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"Staff outnumber guests two-to-one"
With exclusive shops such as Harrods, the UK's largest department store; Fortnum and Mason's stunning food emporium; and Harvey Nichols for chic designer goods, it's no surprise that the Queen still resides at Buckingham Palace, of course it probably helps that the building is suitably grand for entertaining heads of state. If it's good enough for the Queen then it's good enough for discerning hotel guests who really can't find a better location than one the reigning monarch calls home. You may not be able to stay in Buckingham Palace (although you can live vicariously through a tour of the state rooms), but you can have the second best thing; Hotel 41 a very luxurious establishment just a few minutes away from Her Majesty's abode.
"TripAdvisor's Travellers Choice Award for 2012"
Part of the Red Carnation group of hotels, Hotel 41 is a fabulous establishment, decorated in a traditional style to complement the austere surroundings. From the wood panelled lobby to the chic monochrome bedrooms, this hotel will make you feel like royalty from check-in to checkout. Rooms are very well appointed, ranging from Executive rooms to Suites and decorated in a range of opulent styles to suit all tastes, you may pay a noticeably higher price, but with comfortable beds in spacious rooms; high-quality, personalised service and a superb location, it will be worth the extra. Rooms feature an extensive and imaginative array of amenities, including iPod docking stations, complimentary mineral water, a hospitality tray with tea and coffee making facilities, Penhaligon toiletries, speaker telephones, an interactive flat-screen TV, complimentary newspapers and magazines, hairdryers, feather duvets, wireless internet access, an evening turndown service and more!
"Floating candles in your bath, spray lavender on your pillow"
The hotel has an elegant lounge with a private club atmosphere and staff outnumber guests two to one, so service feels personal but unobtrusive, there is even a pet concierge, to make sure your furry friends have a good stay too, and of course there is a knowledgeable concierge for humans too. The hotel also comprises of two award winning restaurants, The Library, where you can enjoy fine dining in surroundings that are decorated with a touch of English eccentricity; and 'Bbar, a very elegant eatery with an extensive cocktail list and an excellent international menu. Or if you don't fancy a huge meal you can grab some bar snacks and a glass of champagne in the Leopard bar nearby or take advantage of the hotel's Plunder the Pantry option, which allows guests to raid a well-stocked pantry from 8:30 pm onwards. Breakfast is also very good, with a huge selection.
"Pet concierge to ensure that your pet is also pampered"
With such luxurious surroundings, you might not want to leave the hotel, but there are so many sights and attractions nearby you might be tempted to prise yourself away. Aside from Buckingham Palace, you can see the Houses of Parliament at Westminster Palace, which has been the seat of the UK's government since the Middle Ages; Westminster Abbey, the site of coronations and royal weddings since the 8th century; 10 Downing Street, the British Prime Minister's heavily guarded residence; Westminster Cathedral, a very ornate Neo-Byzantine building, which still operates as a church; and the Royal Mews, a long elegant street leading up to Buckingham Palace, where processions are held often.
"Only 30 unique rooms and suites, each with its own individual and stylish look"
From the hotel you are close to the London Eye, for stunning views of London and the South Bank exhibition centres nearby; the Tate Modern and Tate Britain to cater for traditionalists and modernists alike; Hyde Park, for a range of outdoor sports and the Serpentine Gallery and London's Theatreland district, with the Apollo Victoria, Victoria Palace, Royal Court and Pigalle Theatres just a hop skip and jump away for mega musicals, drama, comedy and more. Or you can ride a speedboat or a dinner cruise down the River Thames.
"Round-the-clock informal and personalised dining"
Victoria also has some of the best transport links in London, from the station, housed in a dramatic Victorian building, you can catch the Gatwick Express train to the airport in 30 minutes as well as overground services to their areas of the UK. The Victoria, District and Circle lines can take you further afield to explore the rest of London and from Victoria coach station you can catch coaches to other areas of the UK and to Europe.
Hotel 41 has been praised very highly by previous guests, who have been impressed with the exceptional attention to detail in the service, from finding a birthday cake in their rooms on their special day to having rose petals scattered on the bed during a special Honeymoon turndown, the price may put some people off, but for a special stay this is a fantastic option.