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The Riverbank Park Plaza is a hip London hotel, which has been recently refurbished, situated on the River Thames between Vauxhall and Lambeth Bridges in London postcode SE1. Directly opposite is Tate Britain and Millbank and to the north is the London Eye and Westminster Bridge. 500 metres to the south is Vauxhall Station and tube, which is the Victoria Line running to Victoria, Green Park, Oxford Circus and Kings Cross. 1500 metres to the north is Waterloo Station.
The Riverbank Park Plaza hotel is a new contemporary styled hotel offering almost 400 bedrooms and suites with air conditioning, fax and modem points, work desk, tea and coffee facilities, fully fitted kitchens, international power sockets, iPod docking stations, marble bathrooms, Plasma TVs and a laptop safe. All rooms have a complimentary, high-speed wired and Wi-Fi Internet connection and some rooms feature balconies overlooking the Thames. Staff at the hotel have been praised for their service, welcoming guests with a smile and helping guests to plan their visit.
The hotel's restaurant, the Chino Latino Brasserie offers oriental and Mediterranean foods, whilst the adjoining Chino Latino bar serves beers, wines and cocktails. Some guests have said that the breakfast is fair but a better one is to be found at Cafe Portugal nearby, where you can enjoy Portuguese pastries and very strong coffee. If you wish to dine in your room, the Riverside Park Plaza offers 24-hour room service. There is also a secure car park which is close from 1900 - 0700 nightly, charges apply. The hotel also offers an extensive range of extra services to ensure that you have everything you need during your stay, whether it's a night away from the kids or some evening entertainment. These include babysitting; a DVD library; grocery delivery from Fortnum and Mason food emporium; personal shopping at Harrods and Harvey Nichols, which are about a 20 minute walk or short bus ride away; limousine hire; and a business centre.
The hotel is ideally located to view the sights of London. A 25-minute walk over Lambeth Bridge and north along the River Thames, you will find Westminster, one of London's most historic districts. Here you will find the Palace of Westminster, also known as the Houses of Parliament, where the government has met since the Middle Ages. The Prime Minister's residence is located nearby at 10 Downing Street and you can follow his commute, but you can't tour the house, which is heavily guarded. Westminster Abbey, the site of coronations and royal weddings is just a hop, skip and jump from Westminster Palace, where you can see the altar where Prince Charles and Princess Diana and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge exchanged vows; the throne where royals have been crowned since the 8th century; and some stunning architecture, reflecting changes made through different eras. Big Ben is also in the area, and it's unlikely you'll miss it as it has been voted one of London's most iconic sights. From Westminster, Buckingham Palace is just a short walk away, where you can tour the Queen's home, when she isn't in residence, or watch the daily Changing of the Guard ceremony.
The Hotel is also well placed to visit The London Eye, the exhibition centres of the South Bank, the London Aquarium and you can even take a trip down the Thames, on an elegant dinner cruise or a high octane speedboat ride if you fancy indulging your inner James Bond.
The hotel is very well located for transport; with Vauxhall tube station and overground just a ten minute walk away. This station services the Victoria line, from which you are just one stop away from Victoria Station, where you can catch the Gatwick Express Train to the airport. You can also arrive in central London within five minutes and Vauxhall has a huge bus terminus, from which you can access many parts of London and London suburbs.
This hotel is a very pleasant place to stay in London and the location makes it a good place to consider for your stay, as it is truly excellent and so convenient for first time visitors who may feel a bit disoriented on arrival. If staying here, it is worth paying extra for the river view rooms as you can see Big Ben and the Tower Bridge lit up at night and this added bonus would make your stay magical.