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Published on July 8th, 2015 | by Gavin

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Conrad St. James Hotel

We haven’t reviewed many hotels on I’m A Londoner, but when we do, it has to be something special, and today is no exception. Based just around the corner from Parliament Square in the prestigious St James area, we recently had the pleasure of spending a night in the Conrad St. James Hotel, and what a pleasure it was.

The luxury Conrad has 24 hotels across the globe and is part of the mammoth Hilton Worldwide group. This particular hotel has 256 rooms and suites in a late 19th Century building, but the interior has been remodelled into an ultra-modern getaway in the heart of tourist London. Artwork plays a big part of the hotel décor with unique sculptures throughout, in the understated lobby stands a mighty impressive bronze ladder created by Tom Clark.

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I’m staying in the King Grand Deluxe room which is a step up from the entry level King Deluxe and just below the King Superior, and will cost around £400 per night. The centrepiece of the room is a media hub built into the wall opposite the bed, which includes a large screen TV and a stereo that can connect to your phone or laptop via HDMI or Bluetooth on the desk. Naturally, as a tech lover, I was like a kid in a candy store trying to work out how it all worked; I nearly fainted when I found out there was a connected speaker in the bathroom so I could listen to music while taking a shower.

And that brings me to the bathroom. Many TripAdvisor reviews live or die by the state of the bathroom, and as the Conrad St. James’ rating indicates, they pass the test with flying colours. Marble floor, lit vanity mirror, & rain shower, it’s everything you’d expect from a lavish hotel; I took advantage by standing under the rain shower listening to my favourite playlist until my skin went wrinkly.

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I was instantly relaxed, luckily the complimentary Nespresso machine gave me a much needed pick me up before I went down to check out the Executive Lounge. This private area is reserved exclusively for those staying in Executive Rooms and Suites, but I’ve managed to get a cheeky viewing. It’s open from 7am to 10pm daily where guests can relax with free soft drinks and snacks throughout the day with highlights including afternoon tea, evening canapés, and free premium alcoholic drinks between 5:30pm and 8pm. If your budget can stretch, then it’s well worth the added indulgence.

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After a quick Buffalo Trace on the rocks it’s time for dinner in the Blue Boar, the hotel’s resident restaurant serving British cooking; I don’t want to give away too much as the full review will go live next week, but the mushroom wellington is excellent.

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After a restful night, I return to the Blue Boar in the morning for breakfast, which is busy with Sunday morning guests, some of whom stayed the night after a rowdy Russell Brand political rally in one of the function rooms the night before. All the usual buffet items are available, including some of the best waffles I’ve eaten in a long time, it’s a good thing there’s a small gym to make me feel less guilty about my overindulgence.

There are small touches that make all the difference between a good stay and a great stay, and at nearly every turn I found the hotel and fantastic staff offering me that little bit extra. The Conrad St. James is unquestionably a top hotel in a prime location, so it’s no surprise that it comes with an equally top price. However, if you are able to afford it, it’s well worth it for a luxury escape in the best city in Europe.

www.placeshilton.com/conradjames

Conrad London St. James, 22-28 Broadway, SW1H 0BH

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Born and raised in Croydon, South London, Gavin is a lover of cocktails, a passionate foodie, and a self-proclaimed ‘dancing god’. A (relatively) normal guy that decided to start blogging about his experiences around the city he loves.



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