Hotel Vicinity:Nearest: Tube Station: Covent Garden 0.2 miles (0.4 km), Railway Station: London Charing Cross 0.4 miles (0.6 km), DLR Station: Tower Gateway 2 miles (3.2 km), Motorway: M1 Junction 1 6.3 miles (10.1 km). There are 6 tube (underground) stations within half a mile (0.8 km). Located on the Eastern border of central London is the world famous Hilton Waldorf Hotel London. The hotel is flanked by two internationally known theatres, the Aldwych theatre on its East side and the Strand theatre on its west side. Yards from Covent Garden and a short stroll from the area that has become known as London's theatreland. In reality the hotel is on the doorstep of the heart of London and the areas best known for an active nightlife. Covent Garden is always popular both by day and night. During the day there are a host of shops, restaurants, museums and of course at its heart the piazza a favourite venue for street entertainers (buskers). The piazza also has two bust markets. At night the area is buzzing with the many bars in and around Covent Garden. This is also where the Royal Opera House is located. A little further to the North (0.6 miles) finds Soho, now associated with the music industry and home to the more adult oriented nightlife to be found in London. Alongside Soho is Chintatown where you can enjoy the oriental geared shops and restaurants. The Waldorf Hilton hotels location at the end of the Strand makes its a good choice for convenient access into the City of London (the square mile) which is a straight run along Fleet Street and through St Paul's. Another short walk to the South brings you to the banks of the River Thames. Here you can enjoy walks along both sides of the river and stop for a drink at one of the many pubs with views over the river. Other nearby attractions include the Theatre Museum 0.1 miles, London Transport Museum 0.1 miles, Cleopatra's Needle (0.3 miles), Sir John Soames Museum (0.3 miles), South Bank centre and the Royal Festival Hall (0.4 miles), National gallery and Trafalgar Square (0.4 miles) and the London Eye (Millennium Wheel) (0.6 miles).
The hotel was built 1908 just 2 years after the construction of the Aldwych itself. Interestingly the road itself was constructed to allow easy access between Buckingham Place and The East End for King George VII. The Strand Theatre is yards from the hotel on the same road while across the road from the hotel is St Clement Dames Church, built by Sir Christopher Wren in 1679.
Hotel in Detail:The Waldorf Hilton Hotel is chosen by famous names, stars and celebrities from all over the world when they stay in London. One of the most traditionally elegant hotels in London in keeping with its Edwardian heritage.
Beds have 17 inch thick mattresses for your comfort and the duvets are 100% cotton.
All the hotel bedrooms feature wall mounted cable plasma screen televisions with pay-per-view movies, sports channels and games. Other features include Air Conditioning (Thermostat adjustable), Work Desk with Lamp, tea/Coffee Maker, Hairdryer, high speed Internet access, iron and Ironing Board, Mini Refrigerator, dual line direct dial Telephone with VoiceMail, Dataport, clock, iron/ironing board, safe with laptop Charger built in and a Trouser Press. Nice extra touches include mohair bed covers and marble in the bathrooms along with bathrobes.
Standard rooms are 25 square metres. The standard bathrooms have a rain-drop shower and original freestanding Edwardian chrome and marble washstand.
Deluxe rooms include waffle robes and are 35 square metres. Bathrooms have a power shower and luxury toiletries. They have a ceiling pendant with flexible silver branches supporting an array of individually lit shades which can be configured differently in each room creating a remarkable atmosphere.
Executive rooms measure 45 square metres and give access to the executive lounge. You also have the use of private check-in and check-out facilities that are located in the executive lounge. The lounge serves a free continental breakfast along with tea/coffee in the afternoon and canapé are served in the lounge at night. Light snacks and beverages are available through out the day and a WiFi connection can picked up. They have full blackout windows with sheer decorative curtains and sliding draw panels in contrasting textures for a great nights sleep.
Suites are all modern and contemporary in style and measure 56 square metres and also give access to the executive lounge.
Room service is 24 hours for all bedrooms.
Dining Options: Homage Restaurant: All day dining. 92 seats serving modern European cuisine. The restaurant sets out to conjure up the feel of the grand cafes found in Europe. Its location within the hotel is where the original 1908 Grill Room stood. Its architectural importance is confirmed by the Grade II listing of many of its Louis XVI style features. On weekday afternoons and also on weekends live entertainment is provided with classical musicians. The decor includes magnificent chandeliers and works of modern art. Maximum capacity is for 95 guests. Kids must be in the company of an adult.
Open: 07.00 till 22.30.
Homage Bar: Intimate bar area with a 42 seat capacity. The style is eclectic with a mix of modern and period. The floor is smoked oak timber while walls feature modern style metal panels. Good range of classical cocktails, Champagnes' and gins. Why not try a Nicoise salad with flaked white fin tuna with a glass of Pommery champagne. Nobody under the age of 18 is admitted to this area.
Open 11.30 till 23.00 (till 02.00 for residents, except Sunday). (Sunday from 18.00, Saturday from noon).
Good Godfrey's Bar and Lounge: Named after Howard Godfrey, the ex lead of the 1920's Waldorf House band, the Waldorfians. Serves lunch and afternoon tea during the day and as the evening approaches serves bold cocktail concoctions along with a range of snacks.
Open 08.00 till 02.00 (from 09.00 Sunday).
Miss Homage: The playground of Good Godfreys illusive lover, Miss Homage. Be transported into the private space of a 1920s show girl, scorned by the not-so-Good Godfrey. Continuing the theatre for patrons, the bar serves passionately inspired cocktails and champagne on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.
