The Park Plaza is a short 5 minute walk from Victoria Station and a late meeting caused me to book a room. There are a good range of rooms available at variable prices, and often Club Carlson Points can be used to redeem for a free night.
When I arrived at about 5pm, there were two agents checking people in. Picking a queue with someone who was nearly finished, I got to the desk before the couple in the other queue who was having every nuance about the hotel explained by the check-in agent. ‘Were you first?’ I was asked. Well, in the absence of a single line I was next in her queue. ‘That couple were here before you’. I got away from the desk pretty fast. The guest in the other line was still being served so I waited a further 5 minutes to be checked-in.
I had been upgraded to an Executive Room, which oddly are all located on the First Floor, making you closest to the traffic noise from the busy roads in the area. First impression was ‘Tiny’ and indeed that is true. I don’t usually stay in hotels in Central London as I live here, but I needed to up early and the trip home was too much that late at night.
To provide some perspective, the waste bin just fitted between the leg of the desk and the edge of the bed.
The bed was comfortable with a decent selection of pillows. The window overlooked one of the main roads that bound the property.
There was a Nespresso coffee machine in the room and two bottle of water with some chocolates. No obvious Club Carlson Gold gift was present.
The TV is located at the end of the bed and had a good range of channels. The WiFi is free and worked reasonable well in my room, which was at the end of a corridor on the first floor.
The bathroom was well sized for such a small bedroom and had a large tub with integrated shower.
The tiles are actually white but the light gave my camera a slight meltdown. Everything needed was there and the bathrobe was very comfortable.
Unfortunately I didn’t get to visit the club on the evening I was there and it was not open when I had to leave the next day. I have some images of the seating which shows it to be large, and when I went past in the evening, it seems to be popular too.
The hotel seems to have been decorated with a wide range of art installations and it was interesting to spot a new piece as you moved around. The bar on the Ground Floor, near Reception, was busy in the early evening and would be a good place to have a pre-theatre drink. Two major theatres are within 10 minutes walk of the hotel. Here are some images I took when I was there:
Overall a pretty good stay, although a tiny room at typical Central London rates.