Rated 1 out of 5 by mverseve Reluctant attitude at Frontdesk & Bar
Front Desk was not willing to respect reservation made for a Classic room - King bed nor were they willing to offer alternatives while hotel not being full.
Ended up in tiny room with small Queen bed.
Various basic elements in room were missing (Iron/Hairdryer)
Bar staff was not willing to adapt the bar bill to respect the SPG Gold privilege/discount. Front desk had to do so during Check Out - but not without a series of comments.
July 17, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by stash71 Hit or Miss Service
When I stay in London, this is my go to place. The location is perfect, it is close to the underground and walking distance from the major attraction
The service however is hit or miss. Most of the time I get impeccable service which is what keeps me coming back. This last trip was the opposite.
The check in lines were long and understaffed. The initial 'non-smoking' room they gave me smelled damp and smokey. The second room they gave me was noisy, you could hear every door close and every housekeeping cart stroll by. This according to the front desk was their 'best standard room'
The front desk was often unattended and when they were there they were often unattentive.
At check out, as with check in, the front desk line was long and understaffed. I decided to wait out the line and get some coffee, when I made it back and finally checked out, the front desk wanted to charge me for an hour 'late check out'. When I first tried to explain the situation, the person was argumentative. I finally got him to to remove the charge.
I'm hoping that the level of service this go around was an exception. I would hesitantly stay at this place again, though I would keep a backup in case this type of service continues
July 17, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by Patrick99 Poor quality hotel but lovely staff
I want to start off by saying the staff here is lovely, and they are trying their best to deal with what appears to be a low quality hotel and understaffing.
We arranged an early arrival beforehand, but we were still forced to wait over an hour for 1 room, and almost 2hrs for the second room. This caused me to be late to my business meetings that day (the reason for the trip).
Upon finally getting into the rooms, they gave the upgraded room to the wrong traveler and the traveler that was supposed to receive the upgraded room received a VERY dismal tiny room with an almost scary view. The hotel then forced my traveling companion into paying £48 per night additional for an upgraded room. Then the new room was not ready for an additional 3hrs, and she was forced to wait in the lobby. They still charged the upgrade fee for that day.
During the stay, there were some issues with housekeeping and maintenance. The A/C in both rooms barely worked at all, and it was extremely hot in the rooms. Thank god it got cool in the late evenings and with the windows open it was bearable (even though very loud with the traffic). Also at times (in both rooms) the circuit breakers blew, and there was no electricity in the room. This seemed to be a pretty regular occurrence, so be prepared to have it happen, and then have to wait for the engineer or go down to the lobby to get him.
Upon check-out one of our rooms had the rate "mysteriously" change by more than £160 per night. We did not notice this until we looked at the bill upon our return, as they quickly charged the cards and put it into an envelope without showing us. I should have looked, but was tired and rushing to the airport.
The staff could not have been nicer with every single issue, and it seemed everyone else in the hotel was having similar issues as all I heard was complaint after complaint.
July 13, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by engprof Shabby but great location
The Park Lane is in a wonderful spot in the city-- right opposite Green Park, etc, and the rooms, especially the suites, are of good size, BUT the furniture is shabby and needs replacement, as do the lamps, etc. The staff was not super friendly or helpful, though did provide information on request. My bill was inaccurate.
July 13, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by DWB1873 Expensive, worn out and disappointing
Stayed here on a Friday night. Wanted a central location and did expect to pay for this, however also expected room to be close to worth the money - it wasn't.
I'm a gold SPG member and while I know that getting an upgrade is subject to availability the indifference (or lack of empowerment) of the staff around managing my expectations on not getting an upgrade was poor - no alternative offered.
As a reward I was offered a free drink (just one, there were two of us) or points and free wifi. Opted for that one, no sign of the wifi, not critical however shows lack of attention to detail - overall, experience as SPG gold member was very poor.
The room was very small, stuffy and dated. Everything crammed in. The bathroom was completely worn out, with cracked tiles, yellowing fixtures and while functional was very disappointing for this price and location.
Bed was comfortable, however let down by the rest of the room. VERY noisy but not from outside, rather from the internal hotel corridors. Doors must be very thin.
Didn't try the food, room service or other services so can't comment on those.
