Hotel in Detail:The Royal Horseguards Hotel incorporates 1 Whitehall Place which features the largest spiral staircase in Europe of its type that is three floors high. One Whitehall Place contains 15 suites, the Gladstone library, the reading and writing room and the cellar with its extensive collection of some of the worlds finest wines. Opened it 1887 it was originally commissioned by the national liberal club. The Clermont London itself is a grade I listed building dating from 1884 which was based on a French Chateau and was used as apartments. The exterior of the hotel is still the original. Expect a traditional style hotel with the emphasis on service.
Bedrooms have different views which include scenic vies of the River Thames. The signature Guoman bed, draped in Egyptian bed linens is in all bedrooms. Your bedroom also comes with find complimentary WiFi high speed internet access, ipod docking station with surround sound system, data point connection, direct-dial telephone with voicemail, dual-voltage power points, in-room safe with power adaptor for laptop, cable flat screen television (can be connected to your laptop) with movies, minibar and tea/ coffee maker. Rooms are of course en-suite where you will find a bath, power shower, robe, heated tower rail, Elemis toiletries and hairdryer. Bathrooms are finished in marble have mood lighting and have their own TV.
The hotel has many different types of suites, all individually decorated and themed. Both suites and rooms are a mix of contemporary and traditional style.
Room options include 188 non-smoking bedrooms.
Room service is 24 hours. Floors have lift access.
Suite guests have access to the Guoman Executive Lounge which allows prominent guests to work or relax within an exclusive and discreet environment with complimentary internet access, newspapers and refreshments on offer all day.
Dining Options:Onsite is the One Twenty One Two Restaurant for fine dining with a modern and fashionable decor. Named after the well known phone number of Whitehall 1212 (former Scotland Yard number which was located where the restaurant is sites today). Serves modern European cuisine.
The restaurant also incorporates a piano bar and the Waterfront terrace room overlooking the River Thames. The terrace has its own veranda which is great for small private parries and for barbeques. Decorated with a myriad of colourful flowers, laden with comfy wicker sofas and blankets the terrace offers secluded haven for you to enjoy a plethora of dining experiences. From breakfast to pre-evening drinks the Terrace has a lot to offer.
Open for breakfast 7.00 till 10.00 (weekends till 11.00), Lunch noon till 14.00 (weekdays only), Dinner 18.00 till 22.00.
Bar is open 11.00 till 23.00 (22.30 Sundays)
For light snacks including traditional afternoon tea try The Lounge. Open 07.00 till 23.00.
Equus Bar: Stylish destination bar near Embankment with eclectic fabrics and decor recreating the feel of a traditional 'gentlemen's club' serving a range of contemporary cocktails named after famous former guests such George Bernard Shaw, Lord Kitchener, Winston Churchill and William Gladstone. Monthly in-house cocktails. The bar also serves soft drinks such as Equus Cola (in-house recipe), traditional fresh Lemonade, Ginger Beer, Lychee Lemonade and Green Tea Cooler. There are also a range of tasting plates on the bar menu.
The Royal Horseguards Hotel has 6 meeting rooms accommodating up to 70 guests while the One Whitehall Place adds another 15 conference and banqueting (handling up to 340 guests) suites to that number.
Onsite is the hotels gymnasium called Just Gym where a variety of cardiovascular machines are at your disposal (bike, treadmill and rowing machine).
Other facilities include a dedicated business centre.
You will be pleased to know that the hotel is fully air-conditioned with lift access to bedrooms.
Guided tours of this historic building can be booked with the concierge.
Hotel Vicinity:Nearest: Tube & Railway Station: London Charing Cross 281 yards (256 metres), DLR Station: Tower Gateway 2.2 miles (3.6 km), Motorway: M1 Junction 1 6.4 miles (10.3 km). There are 5 tube (underground) stations within half a mile (0.8 km).
Enjoying a semi-secluded location in a cul-de-sac off of Whitehall is the Royal Horseguards Hotel in London. Yards from the banks of the River Thames where you take walks, dine on a river boat, take a sightseeing cruise or just relax in one many of the dedicated viewing locations. These days London even has river taxies which can be taken from one of the many piers. Whitehall is synonymous with London government with many ministry buildings located along this road, indeed 10 Downing Street which is the prime ministers residence is on Whitehall. 400 Yards to the North is Trafalgar Square, a magnet for the majority of London tourists. Once famous for it pigeons but long since gone after efforts by former London mayor Ken Livingstone to ban their feeding. The square is surrounded by attractions such as the National Gallery, Nelsons Column and Regent Street. Just beyond the square is Covent Garden, one of the most popular areas both for shopping and dining during the day and for its many bars at night. At the opposite end of Whitehall is Parliament Square where you will find the house of commons, house of Lords and Westminster Abbey. You'll also find Westminster Bridge which is the nearest crossing point to get to the many attractions South of the River. These include the London Eye (Millennium Wheel) (0.2 miles), London Aquarium (0.3 miles), Royal festival Hall (0.4 miles) and Haywards Gallery (0.4 miles).
