What a fantastic welcome I receive at the Royal Lancaster London. From the moment I step through its glass doors, the hospitality is generous and its friendliness genuine. In the bright hotel lobby, check-in is efficient and affable.
Part of the world's largest independent hotel brand, Preferred Hotels and Resorts, the Royal Lancaster London is contemporary and stylish, and recent renovations make it look brand new.
My room is spacious and bright with panoramic views of Hyde Park and the great city of London. There’s a huge smart tv with 'catch-up' (which means I can gorge on all my favourite English soaps), a very comfy bed (that's perfect for my antipodean jet lag) and a large bathroom with rain shower, White Company toiletries and tub (for my jet lagged limbs). There's also a sofa - if I can drag myself off the bed!
Elsewhere, there’s a well-stocked mini-bar, tea-making facilities and Nespresso machine along with a fantastic (and free) iPhone for guests, with guides to attractions and free local calls.
I know I’m going to be very comfortable here for the next few days.
Food and drink
I don’t get the chance to try the property's Nipa Thai restaurant, but if the food is anywhere near as good as it’s delish decor (and all-female kitchen), I'd mark it down as one to try.
For breakfast, the Island Grill serves up perfectly poached eggs for me each morning, and I have to make a special mention of the very tasty (and typically British) kipper!
Not too far away, there’s also a very well equipped 24-hour gym to help you work off the big brekkie.
Exceptional! Right opposite Hyde Park, Oxford St is a 15-minute walk away and the Lancaster Gate Tube is right next door.
Stroll through the park and you pass Princess Diana’s memorial and very soon find yourself at Royal Albert Hall and Kensington High St.
With this sort of property in its fold, it's little wonder Preferred Hotels and Resorts has thrived for half a century - and looks set to make its mark for another 50 years. Just like the Royal Lancaster.
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