Rated 2 out of 5 by HishamB Horrible experience
A couple things
1) I am not a big fan of toilets and showers being in a closet to conserve space; I prefer a sepeare full bathroom; that is the design of the hotel and that is on me. I should have done more research on the property
2) Very thin walls. I can hear my neighbor's TV next door. Again, economising but to the detriment of your guests
3) and most horribly is being woken up TWICE and pushed downstairs because of an errant fire alarm. Yes, I was told you were testing the alarms at 11AM not PM. I have 4 or 5 colleagues and more friends who were with me from the United States for the Farnborough Air Show and we all compared notes. Horrible experience. Someone actually left the hotel and went to a different hotel. Your receptonist knows who that is. FOr someone coming from the States and being bothered by a fake alarm once is horrible. Twice...inexcusable., Further, getting an email crediting my account 10,000 Starpoints is an insult. 100,000 maybe but 10K??? Seriously?
Quality of sleep gets one star because of that but the hotel has great beds and clean rooms. Just wanted to make that clear.
July 18, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Stowe staff not up to snuffs
rooms are not spotless, takes for ever to get a room buffed out.
Fire alarms two times in five nights!
Yes the bar action is fun, but the hotel needs a wakeup.
Concierges are excellent.
July 18, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by SAM22 W Lounge
Tried to go for a cocktail in the W Lounge with 3 friends on Friday night - the girl with the clipboard on door was the rudest and most aggressive person we've ever come across, 3 of us work as event managers in the music and film industry and are always looking for new venues to host launches - we wouldn't ever look at the W again for employing staff that speak to people like that. There are ways of letting people know that they need to be on a guest list without being so rude and dismissive - no matter who you are. Sort your staff out and train them to deal with people in a professional and courteous way so you don't lose any more potential business.
December 16, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ange29 Get into the groove
We took pot luck with a special secret deal and what was revealed was a refreshingly modern experience with superb attention to detail. The service was excellent - just the right combination of attention, friendliness and smiles without being sickly. The design and decor is chic and fun and makes you feel quite special. One of the most interesting hotels in London just now. An oasis of calm in the midst of one of the busiest bustling places in the Capital. Thanks for a great weekend.
July 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by DROSEN85 Thank you W Insider Jessica Patman
I want to extend a huge thank you for the personal VIP service that I experienced thanks to the incredible attentiveness of your W Insider Jessica.
She planned my stay, pre-booked my room, managed my dinner reservations including recommendations and followed up before, during and after my stay to make sure that everything was perfect. Which, of course, it was.
Thank you again W team for a wonderful stay.
July 12, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Andrew1234 Another disappointing stay
We had stayed at this property the night it opened - and it was a disaster. The hotel simply wasn't ready for guests. Now, several years later, this was our first return visit - hoping that things have improved. They have, but not enough.
Check-in still takes too long - others in the queue complained, and one guest walked off completely. Like last time, the hotel struggles to accomodate Platinum Members - despite the website showing availability in all room categories (bar one) including suites, we were offered a platinum upgrade of only one level on arrival - this is the most basic room, but on a slightly higher floor. Despite various different explanations from staff, it is still not clear to me who got the suites and corner rooms in the 24 hours before we checked in.
The room had supposedly been renovated. Having the bathroom in the middle of the room may have been trendy in 2011, but it still hasn't improved (indeed, the blinds in our room were broken, so not sure of the extent of the "renovation"). Walking between the sink and the toilet to get to the bed is not my idea of fun, and, after two showers, the floor was wet, and the set up was hopeless. I'd also prefer not to have to set my laptop up at the sink, which doubles as a desk.
Bliss products remain excellent, and the slightly larger than usual sizes were appreciated.
This property has opted for the "continental" approach to the platinum breakfast reward, so we took the points instead. This is just stingy when the full buffet is laid out already.
We were on the 6th floor, but the noise from Leicester Square meant no afternoon nap was possible. The bed was comfortable, and, once the blinds were fixed, we could exclude the light from outside. The spa wasn't open early enough on Sunday morning for us to enjoy it before we checked out.
The manager sent a half bottle of champagne - and that was a nice guesture. But there is much still to be done at this property if it is live up to the W brand.
July 15, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by LuisDC W London, Excellent location...but
First at all, this Hotel is very well located!
Ambience and decor very modern, vibrant in every corner, not a family hotel.
Bad things, we arrived late night, we asked for a room upgrade since gold membership allow it, we been told is no room to get a upgrade.
We asked for a caffe machine, they offer to bring it, but the guy never comeback.
White walls have stains almost all over the room, Whatever whenever associates are very slow to get the requirements, i have to call 4 times to get a response for a change room request.
Besides the slow service and the dirty walls, is a must in a very tourist area.
July 5, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Socrates Pretentious, even for a W
I will disclaim that I am not the biggest fan of the W chain in general, but this W reminded me of Biff's casino in Back to the Future II.
The lobby resembles a tinfoil fitness centre helpdesk, while the corridors leading to the rooms are so dark that guests may be well advised to carry a torch to be able to see the inelegant plastic doors leading to their rooms.
The rooms themselves have a futuristic twist reminiscent of Wong Kar Wai's 2046 train ride and the bathroom is conveniently located in the middle of the room for maximum privacy.
The staff seemed quite pleased with themselves, perhaps too much to welcome the guests with due courtesy.
I only stayed for one night and I was very glad to get out of the casino frequented a flashy, hungover mob.
December 15, 2011