Arrival/Check-In: I arrived at the hotel on a beautiful spring day to a warm greeting from the Goring’s doorman and front desk staff. I was quickly checked in and off to my room, a Belgravia Suite on the second floor (European first) which, although it faced the street, was quiet.
The hotel has been in operation for more than 100 years and is still owned by the Goring family, one of few such hotels in the world. Its understated country house elegance earned it a large number of loyal fans from around the world. During the recent royal wedding, the bride’s family took over most of the hotel.
Guest Quarters: My Belgravia Suite was beautifully furnished in the English country house style. The living room featured a fireplace and two comfortable sofas facing each other across a coffee table. The room also included a desk/ console with desktop outlets, one of which was a U.S. outlet, so I did not have to pull out my adapters. There was also a large-screen TV. The bedroom had a king-sized bed, a dressing table and two closets, which included dresser drawers.
The roomy bathroom, marble floor to ceiling, included a wall TV positioned above the huge soaking tub. There was a separate stand-alone rain shower and, best of all, a heated towel rack … I love warm towels! The toiletries were Molton Brown.
Services/Amenities: The Goring has a lovely sunlight-filled restaurant that serves wonderful food: breakfast, lunch and dinner. I had a terrific dinner one night, and I highly recommend it. When I first arrived I was famished; so as soon as I settled into my room, I made a mad dash for the bar, which was still serving lunch. I ordered a club sandwich and a lager. What impressed me was the staff already seemed to know my name (the starving, red-haired man is Mr. Evans), and this was true for the staff throughout the hotel. The bar and lounge are right off the lobby and attractive in a men’s-club motif. Both lead into The Terrace eating area, which itself overlooks The Veranda and the Goring’s beautiful garden. While I was there, a small and stylish wedding party was enjoying some pre-wedding libations on The Veranda.
The Goring does not have a gym on its premises but offers complimentary membership to a nearby (three-minute walk) LA Fitness club.
The Experience: In addition to being an attractive hotel, what stands out most in my memory is that The Goring’s staff are accommodating and quick with a greeting and a smile. They make you feel welcome from the first moment you enter the hotel.
I have several friends who visit London frequently for business and have been saying for years they would never think of staying anywhere else. I must admit I thoroughly agree with them after my two-night stay. The hotel has a great location between Buckingham Palace and Victoria Station, so it is a quick walk or a short cab ride away from theaters, shopping, museums and restaurants. It is on Beeston Place, a quiet street with little traffic.
[item check=yes]Less than 10 minutes for check-in[/item]
[item check=yes]Separate tub and shower[/item]
[item check=yes]Large vanity[/item]
[item check=yes]High-quality towels[/item]
[item check=yes]Powerful, unattached hair dryer[/item]
[item check=yes]High-quality bed linens[/item]
[item check=yes]Large, flat-screen television[/item]
[item check=yes]Large desk with convenient outlets[/item]
[item check=yes]Large, complimentary laptop safe[/item]
[item check=yes]Complimentary in-room WiFi[/item]
[item check=yes]Complimentary bottled water[/item]
[item check=yes]Stocked minibar[/item]
[item check=yes]Ample lighting[/item]
[item check=yes]Iron and ironing board[/item]
[item check=yes]On-site restaurant[/item]
[item check=yes]24-hour room service[/item]
[item]24-hour state-of-the-art fitness center[/item]
[item check=yes]Turn-down service[/item]
London SW1W 0JW
tel 44 20 7396 9000
Alaska Airlines and American Airlines announced intentions to create an alliance. Benefits to passengers include access to more international destinations after Alaska joins the oneworld alliance in 2021, new service on American between Seattle (SEA) and Bangalore (BLR), new service on American between Seattle and London (LHR), a domestic codeshare expansion to include international routes from Los Angeles (LAX) and Seattle, and loyalty member benefits across both airlines. Loyalty members with additional lounge membership enjoy access to nearly 50 American Admirals Club lounges worldwide and seven Alaska lounges in the United States for same-day travel on American or Alaska flights.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
Ethiopian Airlines announced plans to build a $5 billion airport south of Addis Ababa. The airline’s CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said the airport would be able to handle 100 million passengers a year.
Four Seasons Hotel Seattle recently unveiled a new stand-alone menu designed for travelers living a plant-based lifestyle. The wellness-focused, wholesome and altogether appetizing menu includes 10 new dishes.
oneworld is an alliance of 13 world-leading airlines committed to providing the highest level of service and connecting you to more than 1,100 destinations around the world.
As every avid traveler knows, you may need to get up and stretch your legs at some point during a long segment of travel. Your legs might still get stiff, but these socks from Dr. Segal will keep the blood pumping back to your heart.
New luxury adventure cruise line Atlas Ocean Voyages continues to add ships to its fleet. The line’s first ship, World Navigator, is currently under construction and Atlas Ocean Voyages just purchased four additional ships — World Traveller, World Seeker, World Adventurer and World Discoverer — to follow. World Navigator is schedule to sail in 2021, with two more ships following in 2022, and the last two following in 2023.
Looking for a truly unique travel experience and considering a new vehicle? The Volvo Overseas Delivery Program is the perfect solution to create your own adventure of a lifetime. Volvo allows you to custom order your new automobile tailored to fit your needs and desires. They will fly you to Sweden to pick up your Volvo so you can drive and explore Scandinavia and Europe on your terms for up to two weeks.