlde country house style affair but I suppose that would not fit into contemporary London's urban landscape.
On entering the large entrance area flanked with huge glass doors I was greeted by a porter in a top hat who took me to reception to check in. I felt very important and very welcome due to this nice little touch. Check in was quick and efficient and in no time I was issued with my key card for my superior room on the 5th floor.
The futuristic, super speedy glass lifts gave me a chance to enjoy the interior of the hotel especially the focal point of the atrium. It felt more like a night club at times with thee fluorescent pillars. I really felt like Charlie in the great glass elevator shooting up the various floors.
My room was easy enough to find. O nce I had mastered the key card entry then popping it in the little slot by the door to switch on the electricity I was free to explore my luxurious room!! I'm used to mostly b and bs with dated chintz and floral décor so this was something new for me. The room was fresh and very tastefully decorated in neutral colours with very opulent silver and copper thick curtains and matching bed throw over pristine white duvets and sheets. The influence of the nearby Tate Modern was present with slightly abstract modern art prints on the wall.
The double bed dominated the room as it was huge. One of my colleagues said all five of us could have slept comfortably in one! I've never seen so many pillows and cushions on a bed. On one wall there was sufficient wardrobe space. In one of the wardrobes were the tea making facilities and the hi tech mini bar. I had one look at the mini bar instructions and prices and decided not to even touch it as it was about £2.67 for a Kit Kat and well over a fiver for an alcoholic drink. The tea and coffee was free and there was a nice selection of herbal teas, normal ones and coffees. There were also some very tasty Shrewsbury biscuits and choc chip cookies. Next to the wardrobes was a huge desk with stationary and a very comfortable leather twirly chair! Next to this was a flat screen TV with sockets to insert various electronic gadgets. I did not have time to watch the TV so can not comment on the selection of channels. Opposite the TV was a very comfortable two seater sofa. I could have happily stayed in this room, as it felt very classy and sophisticated. I was on the phone begging the other half to come and join me experience such a room!
One can tell a lot about the hotel from the toiletries supplied. I can tell you it was extremely classy as there were a number of miniature Molten Brown goodies to be pilfered! (milk soap, body lotion, shampoo, conditioner and shower gel). The bathroom was a decent size with a lovely deep bath (the taps took a couple of minutes to work out) a deep sink and a very powerful hair dryer and light up mirror. I liked the look of the huge modern walk in shower with its horizontal and vertical heads but unfortunately did not get to test it out, as I could not work out how to turn the thing on. Oh well just means it'll have to go back to up date this review with my experience of the spaceship shower.
Some of my colleagues complained they could not get the temperature of the heating right. I had no problem with this. I had one of the best night's sleep for ages in the huge, high very comfortable bed. So much so when my alarm call phoned at 7. 30 I was very sorry to leave my bed but worked called.
BARS AND RESTAURANTS
Apparently there are five bars and two restaurants in the hotel. Being a brief stay I did not explore the hotel as much as I would have liked to have done. However after my shift finished about 1 in the morning I was still awake enough to join some colleagues in the downstairs bar near the reception. All I can say is ouch to the prices they charge. I ordered a double Baileys as a night cap and it was £8. I could have bought the whole bottle for that but then again I was in a five star hotel at 2 in the morning on Christmas Day so in a way iI was not that surprised.
Continental breakfast was provide in our room package and I was very pleased with the selection available as Continental can be very much hit and miss. Tea or coffee and your choice of toast was brought to the table whilst all the other food was served buffet. Style. There was a selection of cereals and different cereal toppers, fresh fruit and yoghurt's followed by rather small danish pastries and croissants. It was truly continental as on the other side of the buffet was a selection of very fresh cold meats, cheeses and to top it off smoked salmon There was also a counter making French toast. I cheekily asked if it was part of my breakfast, as its not quite English breakfast) and they said yes. So I had a lovely plate of hot, golden made to order French toast. I like mine with tomato ketchup and when I requested some they brought it not in a regular bottle or a sachet but in a little jar similar to the little pots of jam. This felt extremely posh and what better way to start Christmas Day.
