Park Plaza Victoria, London
THE HOTEL: This four-star deluxe hotel is conveniently located near Victoria station. It makes an impact the moment you arrive, with quirky art pieces adorning the entrance and continued throughout.
THE CHECK-IN: The reception desk is part of a large open plan area which links neatly into the lounge, bar and restaurant beyond. Staff were friendly and welcoming and check-in formalities were completed quickly.
THE ROOM: The hotel has 287 guestrooms comprising superior and executive rooms and suites, plus 12 one and two-bedroom apartments. I stayed in one of the apartments on the ninth floor and was instantly wowed by the amazing views. Looking from the lounge (and even when seated on the loo!) the views are spectacular, stretching across the skyline over Westminster Cathedral, Ben Big, Parliament and the London Eye. The decor was modern and stylish with leather furnishing and dark wood flooring. There was also a modern kitchenette which was adequately equipped.
THE BUSINESS: The room included a work station and there was also a business centre on the hotel's lower floor. There was free wifi available throughout the hotel – as well as internet access via the TV – but on the day I stayed I didn't manage to connect very successfully. The hotel has 15 flexible function rooms for up to 550 delegates.
THE FACILITIES: JB's is the hotel’s AA Rosette award-winning restaurant. It serves modern European cuisine and has a comprehensive wine list. Breakfast is also served here and comprised plenty of cooked and continental choices. The adjoining JB's Bar offers a selection of cocktails and is a popular meeting point. There is a small fitness suite with steam room, sauna and treatment rooms.
THE VERDICT: This is a great business hotel in a convenient, central London location. The welcome is warm and the rooms very comfortable and quiet despite the central location. Star attraction for me were the fabulous views of London.
THE DETAILS: 239 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 1EQ. Rates for a superior room start from £200 per night. Twobedroom apartments start from £450. Tel: 020 7769 9999. For more information see: www.parkplaza.com.
Reviewed by Julie Baxter