Rated 5 out of 5 by PKB01 A Great Experience
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the W London. The hotel looked and sounded cool and the staff were excellent. I will definitely come back again.
October 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Tisher Great Experience and beautiful property
I stayed at this hotel on a girls trip for 3 days before heading to Paris. Like most W hotels, this was a beautiful property in the heart of London. The location was similar to staying in the times square area in NYC, so very busy. The staff was very accomodating. We missed breakfast because we over slept and they were able to accomodate us. At the lounge and the nightclub the staff was friendly and made us feel very special. We didn't have reservations for the hotel restaurant and they were able to get us a table after a short wait because we were staying at the hotel. The doormen were also very helpful and friendly. In all we had a wonderful time and will definately stay at this property again!
September 29, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by SPGBC WOW for WORST STAY EVER
I have stayed in W LONDON for 10 days in end Aug, with my colleague for a business trip. The whole experience is a total surprise (in a very unpleasant manner). If you experience 1 or 2 bumps in a short stay, you might just shrug your shoulder and move on as one-off (or twice) misfortunate events. But a 10 days stay with multiple repeating events, you know it’s not “coincidence” as they claimed. So, if you are looking for a hotel with warm hospitality, then we would believe this is not the place for you.
1. Constant frustration with their concierge or room service hotline - having stayed in many hotels for business reason, I’ve never stayed in a hotel which their room service lined or concierge line is always with no one to answer. Especially during weekends, you might need to CONTINUOUSLY call for 10-15 and you phone is still not being answered (remember you dun want to call them to chitchat, you call them when you need something, but they are constantly not answering which just double the frustration). The line is named “whatever whenever”, it’s really not there for you whenever you need them, but you do end up saying “WHATEVER !”
2. Confusing, not friendly staff – lots of example to illustrate.
First. We made a green choice for not having making up the room on daily basis, since we are staying for a long period of time. But if we need new towels and stuff we can call their room service to refill (which the line is constantly not being pick up, which means after a long day of work you want to have a hot shower with filled shampoo, tried your luck with the line first). The arrangement and rules of this “green choice program” is totally confusing, I guarantee you if you ask different staff you will have different versions. And you never exactly know when are you getting your room tidied
Second. So finally, on the fourth day, I’m fed up with all these and walk down to the concierge and tell them my frustration and complaint about all these mess. The lady in the counter of cause starting off by saying “oh madam, we are very sorry that you have experienced this.” Yet with the least concern face ever, and then followed by “but please understand we are very busy”. Okay. So when you want to book this hotel, please do also take into consideration that you may need to consider their “busy schedule”
Third. This is an episode I witness at the lobby, and I don’t know how it’s resolved at the end. But it goes like this. There’s a kid bumped into one of their dazzling vain decorate in front of the lift. And the manager of the concierge directly rushed to the father and said “I am going to charge you for this, because this is very expensive” instead of checking out if the kid is even alright. I think it tells a lot of how this hotel is treating their guests.
Fourth. Totally unprofessional handling of Guest’s belongings. One time during the stay, I got a package delivered to the hotel, so I asked the concierge for it when I was back to the hotel. First the lady at the counter was totally “helpful”, and said the one responsible for “luggage” is not around and ask me try to go back at some other time or tomorrow morning WITHOUT even trying to look. Quite upset already and told her I got a 8am flight tomorrow, and I have to get it now. So she ask somebody else to check for her, and suddenly everyone got panic and don’t what and where is the thing, and it’s clearly not in the record. We sat there to see them running around without a clue of where the thing is totally show how professional they are, and there is NO RECORD in system, to locate the package! At the end, I found it in my room when I thought of “giving it up”. But how stupid it can be that none of them KNOW the whereabout of a received package for a guest! Then the following day, my colleague left her luggage after checking out with the concierge and will pick up on the same day later to the airport. “Surprisingly”, when she went back for the luggage, they only give her 1 small bag only and claiming she only leave that 1 small bag with them not the luggage. Of course she went madness, and force them to look carefully, then the above drama happened again. At the end, ridiculously, they let her to go into the luggage room to find her own luggage. She found it, but cause they put them separately with the TAG THAT WAS GIVEN. So it’s “lost”. But for security issue, you can tell how safe your luggage is, if people without integrity and just grap somebody else’s luggage, so good luck with you really want to stay with them.
