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London Hotel Review: The Ritz London

This is the third in a short series about my travels to London, England.  When I was trying to plan this trip, I Googled “London Hotel Reviews” and came up with very little, so my hope is that this post will be helpful to others who are planning a trip to London.

Ritz London

THE HOTEL:  THE RITZ LONDON– established in 1906

  • Location:  The Mayfair and St. James District- right in the heart of London.  Both Piccadilly Circus and Buckingham Palace are an 8-minute walk from the hotel.  I stayed here two nights, which were arranged by the company I was working with (Grey Poupon in partnership with DowntonAbbeyKitchen.com).  I also stayed at The Halkin by COMO and The Bull and the Hide.

Ritz London Flowers in Lobby

Upon entering the hotel, I was greeted by a gorgeous display of flowers, unbelievably professional staff who took care of our every need, and a very old-fashioned, ornate lobby area.  If you’re an everyday person like me, you would only stay at this hotel if you’re celebrating a special occasion (or if you’ve saved up to experience such grandeur).  I’ve stayed in quite a few amazing hotels over the years, and The Ritz London is definitely the most fancy of them all.

Ritz London Lobby

This is a peek down the hall from the lobby toward the elevators and the restaurant.

Ritz London Tea Room

This is Palm Court- where they host afternoon tea.  In order to obtain a reservation for tea, you must try to reserve about 6 months in advance.  The Ritz is a very popular destination for tea!

Ritz London Lobby Stairway

There are elevators to the upper floors, but of course there are grande staircases too.

Ritz London Bedroom

I stayed in a lovely suite with my travel partner Sandy.  The rooms felt very old-fashioned and fancy.  They really have thought of everything- slippers, robes, bath accessories, etc.  For the turndown service at night, they remove the bedspreads and pull back the covers, place a linen towel at your bedside (slippers placed on top), and they stock your bedside table with bottled water and a glass.

Ritz London Bathroom

The bathroom is very grand with peach marble, brass fixtures, a large bathtub and monogrammed towels.

Ritz London Bath Towels

The towels sit on a warming rack so you get to grab a nice, warm towel as you step out of the shower!

Ritz London Suite

The suite we were in felt like an apartment- a lovely sitting area, a fireplace and a separate table (not shown) with fresh flowers. There was free wifi and a large flatscreen television with satellite channels.  I had a little trouble with my electrical outlets because I hadn’t brought an adaptor, and the concierge promptly found me an adaptor I could borrow and brought it up to our room.

Ritz London Writing Desk

There was also a lovely little sitting desk and work area.

Ritz London Bar

Once we were settled, we decided to venture down to the hotel bar:  The Rivoli Bar- another fancy room.  There were hotel guests in the bar and there were locals having after-work cocktails.  I’ll be quite honest with you here– The Ritz London is not an inexpensive hotel.  We realized this quite quickly when we browsed the menu for wine and appetizers.  Our glasses of chardonnay were about $32 American dollars- each.  We just kind of said, “Well… this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so let’s just go with it!”  I savored every sip of that glass of wine 🙂

Ritz London Fondue

We ordered a fondue appetizer to go with our wine.  It was all very good!

London at Night

That evening we walked to an Indian restaurant down the street for dinner.  Indian food is known for being very good in London.  It did not disappoint.  I wish I could remember the name of the restaurant, but it was literally just a couple of blocks away.  They had just started to put up these holiday decorations in the streets- so pretty!

Ritz London at Night

Here’s what The Ritz London looked like when we returned at night.

Ritz London Lobby Flowers

The next day, we discovered that they changed the flowers– they do so every few days.  Gorgeous!

Ritz London Restaurant

This is what The Ritz Restaurant looks like.

Ritz London Breakfast

We were lucky enough to eat breakfast one morning in the restaurant.  Delicious food and impeccable service.

Ritz London Hotel

It did not rain the entire time that we were in London until the last day.  Apparently we were very lucky as this is not typical for fall.  We stayed at The Ritz London for two nights.  They were two of the loveliest nights I’ve ever spent at a hotel.  It was comfortable and luxurious in every way.  This is not a hotel that my husband and I could typically afford (I was hosted by the company I was working with in London- Grey Poupon), but having experienced it… I definitely would like to save up and try to come back and stay again someday with my husband- maybe for an anniversary.  It’s quite an experience!

More things to note:

  • Gentlemen are required to wear a jacket and tie for afternoon tea in The Palm Court and for lunch and dinner in The Ritz Restaurant and Terrace. In all other areas of the hotel (The Ritz Restaurant breakfast service, The Rivoli Bar, The Long Gallery) and The Ritz Club, smart casual attire is suitable.
  • The Ritz London is a family-friendly hotel and will work with you to see what is needed to make your stay with your kids more comfortable.
  • There is both a salon and a fitness room on the premises.
  • The Ritz London has a total of 136 guestrooms comprised of 111 bedrooms and 25 suites.
  • Room rates begin somewhere in the £300+  per night range.

Disclosure:  Grey Poupon arranged for my stay at The Ritz London as part of my collaboration with DowntonAbbeyKitchen.com.  All opinions shared are my own.

Comments

  1. postedJan 4, 2016 6:15 AM

    omigosh now I wanna go to London so bad!

  2. postedJan 3, 2016 11:10 PM

    You have officially got me wishing for a trip to London! This hotel looks amazing!  I love that it looks and feels like an apartment – I can only imagine how comfortable it was!

  3. postedJan 3, 2016 8:43 PM

    I always love staying at historic iconic hotels like this one – it’s largely because of the history associated with it, I always like to hear the stories.  And it’s also because of the incredible detail in these gorgeous hotels.  The Ritz London is also in such a prime location, you scored on two points – so glad you had a great trip!

  4. postedJan 1, 2016 8:59 AM

    The Ritz looks dreamy! I’m surprised to see fondue on the menu, but it’s one of my favorite things so I’d definitely give it a try.

  5. postedDec 30, 2015 3:38 PM

    Next time, I want to come with you and Sandy! What a lovely adventure – looks so detailed and the hotel so perfect in every single corner! Those flowers, whoa! The croissants, whoa! The warm towels, WHOA! Yup, I’d love to move in. Thanks for sharing this great review! 

  6. postedDec 29, 2015 8:13 AM

    Let’s go back! I loved our stay in London, and this hotel was the icing on the cake! Next time I want to explore the area more of this location. Great post and review, Lori!

  7. postedDec 29, 2015 7:49 AM

    I’ve loved following along on your London posts. London is one of my favorite cities to visit and you’ve given me several new places to look into when my husband and I visit next. I know exactly where the Ritz is located, last summer we stayed at a hotel a block away, it’s a lovely area.

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