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Report from Hyper Japan 2012.

by Rajul on November 28, 2012

Hyper Japan returned for a fourth time to London last weekend and we went over to investigate for you.  This time it was in Brompton Hall, Earls Court and much like last year celebrated all things Japanese in a fun and slightly offbeat manner.  If you missed the event, check out the website where they’ve reported on […]


Hilton rides wave of London’s hotel boom.

by Rajul on August 5, 2011

In the run up to the London 2012 Olympic Games, the capital has seen an unprecedented rush of hotel expansion, with high profile renovations and new builds the name of the game.  Hotel giant Hilton Worldwide recently announced that it will open two new London Hiltons on the South Bank, provisionally slated for opening in […]


The death of the hotel star rating system?

by Rajul on January 10, 2011

Checklist-based star rating systems were historically the natural way to rank and classify hotels.  When the Savoy opened in London in 1889 it was seen as the ultimate luxury hotel: features like electric lifts and individual bathrooms were a genuine novelty and the epitome of indulgence. As competitors in the next century caught up or […]


Best 3 London Hiltons in 2010 on TripAdvisor.

by Rajul on August 25, 2010

Our analysis last year on London’s best Hiltons got great feedback as a tool for Hilton loyalty card holders to help them decide which hotel to choose in London (there are after all currently 22 London Hiltons to select from!). Today, we’ll revisit this analysis to see which Hiltons are currently “top of the charts” […]


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 […]


Regular readers of this blog will know we’re passionate that you get value for money from your London hotel. In that spirit, this article uncovers a gem of a hotel currently riding high on TripAdvisor’s rankings, ahead of much more expensive competitors. While London’s super-luxury hotels – such as Claridge’s, The Dorchester and The Lanesborough […]


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 […]


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 […]