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Crowned AA London Hotel of the Year 2010-2011, an accolade not to be sniffed at, The Royal Horseguards Hotel offers guests five-star luxury in a very central location near Westminster.
Set in a stunning building in one of London's liveliest and most historic areas, you are well located for attractions and can enjoy the sights with ease as the hotel will take care of your needs whether you're relaxing in the room or walking around London's winding streets.
The staff have been praised for their attention to detail, offering guests umbrellas when the weather is wet, allowing jet lagged guests to check in early and leaving chocolates on guest pillows during turn down.
Rooms at the hotel range from a Standard Single to a King Suite, but whichever you choose to stay in, you will find them spacious and light, with elegant fittings in muted colours with the occasional bright accent. Furnishings are very comfortable and in-room amenities ensure that all guest needs are met, offering an LCD TV with free view, Egyptian cotton linens, complimentary toiletries, iPod docking stations and an individual climate control, so you will feel relaxed and cosy at all times.
The hotel's One Twenty One Two restaurant offers guests an exquisite fine dining experience for reasonable prices, and has been awarded two AA Rosettes, just some of the hotel's many awards. The Equus bar has delightful decor, mixing contemporary and traditional furniture and fittings with colourful panache so you can enjoy a drink in stylish surroundings. You can also enjoy a dainty afternoon tea and indulge in a quintessentially English tradition.
To ensure guests have all they need, the hotel offers Wi-fi throughout the hotel (at an extra charge); a 24-hour concierge team, who will help you with reservations, theatre tickets, 24-hour room service and a fully-equipped gym with the option to hire a personal trainer for a little extra motivation.
The hotel is in a fantastic position, very close to the River Thames, where you can enjoy an exhilarating motorboat ride if you are a thrill seeker, or you can have a more relaxing dinner cruise in the evening, when Tower Bridge is lit up. You can walk to the cultural centre of London and walk along the South Bank, where the Southbank Centre is located with a dedicated theatre and music performance program and the Hayward art Gallery. The British Film Institute shows a range of esoteric and forgotten films, as well as modern blockbusters next door and the Royal Theatre showcases some of Britain's best dramatic talent. Along the Strand, just a few minutes' walk away, you can visit the Adelphi and Aldwych Theatres for a great night's entertainment. Beyond the Strand, Covent Garden offers a fantastic range of shops and Soho and Chinatown offer some of London's best nightlife and eateries. You are also close to Trafalgar Square, where the National Gallery's extensive collection of important artworks is located and the National Portrait Gallery's collection of famous faces.
The hotel is very well located for transport, just a five-minute walk 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 few minutes' 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.
This hotel is towards the more expensive end of the spectrum, but with a fantastic location, historic surroundings and top-notch service, you will find that extra money goes a long way. For a truly enjoyable stay, choose a room on the higher floors, which offer fantastic views of the Thames and London Eye, and to avoid paying for a Wi-fi connection, head to The Strand and use the free connection in the Starbucks cafe there.