More about The Cavendish Hotel
Great, Comfortable Hotel
I chose to stay at the De Vere Cavendish because of the glowing reviews on this site, and I was not disappointed. I really love this hotel. As everyone else mentioned, the location is ideal. We were in walking distance to almost everything. If we didn't feel like walking, two tube stops (Piccadilly and Green Park) were just a short walk away.
The hotel has a sleek, contemporary design and very clean. We were checked in in just a couple minutes and the concierge was very helpful. We could've used a little help with the luggage though.
The rooms are small as to be expected, but very nice and neat and really comfortable. We had all the amenities we could wish for. A little more storage space for our luggage would've been nice. The bathroom is very cool.
Anyway, this hotel is great. I totally recommend it. I would definitely stay here again. London is at your fingertips!!!
The best location in London with a short walk to everything! The room is very nice with great bed, cd-player, minibar etc. Very clean and great service. Stylish hotel. You should go! We found a great price at british airways.
A Hidden British Gem!
I (a solo traveler exploring London) stayed at the Cavendish for 4 nights in November 2004. This hotel exceeded my expectations! Before I arrived, the concierge assisted me (via email) with arranging an airport transfer. The lobby is contemporary and my queen/double room was of sleek design: TV, minibar, CD player, safe, iron, blow-dryer and excellent Gilchrist & Soames bath products. The room and public spaces were kept very clean and it was surprisingly quiet -- and my room was on the 2nd floor. The only thing I missed was some shelves in the room...
The hotel is across the street from a brilliant espresso/coffee house: Caffe Nero. (They are also all over London). Also close-by is a Tesco supermarket. I mention both as this could save some money!
Location, as others have mentioned is perfect. I walked to Picadilly Circus (2 blocks), TKTS (1/2 price theatre tickets) booth (10 minutes), Theatre District (15 minutes), Convent Garden (20 minutes), Harrod's (25 minutes)... and the tube is appx. 2 blocks away near the Ritz. The hotel is nestled right next door to Pink and is across the street for Fortnum & Mason (I didn't get there for breakfast regretfully.. next time!).
The hotel staff was extremely helpful - from assisting with taxis to giving directions. If you are looking for a subtly hip hotel in a great location, I recommend this one! I know I'll go back! Enjoy!
Great Hotel, Great Location, Super Concierges
This hotel was upscale, clean, modern, friendly, in the center of everything, yet on a quiet street. The concierges, though, really made our stay memorable by the suggestions, reservations, and tickets they obtained for us. Would stay there again in a minute!
Icing on the cake for a great New Year's Eve
Perhaps I'm naturally biased having treated my wife and I to an executive suite at this hotel on New Year's Eve, but even if I were to be picky, I couldn't think of anything more than menial to criticise the hotel. I chose to stay here not only because of tripadvisor's very positive reviews, but it had a car park and was close to where we were going to celebrate.
On arrival, someone valet parked the car and another employee was willing to take up a tiny suitcase for us (although I said it wasn't necessary). Got checked in ok. Room was wonderfully big with a massive bathroom. Given we made the most of New Year's Eve, we weren't the most enthusiastic guests to leave by the check-out time of 12pm. I rang up reception and they had no problem extending our check-out by a few hours for free.
If there was a downside, then it was the fact we nearly trod in someone's puke on the pavement outside the hotel when we went out for the night. Luckily it was removed on our way back. Can't control the drunks inability to hold their drink I guess.
We stayed at the Cavendish over New Years, and were extremely pleased with the hotel. The location was absolutely fabulous, could walk everywhere in central London. The room was very chic (faux mink throws on the bed, minimalist furnishings), and the waitstaff look like an Abercombie & Fitch add. Check to see if the full English breakfast is included in your rate, it will more than fill you up. There is a Tesco grocery store about two blocks away, and several coffee/sandwich places in nearby blocks. Only minor complaint is that the staff members were young, and some quite inexperienced. But I would definitely stay here again, and would recommend it.
After spending hours finessing a hotel it came down to the Cavendish or the Victoria Park Plaza. I chose the Cavendish because of its great location next to good shopping, restaurants and theater, location cannot be beaten I now believe, I had often stayed in Knightsbridge or South Kensington but all the trips by bus tube aand taxi I used to make from or back to my hotel ! The Cavendish had a very modern makeover 3 years ago and is very comfortable all round, styled towards the minimalist way but not too posed or stark , shower stalls in all rooms(how cool is that ?) Beds very comfy with lots of nice pillows, muted tones and a fake fur rug across the lower part of the bed for your feet, good closet with easy to operate elctronic safe, nice bathrobes, hairdryer, a/c or lots of heat(good for my trip last week!) Staff universally pleasant and interested in helping guests, dont click your fingers like a group from Boston were doing when ordering sandwiches in the lounge, people with serious $$$ dont do that ! Breakfast fine and service good, yes we know its not USA but dont spoil it for others. All round this is a find and comparable in price to some ghastly hotels in all areas, best hotel in 21 years of my visiting London once or twice every year. Unless you are a permanent malcontent book it now, use BAholidays (in USA) as a pricesetter, ps hotel had a 90% occupancy rate last week so somebody likes it too ( in January !)
Do not use the phones - My $250.00 lesson
I recently stayed here and thought the hotel was great. The only complaint I had was that the mattresses need to be replaced as I could feel each coiled spring.
Then I used the phone.
There was no information about telephone charges in the room so I asked the front desk how much it cost to make a local call. They told me 50 pence per minute. I had called my friend a couple of times from a pay phone at a cost of 30 pence each time so the hotel's mark up seemed appropriate.
My friend and I talked for awhile, but there was not need to worry about it as it was less than an hour so my maximum cost was going to be 30 pounds.
Then the charge for my one call showed up at 135 pounds.
When I enquired about it, I was told that the number I called was a mobile (cell phone) and therefore charged at the rate of 2.70 pounds per minute.
I checked the British Telecom website and their charge for calling the number I dialed is 8.4 pence per minute so the hotel's cost was less than five pounds.
I am very disappointed with the hotel as the mark up 130 pounds on a 5 pound phone call is truly outrageous and made worse by the fact that I tried to prevent this from happening by asking at the front desk beforehand. Sadly I had no way of knowing that my question had to be asked in a more specific manner.
The hotel manager explained that their mark up is to cover the cost of a switchboard operator, but at $300.00 per hour, you would think I was paying for sex.
Well, I suppose the way this hotel left me feeling, it kinda like I did.
cavendish hotel or garden court hotel reviews
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