Arrival/Check-In: I arrived at 41, a Red Carnation hotel, mid-morning to a warm greeting from the doorman, who showed me to the elevator which wafted me up to reception on the top floor of the building. The building in question is The Rubens Hotel at the Palace, 41’s adjoining sister property.
Check-in was accomplished while I enjoyed a cup of tea in the reception area/Executive Lounge. The hotel, located all on one floor, has the feel of a private club more than a hotel. Soon after check-in I was shown to my room, where I found my luggage.
Guest Quarters: The room included a king-sized bed, a desk with desktop outlets, a desk chair, a coffee table and two armchairs. A corner cupboard housed the entertainment center with a large, flat-screen television; a minibar; and a Bose clock radio and docking station. A button next to the bed controlled a red light and a green light out in the hall, so there was no need to hang a sign on the doorknob to request privacy or housekeeping service. Although the room faced the street, which is a busy one, it was quiet for a city hotel.
The generously sized bathroom included a tub with a handheld shower, a separate shower with a rain showerhead and a large sink. The toiletries were by Penhaligon’s, a British company.
Services/Amenities: One of the services I enjoyed was “Plundering the Pantry” in the evenings. If you feel a bit peckish, you can visit the well-stocked pantry in the Executive Lounge for a snack and a libation. Although 41 does not have a restaurant or a bar, its sister hotel, The Rubens at the Palace, features bbar & Restaurant, serving South African-inspired cuisine, and Leopard Champagne & Cocktail Bar.
The Experience: 41 offers a good location whether you are in London for business or pleasure. The hotel faces the Royal Mews and the Queen’s Gallery, and the woman who lives across the street is Queen Elizabeth II. It is also a short distance from many iconic London attractions such as Westminster Abbey, Horse Guards Parade, St. James’s Park and Piccadilly.
It is the human touch that makes or breaks a hotel stay, and the staff at 41 is exceptional in delivering superb service accompanied by a friendly face and a smile. I would recommend 41 to my friends as a unique small hotel in the heart of London.
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Buckingham Palace Road
London SW1W OPS
tel 44 20 7300 0041
I had just taken off my sandals, stepping onto the white-sand beach for a late-morning walk to a secluded spot I heard about from a front desk clerk, when I glanced down and saw the time on my phone. It had just turned 11 a.m., which meant it was only 7 am back home, the perfect time to call and say good morning to by husband before he left for work. Not quite ready to head back to my room, I decided I’d test the WiFi signal and made the call as I continued walking toward the shoreline.
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