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Hilton Metropole

Street food is all of the rage in London with food markets galore throughout the city.  The Hilton Metropole has jumped on the back of this trend and created a Christmas package which offers guests the chance to pick their food from a set of stalls rather than the traditional way of dining at a […]

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Hilton Metropole is sprucing up its lobby.

by Rajul on December 3, 2012

The Hilton Metropole has been listed here in the past as one of our favourite hotels in London for doing business in.  It always had one of the most “functional” and convenient lobbies for meetings and its central location made it ideal for anything arranged at the last minute.  But clearly someone got tired of […]

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Hotel lobbies – a waste of space?

by Andrea on July 24, 2012

Hotel lobbies seem to be on the way out – at least, the huge ones of the past (as exemplified by the Hilton Metropole London pictured above) seem to have shrunk.  Maybe no one finds them useful any more.  After all, what do you actually use the lobby for? There’s a business centre for connecting to the internet, […]

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Top 5 biggest hotels in London.

by Timea on January 31, 2012

As one of the world’s most popular travel destinations, and of course the host of the upcoming 2012 Olympic Games, demand for hotel rooms in London is high. The city has over 100,000 hotel rooms encompassing everything from minimalist boutique chic to grandiose five star luxury. But have you ever wondered which London hotels boast the biggest number of rooms?  […]

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Loyalty wars: IHG versus Hilton.

by Rajul on February 12, 2010

Both IHG (which owns the Holiday Inn, Hotel Indigo, InterContinental and Crowne Plaza brands among others) and Hilton have lots of London hotels. For members of their excellent loyalty schemes, the ability to cash in points is essential.  Which is why we’ve already helped identify the best Hiltons and best IHG hotels in London based […]

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Why Middle East visitors love London in winter.

by Rajul on December 26, 2009

While us Brits often complain about the winter weather in London (and the travel chaos sometimes related to it!) there are others positively attracted to the city’s unique winter atmosphere. As recently mentioned in our review of cosy London hotels for winter and Christmas offers, winter is also a time for great bargains in London […]

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You often visit a city hotel and find yourself feeling slightly excluded from the local community.  There’s frequently no sense of time, season or place. Some hotels are so “neutral” in décor that international jetsetters will wake up in the morning and not even realise where they are, let alone interact with any “real Londoners” […]

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This feature identifies some of London’s best business hotels in terms of guest reviews, facilities and location. A business visit to London is naturally very different to a typical leisure stay. Your key requirement is usually a peaceful and comfortable environment where everything works as it should. Location is also especially critical when time is […]

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London’s waterways are an oasis of calm in such a hectic and dynamic city.  It’s a shame that many London visitors miss out on this gem. It’s even more surprising when you consider that so many tourists arrive from Heathrow into Paddington, just a short stroll from the leafy “Pool of Little Venice” (named by […]

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As one hotelier once put it to me, the hotel business is simply “people serving people”.  So the quality and training of staff, particularly at the luxury end, is absolutely critical. Different hotels have subtly different recruitment philosophies.  Why should you care about this when you choose a hotel? Because attentive and friendly staff are […]

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Which is the best Hilton in London?

by Rajul on June 5, 2009

Hilton is clearly one of the world’s leading hotel brands.  But with 18 hotels in and around London, which one should you pick? The short answer is “it depends”.  However, our research did show that the newer hotels are the most popular. The Hilton with best reviews is Hilton Canary Wharf.  People like that it’s […]

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