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Old Aug 6, 01, 3:31 pm   #1
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Hilton Trafalgar in London - 5 Star Trip Report!

My wife and I spent this past weekend at the new London Trafalgar Hilton - it is AWESOME! If you like W-Hotels, you'll love the Trafalgar. Basically Hilton made a photocopy of Starwood's W-Hotels ( http://www.starwood.com/whotels/index.html )in San Francisco & the original in New York and built it in London - just with bigger rooms.

Arrival - Bellman was waiting at the door of our car as it came to a stop, immediately asked for our bags. Escorted us to the check in counter where they had already pre-selected an upgraded room. The front desk also apologized (that's a change) for not having a suite available, but only a premium room - we made sure to let them know that is was no problem. The Bellman then escorted us to our room.

The Room - Very large, great view of Trafalgar Square, nice bathroom, in room high speed internet access (although I was banned because we were on vacation), satellite TV, CD Player, surround sound stereo and the crown jewel - in room DVD PLAYER!!! The room had a freaking DVD player system with an entire catalog of DVDs available from the concierge.

Room Amenity - We left the hotel to grab some lunch and when we returned there was one the best amenities that I have ever received from a hotel. There was the diamond shaped plate with salmon, cookies, ham, fruit and cheese - tons of fancy color and decor to make it look great. Then we receive two 1.5 Liter sized bottles of Voss Sparkling water in these incredible looking bottles.

Bathroom - Now I'm a stereotypical dude - dont' really care about anything but a toilet. However my wife wanted to take about 30 pictures. Very unique soaps, bathrobes & stuff like that - I did like the all glass see-through shower (Hey I'm married, I can say that)

The Lobby Lounge/Bar - Very nice. A combination of sofas, recliners, window bay chairs and other unique stuff. The bar is about 25-30 feet long, stainless steel with purple trim. They had some wild drinks on the menu - I had a Vodka Espresso Martini.

Restaurant - Great food & menu. Free continental breakfast for Gold & Diamonds or a 14.50 Pound discount on the 18.50 buffet.

Concierge - Extremely friendly, knowledgeable & helpful. Arranged a sedan transfer to Heathrow as well as a sightseeing tour and charged it all to our room.

Overall - It's a in my book!

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Ken in Sacramento

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Old Aug 6, 01, 4:53 pm   #2
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Thanx Ken! My sentiments were same when I was given a tour of the property that I reported in another thread. Glad to see that the staff and the hotel surpassed your expectatations.

How was the breakfast -- Cont'l or Buffet?

Did the restaurant have a pre-theatre prix fixe yet? Also, any further word on their building a health club?
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Old Aug 6, 01, 7:40 pm   #3
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by DOC 2 BE:
How was the breakfast -- Cont'l or Buffet?

Did the restaurant have a pre-theatre prix fixe yet? Also, any further word on their building a health club?
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I had the "English Buffet" - I'm sure some would like it, I'm just not an English Sausage type guy. My wife had the Continental, it seemed to be fairly basic.

There was a special Pre & Post theatre menu available

Didn't remember to ask about the health club. Normally that's one of my first questions, however TMK's back was ailing.

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Thanx for the info and glad you enjoyed your stay. Hope your back is better now.
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Old Mar 12, 02, 10:50 am   #5
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The Trafalgar, London- Quick Report

Seeing as I only came across TravelMenKen's Report,
I thought I'd add my own $.02!

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Well, I made a quick realisation that it would be cheaper to fly LHR for the weekend then back home to SEA from EWR. I booked my ticket for work to be SEA-x-EWR-IAD-LHR-EWR-X-SEA for a two week period.

Having already qualified for HH Diamond this year w/ 15 stays (thank you 1Q Double Stay promo), it was a no brainer to use points for a saturday night stay. Looking for a room w/ double occupancy, w/ a good location, The Trafalgar was the only property w/ award availability (A single room at the Green Park, could have been secured, but I was affraid that my roommate wouldn't have appreciated sleeping on the floor). Reading the write up (and interpreting it as Hilton's answer to Starwood's W chain) and securing the location as a "good one" I burned the 30 or 35k points for the saturday night.

