Staying at The Grange Hotel St. Paul's for BritMums Live 2013
The entrance to The Grange Hotel St. Paul's is smart, clean and classy. The hotel has a few bars and restaurants, two of which are on the ground floor with plenty of extra seating. All the staff we met were very helpful, friendly and professional. I forgot my toothbrush and (thankfully) they were able to get me a new one straight away.
The location of The Grange St. Paul's is brilliant. It's within half a mile of three tube stations and three train stations. It's also only a 5 minute taxi ride from The Brewery, the BritMums Live venue. It also has a lovely view of St. Paul's Cathedral which is stunning lit up at night.
We arrived a couple of hours before the 3pm check-in and were able to leave our cases at the concierge which saved us dragging them to BritMums Live. When we got back to the hotel we decided to take advantage of our freedom and make use of one of the hotel's bars before hitting the sack. The hotel has a very impressive glass atrium which is spectacular at night.
Our room was perfect - clean, sophisticated, plush and cosy. We had plenty of space for our cases and BritMums paraphernalia and a cosy double bed each. We enjoyed a solid night of sleep buried in the pillows, after we'd had a good bounce on the beds of course!
One wall of the bathroom was a mirror, perfect for two girls with hair and make-up to sort in the morning. I didn't have time for a soak in the bath, but I did enjoy the shower which had jets from the sides as well as the top (although the pressure was weaker if used simultaneously). There was plenty of white fluffy towels, two cosy robes to snuggle and nice smellies.
As eating is my favourite hobby, breakfast was the highlight of my stay. We sat in the Novello & Globe restaurant with a lovely view of the glass atrium and enjoyed a full English with bacon, sausages, mushrooms, tomatoes, hash browns, baked beans and toast. Despite being a buffet, the food was excellent quality. The sausages (which are so often bad) were particularly good, as were the mushrooms, and the egg had a runny yolk - bonus!
There was also a continental buffet which included fresh fruit, freshly baked bread, preserves, croissants, Danish pastries, cereals, cold meats and cheese, yoghurt, boiled eggs and a selection of fruit juices.
The hotel also has a swimming pool, gym, spa and a sky bar with a view of St. Paul's Cathedral. Sadly we did not have time to enjoy any of these lovely facilities. It's worth noting that the hotel is family friendly (high chairs, cots and child food available), but not having our kids with us meant we were not able to check this out first hand.
The price of the room, including a full English breakfast, was £172 inc vat. This is cheaper if you take the continental option for breakfast. Considering the location, the facilities and the standard of the accommodation, for a 5 star hotel in central London, I thought this was pretty good value for money and I would definitely stay there again.
For more information visitwww.grangehotels.com
Disclosure: We were given a complimentary room for one night at The Grange Hotel St. Paul's in return for an honest review. All words and opinions are my own. Some of the photographs used are stock images which do reflect a true likeness of the hotel. All my reviews are 100% honest.