I really enjoyed my brief stay at the Grange St Paul;s. It was comfortable, modern and luxurious. I could get used to living in the lap of luxury and hope I get another chance to experience a 5 star hotel especially if someone else is paying!
Grange St.Pauls Hotel
10 Godliman Street
London EC4V 5AJ
Tel:+44 (0) 20 7074 1000
This hotel is undoubtedly the best I have ever stayed in. Here's why...
We booked this hotel as a top secret hotel through lastminute.com, paying £86 for the room for the night of Saturday 26th Septmeber 2009. For anyone who isn't familiar with lastminute's top secret system you basically get a star rating and description, but not the name of the hotel before you book. However, for London hotels if you put the description into Google you can easily find out which one matches the description, so we knew what we were getting before we booked. We arrived by Tube from King's Cross station to St. Paul's Underground station. It's only a couple of stops away so nice and handy.
From here the hotel is fairly easy to find. Just follow the signs for the cathdral then look for Godliman Street on the other side of the cathedral and you can't miss it. It's maybe an easy 5 minute walk from the tube station to the hotel. The transport links to the hotel are good - St. Paul's Underground station is perhaps not the best served but it is easy to make links to all of the major sightseeing points in London. The hotel is also in close proximity to the City, so would be good for business travellers and tourists alike. There is also a decent bus service running about 2 minutes away from the hotel's entrance, although I prefer to go by Underground.
On our arrival at the hotel, the porter came out of the hotel and carried our bags in for us to the reception. First impressions - wow. The hotel is built around a massive atrium/ bar, the space is incredible, all glass and marble and really befitting a 5* hotel. We went to reception but were told our room wasn't ready - fair enough as we were early for our check-in time, althought the staff were still apologetic.
After half an hour of wandering around and discovering the area around the hotel we went back and found our room. Again, wow. The decor was really gorgeous. The design of the rooms is unique - ours looked over the massive atrium/bar area with a floor to ceiling one way glass window. Everything in the room was faultless - the bed linen was beautiful, the beds were comfortable, the bathroom spotless. The shower was amazing, with jets not only above your head but also from the sides. There were complimentary copies of Harper's Bazaar and Wallpaper magazines, bathrobes and slippers. I'd never stayed 5* before and was blown away by the difference between 4* and 5*. The hotel is very quiet once you are in your room - I didn't hear a single nosie through the night.
So, after a little relax in the room and much discussion about how we couldn't believe we had paid so little we went back out. In the area around the hotel there are some excellent facilites. St. Paul's cathedral itself is well worht a visit. There are also a range of cafes and restaurant including Cafe Rouge, Pizza Express, Yo Sushi!, Starbucks, Costa and an M&S Simply Food - a really good choice right on the doorstep. The facilities in the hotel are similarly good. We had a drink in the smaller bar after returning fromt he theatre, and the range of drinks was excellent.
There was a good and not ridiculously overpriced room service menu, although we didn't sample it. The minibar in the rooms is well-stocked if a little pricey. When we stayed the hotel's facilities weren't fully complete such as the pool and spa - but I suspect this is why we got such a bargain. We didn't eat in the hotel as our budget didn't allow for it, but we could see breakfast service from our room and it looked very nice!
The service in the hotel was second to none. The staff couldn't do enough for us. The smaller details in the service really made our stay an excellent one. The porters were always ready to help with bags and take them to our room for us, the concierge was knowledgeable about London and transport and always helpful and the recption staff were polite and efficent. I couldn't fault a single member of staff I came across.
Overall, this hotel is truly outstanding. I will be saving up to go back - currently the rate per night including continental breakfast is around £100. I can't really do justice to how impressed I was with this place - can only say go and try it for yourself!