Eccleston Square Hotel
What We Love
- Jetsetter 2015 Best of the Best Finalist: Best High-Tech Hotel
- The rate includes calls to London landlines, access to a 3-D DVD library and use of an iPad 2
- VoIP phones in all the rooms mean you can make international calls at a Skype rate
- The minibar is fairly priced
- READ MORE: How to see London for free
What To Know
- Free WiFi is via speedy fiber optic broadband
- Rooms are equipped with international electrical sockets
- The electronically adjustable Hastens beds retail at around $20,000
- Guests can access Eccleston Square's private residential garden
- Children 15 and under are not permitted
- Free WiFi
- Room Service
Don’t be fooled by its traditional Georgian exterior: Eccleston Square is one of London’s techiest hotels. The black and white chevron marble floor in the hallway leads to a sleek reception area with chic gray armchairs, a black lacquered desk and an elegant glass chandelier. The property underwent a multimillion-dollar refurbishment in 2011, and now it’s tricked out with bespoke furniture, TVs that stream live news in the elevators and a custom-made eight-and-a-half-foot 3-D plasma TV in the media lounge.
Bed and Bath
The masculine-look guestrooms are beautifully designed but do err on the small side. Signature King rooms come in at 193 square foot, City King rooms are 172 square foot and City Queen rooms are 150 square foot. Each feature giant gray leather and Italian wood headboards and custom-made Hästens beds (clad in 300 thread count Rivolta Camignani linen) that are fully adjustable (perfect for movie watching) and come with various massage settings. There’s a personal iPad 2 in every room and films can be delivered straight to your room so you can watch them on the 46-inch 3-D plasma TV. iPod docks are linked to the TV, and sound is piped around the room and bathroom. Bathrooms come with L’Occitane aromatherapy toiletries, and they have heated marble floors and showers with both rainfall and massage settings. Technophiles will love the bathroom’s cutting-edge SmartGlass technology, which lets you switch the glass walls between clear and opaque with just a flick.
Downstairs, the bijoux restaurant, Bistrot on the Square, is dotted with only a handful of tables, making for a supremely intimate dining experience. Choose between sitting by the fireplace or by the window, which looks out onto the square, and order from the menu of European dishes. Alternatively, order from the comfort of your room with the speedy 24-hour room service. There’s a small cocktail bar and media lounge to hole up in and enjoy a nightcap, and in summer guests get access to Eccelston Square’s beautiful private gardens.
How to Get There
My wife and I stayed for a night as we were going to the theatre with friends. I’ve never stayed anywhere like it before and it’s selling point seemed to be the high tech nature of the rooms. Our room certainly was pretty smart with an iPad to get room service and a massage bed. There was also a complimentary mobile phone for international calling that was a nice touch. There was a few little issues like the iPad had no charge when it wasn’t plugged into the mains and the tv remote had no working batteries and if we were staying longer then we might have raised it with reception.
It’s worth noting that the hotel has no parking although there is car park nearby and it’s also within a short walk of Victoria coach station. The staff were very attentive and gave a guided tour of the room and we would stay again but would book directly with the hotel as the mini bar is then complimentary.
This hotel is everything a luxury traveller is looking for and more with all of its integrated technology: iPad for room service and access to all hotel and loval amenities - check; free phone to use while travelling with connected WiFi and free international calling - check; Four button option setting for choosing how much illumination you think is best - check; large bed (and room) with remote to activate a built in massage setting - check; touch button privacy lens for the glass bathroom - check; highend boutique toiletries and clean layout - check; exemplary service from front desk to hotel tour staff and concierge - check, check, check. This hotel has become a new favourite and one that other hotels should really look to for the value add and quality sought out by travellers, tourists and lovals alike.
Lots of boutique hotels in London, but this one is right up there with the very best.
Rooms on the small side, but really really well appointed - does not really feel like a hotel. Great friendly service
A recent stay at the Eccleston Square Hotel, was enjoyed with great pleasure with the attentive staff and room appointments including iPad, a Handy phone that could be used for local and international call and tourism advice free of charge. The breakfast room was light and open with a very good continental selection of quality ingredients. The Hotel is a easy walking distance to Victoria Station and the Number 11 bus that takes you through the heart of London's tourist highlights. The private locked Eccleston Square gardens are accessible with a key from the hotel for a relaxed moment in a delightful setting.
It doesn't take long to figure you've booked the right place...from check-in to check-out and every hour in-between, the young, international, and exceptional staff made certain we felt appreciated. Many thanks to Nuno, Simone, Manuela, Jacek and Vlad.
The food was excellent and the room perfect - we loved the location; and the phone and Ipad were a great added touch. Bravo!