If you’re planning on romancing things up a little in London this Valentine’s Day, you want your accommodation to impress as much as anything else. A trip to the theatre is all very well but it’s going to feel a lot more magical if you know you’re going back to a beautiful room with a nice bed and comfortable fittings and fixtures.
So what features does the all-important Valentine’s Day accommodation require? Bear the following in mind before you book into a hotel.
Location, location, location
Location is everything. Too far away from the centre of London and you’re going to run into transportation problems, particularly if you’re counting on a post-show drink in the West End. Too close to the likes of Charing Cross and Piccadilly Circus and you have noise problems to deal with, not to mention sky-high prices. It’s a balancing act that can usually be resolved by choosing somewhere a little further out from the centre but within close proximity to a Tube station or bus stop that has night services if you’re planning on getting back late.
We also need to talk about the exclusivity of the area you want to stay in. Like all cities, parts of London are more likely to impress than others. Consider West London near Paddington – far enough away from the chaotic centre for a bit of peace and quiet while remaining cosmopolitan and bustling enough for there to be something going on all the time. There are impressive buildings and plenty of attractions nearby – Whiteleys of Bayswater for Valentine’s Day shopping, Kensington Gardens for romantic walks, the Museum Quarter for culture.
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There are also plenty of world-class restaurants on your doorstep – if you’re after a meal with a view, places such as the Babylon Roof Gardens, Le Cafe Anglais and The Summerhouse boast some of the best views in London and are guaranteed to have a great atmosphere for a romantic evening as a result. If you and your partner are into cinema, it’s also worth popping into The Lounge. Run by Odeon, this spectacular cinema offers viewing at its very best, including spacious seating and waiter service for drinks and meals alike.
In addition, you have all of the essentials nearby including fast and reliable links to the centre of London, along with restaurants and activities nearby in case you don’t feel like straying too far from your accommodation. Quite frankly, West London is the perfect destination for love birds.
The type of hotel
What do you and your partner deem absolutely necessary in a romantic weekend away together? There are some things that we are probably all agreed on – a comfortable clean bed, clean sheets, towels, an ensuite bathroom for privacy. But this isn’t a business trip or any average trip to the capital. Your partner is going to want to feel spoiled rotten. For this reason, it’s a good idea to choose one of London’s boutique hotels. Intimate, fashionable and generally situated in the most stylish of places, you are guaranteed all the necessities and a warm touch from the staff. who are almost always used to catering for couples on romantic weekends.
You’ll want to think about extras. Will you and your partner want to take advantage of sports facilities such as swimming pools and gymnasiums? Will you want a cheeky cocktail in the hotel bar before turning in? What if you don’t fancy going out one night – a hotel restaurant is surely essential in these cases. For romantic getaways, the general rule in these circumstances if you are unsure whether you want something is to go for it anyway. You never know if you or your partner might want to make use of it. 24-hour room service is also advisable even if it’s just someone on reception since if something beyond your control happens, you might be grateful of assistance.
The room itself
Once you’ve considered all of the above, we come to the room itself, which is arguably the most important point since you’re going to be spending much of your time here. Your romantic break in London is likely to be all the more enjoyable if you’ve got somewhere pleasant to wake up to and go to sleep in – somewhere you actually want to spend time. So it’s well worth going all out if you want somewhere with a view, a particularly nice bed or perhaps a television that you can curl up in front of before hitting the sack.
While boutique hotels already guarantee you many of the necessities required for a romantic getaway – pleasant surroundings, spacious rooms, generous guest-to-staff members ratio – it’s always worth asking on checking in or before whether there is anything else the hotel offers for loved-up guests. Perhaps opening the door to your room and finding a nice chilled bottle of Champagne waiting would really be the icing on the cake? Or perhaps you’re more interested in afternoon tea in the hotel restaurant. Many places are willing to go just that little bit further for the sake of love – either for free or a reasonable price – but if you don’t ask, you don’t get.
Go straight for the best…
If searching for the perfect hotel that meets all of the above specifications seems more than a little daunting, then don’t fear. We’ve got the perfect suggestion. The Grand Royale on the edge of London’s Hyde Park boasts stylish surroundings and a West London location within easy reach of great shopping opportunities, plenty of cultural attractions and excellent links to the centre. Furthermore, the venue’s determination to preserve the building’s stunning architectural heritage while simultaneously ensuring a modern experience makes for a winning combination. A concierge is on hand to offer all the advice and local knowledge you could need and is happy to make recommendations on how to make that loved one feel extra special.
So what are you waiting for? If you’re headed to London on a romantic getaway, you should make your reservation at the Grand Royale Hyde Park as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.