To get to this hotel, one would get off at the Charing Cross station. This hotel is almost directly on Trafalgar Square (no more than a 2 minute crawl from one of the Underground's exits). If you were to be looking out from the main steps of the National Gallery it would be towards your right.

The Trafalgar has a very unassuming front. So unassuming that we passed it not once or twice... but three times. If you look at the photo, the only sign is the little 2x3 foot one to the left of the door!

Going through the door, you are presented w/ a ramp going down to the basement to the left and a door to enter the main lobby/bar straight ahead. Going through the door, you are greeted immediately by the trendy bar of The Trafalgar. Where they only had one type of beer, and it was 5 a bottle!

The staff all wore pants/skirt of a dark charcoal color, and a purplish/maroon colored top. At checkin, we were asked if we needed any help w/ our luggage. We declined. The person doing the checkin saw that I was on an award stay and asked for my SP3 certificate. I told him that it was faxed over on wednesday. He said he would go in the back to chck on it, but I gave him the Award Certificate# anyways. Check-in was done in a snap.

Anyways, the hotel was at near capacity and I had reserved a room w/ two double beds. Knowing that very little time would be spent at the hotel, not getting a suite was fine.

Walking into the room was a narrow hallway which had two stand-up closets. To the left was a seemingly large bathroom. Going into the bathroom was a standup shower to the left incased in glass, which was very difficult to see (my friend walked into it which made for a very good laugh). It included a whirlpool tub which could have easily fit a 6'5" chexfan, a very unique box-shaped sink and a toilet with impressive flushing action! At the bath tub and shower, there were two bars of soap and very large bottles of Body Wash and Shampoo which were more like home bathroom sized than hotel-room sized. (Unfortunately, the pics of the bathroom were deleted.)

The room did includea desk and TV w/ CD stereo and speakers which gave out an impressive sound!

The continentAl Breakfast was offered from 6:30 to 10:30 downstairs in the restaurant, But we didn't check it out.

A local call gave us a 3.20 charge on the bill and check-out was a snap!

That's all I can think of now. Feel free to ask any other q's. If you have problems w/ the links to the pics, try to get to them via: http://photos.yahoo.com/chexfanpics
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by chexfan:
Going through the door, you are presented w/ a ramp going down to the basement to the left and a door to enter the main lobby/bar straight ahead. Going through the door, you are greeted immediately by the trendy bar of The Trafalgar. Where they only had one type of beer, and it was 5 a bottle! </font>
Am there now - and noted that the bar had (count 'em) two kinds of beer. But that is pretty much a shame in London.

But the Trafalgar is a very nice place - and quite convenient.

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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by CLTFlyer:
Am there now - and noted that the bar had (count 'em) two kinds of beer.</font>
They only have the Dutch one on hand though... ask!
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So overall, how would you rate it on a scale 5-Stars?
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This is not really a question about your stay, but you mentioned that you already made diamond due to the double stay promotion at Hilton. Have your stays already posted with double credit, or are you doubling your total for now assuming they will do it at the end of March? Just curious because my stays right now are only posting as 1 credit.

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Have your stays already posted with double credit, or are you doubling your total for now assuming they will do it at the end of March?</font>
No, I have been using second grade math!

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I don't rank hotels. Sorry. It served it's job this time as a place to stay in a central location.
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Old Mar 13, 02, 2:06 pm   #12
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Will be staying in May any great simple cost effective way from Heathrow to the Trafalgar??Appreciate the tips.......Heathrow express??
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How much baggage will you have? You could either take the Piccadilly line to Piccadilly Circus and walk about 6 blocks via Leicester and Trafalgar Square.

Or you could conitnue on the Northern Line from Piccadilly Circus to Charing Cross Station. The Trafalgar is about a 2 minute walk from there.

A one-way fare from Heathrow to Piccadily Circus was 3.60 and took about 45 minutes. The Heathrow Express is 15 minutes to Paddington but costs 12 for one way (I think).
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Thanks, chexfan for the report and the pics. You're right about the unassuming front...no wonder you passed it 3 times. Talk about subtle.
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They only have the Dutch one on hand though... ask! </font>

You know, if that was the Alfa (the lager, not the wheat beer), then that's the only one I had - didn't feel like asking for the other one. Oh well.


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