Last but not least. When I checked out, I also need to leave luggage with them cause I will have 2 more mini trips going through difference airports and places for site checking, so it’s just easier for me to carry a smaller one along with me. I need to leave the big one with them for one week. Again, that lady at the counter is super “helpful” as expected, she simply said “no we can’t do it” without any explanations or offering options and . I ask why. She said I will get my manager to talk to you. FINE. Then the guy came out, he explained due to security reason they can’t do it (how convincing it is with all the episode above) then I got really upset and said if I can pay to do this. Then he really got an attitude, saying I am not being very cool to him cause I am asking him to do something he can’t do, and since I am not helping him, he can’t help me. That it is my responsibility to travel with my own luggage but not theirs to keep it, but if I do have another booking with them, then they can keep it for me. I will so ambushed that after staying here 10 days and now you ask me to pay for another night so as to have the luggage left with the hotel. This is insane and I got really furious but since I got a flight to catch, I almost pay for it. He finally back down and keep the luggage but threat me “if anything happened, I will you for everything. Even if I lost my job you won’t even care. Have a good flight and good bye”. This is totally unacceptable, as a guest, I feel totally disrespected, disregarded, dismissed, mistreated and make me worry about the luggage for the whole time during the rest of my trip.
** but one note, the runner in black tshirts are all very nice and kind. Just those in suits, they all think they are cooler than you are**
3. Some minor Hardware problem – my sink is clogged and my colleague’s phone is out of order during the stay
To sum up, I am done with W. The word W makes me sick now, and I won’t visit or stayed in any W worldwide anymore.
September 10, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 WOW is the appropriate word
Just came back after spending just over a week at this amazing hotel, location is prime, rooms have everything you need and more, best cocktails and ambiance at the first floor bar/lounge, went four times to the spice market restaurant and wanted to go again but unfortunately time did not permit, however the highlight was the staff or rather the talent as they are called at the W, friendly, responsive, accommodating and extremely talented, too many names to name otherwise I will name each and everyone, the Whatever Whenever service is actually a 'whatever whenever' in literal sense, they know their stuff and are more than happy to assist you. Great place, will definitely book again on my next London trip!
September 9, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by SophieB Amazing!
I have stayed in many hotels but this is by far the most impressive. This was a special occasion for my partner and the staff catered for my every need, including complementary champagne and a birthday cake!! The room was amazing, as was the breakfast and the staff. I cannot wait to return to The W Hotel Leicester Square.
September 2, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by SPGPlatinum A Truly Outstanding W Hotel in London
I am a Starwood Platinum SPG member for the past fifteen years in-a-row (with 1,000+ total room nights logged) and am an inaugural Lifetime Platinum Member. I have stayed at a wide range of Starwood-branded hotel properties in North America and Europe. I am a Global Software Sales Manager with extensive multinational business experience.
I recently completed a mid-August stay at the W Hotel – Leicester Square in London as the initial part of a two week family vacation to London, Paris and Barcelona. I have to say that I am most impressed with the all-around operational excellence of this property.
The General Manager at this hotel is really on top of his game, He runs one of the tightest hotel operations that I have ever seen over the years and he truly knows how to take the finest care of SPG Platinum members! He truly sets the “gold standard” for General Managers in the Starwood empire!
There is great attention paid to detail at this property. All common areas and hallways are in perfect condition. From our room, I made a variety of requests to housekeeping and found that the service response times were excellent. Housekeeping also did a perfect cleaning job each day.
The front desk staff was most friendly, polite and courteous and always addressed me by name. Same for all of the staff members! The breakfast buffet in the trendy Spice Market restaurant was excellent each morning.
