Rated 2 out of 5 by Gawnastray Staff Incompetence
Visited restaurant for breakfast. I had a continental breakfast. Staff presented an overpriced bill. I explained my Platinum status and said the breakfast should be included. The staff asked for my ID. The staff tried to explain that Platinum guests have a choice of free internet or a breakfast not both. I knew this was wrong and I I asked for the manager and had a similar discussion. Eventually after a spending 10 minute on the matter I told the manager to check with the front desk and departed for my meeting. The bill was not included in my final invoice but rather than be frequent an establishment where it would be an embarrassing daily aggravation, I had breakfast for the rest of week at Starbucks much friendlier service!
October 13, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by notreality Dirty room...loud
my room was not ready even though I requested early check-in. 5 hours later.. room was ready.. and still dirty...
overall LOUD hotel, not for business travelers.. no desk in room to work, lights were complicated to even turn off and on
November 17, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by MA2013 I would not recommend this hotel I was visiting London forBusiness I was unable to sleep due to the lound music in the lounge
I would not recommend this hotel
I was Visiting for BUsiness and was not able to get a good night's sleep
The Music from the Lounge could be heard in my room
I was on the second floor over the Lounge
December 9, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Omar24 2nd Times The Charm
First time I stayed here I would have to say it was a bad experience like many of the reviews you see here. I will give you a Hemingway fair and honest review.
First off, the reception staff is not welcoming at all. Been here 3 times and they do not appreciate the SPG status and are not very welcoming with the upgrades or accommodations. It is not the most welcoming experience. However, the other staff members such as, the doorman, security, bartenders, hostesses, etc. go above and beyond as a guest. There are always events and the lounge/club is pretty exclusive but they really accommodate you as a guest. It truly is a pleasant experience when the staff is friendly and respect the fact you spend good money to stay here.
The room is totally average but this is London and space in this area is costly so I can not be too mad at it. You still get the quality W bed and sleek modern hip design.
In my opinion, it is a great party hotel and not so much a romantic hotel. The location is amazing and with most of the staff being so helpful, I would stay here overtime I come to London and would recommend giving it a shot.
February 25, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by noneedto Poor excuse for a W
As others have already pointed out, this is a poor excuse for a hotel, let alone a W.
The room reviews are right, there is not place for a room service tray except next to the sink. The toilet might as well be in the open as it is only separated from the bed and the sink/middle of the room by a poorly fitting door.
The noise from the bar is ongoing and loud at all hours of the night. The staff do nothing to regulate the elevators so your are met by drunk, ignorant bar patrons when you try to get back to your room every day. Nice!! The room service food was some of the worst I have ever had. No upgrade at all for my platinum///
July 5, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by traveler15 Too Loud
We were placed in a room DIRECTLY above the nightclub, which proceeded to thump music and vibrate everything in the room until 2:45 a.m. Called at 1 a.m. and asked when it would stop and was told "by 1:30"- at 2:30 called again and was told that the music "should stop soon." After being told we could move rooms that night, we packed. 30 minutes later, we were told no rooms were available. We were moved the next day, but it ruined the short stay in London. We were exhausted from no sleep. This is not a family or kid friendly, or even relaxation friendly hotel.
October 17, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by ninalice a miserable experience ... avoid this hotel
Fancy from outside and very central location. that's it. the rest of my 3-night stay turned into a nightmare. first the room : tiny, not to say minuscule (despite so-called Platinum upgrade... cannot imagine the standard room size). Then, it is quite noisy on top of it, as street is really busy. The 1st night, fire alarm woke me up at 05.40AM, then nothing... 30 minutes later, order to evacuate! When in the stairs, surrounded by half-naked panicked japanese girls ;o), instruction was given to return into the rooms. the day after, not a word, not a letter, not an apology. N.O.T.H.I.N.G ! When I asked the staff at desk for an explanation, he replied "these things happen" ... Unbelievable. Oh! then the price : outrageous (500$ if I remember correctly) for the pathetic experience. I visited a few W hotels and liked most of them. The W London clearly damages the brand.
