Rated 3 out of 5 by Lupin52 Could do better
We were impressed by the location - a good central position. We liked:
positive check-in experience
very comfortable bed
we didn't like
the aged decor and furniture ( we had 2
large tables in our small room)
the large air-conditioning unit taking
up even more space
no complimentary water in the room
expensive wi-fi charges
no tea and coffee-making equipment
in the room
breakfast hot buffet - leathery bacon,
pale sausages, tasteless mushrooms
and soggy hash browns and why
doesn't the hotel have an egg chef?
We had a good weekend but aren't sure that we would choose to stay in the Park Lane Hotel again unless improvements
January 25, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Juan Well located and nice staff
This hotel is one of my favourites when travelling for doing business in the area
October 4, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by salah Great location need renovation
needs heavy renovation
needs better ventilation
Great staff, very helpful
October 8, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by Gpsarros Great location, but hotel is a dump
The location is awesome. The hotel not so much. Definitely needs a major overhaul.
October 21, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by PWR2013 Great Hotel - Except if you are SPG Platinum
I keep coming back to this hotel, as I love the location / neighborhood, bar and restaurant, and generally the hotel itself. However, I'm going to have to find another Starwood hotel in London, as I've reached my limit with the "selective" upgrade policy at the hotel. Every time that I've checked in, I've had issues with them being able to find anything but a standard room. I understand this can happen and don't expect an upgrade at every check-in, but this has never gone smoothly here. They have claimed that my Platinum number wasn't listed ("sorry, we would have saved you a room"), they have been oversold, all the upgraded rooms were being cleaned/renovated, etc... In this case, as has almost always been the case, after a couple attempts at giving me a standard room, the manager was able to "switch some bookings around" to find something. Again, I don't expect to be upgraded every time (or even most of the time). But this is the ONLY hotel around the world where it seems the focus is on trying to prevent an upgrade from happening and they will only provide to you if you really insist. Not switching from SPG and in fact have converted most of my fellow travelers in our company. But can't recommend this hotel anymore.
February 8, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Const Our one night stay in Park Lane Hotel
Staff very friendly and helpful...can't fault them but I would say, generally, there's a sense of 'meanness' about the whole experience at this hotel.
The humblest bed and breakfast would offer a free bottle of water in your room and maybe a couple of biscuits for your tea? Your three teabags....
The kettle lead is so short you have to find a place where the lead will reach the socket...
The hotel is clean and quiet but it's the details that are important, the sense you are valued for that is missing.
Many people go there on a one night city break, often a special treat, and this hotel does not leave you feeling very treated....
And microwaved scrambled eggs!...and the cold breakfast....
February 4, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by PinEdmonton Heart of London
My wife and I enjoyed our recent stay here for our anniversary. The location of the hotel cannot be beat and we walked to Buckingham Palace, Westminster, Leistcer Square, Piccadilly, Regent Str. etc all within minutes. The Hotel has an old world charm - updated. The floors and elevators lovingly creak a little and there are other quirks but these add to the charm of staying in the center of London and made the hotel memorable.
The room was clean and comfortable. The bathroom was big and the fixtures were all updated.
The breakfast buffet was very good with fresh fruit, bread, cheese, hot items and soy milk for me. I went early, worked and stayed late and the staff was always attentive.
August 25, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Travel2013 The Green Initiative
I agree with not replacing towels everyday. Most of us don't need that, and it's nice to have to option to keep the hotel and think we are doing something good for the planet. But even after we read the flyer twice, we didn't realize that by going green, no staff would enter our room....not to make the bed, not to get rid of the trash. That experience took away our enjoyment of the beautiful room, as we would have had to take our own trash out in order to keep our towels for the day. It made us feel like they used people's environmental awareness to cut back on the most basic service of a hotel.
April 30, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by Cyrus49 Great location but very disappointing stay
Great location and condition of the hotel was fine but three very disappointing aspects of Sheraton Park Lane London - poor front of house staff (doormen watched my wife put bags down to open her own front door), restaurant food quality worst quality of any SPG property and wifi consistently disconnecting. Unique layout and odd elevator behavior are part of the charm of a historic building but the issues with our stay are human issues that can / should be fixed.
