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London’s The Goring

Nov 30, 2014
2014 / November 2014

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.

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The Goring

Beeston Place
London SW1W 0JW
United Kingdom
tel 44 20 7396 9000
thegoring.com

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