March 5, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by London098765 Service needs refinement
This was my first stay at the W Leicester Square and overall, I was quite disappointed. I like the concept but I found that the service delivery was not well executed. I had to call 3 times for a replacement iron. Between 10:00 am - 12:00 noon, I received 2 phonecalls and 3 knocks on the door to ask when I would be checking out even though I was confirmed for a 13:00 checkout.
One very positive standout was the doorman (Stefan). Very welcoming and helpful on arrival and assisted with my check-in all the way through.
November 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by KANDNEE 30th Wedding Anniversary
We have stayed at the W London on several occasions and always have a great time. We booked again for a romantic one- night away and from the minute we arrived at the hotel and throughout our short stay, we were acknowledged as guests celebrating a special occasion. We were upgraded to a beautiful suite but the most incredible surprise was waiting for us from the Whatever Whenever team: champagne on ice, red balloons, heart confetti. a large red heart cut out and edged with a string of pearls and surround by white chocolates. A lot of thought and care was taken to acknowledge our Pearl Wedding anniversary.
A huge thank you to John Kelly, Matthew Facey and all the wonderful team for giving us such a special and memorable stay.
March 5, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by NathCC Don't judge the W Hotel brand on this hotel
Aside from the fantastic location, this hotel failed to meet my expectations of the W hotel brand. We are so far two days into a 4 day stay and I couldn't be more disappointed. We are staying in a Fabulous Room which traditionally has met my needs at other W Hotels but this room is awkwardly small. After struggling to find room for our bags, I rang to speak with a manager to see whether they had any other rooms available (explaining that i was happy to pay). The staff member was disinterested in helping and was unable to find a room, despite the website still showing a number of rooms available to book.
Back to the room itself... There are few usable power points (we found one under the bathroom sink), the bathroom sink/bench is located in the middle of the room, the shower leaks water into the room, there is a tiny window with the view obscured by a translucent glass for exterior design aesthetics, there was no bath, the tv is set to the wrong size so you can't use the menus (have called for assistance and still waiting for it to be addressed), the breakfast was very basic in comparison to the global W Hotel standards, and there are no tea/coffee facilities in the room. There was a card stating that you can get a free coffee from the lounge which we tried to obtain but we ended up getting charged- they knew nothing of the offer!
To add further insult to injury we ordered some additional amenities from the W Hotel app which stated they were free of charge, however we later found out that they were charged for.
As a platinum member and being on our honeymoon, I was really flawed by this experience and I have to say its turned me off the W Hotel brand, which up until this stay was our favorite. I'd definitely recommend thinking twice before booking this hotel as its 4* at best and certainly not deserved of the W Hotel brand.
April 2, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Stephanie891 Brilliant hotel! 5******
This hotel was better than expected! Was totally fab! The staff were so friendly and helpful! The room we stayed in was a lot bigger than the pictures make out on the website! So was very pleased and impressed when arrived, our room was ready early which was lovely! And me and my partner had our birthdays that weekend and was suprised by a bottle of bubbly and a little cake very thoughtful! I would recommend to a friend and stay again, only bad points were the tv screen kept turning off (was in the screening suite) and the back of the pad to turn everything on was lose but they send someone to fix fast! But then it happened again so gave up that's the only disappointing things maybe upgrade there touch pads to work everything, and one other bad point is the breakfast the cooked breakfast which you have to pay more for wasn't that great I wouldn't have a cooked breakfast there again, and as had to pay extra for It was disappointing and wasn't happy, but the fruit platter and toast was nice, overall though was a good stay! Very beautiful inside.
March 9, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by shiin worst starwood experience ever
we stayed at the hotel for 6 nights and two nights there were false alarm in the middle of the night which was absolutely horrible!!! I travel 50% of my time around the world and never had this kind of experience before!! The room design was modern but not necessarily comfortable: shower room and toilet were separate small rooms but the lights inside turns off automatically after a little while. The door of the shower room is so heavy and cannot stay open. Wash basin is outside - all this reminds me of a motel room, not a W hotel. I just stayed at the W hotel last week in Taiwan and the experience was night and day. Will not stay here anymore. The staff at the reception was not that friendly either.
December 21, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Hutch64 Stayed on 28/10/2012
I have stayed at many 4 and 5 star hotels and this one is not much better than an ibis !!!