I found that the location of the W Hotel to be overall excellent, being two blocks away from Picadilly Circus and good proximity to key tourist attractions such as Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament / Big Ben and The London Eye (Ferris Wheel) .
The W Hotel is my new favorite hotel in London and I highly recommend it those seeking to stay at truly a world-class hotel property in central London.
August 28, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Russ56 Great Location & Staff
Great Location & Staff,Fun Bar
August 27, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by WFANFANFANW Very fashion hotel
I'm fan of W hotel. Central hotel where all the facilities are provided. The Concierge is very helpfull. Porters are really cool. Ambiance at the bar is young and fun ! I look forward to go back to W !!!
August 26, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by EW48 Pleasantly Surprised!!!
Needless to say, after reading some of the reviews on this site, I was a little concerned about my planned trip to this hotel. As it turns out, I had no reason to be concerned.
My wife and I just concluded a great five days at the hotel. Kelly Morgan, the new Director of Rooms, was terrific, gave us a great room and personally met us when we checked in. We were on the second floor, but never heard any noise from the bar. They have added some sound proof doors to separate the rooms from the bar noise. Our room was large with a separate lounging area, and we had no issues with the bathroom. We found the staff to be courteous and very helpful. The concierge staff and the bellmen working at the entrance were especially helpful in guiding us as we planned our days. Also, the breakfast buffet was good and convenient. Finally, the location of the hotel was in the heart of everything. We walked everywhere.
My wife and I highly recommend this hotel.
August 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by NJ588 Excellent Location For London Visit
The location is good for the center of London and the Eye. Next to China Town makes it good for food, and the surrounding is full of fun specially at night.
August 12, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by CapeCodTravelers Outstanding Staff, Ideal Location, Amazing Property
We enjoyed a truly perfect stay at this property. We were upgraded to a gorgeous suite on a quiet floor and enjoyed flawless customer service by every member of the staff with whom we interacted. From the moment we arrived and were greeted with a welcoming, professional and gracious check-in - our needs were anticipated and exceeded. We greatly appreciated the personal care we received from every member of the staff. The concierge team was knowledgeable and creative; the housekeeping service was flawless, consistent and accommodating; and the doormen/valet/security service was responsive and charming. We also were thrilled with the quality of the food presentations both when we dined at Spice and when we enjoyed in-room dining. We are looking forward to returning to this property!
August 6, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by mpol Nice and cool
Stayed here as a platinum member. Got upgraded to a studio suite. Very nice. Large for a city hotel. Cool W style. And great internet, which is rare these days. Nice to have Spice Market downstairs. And a very nice Platinum breakfast. This place is not exactly a family hotel, but great for couples. And within walking distance to great shopping.
July 30, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mag319 Wonderful Stay
Chic design, excellent room facilities, friendly & helpful staff
July 30, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by RWDCPA Overall a great hotel in a good location
First class hotel and very friendly / helpful staff. Located in a very happening part of London. Great bar/lounge. Made for a fun stay. Only wish they had a roof top bar or terrace.
July 16, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by ajd1564 A warm welcome from a cool Hotel
The Hotel has achieved that subtle and usually elusive balance between being a place you have to stay when you are away and a place where you want to stay longer when you're there.
The staff are as warm and efficient as they are cool. The rooms are a welcome change in style and comfort. The public spaces are invitingly different with interior designs that interest and excite. The W Hotel London provides an opportunity to have a different hotel experience - a really enjoyable one.
July 16, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Reggy81 Excellent all round
This is the first time we have stayed at this hotel and it was just excellent. I was a little wary after reading some of the reviews so I asked in advance for a quieter part of the hotel. I can't rate the staff highly enough, nothing was too much trouble, everybody was extremely polite, helpful and above and beyond their roles. The room was immaculate with excellent black out blinds, and no noise at all despite staying on a busy Friday night.
I would most definitely stay here again, many thanks.
July 15, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Landon21 Perfect Location for Visitng Yanks
Our first trip to London with Wimbeldon as our main focus. What a great location. Room service was wonderful and I must say I never expected the gym to be as well equipped as I found it to be. A wonderful place to stay for our first trip to London.