May 31, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by KaiOrlando MAJOR Disappointment
I had known of the Park Lane Hotel in London long before it became part of the Sheraton Brand. Due to this name recognition I was eager to stay there. The property is certainly well maintained and has retained its elegance. The biggest disappointment was the staff. They were never rude or discourteous. However, they were certainly not cordial, welcoming, engaging or guest-service oriented. I found it almost appalling the numeber of staff I encountered who had such an incredibly low level of English. The worst was when checking out I asked a housekeeper if she had a bottle of water on her cart. After a minute of using all means of communications [including charades and body language] I gave up. She had NO clue! I found it also remarkable that every time we passed by the concierge when entering / exiting the hotel there was NEVER a hint of a smile, greeting or acknowledgement of our presence. Again, hardly a welcoming staff and atmosphere. In fairness, there was one shining star... Davide [from Portugal] at the front desk the morning of checkout. A pleasant surprise and exception to what we'd experienced up until that point. [Suggestion: Have the two bartenders (evening shift 11/15) work a couple of shifts at the Front Desk along side Davide. Perhaps his smile, personality and desire for excellence in customer service might infect and inspire them. One can only hope!!]
November 19, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Brryman Great Position
Hotel well placed, staff are excellent, rooms a bit dated
April 26, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Kirk1844 Tired and ready for the pension.
This is Hotel was a fine hotel in its day. Its Sad to Say that despite the horrible staff(50% of the time I stayed here) are less then helpful. You have a great location for London...W1(not George Bush,,,he did win twice too.) and that is why I stay here when "the Price is Right". I've dropped my gold SPG and traded for another chain(those mormon folk) as I have not been overly impressed with SPG through the many years I have been a member....sorry to say this.
March 30, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by LondonNov11 Disappointed
Although the front desk staff said it was an executive room with a renovated bath, it looked nothing like the advertised photos. Ibrought this up with the desk staff and was asked what I expected the room to be, like your photos perhaps? Took a few photos of the leaning floor lamp and soot covered bathroom windows, also the pealing varnish on the tub surround. The concierge staff was great in finding places to go and directions so we were out and about most of the day. It's time to renovate and make this hotel great again. The location is excellent just need to make the rooms match.
November 29, 2011
Rated 1 out of 5 by cucu1965 Very poor experience
My stay at this hotel has been quite disappointing. At the check-in, mild SPG recognition... they claimed they upgraded us to an 'executive' room, but I believe I got the worst accomodation in the hotel, very old and poorly furnished room in a lost corner of the hotel. View from the window, a brick wall 50cm in front of me or looking down, a narrow courtyard where they dump their garbage. Bathroom in 1950s style almost no amenities. One bathrobe missing, no slippers. No complimentary water, let alone the small present I normally get as a platinum guest. Very depressing experience.
March 12, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by James0303 The only decent thing is the location ...
Ok, I will agree with all the tourist that it is well situated for tourism in downtown London, after that, I have nothing much more to say.
As a person that spends half my year in a hotel and travels internationally non-stop, I am accustomed to hotels working with their priority customers to assist for those frequent early morning flight arrivals that don’t fit with the hotels normal 2PM check-in times. Also, as a Platinum member of SPG, I also was under the assumption that a hotel would do what was possible to accommodate early check-ins, or so it is publicized. The answer I got back when requesting an early checking was that I was not able to get one, but they did have another room that they would rent me for a couple of hours while waiting on my room for the small fee of $560 US. I couldn’t really believe they would even say such a thing.
I asked if they had a gym or spa with a shower and that is a negative as well. The gym is little more than a sweat room 2 floors down with a couple of tread mills and cycles and a few weights.
I have a pile of suite upgrades that I seldom get the opportunity to use so I threw a few down for this thinking that since I was spending such a pretty penny on the room, an upgraded suite must be awesome. Wrong again, the room was spacious for UK standards I supposed, but not what I would call comfortable. The only windows were narrow and stared down a long valley of rooms that could all look back in on you. You definitely kept the draps pilled so every other customer on the hotel was not looking back in on you. The carpet looks to be from about world war two … I guess that gives it character, but for the price I pay, I don’t want old stains all over the floors and creeky wood floors underfoot.
Lastly, the room amenities were nonexistent. The $560 a night room doesn’t even come with a bottle of water. I had to request iron and board and since I called before 7am, it took a while since the house keeping people don’t show up until then. I guess Londoners don’t go to work that early like business traveler.