It was okay for one night, however I would not want to stay any longer especially at the prices charged. I'll be trying a different hotel next time - there is a big choice in the area and the benefits of SPG loyalty aren't worth sticking with this hotel for.
July 10, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by CS18 Underwhelming for a Gold Member
I'm not one to complain but we stayed at Park Lane (our second stay, previous stay was terrific) last week. We were put in a 1st floor room with a view of the pigeon's nests on the internal roof. Clearly not an upgrade for a Gold SPG member. In addition, the AC did not work. I requested a fan and the porter came up and told me he could not find one. He was very nice but there were 5 Dyson fans sitting on a cart in the bar when I had walked through earlier. Needless to say we sweated through the night with little sleep. Lastly, I responsded to the manager's "check in" email with my frustration and no response. I would not complain generally but I do like my status to be recognized, plain and simple. Thank you.
July 5, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by mfeigel Great Room and Location
This hotel has gotten mixed review, but we upgraded and got a suite, "Chelsea" . The suite was very large and comfortable.. The bathroom was a very nice size. Very clean and everything in perfected ordered. Great location. Will stay again here and ask for this suite.Don't eat at Citrus Restaurant,, terrible food and service, it took over 2 hours, think they lost the order because other came in later eat and left. The food didn't match the description on the menu.
July 4, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by Jeff54321 No doubt owners are happy about their profits
... At the cost of service and maintenance to customers. Every morning and evening we couldn't get anyone to answer the phone and lines were long in the lobby. Room cleaning was shoddy. Rooms are badly in need of refurbishment. Our shower leaked, bathroom floor chipped, carpets worn.
The worst was when checking out the desk person was yelling at a guest who was very politely, but clearly in a
July 3, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by DavidS39 Complaints
No indication on reservation that main entrance is not on Piccadilly. o Doormaan or clear indication to reception. Various steps up which to drag bags.
First room faced airshaft.
2nd room with view over Green P,which was barely visible due to misted up double windows, with apparently no intention of addressing this.
No airflow from AC in bedroom. Temperature unacceptable most of the time. No decent bar area.
In general major renovations needed and new staff attitude needed to justify a prestige hotel rating.
July 2, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Tina802 Exceptional Service and Old World Charm
I stayed at the Park Lane for 3 nights in June 2012 and was placed in 2 recently renovated rooms on the executive floor. The renovation is excellent, giving the Park Lane large, clean gracious rooms with well-appointed, modern bathrooms with separate showers and tubs. Linens are high quality, towels are thick and soft. The hotel is old world elegant and the Palm Court on the ground floor for tea or late night drinks is beautiful. We found the service to be first rate. The front desk answered the phone on the first ring every time I called, addressing me by my name without a moments hesitation. The concierge obtained excellent theater tickets for us on short notice and quite ably directed us to numerous restaurants. His recommendations were appropriately chosen. Included in our room rate was daily breakfast (for Starwood platinum members-a $30 value) and it was lavish. It included both hot and cold items: eggs, porridge, smoked salmon, fresh fruit, croissants and tons more. In contrast to many other restaurants in the UK I have been in, coffee was provided the minute we sat down and juice and coffee were refilled the moment glasses and cups were empty. Service was flawless. Beds were extremely comfortable. Hotel was very clean. Mini-bar was well-stocked. Air-conditioning was typical English mediocre. I found the hotel to be relatively quiet, however, we were placed on the executive floor (7th of 8) and our rooms did not face the street. We did not have a view of Green Park. The location across from Green Park and within walking distance to Fortnum and Masons, Picadilly Circus and the tube couldn't be better. I highly recommend this hotel if you are looking for a lovely hotel that doesn't cost an arm and a leg (by London standards) but still offers luxury and old world grace and charm. I absolutely hated to leave I felt so well and personally taken care of the whole time we were there.
July 1, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by Truffles Hotel desperately needs refurbishment
The location is great, but almost every aspect of this hotel needs an upgrade. The fitness center was the only exception as it has recently been refurbished.
June 30, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by JayD Nice location, but...
Nice old hotel, great location. If it's hot in London you won't be comfortable in the rooms - air conditioning is poor and to get fresh air from the window means a lot of street noise. I always want to come back to this hotel, but the last two times the service has been hit or miss. Nice people, just don't seem to coordinate well on requests. Price is typically best for SPG in London.
