Hotel Vicinity:Nearest: Tube & Railway Station: London Charing Cross 211 yards (192 metres), DLR Station: Tower Gateway 2.3 miles (3.7 km), Motorway: M1 Junction 1 6.3 miles (10.1 km). There are 6 tube (underground) stations within half a mile (0.8 km). The Grand Hotel at Trafalgar Square is located right at the top end (north) of Northumberland Avenue yards from Trafalgar Square. Needless to say this is a prime location slap bang in the heart of central London. Northumberland avenue is at the western end of the Strand and adjoins with Whitehall. Whitehall being a road where many government offices are housed and has the entrance to Horseguards Parade where the annual trooping of the colour for the queens birthday takes place. There are always two mounted household guard soldiers at the entrance. Whitehall is also where where the prime ministers official residence is located, 10 Downing Street. 350 yards to the south of the hotel is the banks of the River Thames. All of the best known central London areas are easily accessible from here such as the clubs and bars of Leicester Square (0.2 miles, the buskers and pizza of Covent Garden (0.3 miles) and the adult oriented clubs of Soho (0.5 miles). Being as central as this the surrounding areas are busy at most times and Northumberland Avenue is used a major through road to get from Victoria Embankment to places such as regent Street and north London. There are no shortages of taxis at any time as this is the most central area they operate from and public transport links are good. Other local places of interest include the National Gallery (0.1 miles), the HD screens of the Sports bar on Haymarket (0.2 miles), Cleopatra's Needle (0.3 miles), Cabinet War Rooms and Churchill Museum (0.3 miles), Trocadero centre (0.3 miles), Piccadilly Circus (0.4 miles), London Transport Museum (0.4 miles) and the London Eye (0.4 miles).
Hotel in Detail:The Grand Hotel retains the splendour of its Victorian past with interiors that feature high ceilings and large open areas such as the entrance hall that greets arriving guests and the upper gallery. Some of the interiors such as the restaurant and bar have marble cladding.
The hotels bedrooms are all air-conditioned with private bathroom facilities (shower, toiletries) and feature specially made furniture. The hotels Victorian design means the rooms have extra high ceilings and opulent windows. Inside your room are amenities such as HD ready flat screen television with pay-per-view movies, desk area with its own light, free WiFi high speed internet access, dual line telephone featuring PPI (private number) and voicemail, cord free phone, safe, coffee and tea tray, radio with aux input for MP3 player, wakeup call service and hairdryer. Each room has a top quality bed that features a pillow top mattress. Iron/ironing board available on request.
Apartments: Studio rooms with a queen bed twin sofabed are an option as are one room suites. These rooms come with a kitchenette, fridge and microwave.
24 hour extensive room service menu.
There is a lift giving floor access.
The Grand at Trafalgar Square hotel offers both WiFi and fixed line broadband internet access. A concierge service operates 24 hours every day. Other services include guest same day dry cleaning/laundry. There is a fitness room onsite that is free for guess use. Front reception is open 24/7 and the public areas are all air-conditioned. Computer workstations located within the hotel.
There is one well equipped meeting/boardroom available for business guests.
The Obika Mozzarella Bar offers a variety of delicious handmade mozzarella, as well as traditional Italian specialities. The bar is located within the lounge and breakfast each day is served here and is where you may also purchase coffee. Free wireless internet access throughout hotel.
Please note that there is no smoking permitted in any of the hotel areas.
Bedroom Numbers: 63 / 8 floors
Check-in: 15.00 (3 pm)
Parking:Private parking is available in close proximity to the hotel and costs £40 per day.
Internet:Complimentary wireless internet access throughout.
Compared to other London hotels: This hotel has been rated 82% by past guests. The London average is 80% and the average for 4 star hotels is 83%. Therefore although the hotel is above average for London as a whole this hotel is below average for its sector (star rating) .
Milesfaster ranking: 347th from 866 London hotels, and 147th of 328 four star rated hotels.
Another to Consider: Also close by and a similar hotel (0.2 miles, 0.3 km) would be the 4 star Royal Trafalgar Hotel (Thistle), whose lowest rates start at about £137 and which has an 87% guest satisfaction rating. The Royal Trafalgar Hotel (Thistle) also offers: free WiFi.
Of course you might just want to stick with apartments, another option could be the Citadines Trafalgar Square. The apartments are 0.1 miles (0.1 km) (as the crow flys) with rates from £127 with a satisfaction score of 82% and has: free WiFi.Looking for lower base rates? Then another option might be the My Bloomsbury. 0.8 miles from the Grand At Trafalgar Square (The) (1.3 km), has scored 80% from former guests and whose lowest rates start at about £95 (theres free WiFi too).
Would you prefer to go with something that has scored higher in guest satisfaction ratings? If that is what your after then the 4 Star Amba Charing Cross seems like a possible option. The Amba Charing Cross is only 0.1 miles (0.2 km) away. The Amba Charing Cross has an extremely high guest rating of 98%, one of the best rated London hotels.
Local hotels analysed:The fifty hotels that are closest to this location (8 Northumberland Avenue, WC2 postcode) which we list extend for a 0.7 miles (1.1 km) radius. Consisting of 23 five star hotels (average rating 89%), 17 four star hotels (average rating 88%), 9 three star hotels (average rating 86%) and 1 two star hotel (rated 80%). Top 4 star hotel is Amba Charing Cross at 98%. Of the 50 local hotels top rated 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: We show you the average starting rates (base rates) in the area and break it down by star rating. Trouble with this is that base rates do not include special offers and limited low rate deals. However they remain a useful guide to general rates. The average base rate when considering all hotels in the surrounding area is £209 per night. Starting from £18 at SoHostel (2 Star, 80%) with top rates of £505 at Ritz Hotel London (5 Star, 90%). Rate averages listed by star level: Five Star average: £298, Four Star average: £150, Three Star average: £115 and Two Star average: £18.
We rank hotels based on their guest rating but balanced for their influencing factors. We have ranked Grand At Trafalgar Square 40th (joint) of 50 nearby hotels and 15th (joint) for the 17 four star hotels in the area. Our ranking for sheer lowest base rates is 15th of 50 (6th (joint) of 17 four star hotels.). We calculate an overall ranking combining the rates and rating scores. This hotel ranks 36th of 46 for pure value for money (SoHostel was top).
History:The hotel occupies a building known as Northumberland House, which was refurbished and restored for its use as a hotel which opened on 6th December 2006. Previously it has been used as offices for the MOD (ministry of Defence) since World War II. Before the MOd took it over it was the 500 bedroomed Victoria Hotel which opened in 1897. The Grand Hotel doesn't actually occupy the whole of the house, just a section of it.
However it is a totally different building than the Northumberland House which stood in this road between 1605 and its demolition in 1874.
Note: The Grand shares the same building and address as the Club Quarters Trafalgar Square but the two are separate entities and the rooms for each are allocated separately.