June 18, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by dspencer Public space wi-fi does not extend to the gym
Very annoying... the public wi-fi works right up until the door to the gym, but not when you cross over into the gym! Easy fix. Please do it!
June 4, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Stevieb23 Very Disappointed
I have stayed at this hotel twice before and had great experiences.
This time I booked myself here for 3 nights, booked rooms for 4 other colleagues, and booked a meeting room in the hotel.
The meeting room was great.
The hotel room....
First off let me say that I have stayed over 400 nights in Starwood hotels and I have never asked to change rooms before.
I get amazing treatment and great rooms as a perk of being a platinum member.
Not here. Not this time. The first room I checked into was on the 3rd floor with a view of a brick wall 6 feet from the window. It smelled like mildew. They moved me to a tiny room on the second floor that hasn't seen a renovation since the Churchill era.
There is something in the air in the room that is making me constantly cough and sneeze.I do not have allergies, so that is alarming. I have had a horrible sleep
They tell me they are fully booked and can't do anything for me but send up a guy with an air freshener spray.
As a platinum guest, I should have got a better room to start with. As a hotel guest, I should have got more help than that.
On top of that, they have managed to alter my SPG profile with someone else's name now attached to it.
I will not be coming back, I will not be recommending this hotel.
I travel the world with Starwood hotels, and until today, I have never been disappointed.
And that is too bad, because my first two stays here were great.
June 4, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by PaulFitz Birthday Weekend
We stayed in room 533 with a view overlooking the park and the main road. As the hotel is old the air conditioning is a free standing unit in the room which is ducted through the glazed window, this means the acoustic secondary glazing does not close and is useless, it does not keep out road traffic noise (or any noise for that matter).
The air conditioning unit was noisy and would not go below 24 degrees centigrade.
As a consequence the room was noisy, hot and stuffy and when reported to the reception desk the next morning we were given a bland 'sorry'.
Also, no tea or coffee making facilities in the room.
We have stayed at many hotels throughout the UK and this falls way below standard, if I could give less than 1 star I would.
May 18, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Phlopy Rooms don't live up to expectation
Location is excellent , central for sites and shopping. Staff that I met where both nice and helpful. Public areas where what I expected for a hotel of this level , however the room myself and my wife had was without doubt the worst London hotel room we have ever had. Room was small and not very clean. Carpet was starting to fray .
A.C. was a noisy freestanding unit which just didn't do the job. No tea & coffee making facilities . Broken tiles in bathroom on both walls and floor and what looks a painted bath tub. Not sure the postcode is worth the cost.
December 17, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jdog Great Stay
The room was clean. The water was hot. The staff was helpful and always polite.
The concierge gave us the info that we required.
We spent a week in London. All we did was sleep and shower in the hotel. It served our purposes and we were happy. We did not eat or drink there, choosing the less expensive restaurants and pubs in London.
Rooms are smaller in London so don't expect things to be like the States.
The only issue I have is that there was a ridiculous charge for Wi-fi. This is not isolated to this hotel but a general practice throughout the London.
October 24, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Shewho5516 The Park Lane is always like visiting an old friend
We have stayed many times at this hotel in London. It's location is absolutely perfect for our needs with Green Park and Hyde Park so close. We love dining in Shepherd's Market
and having the convenience of the underground stop at Green Park. The parks are always so beautiful and we just love strolling through them no matter what time of the year we arrive in London.
The staff is always wonderful with Richard, the head concierge, absolutely first rate! He can find the hardest tickets in London and the greatest restaurants! He is a true treasure.
The buffet breakfast is also wonderful. People come to the Park Lane from all over the world and the restaurant tries very hard to have something available for everyone.
The cleaning staff is also very thorough. I wish that the Starwoods organization would see fit to renovate this much deserving hotel. It is at a point where the carpets and a lot of the furniture need updating. It is always exceedingly clean, just old. This is not a problem of the hotel itself but with the Sheridan corporation not doing the proper thing. I much prefer this hotel to LeMeridien
or the new W, but some of that has to do with the wonderful history and location of this particular property. It is rather like a beautiful woman that is slightly beyond her prime but you love her anyway despite her flaws! I wouldn't dream of staying anywhere else in London.
