The Berkeley Hotel, London
Reviews - The Berkeley Hotel
- Age Group: 41 - 50
- From: United Kingdom
- Traveller type: Mature Couple
- Age Group: 18 - 25
- From: United Kingdom
- Traveller type: Luxury Traveller
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Historical Traveller Reviews of The Berkeley Hotel
Reception is greatfrom A TripAdvisor Member
My favorite 5-star hotel in Londonfrom p_sf
The last time I stayed I was there for 10 days, and was given a very nice upgrade to a queen suite for a reasonable price (199, if I recall correctly). That's a little more than half of what I've paid for a room 1/2 the size in other hotels in the area. I've even been given similar upgrades on shorter stays of 3 or 4 nights. Of course it probably depends on hotel occupancy, but the seem more generous than other top-end hotels with their upgrade policy.
I didn't make much use of the facilities, but the bar is fantastic. Avoid the dining room for breakfast however, unless you fancy paying 25 quid for two eggs and toast. On the other hand, the attached restaurant on the corner, while expensive, is excellent and worth the price.
Whenever I return to London on business I will make the Berkeley my first priority.
Fabulous...Great room, Blue Bar Excellent, swimming pool divine...from BentleyGT
The website advertised that the package included a goodie basket including popcorn, maltesers and DVD's but we were surprised at how much we actually got! There was Ben & Jerry's ice cream, cocktails delivered to the room from the Blue Bar, a huge bar of dairy milk, maltesers, jelly beans, haribo sweets, 2 types of popcorn, a 3-disc CD of chick flicks, a novel, a full-size Diptyque candle, 5 Bliss face masks and a travel pack from Bliss. We were also given a list of DVD's to choose from to be delivered to the room.
The hotel itself was very elegant and the staff helpful. A particularly nice touch was that the person at reception who checked us in showed us all the way to our room rather than handing us over to someone else or pointing us in the direction of the elevators. They were also accommodating when we wanted to leave our bags after checking out whilst we went shopping.
Our room was sizeable for a London hotel, although the brightly patterned curtains, bedspread and wardrobe doors weren't to my taste! You can tell that the furnishings aren't new but they still have life in them, it would be unfair to say it was tatty. The bathroom was very large and luxurious. The location of the hotel is excellent, right on the doorstep of Harvey Nichols and a very short walk to Harrods.
We had room service breakfast which was reasonably priced - only £20 for 2 x pancakes with berries and maple syrup and a pot of tea. It's true that the 'full English' and 'continental' breakfasts were over £20 per head.
All in all a very good experience and one I'd recommend.
s Best Kept Secretfrom serendipit4
Discrete and quietly tucked away in Wilton Place, you are a stone's throw from Harvey Nichols and Harrods. The Berkeley is splendidly located, not bang smack in the middle of Knightsbridge like the Mandarin Oriental but secretly positioned around the corner.
The down sides? It is ridiculously expensive. We paid £272 per night originally for a standard room. You are not talking all inclusive either!
Access to the pool and gym costs £9.50 per day and a cooked breakfast is a staggering £28 per head. We prefer the Ritz Carlton approach where once you're in, you're in! In terms of overall ambience, the hotel does not quite 'hang together'. Our suite was lovely, very Knightsbridge military with a king size bed that was like sleeping in a bedouin tent. However this smart horse guards approach did not seem to fit with the mediterranean themed Blue Bar and Japanese styled lobby.
Our first breakfast in the Caramel Room was on a tiny table where I had to put items on the floor in order to make space. The taps on the bath also managed to defeat both my wife and I. No turn down choccies. Huh! In short we felt the hotel was 'just not quite.'
The plus sides? It is a serious 5 star hotel. All the staff were so friendly and helpful without being obsequious. It is popular and enjoyed by many young people which is always good to see in a top hotel. The location is perfect and there are 2 excellent unspoilt pubs around the cornrer, The Wilton Arms and The Nags Head. The ginger cosmopolitans, a specialty of the Blue Bar were to die for (At £12.50 a throw, they were still a concoction from heaven!)
The complimentary Independent and Time Out magazine were also much appreciated. Best of all was our upgrade to a suite without our asking.
Would we go again? Most certainly, if the deal was right.
Unsatisfactory night at the Berkeley, Knightsbridge.from A TripAdvisor Member
s Night In - Super Package!from A TripAdvisor Member
A must is a visit to the famous 'Blue Bar' - trick is to drag yourself away from the delicious cocktail list!
5 * Averagefrom girl_business_travel
Some of the advertised room amenities were unavailable: newspaper was not delivered, the DVD library is now unavailable to guests. (If this is the case, and not that they had run out then this item should be removed from the website and marketing material!)
The room was very clean but slightly worn: tear in sheets, worn wood work and faded carpets. The bathroom was more than adequate - although a walk in shower was expected rather than shower over bath. Have seen better bathrooms in the Westin Dublin or the Mandarin London.
Public areas were not much to speak of; having attended 2 excellently conducted birthday parties hosted by the Berkeley I would suggest the hotel is now more focused on (more profitable?) events hosting.
Breakfast was slightly above average: The only waffle order I have seen that consisted of 1/2 a waffle. Also crucially, the scrambled eggs failed the test - far to close to the Mickey D's consistency.
The spa staff were well trained and courteous although rather brisk- a 1 hr treatment only took 40mins.
Fabulous Hotelfrom kaneblack1
Just what you would expectfrom BradBourbon
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Cost of transport Stay in a hotel close to the places you want to visit and walk everywhere. Thanks to the mayor, taxis are astronomically expensive in London now, but seem like a bargain when you see the cost of a single ticket on the tube!
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Other names for The Berkeley Hotel
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- Address: Wilton Place - London - England - SW1X 7RL - United Kingdom
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