“ Address: 22 Park Lane / London / W1K 1BE / England „
Recently, my wife surprised me with a short trip to London, requiring us to stay in a hotel for 1 night. For some reason, she chose to stay at the Hilton on Park Lane. The Hilton is located on the lower end of Park Lane and overlooks not only Hyde Park on one side, but Green Park and Buckingham Palace on another side. It is situated very close to 2 tube stations, both approximately a 5 minute gentle stroll away. I don't know how much my wife paid for the room, but I know it was considerably cheaper than booking it through the hotel itself. Just checking their website and the cheapest rate I found was £244 for one night!! So top tip, go to Expedia and book through them.
Being as we live in Kent and on a main line for trains into London, we got a train to Charing Cross and then walked up to Oxford Street, along and then down Park Lane until we found the hotel. This took around 20-30 minutes, as we kind of ambled along. This also saved the hassle of getting public transport and then having to pay for that transport.
On first impressions, the hotel does not look especially good on the hotel. In fact, I will even go as far as saying it's pretty ugly. It looks like a council estate block of flats, so was rather disappointed when we came across that and our expectations took a big dive. However, never judging a book by it's cover and all that, we stepped inside the lobby. The doorman, who obviously looked at us as lower class scum coming into his upper class abode, did not open the door for us or even acknowledge us.
Once inside though, it was a different experience altogether. The lobby is a beautiful area, large and open. The reception desk to book in is located to the right hand side of the lobby area. Lifts to go up are directly in front of you. There is also a restaurant on the left hand side as you enter the lobby doors. The receptionist lady was extremely polite and helpful. She explained how everything worked to us, including the lifts. We were told our room was on the 22nd floor and after the usual quick form fill in, we had our swipe card and were away.
There are 4 lifts and rather than the usual push the button and had for the next one to arrive, you key in your floor number on a pad and it sends a lift down to you. You get in that lift and it takes you straight to your floor, no stops in between to get anyone else. Anyway, we made it to our room and was even more pleased with the choice. The outside and doorman had been forgotten.
Our room was very large and spacious considering it was the cheapest one they had. It had a large built in wardrobe with obligatory safe. A nice King Size bed with cabinets on either side. A desk in the corner with phone, menus for room service and charges on. Then there was a chest of drawers with a nice flat screen TV on. The bathroom was also of a large size. It had a bidet, toilet, bath with shower and 2 basins. The usual free small bottles of shampoo and conditioner. What I found even better, as I have never seen it before, was a large mirror (I have seen one of them!!!) which was warmed behind it, so when you had shower and the glass misted up, the area which was warm stayed clear.
Then we noticed we had rather large windows to look out of and what a view. We could see over some of Hyde Park, all of Green Park and even Buckingham Palace. When we woke in the morning and it was nice and clear, we could even see Battersea Power Station.
The bed was uber comfortable and I slept like a baby all night long. We didn't have any of the room service as it was rather expensive. On one menu, they had a Chicken Korma for £27!! You could get the usual pay per view films on the TV, but again we didn't do this. I noticed they had Wall-e on film and was going to view that. Then I noticed it was £12 to view it. I could buy the DVD for that!
After the first moments, the staff were always friendly and helpful. Always gave you a smile and said hello. The location of the hotel was great. It was a 5 minute walk from Oxford Street. 10 minutes to the Palace and Leicester Square. It took is 15 minutes to walk in the rain to Harrods. I don't think you can get any more central to everything than that.
I would recommend this hotel to people for a short stay. If you are planning something special, this is the place for it. The outside isn't much to look at, so it only get's 4 stars due to that. The rest was great.
Quick update as I forgot. I cannot remember check in and out times and can't find it on their website. From memory it's the usual 3pm in and 12pm out. Don't quote me on that though. I am sure we got there pretty early and got given the key straight away.