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Set in a Grade II listed building, the Charing Cross Hotel is a remnant from 'the golden age of steam', and was previously used as one of the great railway hotels. That's not to say the railway links from the hotel are any less convenient; at the heart of Charing Cross you are well located for both transport and nearby attractions, with some of London's most exciting districts just a short, pleasant walk away. The hotel retains the elegance of the original hotel, with many traditional fixtures still in place and sympathetically designed rooms, which complement the ambience.
The hotel has 239 luxury bedrooms, many with views overlooking the Strand and Trafalgar Square. Rooms range from Deluxe to Suite and are a mix of contemporary style furnishings in rich colours with traditional flourishes to create an old English ambience. Room amenities take into account the needs of modern travellers as well as providing the utmost in-room comfort. These include an LCD TV with free view, Egyptian cotton linens, tea and coffee facilities, complimentary toiletries and WI-fi connection (at an extra charge). Executive rooms include heated bathroom fixtures, iPod docking stations, slippers and stationary. The hotel also offers guests a Golden Keys approved concierge service who can arrange entertainment, transport and tours for guests; 24-hour room service and business centre; and a state of the art gym, complete with Personal Trainers.
The hotel Brasserie offers guests a taste of Britain in elegant surroundings, with views overlooking the surrounding area. Or for a glass of champagne or cocktail before heading out to enjoy London's legendary nightlife, you can visit Eleanor's Cocktail Bar. If you have an executive room, you also have access to The Lounge, which has a sophisticated atmosphere for a quiet drink.
The Charing Cross hotel is well-located for attractions, with the Adelphi and Aldwych theatres just a few minutes' walk away, you are at the heart of London's theatre district, Covent Garden's unique shops, bars and street performers are just a short walk away. The National Gallery, with an art collection spanning centuries, with pieces by Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael and Van Gogh; National Portrait Gallery, with paintings of luminaries such as Paul McCartney, Shakespeare and Damon Albarn of the band Blur; and Nelson's Column are all just a six-minute walk away. From the hotel, you can easily enjoy a motorboat ride down the Thames, or a dinner cruise for something a little less high octane, and if you stroll to the South Bank you can enjoy theatre and music at the Southbank Centre or the Royal National Theatre, or you can watch something thought-provoking at the BFI South Bank cinema.
The hotel is a few minutes from Charing Cross tube station, which services the Northern and Bakerloo lines. From here you can travel direct to Paddington Station (where the Gatwick Express Train terminates) and many other parts of Central London with ease. The hotel is also just a six-minute walk from Embankment tube station, which services the District, Circle and Northern lines and provides a direct link to Victoria Station (where the Heathrow Express Train terminates). If you are driving to the hotel, it is situated just off the main A4 road, which can be accessed via the M4 and M25; however, guests should note that the hotel is in the congestion charge zone.
The hotel has been praised by previous guests and little touches such as lighting rooms by candlelight for guests returning in the evening, will make your stay extra special. If you want to ensure you receive the best experience, ask for a room near the back of the hotel, near the Thames, which is quieter. If you don't want to pay through the nose for Wi-fi and breakfast, you can head to the Starbucks just a few minutes' walk away, where you can get a free connection and a cheap and cheerful breakfast at the same time.