The entrance and reception are just not impressive...the staff very average bar one girl who was good. We arrived 10 minutes early.
Told room not ready... Go wait in the bar...we were just left like lemons...we returned to the Poor reception desk and were told yes it ready now... Should we be chasing ?? Who is the customer here .. Remember 5 star luxury is what we paid for!! Then
just told second floor. Well I have never stayed in a hotel that does not escort you to your room before...
But I have now!! When you get out of the lift you are
in darkness , no idea where to go?? We had to ask a
fellow guest how to get in,,she explained the swipe
card system to the corridor and to the room. Would
have been nice to have been told before!! This hotel
is poor not a 5 star experience...don't come here there are better 3 star hotels in London .
November 1, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by DABBAGMM WWorst W Hotel - Poor Service and Clueless Management
The W London lacks an important ingredient which is "Service". I stayed in this hotel several times over six months and was never impressed.
Several incidents I escalated issues to Housekeeping manager (due to linguistic reasons as staff rarely speak average English and too lazy to attempt to understand what the issue is) and was disappointed with the substandard of the manager him/herself. Housekeeping is totally out of it. Complementary water bottles require several calls to be replenished. Tea/coffee sets are never cleaned and replenished (I guess it's considered part of the decoration!) and tea bags are not supplied by housekeeping but rather managed by room service. Minibar items are missing and randomly stacked. Bathroom amenities are poorly restocked. I have an issue with cotton swaps being missing and items placed randomly (never had the same set of toiletry in all of my three stays!). Attending to requests to get any missing item take more than a day and over five phone calls (including one to a manger).
At first I thought that the hotel was undergoing teething issues but later I realized that teething is an ongoing feature of the hotel.
Even front desk has issues. I requested a quiet room on a high floor and was surprised with one on the 7th floor just underneath continuous construction on the 8th floor!
October 22, 2011
Rated 2 out of 5 by Simon007 Non-Smoking Room
I had a non-smoking room on a non-smoking floor that had a certain used ashtray aroma going... thoroughly unpleasant. I let the front desk know and they said they'd put the "ozone" machine in there, but I'm assuming it's more affective on the eliminating the ozone layer than the smokey aroma. Either way, zero follow up. After checking out I sent a quick note to SPG to voice my concern at the lack of follow up and the Manager responded by letting me know that he'd update my profile accordingly... thanks management, in case booking a non-smoking room isn't clear enough, you've left a note on my profile. Disappointing overall really, the Gym is nice... but that's not going to cut it. Am back to London this week and booked at two other properties for my stay.
May 14, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by misha27 Hands Down Worst Hotel Stay Ever!
I have never written a negative review before - but this was hands-down one of the worst hotel experiences of my entire life (and I spend a lot of nights every year in Starwood hotels). From the completely indifferent and diffident front desk staff to the completely filthy room (it seriously looked like somebody had hastily tried to cover up a raucous frat party - with marked and stained walls, stained linens, a shag carpet with big strands of yarn hanging loose and water closet walls that were so dirty the first thing I did was clean them myself) it was a bad experience from start to finish. This is not really like a normal hotel - it's more like a nightclub with rooms over top - if you have any expectations of a normal Starwood hotel experience look elsewhere.
December 5, 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 1 out of 5 by BWoods Very Disappointing
A trendy and noisy hotel in a superb location but lacking service, warmth and comfort. Great for a nights stay on the town in London.
The front door service on arrival was non existent, except for the 3 bouncers to the hotels nightclub/bar who don't handle bags. It turns out that the only entrance to the hotel for guests is also the same entrance as the nightclub and bar and the doof doof music at the hotel entrance sets the vibe for the rest of the hotel. To get to reception we had to drag our bags through the crowd of 19-23 year old clubbers and share a lift up to reception with them, we found that the doof doof music heard in the lobby is also played in the reception and on each accommodation floor and this is a Sunday night!
Minimal staff at reception and they cannot prioritise between guests and staff chit chats. Starwood status is not recognised and the normal room upgrades are not available at this hotel.
Rooms are clean and functional for a one night stay but beware, the toilet and shower are in closets and the sink is in the main room. So no privacy for changing. Water does not go away out of sink.
