The limited travel intensity during summer and fall 2020 lead to some interesting budget travel opportunities. During a trip to London, for example, I had the chance to have a stay at the posh Conrad London St. James, right in the heart of the governmental district of the city. I just could not stand the comparably bargain. Here is my hotel review.
Conrad London St. James – Location
The hotel is located right at the exit of the St. James’s Park Underground station, which is serviced by the Circle and District Line. The hotel is located within the congestion charge / city toll zone. Very likely, you don’t arrive at the hotel by car (other than taxi) anyway.
There are a lot of other hotels and restaurants on top of the services the hotel is offering. The area also features some minor supermarkets, if you need to stock up drinks or snacks. The location is superb for London sightseeing, especially if you want to do the traditional tourist stuff: Buckingham Palace, St. James’s Park, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament are in short walking distance. If you arrive by rail or coach, Victoria Station is comparably close as well.
Conrad London St. James – Atmosphere
The hotel has a very classic style, but does not feel old-fashioned at all. I liked the friendly design of the lobby. On some of the pictures below, you see a signature element of the entrance area, a metal sculpture of a huge gladiator arena.
Conrad London St. James – The Room
I booked a King Superior Room in the Conrad St. James for one night. The price (semi-flex rate, one day cancellation option) was 157.25 GBP including all taxes. My Hilton Honors Diamond status granted me a lovely upgrade as well as free breakfast. The room was awesome and very spacious. From the entrance door, you could head straight on into the bathroom, while the sleeping and living area was slightly to the right. There was a huge bed and a large work desk. Coffee and tea making facilities as well as the fridge / minibar. The work desk area featured European and US power plugs on top of the British format.
The bathroom with separate bathtub was simply awesome. The room also included a full set of amenities. I really loved the quality of the items provided. I guess the pictures speak for themselves – the bathroom has just been a lovely place to relax.
Conrad London St. James – Breakfast / Food
The Conrad London St. James usually has multiple dining facilities. Due to the pandemic restrictions, the Blue Boar Restaurant served the hotel guests. The breakfast, which has been a selection of items from the menu, was just lovely. The staff was very nice and worked professionally, so that I had a relaxing start on the morning.
Conrad London St. James – Executive Lounge
The nice Executive Lounge was open, but did not provide any service due to the pandemic. I still felt it would be good to give you some pictures of it. The snack service has been replaced by some canapes in the ground floor bar area, which was a really nice opportunity to relax.
Conrad London St. James – Services
The staff was absolutely superb. As I arrived in comparably early morning hours, I just left my luggage at the hotel and went into the city. As soon as the room was available, I received a text message, which is really nice service. As expected, the (premium) WiFi worked very well. The hotel does offer a gym – but as you had to register for it and I don’t want to force someone to clean the room just as took some pictures, I did not check it out.
Conrad London St. James – My View
Conrad is one of the premium brands of Hilton – and also in London, they did not disappoint me at all. The stay was lovely and there was absolutely nothing which I could criticize about my stay at the hotel – apart from that it was just one night. Of course, this has been a Top Pick! stay.