Afternoon Tea: Traditional English Afternoon Tea is served in the Homage restaurant between 12.30 and 16.00. Options include finger sandwiches (on a 3 tier stand) with smoked salmon, cucumber and cheese, egg and watercress, roast ham and tomato and cheese fillings, freshly baked scones with Devonshire clotted cream and strawberry preserve and tea pastries.
For hosting your banquet the Palm Court Hall has a reputation for offering great facilities in a stunning environment. The room has been refurbished to its original 1908 Edwardian roots. The room was actually used for scenes in making the film 'The Titanic'. Capacity is 150 seated or 400 reception style.
The Waldorf Hilton hotel has a state-of-the-art health club, L.A Fitness. Extensive amenities which include exercise classes, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam rooms and a gym with the latest in exercise machines along with free weights. Perhaps the highlight at the club is the 13.6 metre swimming pool surrounded by marble pillars. Why not treat yourself yourself to a beauty treatment at the Escape Spa where a large range of treatments are on offer or simply lay back and reap the benefits of a massage.
The Waldorf has a dedicated business centre within the hotel which is open 24 hours a day. Amenities include Fax, mobile phone rental, Copy service and Internet Connection. There are 7 meeting rooms each with WiFi broadband internet access and a maximum capacity of 400.
If you need to store luggage for any reason these facilities are also available for both short and longer time frames.
At the end of November 2006 the hotel began guided tours of the building. The tours take place each week at 15.00 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The guide takes in the history of the hotel and the road on which it resides, The Aldwych. At the end of each tour guests can take a traditional afternoon tea at the hotels Homage Patisserie.
Check-in: 15.00 (3 pm)
Check-out: 12.00 noon (express check-out and late check-out option possible by prior arrangement with the reception desk)
Parking:Public parking is available in close proximity to the hotel and costs £55 per day.
Internet:Wired internet is available in public areas and charges apply.
More hotels from this chainIf your first option for an alternative is again the Hilton chain take a look at these closest alternatives:
The Trafalgar St James: is 0.5 miles (0.8 km) away, has a guest satisfaction score of 90% and rates start from about £254.
Hilton Bankside: is 0.9 miles (1.4 km) from here, earns a customer rating of 91% and base rates begin at about £150.
Hampton By Hilton Waterloo: 0.9 miles (1.4 km), rated at 89% and with rates from around £98.
Hilton Euston: 1.1 miles (1.7 km), rated at 72% and with rates from around £139.
Compared to other London hotels: This hotel has been rated 81% by past guests. The London average is 80% and the average for 5 star hotels is 89%. Therefore although the hotel is above average for London as a whole this hotel is below average for its sector (star rating) . Hilton Hotels across the chain average 81% so this hotel is rated as average when compared to other Hilton hotels.
Milesfaster ranking: 404th from 866 London hotels, 13th of 29 Hilton Hotels, and 114th of 131 five star rated hotels.
Another to Consider: A similar hotel nearby (0 miles, 0.0 km) would be the 5 star Royal Lancaster London, where rates start from £269 and which has an 89% guest satisfaction rating.Looking for lower base rates? Then another option might be the The Marble Arch London Hotel. 0.7 miles away (1.1 km), has scored 80% from former guests and whose lowest rates start at about £162.
Would you prefer to go with something that has scored higher in guest satisfaction ratings? If that is what your after then the 5 Star The Arch Hotel seems like a possible option, it's only 0.7 miles (1.1 km) from here. The Arch Hotel has an extremely high guest rating of 98%, one of the best rated London hotels.
Local hotels analysed:The 50 hotels nearest to this location (Aldwych, WC2 postcode) that we list cover a 0.6 miles (1.0 km) radius. They include 13 five star hotels (average rating 89%), 25 four star hotels (average rating 85%), 11 three star hotels (average rating 83%) and 1 one star hotel (rated 45%). Top 5 star hotels are Covent Garden Hotel and the Corinthia Hotel London (both 99%). Of these local hotels the highest rated is Amba Charing Cross (4 star) at 100%.
Base Rates: See a breakdown of the average starting (base) rates for the area. Base rates are a rough guide to starting rates as they do not include special offers and deals. The average starting rates for the surrounding area are around £154 per night. They range from a low of £55 at Lonsdale Hotel Bloomsbury (1 Star, 45%) to a high of £438 at Corinthia Hotel London (5 Star, 99%). The breakdown by star rating shows the following averages: Five Star average: £246, Four Star average: £136, Three Star average: £96 and One Star average: £55.
Our in-house ranking based on guest ratings but adjusted for influencing factors ranks Waldorf Hilton Hotel 36th (joint) of the 50 local hotels and 11th (joint) for the 13 five star hotels in the area. For base rates the hotel ranks 43rd of 50 (6th of 13 five star hotels.). Taking into consideration both rates and guest ratings we rank this hotel 44th of 47 of the local hotels in terms of value for money (Covent Garden Hotel was top).
History:Formerly the Waldorf Hilton Hotel was called The Le Meridien Waldorf (till 2004)
Owned by the Royal Bank of Scotland.
Underwent a £13.5 million pound renovation during 2015.
In the 1980's/90's the hotel was under the Forte group ownership.
The Waldorf salad is not named after this hotel but the hotel of the same name in New York. The salad was created for its opening on March 8, 1893.
Famous in the 1920's for their 'Tango tea's', where guests could enjoy afternoon tea in combination with ballroom dancing.
The Waldorf Hilton hotel underwent a £22 million pound upgrade during 2003/04. Bedrooms were revamped and upgraded to the latest in contemporary style and facilities.