History:Was due to become The Clermont London Hotel in 2014 but that project was postponed.
In 2008 the hotel underwent a £16.3 million pound refurbishment which also saw it branded a Guoman Hotel (had been a Thistle hotel) and a raising of its classification from 4 star to 5 star hotel. Every room was fitted with an Ipod docking station, mood lighting, surround sound and complimentary WiFi. Balconies were opened up to have views over the River Thames.
In November 2009 came under the Preferred Hotels Group marketing consortium and listings till 2015.
The hotels location was originally the official residence of the Kings of Scotland in London, eventually being known as Scotland Yard. The current Grade I listed building was built in 1884-1887 (by architect Alfred Waterhouse) in the style of a French chateau at which time Whitehall Court was divided into 3/4 bed serviced apartments with the ground floor housing a restaurant and smoking room. The hotels 8th floor was a base for the secret service during World War 1. Again used by government British departments during World War II when the 5th floor was sued by the Russian Embassy and the 6th floor by the American Embassy. Was established as the Royal Horseguards Hotel in 1971.
Used for filming for the 1983 James Bond film Octopussy.
Bedroom Numbers: 280, 10 floors
Check-in: 14.00 (2 pm)
Check-out: 12.00 noon
This hotel has averaged a score of 4.45 out of 5 by 8760 past guests
>>>Booking.com (average customer rating 4.4 out of 5 from 2715 reviews)
>>>Tripadvisor (ranked 240 of 1140 for Hotels in London and rated 4.5 out of 5 from 6045 reviews)
Parking:Public parking is possible at a location nearby (reservation is not possible) and costs £48 per day.
Internet:WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Pets:Pets are not allowed.
More hotels from this chainAssuming your only interested in the Guoman chain your choices nearby include:
The Tower (A Guoman Hotel): is 2.2 miles (3.5 km) away, has a guest satisfaction score of 82% and rates start from about £88.
Compared to other London hotels: This hotel has been rated 89% by past guests. The London average is 79% and the average for 5 star hotels is 89%. Therefore this hotel is equal to the average for its sector (star rating) .
Guoman Hotels have an average guest rating of 85%. The Royal Horseguards Hotel with its rating of 89% is therefore not just well above average for this chain but is our highest rated Guoman hotel.
Milesfaster ranking: 87th from 865 London hotels, 1st of 2 Guoman Hotels, and 46th of 133 five star rated hotels.
Another to Consider: A similar hotel nearby (0.1 miles, 0.1 km) would be the 5 star Corinthia Hotel London, where rates start from £678 and which has a 99% guest satisfaction rating. The Corinthia Hotel London also offers: free WiFi.Looking for lower base rates? Then another option might be the Sea Containers London. 0.8 miles away (1.3 km), has scored 90% from former guests and whose lowest rates start at about £179.
Prefer something with a higher guest rating? Then the 5 Star 41 Hotel may be one too look at, it's only 1.0 miles (1.6 km) from here. The 41 Hotel has a perfect unblemished customer rating 100%, a truly stunning achievement.
Local hotels analysed:The 50 hotels nearest to this location (2 Whitehall Court, SW1 postcode) that we list cover a 0.7 miles (1.2 km) radius. They breakdown as follows: 23 five star hotels (average rating 90%), 17 four star hotels (average rating 87%) and 10 three star hotels (average rating 86%). Overall the best rated hotels are Corinthia Hotel London (5 star), the Haymarket Hotel (5 star), the Covent Garden Hotel (5 star) and the Soho Hotel (5 star) (all 4 are joint top with 99%).
Base Rates: A look at how hotels compare for starting rates (base rates). These published rates are long term rates so do not take account of special deals and offers. The average starting rate looking at all the nearest hotels to this location is £204 per night. The cheapest standard rates begin at £63 at Hub by Premier Inn Covent Garden (3 Star, 90%) while the highest base rates are £438 at Corinthia Hotel London (5 Star, 99%). Averages listed for each individual star sector: Five Star average: £280, Four Star average: £153 and Three Star average: £117.
Our in-house ranking based on guest ratings but adjusted for influencing factors ranks Royal Horseguards Hotel 26th (joint) of the 50 local hotels and 16th (joint) for the 23 five star hotels in the area. 25th of 50 (1st of 23 five star hotels.) for base rates ranking. Scoring the hotels rates and review score together we rank the hotel 10th of 39 when judging value for money (Haymarket Hotel was top).