Hilton London Bankside {GBR}

Old Dec 19, 19, 11:33 pm
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Originally Posted by ECKOA6 View Post
Yes there was indeed a box to say I don't require the accessible room which I indicated. As I'm on mobile and it's difficult to search threads, as a gold will I get the full buffet including hot items, the continental buffet or an ala cart item?
Full breakfast from the buffet, I think only Diamond receive an item from the full menu.
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Old Dec 20, 19, 12:34 am
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Originally Posted by residentx View Post
Full breakfast from the buffet, I think only Diamond receive an item from the full menu.
Excellent, thank you for the quick response and insight.
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Old Jan 14, 20, 11:03 am
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Hello! Is it possible to get an upgrade from a King standard room to the One-King bedroom suite at this property? Also, do you think it's best to book non-refundable rates at this property? Thanks!
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Old Jan 14, 20, 1:21 pm
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Originally Posted by hieunha View Post
Hello! Is it possible to get an upgrade from a King standard room to the One-King bedroom suite at this property? Also, do you think it's best to book non-refundable rates at this property? Thanks!
Iíve had this, but itís rare. An upgrade to a junior suite is the norm for me now, but I think most people get an upgrade to a preferred room location. This a hotel that values stays within their own hotel rather than diamond status when it comes to upgrade priority in my experience.
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Old Jan 14, 20, 6:24 pm
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Originally Posted by residentx View Post
Iíve had this, but itís rare. An upgrade to a junior suite is the norm for me now, but I think most people get an upgrade to a preferred room location. This a hotel that values stays within their own hotel rather than diamond status when it comes to upgrade priority in my experience.
Yep, very true..... Iíve had only one full suite upgrade here in many stays.
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Old Jan 15, 20, 3:45 am
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I stay at Bankside maybe 3-5 p.a., usually 1-2 nights, and since it opened. Until 2018 I received a suite or very nice executive room upgrade regularly (always booking standard). But for the last stays it was always no more than a deluxe room, and if lucky higher floor and not to the courtyard... daylight can be at a premium in those rooms thanks to the small windows.
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Old Jan 15, 20, 1:16 pm
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I think this is a fine hotel but between the meh locale and poor views/daylight I don't see it as a candidate for the best Hilton property in London.
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Old Jan 15, 20, 3:08 pm
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Originally Posted by pauleeepaul View Post
I think this is a fine hotel but between the meh locale and poor views/daylight I don't see it as a candidate for the best Hilton property in London.
I still like it as a HIlton. Diamond benes are good and upgrades for me are consistent but they seem to be pricing themselves out of the market these days. There are boutique hotels opening nearby that offer much more of a personal touch with great benefits without having to stay a bazillion nights to earn and are priced below Bankside. I'll try to stay loyal to HH for the earning and redemption but the boss looks at the bottomline $'s not my vacation plans!
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Old Jan 15, 20, 11:00 pm
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Originally Posted by pauleeepaul View Post
I think this is a fine hotel but between the meh locale and poor views/daylight I don't see it as a candidate for the best Hilton property in London.
The hotel is dark in design, but I disagree with the locale and views. Last time I had a view of the shard which was awesome. There is also a lot of good restaurants in the area or a 10min walk away, the rate modern and a good walk along the river. A short stroll to St Paulís and a nice mall too!
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Old Jan 16, 20, 4:52 am
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Originally Posted by residentx View Post
The hotel is dark in design, but I disagree with the locale and views. Last time I had a view of the shard which was awesome. There is also a lot of good restaurants in the area or a 10min walk away, the rate modern and a good walk along the river. A short stroll to St Paulís and a nice mall too!
There are some rooms which do have some pretty rubbish views to be honest, I've stayed in a few myself!

One thing seems to be certain is the prices at the hotel have skyrocketed lately (probably due to tourist groups) and I rarely find them within my company policy nowadays.

I'd say they definitely do value "known" guests over Diamond membership for upgrades. When I stayed frequently before the recent shifts in staff it was quite regular to receive a suite upgrade (incl. the 1 bedrooms) but now I'm lucky to get an executive room even with large availability. Still a great modern hotel with a great executive lounge but sadly over the years its been a reduction in benefits (particularly the mini bar) and an increase in cost.
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Old Jan 26, 20, 4:29 am
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My 3rd stay here, and finally got a chance to stay on the very top floor with a room facing the direction of the thames river.
This is the best you'll get in terms of a "room with a view" at this hotel.
Unfortunately, it's a let down....other buildings fully block the view of the river.
I could kind of see the main dome of st paul's cathedral in between 2 much taller buildings....but thats about it.
Do not pay extra to be on a high floor, if you are looking for a better view.

That said, I do like this property, and everything else was very good as usual.
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Old Jan 30, 20, 3:07 am
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Had another first class stay at Bankside recently. I was offered a choice from the breakfast a la carte selection (ďcomplementary because you are a diamondĒ)
I think the breakfast is fantastic as is the afternoon tea in the lounge.

If I could afford it I would stay here every time I go to London 😀
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Old Jan 30, 20, 1:54 pm
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On the basis of all the encomia in this thread, Mrs999 and I recently stayed at the Hilton Bankside for the first time. We booked an ordinary room with points + cash and received a Diamond upgrade to a deluxe room. The location is interesting; it is not a part of London where we have spent much time before. All of the staff we dealt with were faultless. The executive lounge is very nice indeed. We enjoyed both the afternoon tea and the evening wine & canapes. The breakfast (we took it in the restaurant rather than the lounge) was very good. Our room itself was generally OK but there were several small things we found quite odd. (1) No European power points. Really? In a hotel with high-class pretensions? Even the Hilton Garden at Hatton Cross has these! Now, I know, I know; I do carry an adapter and, I know, I can always borrow one from the concierge. But isn't 'no bother' part of the definition of 'deluxe'? (2) No safe in the room. (3) No Nespresso (or similar) coffee machine -- just a water boiler and a couple of packets of instant coffee. That's just pathetic. I'm afraid we can't agree with those here who think that this is the best Hilton property in London and given the rates we probably won't be going back.
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Old Jan 30, 20, 8:25 pm
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Originally Posted by henry999 View Post
On the basis of all the encomia in this thread, Mrs999 and I recently stayed at the Hilton Bankside for the first time. We booked an ordinary room with points + cash and received a Diamond upgrade to a deluxe room. The location is interesting; it is not a part of London where we have spent much time before. All of the staff we dealt with were faultless. The executive lounge is very nice indeed. We enjoyed both the afternoon tea and the evening wine & canapes. The breakfast (we took it in the restaurant rather than the lounge) was very good. Our room itself was generally OK but there were several small things we found quite odd. (1) No European power points. Really? In a hotel with high-class pretensions? Even the Hilton Garden at Hatton Cross has these! Now, I know, I know; I do carry an adapter and, I know, I can always borrow one from the concierge. But isn't 'no bother' part of the definition of 'deluxe'? (2) No safe in the room. (3) No Nespresso (or similar) coffee machine -- just a water boiler and a couple of packets of instant coffee. That's just pathetic. I'm afraid we can't agree with those here who think that this is the best Hilton property in London and given the rates we probably won't be going back.
No spirits in the Executive Lounge?
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Old Jan 30, 20, 8:59 pm
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No safe in the room? Hardly. Methinks someone didn't look closely enough.
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