June 28, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lumpy50 Home away from home !!
Professional and courteous. A most pleasant experience again . Sincere thanks
June 21, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by NCmd Great location with great service.
The Park Lane is located just across from Green Park with ready access to the Underground and Tour Buses. Great room with outstanding service.
June 20, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by Ragzadi Terrible
The staff & Room service is terrific. Absolutely zero SPG recognition and the rooms allocated to us are always terrible old squeaky and not fresh at all. I'm an SPG Platinum and that's what you get at this hotel. It's simply pathetic!
June 20, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by KL2012 Needs Improvement
Second stay in 6 months because it is the corporate hotel. Front desk staff could do with more smile and warm. Both time was told it is fully booked so did not get upgrades. Room is clean nice but lack temperature control, sinks was rusty and I do not understand why there are no toothbrushes in the toilets? The hallway creaks when you walk and it is not nice when you return late as you do not want to disturb others.
June 18, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by spg123 This hotel needs renovation
Staff was very nice and helpful and provided me with everything I asked for, although they did not ask me how my stay was (since I had a few improvement comments)
Bathrooms are very very old as well as old fashioned, paint has disappeared in some places and is bladdering in others, mirror with black spots, flush was not working
The rest of the hotel is also old ( pattern on the carpet has become invisible)
June 18, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by kpett Loved this Hotel
We stayed for only 1 night, but would definitely come back. The location was perfect, and the "old world" ambiance the perfect touch. As always, beds were comfortable, and all services as you would expect - stellar. When we come back to London, we will definitely stay at the Park Lane again.
June 11, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Scottedina Great Location And Nice Rooms
I have stay at this hotel 5 times over the past 10 years and they have always had an upgrade for me!! That is great!!!!
The Rooms are very nice, they must have remodel in past few years, also the concierges do a great job.
The only problem I had on my last visit, I wast traveling with my family and wanted to do their "Tea Service" unfortunately is was booked out and there was no space for hotel guests unless they would have requested weeks advance, I spoke to one of the upper managers about the fact that they should hold some space for their hotels guest or email something to guests suggesting they make reservations so they many enjoy this service. The manager was very arrogant and said" our tea service is very famous and is in the top 10 in London, it's highly demand" If showed no interest in my concerns, I told him I was going call SPG back in the United States.
I ran into this manager the next day and he said he tried to call our room to invite us to "tea" Strange there was no message left on the rooms phone or concierges decks.
June 7, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by guppy Great location and wonderful old building
Stayed for a weekend recently for a wedding nearby. Loved the location and style of the hotel.
Found it off tea/coffee making facilities where not in the room. On checkout told we could have requested it! There had been no mention of this in the room or check-in, so this was disappointed.
I thought the breakfast hot food selection wasn't brilliant, but then again maybe we could have asked for things they didn't have, but then again we were not told.
Biggest advice is if you go ask for anything you need just in case it's on a need-to-know basis!
Shame that the little things can impact your stay.
June 6, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 to be avoided
We recently booked a night at your hotel with the intention of resting for one night in London, in a nice area, and in what we thought would be one the best hotels. As a very loyal SPG members, we've choose to stay at the Park Lane Hotel a Starwood Hotel.
Unfortunately our experience was not one of the best and it will always be remembered as the bad service hotel we’ve stayed in London.
The room that was gave to us was on 2st floor, a decent sized, but the furniture was a bit old and old fashioned. The big problem was the bed: we went to the room at 10.00 pm to rest, as we came from a long weekend trip. When we got to bed we've noticed that the duvet covered looked strange. The bed was not well done and the duvet cover had not even been ironed. It’s was not even soft when we touched it!
We’ve called the concierge and asking for a new duvet cover, around 10.20pm. After 30 minutes we have called again, and the person on the other side of the line apologized and said he had asked for it before, and it should be arriving soon.
Two phone calls later and we were still waiting for someone to bring us a propoer duvet cover. t cover!
The third phone call was done 50 minutes later, still no answers and we were still waiting for it, in order to sleep.
Only around midnight an hotel employee showed up with a duvet cover.
