The Charing Cross Hotel, Charing CrossPosted in Where to Sleep
Finding a central London hotel that is in a tourist hub and isn't a tourist trap is hard. But we think we've found just the place in the form of The Charing Cross Hotel.
As the name might suggest, the hotel is situated directly above Charing Cross underground station and is utterly huge. Neo gothic architechture, high ceilings, large corridors and a sweeping stone staircase take you up to the rooms, large dining halls and bars. Of course there’s a lift if you are feeling lazy or lugging cases. Enter the lobby and you’re swept away from the hustle and bustle of London. The candle-strewn foyer area lends an air of calm and as my husband rightly remarked it ‘certainly saves on the lighting bills’.
With 239 bedrooms and junior suites, this isn’t a small property but the rooms do seem to reflect an element of boutique about them. Our room faced out on to the street and overlooked the front of Charing Cross station; thankfully the noise was diluted with the room being of a substantial size.
The bathrooms are a little tired but still this is probably to be expected for a 239 room large hotel.
A large desk with multiple plug sockets is encouraging for the business traveller among us, or those that bring their laptops with them to watch DVDs. A plush sofa sits you in front of a large TV but unfortunately there’s no DVD player to entertain you. Still, as you are in the centre of London, it’s only right that you get out and about; after visiting the bar obviously.
Above: Junior Suite @ The Charing Cross
The bar staff are highly professional. I supped on a wonderfully mixed Cosmopolitan served by a friendly soul. However, with hotel prices being on the steep side of expensive it was around £15 for two drinks.
Breakfasts are an indulgent affair in the uber large Victorian dining room. A sumptuous buffet island houses the hangover-cure-all full English, lots of toast, Danish pastries, juices, teas, coffee and all sorts of other healthy granolas and cereals. It’s a great place to have a breakfast meeting too as the tables are spread far out so as not to encroach on other people’s personal space.
Rooms are priced at around £200 per night.
Charing Cross Hotel,
London WC2N 5HX