51 Buckingham Gate – 5 Star Gem in LondonPosted: July 21, 2012
On my recent trip to London, I was going to be working an arduous trade show, the Farnborough Air Show, and wanted a place to come back to each night that would really be relaxing and stress-free. I hunted carefully, and found this gem of a hotel, 51 Buckingham Gate, and had a wonderful experience there. It is tucked away on a quiet street about 3 blocks southeast of Buckingham Palace. Very near the St. James Underground Station, and cabs are a hail away.
The private courtyard area with fountain is charming, and we would have sat and enjoyed it more, but for the rain during our visit. There are 3 restaurants on site, and the Michelin-starred Quilon gave us dazzling food on our first night in town.
Upon arrival, we were escorted to a reception desk, and seated. No lines, no counters! Treated like honored guests. After the easy registration, my colleague and I were each escorted by butlers to our upgraded suites.
What a suite! Full kitchen, living area, bedroom, and luxurious bathroom. Openable windows to get fresh air.
We had personal notes from the manager, and an array of welcome goodies that included fresh eggs, milk, bread, butter, cereal, fruit, cookies, tea, coffee, chocolates, and more – from Whole Foods. I was able to make myself a hearty breakfast for 4 days with this welcome package. Probably saved me $100 in room service! And, they washed and put away my dishes each day too.
The room was meticulously clean, and furnished with comfortable furniture, luxury linens and towels and every convenience. Need a converter plug? They whisk one up to you. Window stuck open at midnight? Someone is there in an instant with a screwdriver to fix it. The concierge was helpful and efficient. The staff met and exceeded every expectation. Evening turn-down service provided a comfy welcoming bed, fresh towels, and chocolates. The library serves complimentary drinks and snacks every evening, and a cozy breakfast each morning. Room service is quick, complete and accurate.
If I went to London more often, I might hesitate to recommend this place, but only because I’d want to keep it to myself! But I do recommend it. It was half the price of the Marriott Marble Arch, (which I’ve stayed in), and twice as nice. 5-star luxury all the way! Thanks to the entire staff. I will be back!