Hilton London Bankside {GBR}

Old May 6, 18, 12:43 pm
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I've also noticed the Executive lounge has been much more rowdy on my last 3 stays.
it always used to be so quiet and relaxing and hope it's not a sign of things to come
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Old May 6, 18, 1:18 pm
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It's such a shame a few can spoil the entire lounge, I don't suppose there's management on the floor?

That noise was there on my last stay as well, it's either from the restaurant next door or banqueting rooms on -1. I don't understand why they allow that level of disturbance, surely it's their hotel, their rules.

Great to see your granola !! Enjoy!!
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Old May 6, 18, 2:14 pm
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Ugh. Seems like they need a drink limit. There is a bar up front they can to if if they want more.
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Old May 7, 18, 12:31 am
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.........yes folks it did tarnish the evening, along with the incredible throbbing bass that actually made the wine glasses vibrate on the table kinda killed the relaxing atmosphere.......we went for a walk along the Thames and had a couple of baileys outside on the terrace of the old Thameside pub and some tapas too.
Got back to hotel quite early at 11pm and retired, bed was not only soft but out of shape too......have not slept too well.
Just popped to lounge for a takeaway coffee and machine not working so assistant got me one next door.
Plan this morning is to hit gym and then quick swim before breakfast.........obviously the highlight being the amazing granola!..........will report back!
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Old May 7, 18, 1:17 am
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I'm going to be there Tues - Thurs nights, so here's hoping midweek is more civilized!
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Old May 7, 18, 1:57 am
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Originally Posted by Points Scrounger View Post
I'm going to be there Tues - Thurs nights, so here's hoping midweek is more civilized!
im sure it will be, I've noticed the trend in general in the uk is the lounges are better and more civilised during the week rather than weekends.

gym and pool reasonably busy this morning, great facilities!.... shame no sauna and that would be perfection....... now to breakfast.......will report back!
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Old May 7, 18, 5:32 am
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Breakfast was amazing, house granola with almond milk and creamy yoghurt, then cheese and ham omelette. Beans and streaky bacon ( good job I had a long run in the gym this morning! ) , nice to see some old friends/regulars from Hilton Canary Wharf here, they told me they no longer stay CW at weekends due to rowdyness, proves this is not just us on here who report this.
managed to get a 1pm check out so we could walk down to southbank......nice......now about to check out......will report back with CONCLUSION.
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Old May 7, 18, 11:35 am
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.......... very swift check out, done via the concierge, basically he took my room keys and went and fetched my car, took 5 mins, I'm escorted outside to my car to find my cases already in the boot, handshakes and we depart.

CONCLUSION - Definitely in my opinion the best Hilton in the uk, couple of niggles as bed wasn't that comfy and idiots in the lounge last night along with with the thumping bass.
Breakfast is the best too , it's simply great with very tasty food and amazing granola ( which I'm going to be eating for the next few days ! ) .......... will return sometime soon!

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Old May 7, 18, 11:48 am
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Originally Posted by wizla View Post
...CONCLUSION - Definitely in my opinion the best Hilton in the uk...
Sounds like another great stay then, wizla, and I'd agree that this is at the top of the UK Hilton pile (though it doesn't beat the Conrad in terms of the product, it beats it on value). I continue to be a fan of Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf, and the Waldorf Hiltons in London - but, if priced at the right rate, Bankside can beat each of these.

Enjoy Nottingham, if you can, straight after Bankside!
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Old May 7, 18, 12:00 pm
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Sounds like another great stay then, wizla, and I'd agree that this is at the top of the UK Hilton pile (though it doesn't beat the Conrad in terms of the product, it beats it on value). I continue to be a fan of Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf, and the Waldorf Hiltons in London - but, if priced at the right rate, Bankside can beat each of these.

Enjoy Nottingham, if you can, straight after Bankside!
it was a great stay mate, I actually prefer Bankside to the Conrad as I think the gym is better and it has a pool , however this is just personal to myself, the suite was not as great as yours and mine ( last stay 719 ) but it was nice none the less......... yes agreed, Nottingham is going to feel like a travelodge compared to Bankside but I'm in Nottingham all day on business so why not I thought......... plus I got a bag of Bankside granola here in my kitchen at home!
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Old May 7, 18, 12:12 pm
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Originally Posted by wizla View Post
.......... very swift check out, done via the concierge, basically he took my room keys and went and fetched my car, took 5 mins, I'm escorted outside to my car to find my cases already in the boot, handshakes and we depart.
Any coins given to him in the handshake? or is that only expected in the U.S.?
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Old May 7, 18, 11:16 pm
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Any coins given to him in the handshake? or is that only expected in the U.S.?
Tipping in the UK is not expected like it is in the USA , however I generally do if service is good........ I told him to have a drink after work on me and I slipped him a tea bag.
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(a/k/a Our American Bumpkin)

I thought London cabbies knew everything, but when I gave the name of the hotel, the fellow had a great deal of trouble reconciling Hilton and Bankside together. However, armed with the street address, we found it (after one small error).

Profuse apology at check-in that as they are absolutely fully booked, no Diamond upgrade possible. As a sort of consolation, it was mentioned that the soft drinks in the refrigerator would be complimentary, and that breakfast was in the lounge, or restaurant, as I wished.

Room a bit cave-like, but so far very quiet.... kind of like the Lounge. Honestly, it was as though there were required etiquette lessons for entry. One southern fellow turned up his nose a bit at the 'fried chicken', but we had a laugh later when I told him it reminded me of General Tso's Chicken without the Chinese sauce. Three small plates made a decent evening meal.

Decided to have a final glass of bubbly while reading my book. There was only enough in the bottle for a very small flute; but, another (different) bottle had sparkling stuff, too! So, I mixed them a bit. Such is the Bumpkin Life ...
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Old May 8, 18, 5:10 pm
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Originally Posted by Points Scrounger View Post
(a/k/a Our American Bumpkin)

I thought London cabbies knew everything, but when I gave the name of the hotel, the fellow had a great deal of trouble reconciling Hilton and Bankside together. However, armed with the street address, we found it (after one small error).

Profuse apology at check-in that as they are absolutely fully booked, no Diamond upgrade possible. As a sort of consolation, it was mentioned that the soft drinks in the refrigerator would be complimentary, and that breakfast was in the lounge, or restaurant, as I wished.

Room a bit cave-like, but so far very quiet.... kind of like the Lounge. Honestly, it was as though there were required etiquette lessons for entry. One southern fellow turned up his nose a bit at the 'fried chicken', but we had a laugh later when I told him it reminded me of General Tso's Chicken without the Chinese sauce. Three small plates made a decent evening meal.

Decided to have a final glass of bubbly while reading my book. There was only enough in the bottle for a very small flute; but, another (different) bottle had sparkling stuff, too! So, I mixed them a bit. Such is the Bumpkin Life ...
yeah I noticed the same, at the end of service in the lounge the prosseco changed to some sort of cava ( don't ask me to spell or pronounce it but it was the same as the fizzy at Canary Wharf ) condinordi..........something like that.
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Old May 8, 18, 7:58 pm
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Originally Posted by wizla View Post


Tipping in the UK is not expected like it is in the USA , however I generally do if service is good........ I told him to have a drink after work on me and I slipped him a tea bag.
I was shocked when my tips were uniformly moved from the pillow to the nightstand, and consequently not accepted. The only other hotel where this occurred was in Tokyo. I'm not complaining, just noting the data point in my lexicon of useless information..
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