Hotel Vicinity:Nearest: Tube Station: Covent Garden 0.2 miles (0.3 km), Railway Station: London Charing Cross 0.3 miles (0.5 km), DLR Station: Tower Gateway 2 miles (3.3 km), Motorway: M1 Junction 1 6.3 miles (10.1 km). 6 tube (underground) stations within a half mile circle (0.8 km) , makes this a great choice for transport links. The Strand Palace Hotel London is in a central location, right in the heart of the main tourist areas. On the East side of the Strand, a short stroll from the law courts, the hotel also enables easy access into the financial district and the city of London which is a straight run along Fleet Street and on into St Paul's. The hotel is close to many of London's best known areas such as Covent Garden (located at the rear of the hotel), Trafalgar Square (1/3 of a mile at the far end of the Strand) and the River Thames (200 yards) which is just the other side of the Strand, as well a host of theatres on the strand itself. This location is on the edge of the capitals theatreland. Indeed along the Strand itself are a number of theatres such as the Vaudeville theatre just yards from the hotel. The Strand itself is a very busy road but also gives good transport links thanks to the everflow of Taxis and many bus routes that have stops along it. Local places of interest close to the Strand Palace Hotel include the Courtauld Institute Gallery (a centre for the study of history and conservation) (0.1 miles), Cleopatras Needle (0.2 miles), St Clement Dames Church (RAF central church) (0.3 miles), National gallery (0.3 miles), Leicester Square (0.4 miles) and South Bank (home to a range of theatres and galleries (0.4 miles).
Hotel in Detail:Originally built as an art-deco showpiece after the turn-of-the-century (famed in the 1920's for its art deco entrance and foyer), the Strand Palace hotel has been carefully updated and equipped with modern amenities over the years. Now a large hotel serving London's west end.
The guest rooms at the Strand Palace Hotel are decorated with a contemporary décor and furnishings and all have a bath and shower. All of these rooms have cable TV with pay movies, WiFi internet access, table, direct dial phone, tea and coffee making facilities, heating, trouser press and hairdryer.
Club rooms have WiFi, plasma television and a dedicated check-in area. Bathrobes available on request. Booking a club room also gives complimentary access to a health club situated opposite the hotel.
Both standard and club rooms have single, twin and double options.
Club lounge is situated on the second floor.
Room service is 24 hours.
Dining Options:Strand Carvery: Offers a traditional English Carvery buffet in a modern setting. A limited 'a la carte' menu of grills and stir fry is also available. Open 17.00 til 22.00, Monday to Saturday. Sunday lunch noon till 15.00.
Johnstons Brasserie: Where the laid back atmosphere of California meets the fabulous tastes of the Mediterranean. International menu and extensive wine list. open for lunch, pre-theatre dinner and post theatre supper. Dishes include Wood fired pizza, speciality pasta, West coast salads and Tear & Share Combos. Open noon till 22.00.
Lounge Bar: Adjacent to the hotel lobby this casual bar serves a range of coffee's and tea's along with alcoholic drinks (beers, wines, spirits etc.). Open all day for drinks and snacks. There is also a WiFi connection in this area.
The Mask Bar: Perfect place to enjoy an exotic cocktail or a warming single-malt. An ideal place for a relaxing sundowner after a hectic business meeting, a busy day's sightseeing or shopping. Open 10.00 till 02.00.
Hops! Bar: Offers a British pub-like atmosphere with lively music and a great selection of beers and spirits. Entrance opens directly out onto the street. Also features a sports screen, pool tables and authentic tapas. Open noon till 23.00.
The Strand Academy provides business and meeting facilities. There are 9 meeting/function rooms which can handle from 12 boardroom style in the smallest room to 200 delegates reception style in the largest. They are all air-conditioned and have high tech amenities.
Access to Internet and e-mail is also available in the club lounge (fee's may apply). The hotel has a dedicated concierge team, who can assist guests with tours and tickets.
The Strand Palace hotel is served by 3 lifts and offers luggage storage facilities. WiFi can be picked up in all areas of the hotel. Laundry and ironing services. Business centre located in lobby.
Since July 2007 this has been a totally no-smoking hotel throughout.
Bedroom Numbers: 783 / 9 floors
Check-in: 14.00 (2 pm)
Check-out: 12.00 noon (express option)
Parking:There is no parking onsite.
Internet:Complimentary wireless internet access throughout.
Compared to other London hotels: This hotel has been rated 80% by past guests. The London average is 80% and the average for 3 star hotels is 76%. Therefore this hotel is above average for its sector (star rating) .
Milesfaster ranking: 452nd from 866 London hotels, and 117th of 329 three star rated hotels.
Another to Consider: Also close by and a similar hotel (0.4 miles, 0.6 km) would be the 3 star Travelodge Covent Garden, whose lowest rates start at about £70 and which has an 80% guest satisfaction rating.For a hotel that offers lower base rates take a look at the Victoria Inn Hotel. 1.6 miles from the Strand Palace Hotel (2.6 km), has been rated at 76% by past guests and the hotels starting rates begin at about £49.
Prefer something with a higher guest rating? Then the 4 Star Amba Charing Cross may be one too look at. The Amba Charing Cross is only 0.3 miles (0.4 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 50 nearest hotels around this area (372 Strand, WC2 postcode) which we have have on our website extend out to a 0.6 miles (1.0 km) radius. The numbers by star rating are 18 five star hotels (average rating 90%), 21 four star hotels (average rating 87%), 10 three star hotels (average rating 83%) and 1 two star hotel (rated 82%). Top 3 star hotel is Hub by Premier Inn Covent Garden at 90%. Coming out as the top rated hotel are Corinthia Hotel London (5 star), the Covent Garden Hotel (5 star), the Haymarket Hotel (5 star) and the Soho Hotel (5 star) (all 4 are joint top with 99%).
Base Rates: We compare area starting room rates by using base rates. Bear in mind we use the published base rates which do not reflect short term offers and deals. They do however give a decent relative comparison. Looking at all hotels in the area the average base rate is £179 per night. They range from a low of £18 at SoHostel (2 Star, 82%) up to £438 at Corinthia Hotel London (5 Star, 99%). Rates break down to the following for each star rating: Five Star average: £277, Four Star average: £146, Three Star average: £88 and Two Star average: £18.
Using our in-house algorithm we rank hotels based on guest ratings and weighted for related factors. We have a ranking for Strand Palace Hotel 46th (joint) of 50 and 7th (joint) for the 10 three star hotels in the area. Our base rate rank for the hotel is 7th of 50 (5th (joint) of 10 three star hotels.). We use the base rate ranking and review ranking for the hotel to get an overall ranking of 37th of 47 for sheer value for money (SoHostel was top).
Background:Bought by Trust House Forte Ltd January 1977. Sold to Granada plc in 1996.
The hotel first opened in 1909 (designed by Oliver P. Bernard) when it was a class leading art deco hotel. It later expanded in the 1920's by acquiring the adjacent Haxell's Hotel and carrying out a large scale refurbishment to merge the two buildings. The hotel has a strong American connection due to being used by American forces during world war II as a rest and recuperation residence. In 1958 all bedrooms were fitted with en-suite facilities.
In 1969 the hotels glamorous 1930's foyer was saved from being destroyed, being restored and placed on display at the Victoria and Albert museum in 2003. In 2008 it was shipped to Melbourne Australia to become part of NGV's major art deco exhibition.
Comment: Nearly half the bedrooms were upgraded in a multi million pound project during 2006/07 which included interior areas such as the lobby. Other interior areas were refurbished 2007/09.