The Royal Horseguards Hotel Review
When in London, inescapable echoes of history resound at every corner, wherever you walk, in the buildings that surround you, the squares, monuments, and cultural icons of the city and nation. Embracing that rich history from its earliest beginnings as a Roman outpost takes us through a succession of monarchs, through Empire and wars, through the allure of pomp and pageantry, to its modern presence on the world stage in business, the arts, politics and science. London is an exciting destination with an overwhelming must see and do list for world travelers to experience.
Why stay at the Victorian Royal Horseguard’s home?
Buckingham Palace, of course, tops the list with the ceremonious Changing of the Guard and the impressive daily Royal Horse Guards Parade in colorful formation through Hyde Park to the Palace. Imagine the allure of a stay at the historic Victorian Royal Horseguards home, originally built in 1884 now a five star hotel with a dashing, once secret, clandestine past as headquarters of the renowned M15 and M16 domestic and foreign services of Whitehall. The Royal Horseguards distinguished hotel is truly amazing in its heritage steeped in military tradition and in its modern transformation. Consider World War II and Winston Churchill and think of all the James Bonds, an intersection of fact and fiction, a who’s who of famed and infamous figures who have walked these halls, determined history, met and stayed here in times of war and peace. And imagine the labyrinth of “secret” tunnels that lie far beneath the stunning lobby. If walls could talk, oh, the stories The Royal Horseguards Hotel could tell.
Your own London story can begin with your arrival for a five star stay in one of the 282 guest rooms and suites of this award winning hotel overlooking the River Thames on the Embankment, just across from the London Eye. Within easy walking distance, guests will enjoy the proximity to Trafalgar Square, the heart of London flanked by the imposing National Gallery, with famed Nelson’s Column, statues and lovely fountains, as well as a picturesque walk to Parliament, Big Ben, and Westminster Abbey.
Guest rooms, from twin to king to extraordinary suites, ensure comfort in every detail. Heated floors, elegant bathrooms, robes and slippers, Hypnos beds and luxe bedding, flat screen TVs, desks and international outlets, AC, Elemis bath amenities, minibar, Nespresso and tea await with views and restful settings for relaxation after bustling days. Fairytale suites include a two storey Tower Suite with panoramic city and River Thames views extending from St. Paul’s Cathedral to Canary Wharf and beyond, from the turret 2nd floor living room and 1st floor master bedroom – lush and plush in every regard, perfection for honeymooners or a select private function. The top floor Waterloo Suite impresses with its contemporary decor, river views and deep free-standing roll-top bathtub. A-list authors and playwrights who have frequented the hotel are saluted in the Library Suite, impeccably in elegant red and gold decor throughout with stunning living and dining room, master king and separate guest bath.
Does The Royal Horseguards Hotel have afternoon tea?
The Royal Horseguards Hotel presents excellence in Whitehall dining at 1212, known as One Twenty One Two, with an eclectic international menu that will delight every palate with its fresh, innovative versions of traditional favorites. An understandably popular breakfast buffet entices with a mouth watering display of morning wonders, a selection that will energize the start of each day. The quintessential British institution of Afternoon Tea is presented with a memorable aristocratic style and finesse in an ambience complemented by a background of classical music under dazzling chandeliers worthy of Victorian refinement. The Equus Bar is inviting for cocktails and nightcaps, romantic interludes and gatherings of friends and colleagues.
The Royal Horseguards Hotel amenities
Attention to the varied needs of travelers is reflected in the Spa and Wellness Center that offers a full menu of body treatments, Jacuzzi, and professional staff, a Fitness Center with gym, indoor pool, tennis court, and relaxing sun terrace. The Royal Horseguards Hotel offers a unique step into history refurbished with the modern traveler in mind. Awarded Trip Advisors 2019 Certificate of Excellence, Royal Horseguards offers perfection in hospitality, accommodations, amenities and location, along with a past to intrigue your imagination.