The person who went to room was apparently unaware that might be something wrong. Only give us the duvet cover that someone somehow gave it to him and stayed there fixed looking to the guests doing nothing to help!!! My Wife and I had to be the ones changing the bed while he didn’t even offered his help.
We've told him that maybe he could help us doing, but he hanged out the room door and showing to the other guests who were passing a strange and embraced moment: 2 guest doing the bed at midnight and the hotel employee holding the door!!! Well we made it, at midnight we went to bed but a little note: The hotel employee left without apologizing for the delay or even saying goodbye!
Every single aspect of service is dreadful - staffs were rude, ill-informe and not interested in the guests comfort.
In this respect it is the worst SPG property I have ever stayed.
June 4, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by TravelerFromMaryland Loved the Park Lane Hotel!
I took the family here for Spring Break and stayed for a little over a week. This was sort of a pre-celebration for our 10th wedding anniverary. I did let the hotel concierge know ahead of time and they graciously upgraded us which was very much appreciated. Having two kids in tow, the spacious suite was perfect. We did have an issue with the A/C not working because the building's A/C system had to switch to heat. They did their best to accomodate us by sending up fans to our room. It wasn't the perfect solution but I appreciated their effort. The cooling issue was only noticeable on one night,
Breakfast in the hotel restaurant was fine. I found it unusual that they would charge breakfast for my 5 yr old son but I didn't really want to complain because everything else with our stay exceeded my expectations.
The location of the Park Lane is close to unbeatable. Right across Green Park and not too far from the action of Piccadilly.
I take my family on at least 2-3 vacations a year and I have to say, this London vacation with our stay at the Park Lane was one of our best. We will definitely return to the Park Lane for our next UK visit.
June 1, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Benjamin1 Wonderful Stay
The staff is number one in Customer Service. Everyone was very helpful and nice. The rooms were very clean and the on premises restaurant was excellent.
May 31, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by DisappointedLHR Dissapointment - Face Lift Needed
Location is the best feature of the hotel.
The public areas of the hotel looked nice , however the room needed to be revamped badly. I was upgraded to a suite and was dissapointed. The room had a mish mash of furiniture and decor. It needed painting at a minimum.The toilet ran all night.
A very ordinary breakfast was not value for money.
May 29, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by tg2012 Dated hotel with unfriendly staff
I stayed at this hotel for nearly 3 weeks in May (2012) and was left unimpressed. The location of the hotel is fantastic, just steps from Piccadilly and the heart of Mayfair. The building itself is quite old, and the rooms are hit or miss. Some are quite large (for London) and kept in decent shape while others are awkward, small, and are years past their need for renovation. The first room I had reeked of smoke despite it being labeled a non-smoking room. I declined the staff's offer to "febreeze" the room to freshen it up and requested another room instead.
Generally, my experience with the staff was unimpressive. I tried to extend my stay twice as my business meetings were taking longer than expected. The first time I was told there were no rooms available, only to find some available on spg.com at at the same rate. The second time I was told they were "very busy" and if I wanted to stay they would have to nearly triple my rate. Again, I found a room available online (from my phone while standing at reception), except that time the rate online was nearly 1/3 of what they were offering me. When I brought this to their attention, the attendant merely smirked and shrugged her shoulders - then seemingly reluctantly gave me the rate I found. Given that the hotel is quite pricey as it is, it was uncomfortable to get the feeling you were getting hustled for a few extra pounds - or perhaps they did not really care if I extended or not. I had other more minor issues as well while there (room not properly cleaned, credit cards billed mid-stay with no receipt provided (or acknowledgement of the charge until I showed the front desk the charge on my cc)).
I've been a starwood member for years, platinum several times over, and I am generally pleased with the service we receive at spg hotels. This, however, was perhaps one of the worst experiences I've encountered. I hope they can improve - but until then I will be staying elsewhere on my stays to London.
May 29, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by Steamed Needs a major renovation
My wife and I spent 3 nights on business. Three hot, sweaty nights with air conditioning that would not do the job.
Room was small and crammed with more furniture than would comfortably fit, making it difficult to get around. The tub had a very narrow bottom, making it a bit dicey to stand up with soap on your feet. Carpet was filthy, and debris that was on the carpet in a corner of the room stayed there the entire visit, suggesting the housekeeper didn't even try to vacuum it.