July 15, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Antz Stay for London Pride
We have stayed before and the staff remembered us, gave us a great welcome and our stay was as good as before - highly recommended
July 3, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by YuriyLugovsky The hotel and the club at one place
Perfect hotel with perfect bar and club. Nice DJ's. Strict face control is necessary to make your staying comfortable
July 2, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jkosobucki Great place to stay in London
Stayed overnight after the Bruce Springsteen concert and had a great time!
June 25, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by geminiabode No noise isolation, glass windows leak air, shower water in room
1. No noise isolation. People shouting in nearly buildings can be heard in the hotel room.
2. Glass windows defective and have opening leading to noise and cold air.
3. Could not sleep the whole night due to noises. Reception offered no help.
4. Water from shower leaks into the room.
5. All this was mentioned to the person who checked me in , who noted it down on a piece of paper. However during checkout nothing was offered.
6. Not a typical 5 star SPG experience.
June 23, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by jetles 2013 june London
The location really good & busy, attraction, restaurant & shopping just walking distance.
The room is not that spacious, bed also normal.
The bathroom, toilet & walkway a bit dark.
The staffs are very friendly & we feel welcome. All handsome & beauty young staffs.
The hotel seem a bit not up to W standard, maybe is small & like A loft quality?
The breakfast is not good, better that the 500 points.
June 13, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Murpho 5 Star All The Way!
Spent weekend at W London as anniversary surprise for my good lady.
W is in superb location, right in the heart of London and nearby to all fantastic theatres and restaurants all in easy walking distance.
Staff were very helpful and even provided us with an awesome room upgrade to WOW Suite which certainly lived up to it's name!
The Wyld bar was also very vibrant, with superb music and great party atmosphere.
All in all we couldn't fault the whole weekend - well done to the W team and thank you!
June 10, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Adam65 I'll back
I'll surely back in this very beautifull and friendly hotel
June 5, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by ModeNeverLetUDown W for WOW
Rooms are amazing, Staff are brilliant, so friendly and helpful....Location is awesome!
We cannot recommend this hotel highly enough!!!! :)
June 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by zack W stands for Wonderful.
I had a great night’s stay in this hotel. The gym was good, the staff were friendly and helpful, and the room itself was very comfortable. I do wish there had been a bath in the room, considering what I paid for it.
May 27, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Wilhan78 Excellent!!
This is my second stay at the W Hotel Leicester Square and I love it even more! I requested Hypoallergenic bedding and received confirmations from the hotel that this would be sorted and it was. The afternoon rock tea is a must!! We went the hole hog and had the cocktail too, it was 2 hours well spent!! The cakes and sandwiches were excellent and very filling. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and look forward to staying again!
May 24, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by JuryN Great Hotel
I've spent a couple of days in W Hotel in occasion of my girlfriend birthday, I must say that the hotel staff made our stay brilliant, my special request were all met and the hotel itself of course is brilliant and vibrant as I like it.
A special thanks to Jess who made our stay special.
May 24, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jys1208 Excellent service/room
This was my first time in London, and the W Leicester made my experience a memorable one. The hotel is centrally located, I was in walking distance to many sites, shopping, restaurants and more! The hotel staff was excellent, service was great! Had breakfast at Spice market, a massage at the spa, and there is not one bad thing I could say about this place. I will definitely recommend it to my friends & family and will be back!
May 24, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by upset52013 Bad experience
I hope no one else has this experience; stayed here recently (may 2013) and had a fire alarm go off all night thorughout the hotel, and severely ruined our next day of vacations. Staff was apologetic but offered nothing in way of compensation, not even starpoints. Also, shower drain flooded but maintenane was able to fix it; due to the nature of the room setup, however, it flooded the entire room (shower is in a closet-type door, cant get out without water going everywhere). Staff also gave away the second of my two reservations even though I mentioned to them TWICE not to do so, as I would be checking in late. They gave it away anyway. Everyone was nice, but somewhat incompetent.
May 18, 2013