To get you further into the festive spirit, we now uncover 3 more hotel gems for you. These are top-end options whether you’re in London for a seasonal romantic getaway, a trip with your friends or a family treat.
For families… The Athenaeum Hotel and Apartments
Does a relaxed, enjoyable Christmas mean keeping the kids entertained?
If so, the Athenaeum in the heart of central London (bordering Green Park) should really suit your needs.
A short stroll from the hotel you’ll find Hamleys, toy store where kids can entertain themselves for hours with an awe-inspiring array of toys.
The Athenaeum is walking distance from Somerset House which has ice skating from 17th November to 24th January: great for festive family frolics.
Apart from its location, The hotel also boasts some excellent apartments – these have in fact already been featured as some of the best in London.
One recent guest review on TripAdvisor (the hotel is currently in the top 50 London hotels) said the staff “treat you like royalty”.
Choose a generous apartment for your Christmas stay – they’re equipped with a music system and large plasma TV with pay per view films – and you’re guaranteed not to hear cries of ‘we’re bored’.
For couples… Marriott County Hall Hotel
For a Christmas filled with cuddles in front of the log fire and strolls through wintry London streets, why not stay at the Marriott County Hall?
Set on London’s South Bank, it’s the ideal base from which to take romantic strolls along the river, enjoying London’s best sights and sounds. In fact we’ve already featured this hotel for its stunning views.
It’s within striking distance of the London Eye, which is holding special festive rides – such as mulled wine flights and a Christmas brunch – which are sure to provide an unforgettable experience.
If you take a river room at the Marriott County Hall with breathtaking views of Big Ben and the Thames – you may not even want to venture outside!
The hotel is outside the top 100 on TripAdvisor but its most recent reviews have been positive. Please always do your own research to verify.
For friends… One Aldwych
Does Christmas for you mean socialising and shopping? If that’s the case, One Aldwych should be right up your street.
It’s ideal for the West End where you can spend your evenings in the buzzing bars and restaurants or taking in a show within the theatre district.
Plus, all your shopping needs are accommodated for with Covent Garden on your doorstep and Oxford Street a short tube ride away.
One Aldwych is decorated in a chic, contemporary way: as mentioned previously, it’s luxurious but still cosy. Guests also have access to its “Health Club” with gym, pool, sauna, steam room, and exclusive Natura Bisse spa treatments – utter heaven. The lobby is also a bit of a stunner.
One Aldwych is not a cheap hotel but is certainly a place where the staff have a spring in their step. It’s probably the least “stuffy” 5 star hotel you’ll come across and currently ranked in the top 40 on TripAdvisor.
Whichever of the above hotels you choose to stay in, do check out our guide to the best Christmas shopping in London.
Photo credits: One Aldwych, Marriott County Hall, Athenaeum Hotel and Apartments.