WARNING! Beware of the day porter/doorman staff touting for local private vehicles. They will tell you taxis are not available and instead direct you to private cars. I needed to go to Fortnum & Mason and hotel doorman arranged car and the price of 15 Pounds. I didn't realise it was only .4 of a mile until I reached the destination, I had been conned.
To make it worse on leaving the hotel after our 3 night stay, to go to the airport a private car service was arranged by our airline. Not the hotel. For some strange reason the hotel door staff tried to conn another guest to pay them to catch a lift in our private car. We said no once we realised what they were up to.
A very very disappointing Starwood and W experience. Over a 3 day stay we saw no-one resembling management staff and if they were there they are oblivious to the poor service or complicit with it.
September 9, 2014
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 4 out of 5 by Jhsu112 Good Stay at the W
My wife and I decided to try the W in London despite reading some of the mixed reviews. As a platinum member, I tried using my suite night awards, but due to availability of suites, was not given a suite in advance. Overall, the SPG recognition was good - although they did not have a suite available, they did try to find the best room possible and were able to give us a slightly larger corner room. We did have to wait a bit for our room to become available, but the manager did offer us drinks at the bar nearby.
We were satisfied with the corner room and the room/bed were comfortable. The room was not very high up and we did hear a lot of noises coming from outside - keep in mind the location is fantastic and there are a ton of people walking around outside. The noise did seem to quite down by the time we went to sleep at night, so the noise wasn't an issue. We did have an instance where a fire alarm went off in our room and bunch of hotel staff rushed in to look around. It was definitely a false alarm and it may be the sensors are sensitive to the heat from the shower.
We had the daily breakfast buffet and we found it to be delicious with great variety. This is definitely a W so expect it have the night club feel and noise level throughout the lobby and bar areas. The hotel staff was generally happy and helpful. Overall, while I do wish we were able to get in one of the suites, it was a good stay and we were happy with our experience at the W.
March 3, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by WJW1 Very disappointed,worst SPG service, wont be back
We stay in SPG hotels over 75 nights per year so are well aware of the standard of service we should expect. We contacted SPG reservations with a minor change of booking which we were told would not be a problem however it was a huge problem for W hotel London, embarassing waste of time at checkin we were not sure the receptionist was ever going to honour our booking. Had to re-book room and join SPG again loosing out on 4 times points for the stay. When partner phoned to complain and try and sort it out the member of staff kept repeating 'I do not understand' when he asked to complain to manager. Very poor service we will not be back.
May 4, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by jklondon "W"hat a service disaster
i am a real W fan, however this hotel let's the entire brand down!
The hotel design is not on par with most other Ws and the rooms have huge design flaws - sink next to computer and not the wc, towels in middle of room and not in shower, over complicated lights everywhere etc etc.
However the huge and fundamental issue with the hotel is service or lack there of. Whilst you might get a decent drink in the bar if you want to fight with the cities wannabes, you will get limited service as a guest. After 3 weeks we still had to prove who we were to get into the building. We ofte waited up to an hour for ice to our room. No turndown service. Toiletries were often not replenished. When you complain to management they don't do anything. Also we were charged for water on numerous occasions even though we were told it was free to spg members.
January 10, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by pblack it is a place for people who wish to party!! not for mature business people
I couldn't sleep on the weekend because of the noise from bar below.
Hallways too DARK.
Bathroom sink in the center of room, I did not like.
position of breakfast room was not good, I had to go down the lift to the Ground then down a walk way hall to the restaurant and then up a spiral staircase.
First time having breakfast was like going through a maze?? When I entered restaurant I asked the person, to please direct me, I received a reply "can't you read the sighns"??? I repied that I could not!! as I did not have my glasses and I also suffer from night blindness, the dim lights made it impossible for me to read the signs.
On my last day, all electricity, water , internet and phone lines were down for many hours.
Due to this I transferred to the Meridien, I was late for my appointment which cost me an expensive cab fair, (250 ponds) as I missed the train.
not to mention I had to shower and prepare for my meeting in the gymnasium bathroom as a room was not ready.
So my stay was NOT pleasant at all at WLondon and to top it off I have been charged the full stay of 5 days.