On the plus side, the location is superb, but the hotel seems to be resting on that. We won't be back.
May 29, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by RobbertS For me the worst Sheraton ever!
First of all I would like to point out that I'm a Platinum SPG Member which meens I spend at least 50 nights a year at Sheraton/Starwood hotels.... Never in my life have I experienced such a bad Sheraton, and I visited many. Especially with prices like this hotel in London, better to stay somewhere else.
Upon arrival at 2 PM we were told that our suite would not be ready untill 5PM because there was another guest checking out late. I can accept that, as a Platinum you can check out untill 4PM. What I didnt understand was that they did not have a room for 15 minutes, so I could have a quick shower. I was travelling since 6AM and it was 30 degrees in London.
Finally after checking into the suite it was really disguisting. Old fashioned. Towels with stains on it, and long hairs on the bathoom floor AND in the bathtub. When I told reception they gave me a complimentary gift: an apple, a pear, 3 strawberries and 2 bottles of water... I know I shouldnt expect anything but come on, this as a complimentary gift.
Also what was really bad is in the middle of the night the front entrance door was closed, so you had to walk all the way round the block to an alley were the "main" entrance was.
Besides that during the whole stay a person gets just 2 bottles of drinkable water.
Sorry to say but the only good thing about this hotel might be the breakfast and the location.,
Besides that: Stay out of here!
May 28, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by EFR10 Last Visit Ever
Having stayed here at least 30 timews this is the end. The room I was given -was on the 8th floor facing a wall a few feet wvay and in terrible shape. The bathroom had not been renovated, no light .this may well be the worst room in the hotel and I was stunned to be be there. Staff eventually moved me to a room on the fourth floor that had a renovated bath but the tub was already peeling. There was an ineffective in room air conditioner that never cooled the room. To make matters worse there were three system caused fire alarms that resulted in waking me.
May 27, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by Quintin Avoid this older hotel
Walls need paint, room size tiny, no place to stow your stuff and the bathroom is so small the soap hardly fits on the counter. The bathtub is so narrow it was uncomfortable on the feet. There is nothing wrong with old hotels but this was clearly not good.
May 26, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by Cleo83 Good hotel but many inconsistencies
I'm currently working on a long term project in London and try to stay at the Park Lane each week due to its ideal location and for SPG points.
I've had approx. 5 to 6 stays at this hotel so far and must say that some stays are very good (nice room, friendly welcome, helpful staff...) but I’ve had a few dreadful experiences as well:
- For the exact same price as I always pay, I was given a tiny room with no fridge once (although I need one to store medication) - I had to wait 45min for a fridge and then there was no room on the floor to put it (very tiny room…) so the staff member placed it right in front of my closet so I could no longer open it and had to step over the fridge to leave the room
- I had toilets which didn’t flush properly twice – I understand that the plumbing is very old but being able to flush seems like a minimum
- I was given room keys once which were apparently only activated for 24 hours at a time (for some odd reason) so I had to pass by the reception 3 times in 3 days to have my keys reactivated – twice the receptionists simply reactivated the keys without even asking for my name, ID or personal details (such as my phone number, address…) and once I was told I’d have to wait approx. 10min for someone to escort me to my room to check my ID (which I didn’t think of taking with me for breakfast) which I feel makes more sense than not checking anything but is a bit too extreme – one of the many examples of inconsistencies I’ve experienced at this hotel
- At check-in, sometimes my check-in form is already filled out with my SPG account details (my home address in the US, SPG number, etc.), sometimes it’s filled out with my current address in Paris and sometimes I’m asked to fill out the form and show them ID – I find this quite confusing since I book my rooms through the very same travel agency each week
- At check-in, I was once reassured that I was given a smoking room knowing that I had never asked for that, my travel agent knows I always request a non-smoking room and the Park Lane should know it too by now – luckily for me, there was another non-smoking room available
- I order room service frequently and the experience is good overall except for one time when I waited approx. 30min for someone to show up with the wrong order (fish and chips instead of the salmon and lentils) – they assured me that my order was ready but I still had to wait an additional 10min and my food was cold
I’m staying there again this week and so far, besides the fact that my bathtub is so tiny that I feel like I’m wearing the shower curtain when I shower and the horrible view from my room, my stay is going very well!
May 22, 2012