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Park Plaza, Westminster, London
Sitting on the eastern end of Westminster Bridge and offering delightful views of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Park Plaza Westminster is one of Europe's largest conference hotels. Home to a whopping 1019 rooms, it attracts business types as well as families here to see the London sights. It's a vast place: shiny polished floors and escalators leading up to the reception area create a shopping mall-esque feel, although there are little pockets here and there where you can retreat to a quiet corner. Bedrooms mostly all look and feel the same - it's the (often great) views that sets each apart. There's a spa with a heated swimming pool, sauna and steam room, and a surprisingly good culinary offering including tasty French specialities at award-winning Brasserie Joël.
Although you're on a busy road, you can get to the pedestrianised South Bank in a jiffy, where you can soak up the sights across the water.
The London Eye is on your doorstep, and Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace are just over Westminster bridge.
By car: over 4 hours from Manchester and 2 hours 30 minutes from Bristol. On-site parking costs £65 per day.
By train: London Waterloo station is less than a 10-minute walk from the hotel. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
The hotel attracts both corporate guests (there are a whopping 37 meeting spaces spread across three floors) along with families keen to see the sights. We loved the Executive Lounge (entry at an additional cost) which feels tucked away and secluded; it has towering ceilings and offers gorgeous views across the river, with complimentary drinks and nibbles available throughout the day.
Service & Facilities
We loved nipping down to the spa to enjoy a sauna and steam; it's a surprisingly quiet spot, considering the size of the hotel.
- Swimming pool
- Fitness centre
- On-site parking
- Free Wi-Fi
Our suite offered fantastic views of the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament. It had an attractive lounge area with kitchenette and separate bedroom. We appreciated the peace and quiet in the rooms (the triple glazing works a treat) and blackout curtains, which do a great job at keeping out the morning rays.
Superior, Studio, One Bedroom Suite, Two Bedroom Suite, Duplex Suite, Presidential Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
The cuisine at award-winning Brasserie Joël is hearty and flavoursome, and lovingly prepared by French chef Jonathan Castaing. The lamb shank was tender and succulent, and the dauphinoise potatoes a real treat - the two went together beautifully.
Brasserie Joël: 2 AA-Rosette restaurant, French cuisine. Open Tue-Sat for dinner.
ICHI: sushi and sashimi bar. Open Thu-Sat for lunch, daily for dinner.
Primo Bar: lobby lounge and bar, light bites and nibbles. Open daily, 12pm-1am.