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Near where John of Gaunt's Savoy Palace used to stand on the Strand before it was trashed in the Peasants' Revolt, is the Strand Palace, London. This four-star hotel offers real value for money in the heart of the West End.
Whilst the closest tube is Covent Garden, just a couple of minutes' walk away, the Strand Palace is also very easily reached from Charing Cross, Embankment, Temple, Leicester Square, and Waterloo. This unrivalled access to tube stops in the heart of town makes it one of the most convenient and easy to find hotels in the capital. As Covent Garden is also on the Piccadilly Line, this is ideal for international travellers who have come in through Heathrow, as they can get on a direct tube train from the terminal at the airport straight to Covent Garden. Historic and iconic London landmarks surround the hotel. If you walk down the Strand you will find yourself on Trafalgar Square, where you can feed pigeons under Nelson's column, see the Old Masters at The National Gallery and peruse the strange and straightforward portraits at the National Portrait Gallery. The hotel is a very short stroll from the riverbank, where you can do an afternoon's sightseeing or take a boat ride. The bars and restaurants of the West End are also close at hand, as are the famous theatres of Theatreland, including the Adelphi and Aldwych Theatres; so there is every opportunity to enjoy London nightlife from the Strand Palace. Within a couple of minutes in either direction you will find Somerset House, Drury Lane and the Roman Baths, or, heading west, Covent Garden, Charing Cross Road and Trafalgar Square. Buses run along the Strand regularly, although you should be aware if you intend to drive that you will incur the congestion charge. The hotel also offers easy access to St Pauls and the City for business travellers.
The hotel was built in 1909, but it has been completely renovated in recent years and the modern design touches in the foyer and throughout such as chairs shaped like faces and colourful bedding reflect the contemporary chic of today's London, although the façade has been kept to retain some traditional style. The rooms now have all modern conveniences, from flat-screen plasma televisions to high-speed wireless Internet throughout. Plush bathrobes are available on request, and there is a full range of satellite channels and pay per view movies available in the rooms. There is no in-room mini bar, but the hotel has compensated for this by giving all rooms have access to 24-hour room service and installing vending machines on each floor. There is also a knowledgeable and approachable concierge service. The hotel has five different bars and restaurants to choose from as well as a handy cafe for those on the go and a gift shop where you can purchase an array of gloriously garish, Union Jack emblazoned souvenirs. Although efforts have been made to make the hotel as accessible to disabled patrons as possible, the historic nature of the building has made this impossible in some cases. During busy periods lifts can get busy and are on the small side, although can fit a wheelchair. There is ramped access to the hotel from Exeter Street and a platform lift into Johnson's Restaurant. The car parking offered is that at the nearby NCP car park on Drury Lane. The hotel also offers a room for conferences and events with a rather funky backlit staircase, which will jazz up any business meetings held there.
Whilst the location is the primary attraction of the Strand Palace for many, its modern conveniences, and many facilities also mark it out as a place to find the hotel experience you want, at a reasonable price, right in the heart of London's bustling West End. The rooms are clean and recently refurbished, and, although they lack air conditioning, most guests are pleased with them, although they do vary in size because of the historic nature of the building. If you choose to stay at the Strand Palace it is best to choose a room at the front of the hotel overlooking The Strand, this may make your stay a little noisier, but for fantastic views of this exciting thoroughfare and slightly larger rooms (the limited number of Executive rooms are located at the front of the hotel, and offer you a superior breakfast choice in an exclusive dining room) you may be willing to overlook this.