December 4, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Yukhtmakher Power outage
During the stay the hotel experienced a power outage from 5am till 10-11am. As a result of which i was not able to take shower, charge my gadgets (laptop and cell phone), use internet, have breakfast in the hotel - which means literally no services that i would have expected from a normal hotel (not even 5 star).
Moreover i was most disappointed by the fact that while checking out noone offered any sort of compensation for that (eg extra nights for the next stay at W or reduction of room rate) and when i asked about this myself the answer was negative.
I'm still sure in such circumstances significant compensation must be offered and then it's a business of a hotel to negotiate any further compensation with power company.
December 4, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by NoFun My worst ever stay in London
I stayed Friday & Saturday 7/8 September and almost everything on this stay went wrong. I only will mention a few things: No Platinum recognition at all, no upgrade not even mentioned that there was none, a rude respons and a lie that the hotel was fully booked, no respons on divers complaints, none of the roomservice orders were correct, not one person on the reception desk showed any interest in the guest in front of them, no eyecontact at all, no thank you's or goodby's, even when I complaint about this the person was only afraid that I would go higher to complain. In the room a lot of stains at the couch, not proper working lights in the toilet and bathroom, overcharge on one of the roomservice orderings etc etc. I am a platinum menber and stayd almost 500 times in a Starwood hotel since 1999 many more from the beginning!
September 12, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Siegfried13 W experience is unmatched
W Hotel really offers a different kind of experience to its customers, the value proposition, the focus on the extravagant theme, everything actually — it's different.
The only thing they could do better would be introducing their customers to their diverse features by addressing them or emphasizing them somehow.
February 23, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Scs4545 W
The Bfast for platfimum was only continental. Every other W hotel I have stayed at has full bfast. Check input had lines. Only 1 person working if At all. Bathroom and hallways too dark to see.
February 21, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by richierich99 Good location and nice staff, but really bad service / maintenance
I have stayed at a number of Starwood hotels (as a platinum member) but I was quite disappointed in my stay at the w Leicester square. There were a number of issues with my room:
- TV did not work in the main room. It kept asking for a code (had to get technician to come in to fix) and subsequently didn't work again but I was too tired to call down and wait for someone
- there was no electrical adaptor in the room (needed to call up)
- toilet had a 'stain' on the seat which I needed to clean
- sink did not drain properly but again, didn't want to waste time calling down
- 'premium' internet kept cutting in and out
Generally nice staff but the room was not well kept.
More importantly, I sent an email to the management team (twice) but never heard back.
October 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by jsb1961 The W Wowed Me Again!
Having had such a great stay in May 2014 I went back in June and had an even better time!! From the minute I was greeted at the entrance when I arrived to the minute when I reluctantly departed I was more than happy to be staying at the W! I immediately slip into the cool funky atmosphere which is relaxing and energising at the same time. Staff are friendly but fun and extremely polite and helpful. They are not at all patronising. intimidating or or stuffy! Rooms are very spacious thanks to the design of the integrated bathroom facilities and that space makes all the difference to the comfort....there's room to dance! Easy to operate mood lighting & tv/sound system, tasteful extras like trendy art books and all the usual but high quality complimentary treats like toiletries, robes, umbrellas all make you feel like your hosts want you to have fun and enjoy staying at the W. Bar, lounge, club and restaurant all add to the overall experience ....chilled out yet partytime all in one place = brilliant!! I will definitely stay at the W again and would like to make a special mention of the receptionist (Armena??) who checked me in on both my stays because she was so lovely, friendly and helpful and she remembered me from my previous visit...what a lovely welcome she gave me!! See you again as soon as possible!!
June 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by snadur Fun, frivolous and friendly hotel
We booked 3 rooms at W as part of the celebration for a significant birthday of my partner. They joined in the fun by decorating our room before we arrived and ensured the check in process was smooth and relaxed. The rooms are up to the frivolous and comfortable standard W is known for around the world. The staff, in particular Roberto and the door men, were very friendly and ensured, among other things, that our bags were deposited in our rooms after a taxi they arranged collected us at home took us to dinner elsewhere. All in all a fabolous night!
September 26, 2012