November 30, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by WSMS another dissat stay at Sheraton Park Lane
This hotel needs a serious renovation and the staff needs training on how to deal with the most loyal customers to the SPG brand.
After a long intercontinental flight and trying to check in at around 1:00 in the afternoon, the front desk staff tells me the upgrade room is not available until 3:00P.M.... however there is a " small room" available... when I asked if I could use the "small room" room now and then move to the larger room when available, the answer was.... "You need to choose now, we can't change you later"
Really, you can't accommodate that for a Platinum member....
I got stuck with the very small room... which by the way, didn't have a properly working plumbing..
Not worth it.... changing brands next time I'm in London.
February 12, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by WilliamCO Great location. Heavy price for average room
The location, near Green Park tube station and across from Green Park, is really good. However, fewer choices of moderate priced restaurants within walking distance than expected.
The room was quite large for London but had very "bedsit" style furnishing. Bathroom was nice and a good size.
Online booking didn't explain 20% VAT very clearly and that surprised me when I arrived. You are paying for location and room size but not for the comfort of the accommodation.
SPG status seemed to make little difference - if it did I didn't realize it.
November 14, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by shoetraveler Excellent Stay in Sleepy Area
I typically stay in Covent Gardens or Knightsbridge, so Picadilly isn't my usual area - that being said the staff was excellent. Every request was easily, quickly & politely attended to. I really enjoyed my stay
April 4, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by JRAPH89 Average hotel, worst breakfast experience
Locations is convenient to visit London, w Green Park station 5 minutes away.
The hotel itself looks very old from the inside.
Rooms are ok but amenities / bathroom / floor are old and poor quality (not user friendly)... Beds are comfortable.
We had the worst breakfast experience ever during the Valentine's day week end. Workload had not been anticipated by the staff: we had to wait outside for 15 minutes before getting and table. Then the hot buffet was completely empty and when we ordered eggs & bacon; it arrived more than 20 minutes after the order... On top of that the breakfast waitress was not nice at all.
For these reasons we do not recommend this hotel.
February 16, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Blaise Park Lane Hotel London
Very good experience. Location is excellent.
Internet free in guest rooms would be a welcome addition. Citrus restaurant is a real plus.
May 30, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by ChicagotoParis2014 Stay somewhere else
This is a very old hotel, in need of repairs. In addition, the staff is not attentive and the hotel is poorly run.
The rooms have not been updated since 1990 - and they are not vintage / classic - they are in disrepair. The staff is slow to respond and has no platinum recognition.
The hotel would be tolerable for $100 but not for any more. Certainly not for the current point level, either. It is surprising that it is considered a Starwood property.
February 20, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by re1234 this hotel is mismanaged
i had a horrid experience this time, after booking the room and requesting for the room and explicitly requesting for a timely room availability, i went to the hotel at 16:00, i was asked to wait for 1 hour and 15 mins - mind you that was after 9 hours flight and a hour cab drive to the hotel and i thought the check in was 15:00? and then they give me a non smoker room on a smoking floor and i still don't know how that works as my room was full of smoke and smell and when i complained the send me air freshener spray and that too after asking me if i was allergic to Ozone? you dont have enough space to put down the entire thing but all in all - disappointing
October 27, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by MarcoVanRoth Over-Priced
Not too impressed with the price for pretty average rooms. The rooms were as hot as sauna's with innefective cooling and towel rails that you can't turn off. The only choice is to open the windows then have the traffic noise. Took an hour for staff to bring tea and coffee to the room. Wi-Fi was extra and worse still, breakfast was also extra. The inter-connecting rooms were poor. We couldn't open the connecting door more than 45 degrees as the bedside cabinet preventing fully opening. tb
December 19, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Slualum Under-rated?
I was nervous about staying here not knowing London and the inconsistent reviews so my expectations were tempered, but after a three night stay there, all I can say is Wow!
Great location. Great price. I was upgraded to the Chlesea Suite (room 328) which was HUGE and comfortable. I was advised that it was next to the elevator so I can see that the noise may have disturbed some people, but thought the noise was minor (I tend to keep the TV on).
The Palm Court seems understaffed, but I didn't mind because I wasn't in a rush, but I imagine for someone in a hurry, that the service might have been an issue.
Overall. Excellent and a place I'll return to for sure!
May 3, 2013