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Trafalgar Square is one of the busiest areas of London, alternately thronging with tourists, protest marches, food stalls or concert goers at the events recently allowed to be staged there since the pigeon population depleted. The National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery and a range of grand embassies are al presided over by Nelson atop his world-renowned column, and the ever-changing fourth plinth always provides something curious to contemplate, making this an excellent place to stay when visiting the city. Club Quarters, a classic 4-star hotel, housed in a stunning Victorian building offers decadent accommodation from the moment you walk through the door and allows visitors to be close to the sights yet absconded away in a discrete, peaceful atmosphere.
Club Quarters is, as the name would suggest, a distinguished members club, but non-members can book rooms for rates, which are competitive with other hotels nearby. Rooms at the hotel range from Single, Standard and Superior rooms to Suites with kitchenettes and self-contained apartment units. Room decor is a sophisticated mix of tartans, leathers and muted colours, which mix modern styling with an old-world ambience. In-room amenities are extensive, including bottled water, a fully stocked mini bar, free high-speed wired and wireless internet access, a 2-line speaker phone with a direct-dial number, complimentary coffee and tea, an alarm clock with an iPod docking station, a heater/air conditioner with individual controls, a 24-hour room service menu, a workstation with ergonomic chairs and task lighting and luxury bedding and linens.
The hotel also has a range of luxurious services and amenities to ensure guests have all they need just a few steps from their door. These include a 24-hour concierge service, a Private Club Living Room, a fitness room, a launderette, meetings and events space, instant registration and checkout and little extras such as free garment bags and a guest request closet. Breakfast at the hotel is reportedly good, but comes at a price, so it is recommended to seek out some of the area's excellent cafes and restaurants, as the hotel doesn't cater for evening meals beyond their room service menu. A Tesco supermarket is located a five-minute walk away for those who have a kitchenette unit and for those who want something a bit more delectable, there are stunning restaurants such as The Cinnamon Club, Quilon, Albannach and many more within strolling distance; and plenty of chain restaurants and gastropubs for a cheaper dining experience.
Club Quarters has London's best-loved sights on its doorstep, with South Bank exhibition centres such as The British Film Institute and National Theatre just a 5-minute walk away, Leicester Square theatres and cinemas, Soho's clubs and bars, Covent Garden's independent boutiques and performance spaces, historic London landmarks at Westminster, The London Eye, London's Theatreland district, the Tate Modern and Tate Britain galleries and so much more all within walking distance. Navigating your way from the hotel you won't even have to use the tube system unless you really want to.
The hotel also has excellent transport links; with Charing Cross tube station just a 3-minute walk away. From here you can catch overground services to many other areas of the UK and the Bakerloo line and Northern line run through here, providing you with a direct link to Paddington Station, where the Heathrow Express Train departs from; Waterloo Station, for travel throughout the UK; and a quick link to the vibrant areas of North London. Victoria station is also a ten-minute taxi ride away, where visitors can catch the Gatwick Express Train.
Club Quarters may be cheaper than other hotels in the area, but it is far from a budget hotel; however, its excellent location is worth spending a little more on. It has to be said that the hotel seems to cater more for business visitors and it's upmarket club vibe makes it unsuitable for families staying in the city. The hotel is extremely plush throughout, but rooms at the back of the hotel tend to be quieter and rooms near the top tend to be smaller, but quieter and offer great views. It's also recommended to ask for the hotel's 'cooler' rooms, which are larger corner rooms.