There’s so much to see in London, it’s hard to cram even the most iconic stops into a weekend trip–choosing the right hotel can be a definite advantage though!
A time shortage was definitely my biggest challenge on a London stop I made after a tour of Welsh castles and a conference in Cardiff a few years ago. I stayed at the Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge, location, just a few weeks after its grand opening. And while there had to have been details for staff to work out behind the scenes, I certainly didn’t run into any problems even this soon after their start-up.
In marketing, the buzzword has always been location, location, location, and as a tourist I echo the phrase!
The Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge location put me right in the heart of London’s iconic attractions.
- The London Eye — just a block away — gave me an amazing bird’s eye view of London.
- I could almost read the time on Big Ben — the world’s most famous clock — right from my hotel room window!
- Westminster Bridge — just a few minutes from the hotel, this bridge crosses the River Thames.
- Houses of Parliament are just over the bridge!
- The London Aquarium is in Jubilee Park — just a five minute walk, where you’ll find shops, pubs, and dining spots.
- And of course, there’s easy access to the London Tube or Underground Train, and London’s Hop-On, Hop-Off buses (my favorites!).
And what about my stay at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge? It was excellent.
The rooms had every amenity I could think of and were very comfortable. I loved the modern styling and glass, although I must admit that since I’m directionally challenged I sometimes wandered around for awhile looking for my room.
The hotel is designed to maximize the view with the less-expensive inner rooms having no windows, and the premium rooms situated on outer rings.
More than once, I received some guidance from housekeeping staff. Service was great!
I found the 1WB Lounge & Patisserie in the hotel offered very fine dining. I chose scallops and beef tenderloin for my main course the evening I dined in, which along with the wine selection, was excellent.
My favorite part of the meal though, as it often is, was a dessert parfait.
The hotel also serves a breakfast buffet that included the “usuals” I’d come to expect in the UK.
While I’ll never be a fan of the UK’s mushy pork breakfast sausages or cold toast, the jams did a fabulous job of turning unbuttered, thin-sliced, lightly browned bread, into something tasty to go along with the fruits.
So, when you want a great hotel experience, along with access to a lot of London’s most popular attractions, I highly recommend the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel.
If you’d like a tour of the hotel, come along on this YouTube video!
Visit Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel
For more info: +44 (0)844 415 6790, or visit online at: http://www.visitlondon.com/where-to-stay/place/7181150-park-plaza-westminster-bridge