Heaven does exsists here on earth, ....at the Goring Hotel
I have had the great good luck in the last 50 years to be able to stay at some of the finest hotels in the world, but I must say, spending 3 nights this December at the Goring Hotel was my highlight. I am not sure, reading the other reviews that were posted here, those that were critical, whether they acutally stayed at the hotel, for everything they mentioned I found to be patently NOT true. The hotel is not for everyone, keep that in mind. It is a boutique hotel with only 70 or so rooms and is the last 5 star deluxe privatly run hotel in London. The average staff has been employed for at least 5 to 7 years and many over 20. This is the hotel that reflects London's glorious and elegant past, while still being relavent in the 21st century. You'll find most of it's guests dress up day and night (How nice in this day and age), and that civility is the watch word of the day. The hotel is cozy and comfortable, it's like being in an historic English country home. You'll find after one day, many of the staff will know you by name. If you are looking for trendy, then this hotel is not for you, but if you are looking for the London of ones dreams, of what London was and should be (it is here), then the Goring is for you. Here in the bar (open 24 hours a day) you can smoke a cigar (they have a wonderful collection) and sip an after dinner drink and no one will look askance at you. It is one of the most beloved pleasures I can think of.
The rooms overlooking the garden are wonderful. During the week, the hotel is packed with assorted aristocrats. captains of industry, stage personalities and goverment higher ups, all enjoying the quietness and coziness of the hotels lounge and dinning room. It is not stuffy, but it is correct in all manner of the word.
The staff and management are incredible, but all of this costs and so be prepared to spend a bit, but then you get your monies worth, 10 times over.
A few Weekends ago, my husband and i spent a blissful couple of days at the Goring Hotel.
We came down from Newcastle and had decided to do the London 'scene' properly. In the style in which the Goring is famous. As the Queen Mothers favourite we were excited about the reality of this family run establishment. We payed £250 for our room which looked onto their garden, which was nice as it felt as though we were not in the heart of London, (which in fact we were!) and helped us not to feel too far from home. As it is just down the road from Buck Palace it was also ideal for going on the summer tour around it.
I particularly liked the mad stuffed sheep which seemed to be randomely deposited around the hotel!! Quite quirky! All of the staff were very friendly and the restaurant which has been (proudly) done up by Princess Margret's son, was very elegant... all in all we had a great time. It is In the centre of London, and we felt very 'chic' whilst staying there!
Great Location, Wonderful Staff, So-So Hotel
Stayed 5 nights at Goring with my family during the first week of August, 2005. I chose the Goring in part due to its excellent location and in part due to the rave reviews on Trip Advisor. The location turned out to be great...close enough to central London attractions that we were able to walk to just about anywhere we wanted to go...but peaceful and quiet at night. The comments on TripAdvisor suggested a great staff. This turned out to be quite the case...very friendly and helpful staff, very accomodating with anything we needed (I have never had a doorman jog 2 blocks to flag down a taxi before the Goring!) They also used a hand trolley and carried our baggage all the way from the hotel directly onto the train at Victoria Station! However, the rooms and other decor sadly needed refurbishment. We reserved a family room -- an interconnecting room with kingsized bed in one (smallish) bedroom connecting to a larger room for 3 teen-agers. It actually worked reasonably well, but the furniture, bedding, carpeting and doors were in disrepair. The carpet in the hallways and stairways was threadbare. Hardly 5 star quality. The A/C quit working the first day...but was repaired after 3 calls to the front desk. The bathrooms seemed to have been recently renovated...first-rate in marble and wood. Very clean. Overall, the family enjoyed the place. It served us well in our first trip to London...although I'm not sure I'd go back.
The last taditional London deluxe hotel
A superb experience. The last traditional 5* left in London and yet not resting on its laurels. The refurbishment of the dining room by Linley is inspired and updates the hotel whilst keeping its traditional air. The food is very traditional: like a list of English dishes which you would choose if you had the time to prepare them. Rooms are quietly traditional, with superb housekeeping and very very quiet. Service is magnificent. In short, a gem of a hotel.