Convenient to Shopping and Sightseeing Posted 15-Dec-2010 on Hotels.com
We arrived at the Charing Cross much earlier than the normal check-in time of 1400, (we arrived at 1130), with the expectation of leaving our bags with the concierge and completing some sight-seeing before check-in. We were offered a room upgrade at a nominal price (which we took), and were immediately checked into our room which overlooked the Strand. Arriving by train from Milton Keynes Central into Euston, it was a brief 10 GBP taxi ride to the hotel. I had some trepidtion when I saw that the Charing Cross train station was right next door, but the uncertainity was allayed when we entered the circular entrance of the Charing Cross hotel, which was build in the 1860's and has been fabulously maintained. My wife mentioned to the reception in passing that we were in London to celebrate my 54th birthday - it seemed to go unnoted by the gentleman checking us in. We took the lift to our 4 floor "Junior Suite" which we found to be very comfortable and nicely decorated, and much better than would be expected in the price range in Westminster. There is ample hanging space for clothes, the marble-floored bath contained both a tub and shower, and had enough room for two to use without bumping in to each other. We decided to descend the gently curving staircase instead of using the lift and noticed the cleanliness and elegance of each floor. Since it was nearing Christmas, the hotel was tastefully decorated to the holidays, and candles were placed on each stair down to the main floor. After some sight-seeing and upon return to our room, I found a birthday card signed by the manager, a box of Charing Cross labeled chocolates, and our complimentary bottle of wine on the credenza separating the sleeping from the lounge area. A nice touch, and totally unexpected. The gentleman at reception not only noted the occasion, but passed the information along to the manager. Please note that the hotel is located in downtown London, close to Parliament, Big Ben, the Victoria Embankment, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, etc., so if one is not used to the noise of a large city at night, this may not be the place for you. Scotland Yard is nearby, and we heard many sirens during our stay. The noise from the train station, however, was not a problem. Based on our experience at this wonderful, old, grand hotel, and with the excellent staff, we will DEFINITELY stay at the Charing Cross again and would highly recommend it for visitors wanting to explore the sights of Westminster, London.