Swissotel The Howard London Hotel

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Swissotel The Howard London Hotel

5 star

Rooms: 189

12 Temple Place - London - England - WC2R 2PR - United Kingdom Hotel Website | | 44 02078363555
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Submitted by: daniel in 23/03/08
  • Age Group: 18 - 25
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
When we got in the room which was on the 7th floor with a river view it brought a tear to our eyes I have never seen a view like this before worth the money. The staff were great nothing bad to say about it. Just make sure you get a river view you won't reget it.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Swissotel The Howard London Hotel

Nice Room with a Great View

from A TripAdvisor Member
This hotel was very nice, the room was on the small side, but had a great view. The continental breakfast is ok, I wouldn't buy it if not included in your stay, it is very overpriced. If you don't have a room with a view, you have a view of an office building. The hotel is in an ok part of London, but there aren't many restaurants and shops in the area. The staff was nice, but kind of stuffy.

Great location, clean rooms

from dkchas
The Howard is well located especially if you are a walker and/or tube user. Right across from the Temple station and an easy walk to all of Covent Garden, we also walked to Trafalger Square, Westminister and Leister Square. You can get anywhere from here. The room was a decent size and very clean. Service from the front desk and concierge was excellent. The hotel is not large and seemed to be very business person oriented so it was quiet which we liked. If you want a busy convention hotel this is not the one. The only complaints we had was no breakfast included and turn down service was spotty. We recieved slippers and chocolates (a nice touch) only on the last night of our seven night stay. I would highly recommend this hotel but would have given it five stars if breakfast were included.

My favorite hotel in London

from A TripAdvisor Member
I've stayed in many upscale hotels in London and this is my firm favorite. I love the rooms -- they're stylish and clean, and the river view rooms have a fantastic view. (The rooms at the back don't have a nice view, but they're still lovely rooms.) You can get great rates here at the weekend, the lowest I know of for a hotel in this class.

It's always my first choice when I'm staying in London.

Great location, but rooms not that large

from Cath999
The Howard is in a perfect location, and sitting outside on a balcony is magical. Only gripes - the rooms could be larger, and it would be nice to have basic breakfast included.

Not too bad, not too good either

from A TripAdvisor Member
The best thing about this hotel is the view - and of course you have to pay extra to get it. The espresso machine in the room was a nice touch, but a basic, continental breakfast should have been included in the price of the room. Otherwise, you're left with espresso, some processed fake-milk to put in it, and a sour, hungry stomach! The staff was reluctant at best, but typically snooty. Anyone who's done a fair amount of traveling can see that the snooty airs are put on by mid-level, wanna-be upscale hotels who don't bother to train their staff to properly serve their customers. Sorry Swissotel, but an icy staff does not a fancy hotel make! I stayed here on business, and it was good for that. I can't recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a romantic holiday or liesurely trip. Find a place in this price range with a little more personality.

Fantastic View - with balcony - UNBEATABLE !

from NikRB
If you want a nice comfortable hotel and are not too worried about extensive facilities, but want the best view in London at probably the best price then book yourself a river view suite with balcony, order a cocktail with lunch, sit back and marvel. Later that evening order another cocktail with dinner on your balcony, sit back ....... U get the idea! Next day pop over to Harvey Nic's for lunch and more cocktails then back to your balcony ...... Fantastic !

Service matters

from A TripAdvisor Member
Although the room rate was reduced for Valentines night I have to say the service was generally very poor. Huge queues for breakfast, insufficient staff to cope and a lack of desire to do anything to help, even overtly avoiding eye contact!

Room was good and the bed was good but that is not enough. The restaurant Jaan thinks it is better than it truly is.

Most comfortable bed I ever stayed in

from A TripAdvisor Member
This is a very beautiful hotel and for London, the rate could not be beat. My husband and I spent the New Year in London. The room was rather large by US standards, but by European standards, it was enormous. The bed itself was made the trip, neither of us every spent a more comfortable night as we did there. We found the room service menu to be comperable with other hotels in London, which basically translate to expensive, but you are not far from some wonderful small restaurants with more moderate priced meals. The hotel is completely accesible for those in a wheelchair.

Very comfortable hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
We spent one night here on a weekend theatre break. The hotel was conveniently located opposite Temple tube station and within easy walking distance of Covent Garden, the theatre and the Embankment. The staff were very welcoming and we found our room to be extremely comfortable, with a huge 6 foot bed. We had a room on the back of the hotel which overlooked a courtyard garden that was beautifully lit up at night. It was very quiet and we had an undisturbed night's sleep. My husband was impressed because the room had Sky Sports so he was able to catch up with the football results before we went to the theatre. Our only complaint would be the tea and coffee making facilities which I have seen described as unique - they are certainly that. Great if you like Espresso, but a little strong for standard coffee drinkers! A hint for those thinking of having a late breakfast at weekends - everyone else has the same idea so you might have to queue or share a table.

Good, but not THAT good

from lolly-UK
I stayed for two nights in January 2003. Yes, the location is good, but personally I'd prefer somewhere more central to Covent Garden as a tourist base. The hotel is right opposite Temple tube station, but this is closed on Sundays.

As far as value for money is concerned, this hotel only just passes muster. I prefer the Waldorf, or Kingsway Hall.

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  • Address: 12 Temple Place - London - England - WC2R 2PR - United Kingdom
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