We left home at around 9am, headed for Marylebone Station and arrived at around 11am. The walk was only about 10 minutes to Baker Street where we very easily found the hotel. We didn’t expect our room to be ready, but were planning to leave our luggage, but when we arrived our room was ready, so with two very excited children we got into the lift to the 1st floor!. Yes the stairs would have been quicker but the children wanted to go in the lift.
Our room was a wonderful welcome. We entered the lounge area to find the sofabed made up and ready for the children, and a lovely set of towels, sponge and bath creams and little slippers that were very cute. A bit too small for my son, but my daughter managed to wear hers. The room was very bright, warm and welcoming and had an exciting staircase leading up to a mezzanine floor where a sumptous king size bed welcomes you, plus a bathroom to hide away in with a roll topped bath and double shower – heaven! The only thing is the children found it as well.
After exploring we headed down the stairs to the Concierge desk who very kindly helped us to buy our Big Red Bus tour tickets. We planned our day to visit all the sites of London on the bus. The weather was scheduled to be sunny, but the early part of the day was a bit cool, so I had to invest in a sweatshirt, so I chose a bright white one with I ♥ London across the front. The children weren’t impressed, but I felt like a real tourist. We visited many sites around London, had a river cruise and fish & chips at the Tower of London.
A bit cold, feet aching and in need of supper, we headed back to the hotel where we found our lovely room again! The children found themselves a comfy spot and played with their yoyo’s that came in their little entertainment bag from the hotel. One of the televisions was put on to watch the football, so I went upstairs to watch the news , it was great having two televisions.
We all freshened up in the lovely shower, using the complimentary shower gel and cream which were very luxurious and the body lotion smelt gorgeous. So, now ready to go to The Grill, we headed downstairs for our evening meal. We were greeted by Martine, who was French, extremely friendly and very welcoming. The atmosphere was relaxed and nicely busy. We had a super table and the children really enjoyed choosing from the extensive menu. The children and I had the crab starter and Graham had the Pate. Followed by a selection of veal, salmon, steak and duck all the plates were soon empty. The food was delicious. The children chose their desserts and I just had to have the creme brulee, but James was not keen on his chocolate torte so I had to give it up! The torte was lovely though.
The staff were very friendly and engaged with the children. I really like places that talk to the children, Martine in particular, was teaching them French words and made us all feel very relaxed. The evening went by very quickly and I would certainly visit The Grill again for a meal even if I was not staying at the hotel.
We had a super night’s sleep, the room was a little warm, but that could be that my son ended up in my bed, as he was not keen to sleep with his sister in the sofa bed, and he is always hot!
Breakfast was leisurely and very tasty. Charlotte had fresh pancakes with chocolate sauce, we all had cooked breakfasts, fruit and toast. A wide selection was on offer and all of it was very fresh.
Overall the hotel gets 5 Stars from us all. We had a truly memorable time and I would definitely recommend the hotel if you want a central location and a home from home atmosphere. The staff were helpful and friendly, and not just to us! I watched the staff with other customers and they were equally attentive. The Hotel is very child friendly, cot beds, high chairs etc are available for younger children. I did ask if a stair gate was available, but they did not have any for use in the loft suite as I would have been a bit worried about having a toddler climbing the stairs unsupervised.
Food, bedding, towels and facilities were excellent value for money and the location is spot on for any London event that you may be visiting and need a base to stay and tour from.
by Debbie, Graham, James and Charlotte – June 2012
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Park Plaza Sherlock Holmes
108 Baker Street
London W1U 6LJ
T: 020 7486 6161