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[ARCHIVE to 2015] DISCUSSION for Hilton Honors Hotels in or near London {GBR}

Old Jan 1, 09, 11:15 pm
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Which London Hiltons have see-through showers?

Am planning a London stay with the family, including teenagers. I seem to recall having seen some comments over the years that several of the London Hiltons have see-through showers, visible from the room. Is this true? Can anyone provide a list of those hotels with this "feature" as obviously I want to avoid this?
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Old Jan 2, 09, 6:14 am
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I've stayed at several Hiltons in London...

Canary Wharf
Tower Bridge
Waldorf
Olympia
Metropole
Docklands
Trafalgar

None of those had see-through showers which were visible from the room The two newest London Hiltons are the Canary Wharf and the Tower Bridge (these have see-through showers but are NOT visible from the room).

Maybe you're thinking of the Asian Conrads which have a whole bathroom visible from the room.
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Old Jan 2, 09, 6:35 am
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Originally Posted by Wexflyer
Am planning a London stay with the family, including teenagers. I seem to recall having seen some comments over the years that several of the London Hiltons have see-through showers, visible from the room. Is this true? Can anyone provide a list of those hotels with this "feature" as obviously I want to avoid this?
The Hilton Paddington showers are see-through, but they can't be seen from the room (unless of course you leave the bathroom door open)
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Old Jan 2, 09, 6:50 am
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Stayed in the Waldorf recently and had a bathroom with frosted glass, but no door, only an opening.

You couldn't get to the room door without being able to see someone in the shower if you were so inclined.
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Old Jan 2, 09, 8:41 am
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The Waldorf is the only one I know to avoid on this count. Some of its rooms have standard bathrooms with doors; others have much more contemporary bathrooms with no doors.
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Old Jan 2, 09, 9:12 am
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Tower Bridge Hilton bathrooms are awesome (spacious, modern) but when I stayed there the water pressure was weak. In contrast the Metropole's bathrooms are tiny, still use the tub+curtain but the water pressure is better.
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Old Jan 4, 09, 12:08 pm
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Park Lane Award Stay report

Booked an award stay, arriving on 30 Dec. Departing 5 Jan 2009

Arriving at the hotel after the TATL flight at about 7:30 in the morning.

Was given a room on the 26th (executive floor) but would not be ready until sometime after 8:00. We went to the executive lounge on the 1st floor to have breakfast and wait for our room to be ready.

Nice lounge with a shower facility (which we did not use) and WiFi access.

Finally our room was ready.

A bit disappointed as it is one of the smaller exec rooms, but did have a tremendous view of the London Eye and Westminster.

I inquired about getting a larger room and was told that they were completely sold out (full) and this was the best that was available. Given that they had new year's eve packages that they were selling I was not surprised.

As it turned out, having this room was nice as we had an unobstructed view of the fireworks over the London Eye for New Year's eve.

Bought a bottle of Champagne from Marks & Spencer and watched the fireworks from our room - swell.

Next day, I went to the duty manager (a desk just to the left of the main reception in the lobby, which is covered during the the day by a manager who can fix things) and I inquired as to whether I could get upgraded to a better (larger) room during my stay if one became available. The duty manager was quite nice and accomodating and, noting that indeed I was a Diamond, that she thought she could do something and if I would check with her on New Year's day (when a significant number of checkouts was anticipated she would put me in the best possible room available.

She did, it was not a suite as I had hoped but one of the newly remodled rooms with a view of Hyde Park.

We maintained our Exec. Lounge access and have been treated quite well by all staff.

The Lounge is nice with continental breakfast until 11:00, Tea from 15:00 (3pm) until 17:30 evening snacks and cocktails from 18:00 until sometime after 20:00 (varies by when the staff actually removes stuff).

Different from other International Hilton properties (including others in the UK) the breakfast and evening snack menu never changes. Exactly the same thing every night. Not bad, but it would be nice to see some variation. Best thing during this stay on the evening menu was the grilled aparagus. Tasty.

Only issue with our new room was the fact that the maid kept taking our bathrobes away, when servicing the rooms and I kept having to call housekeeping about bringing new robes.

Other difference is that our room on the 26th floor had Molton Brown amenities (quite nice) but that was not the case in our new room which was on the 21st floor, which is not an 'executive floor'.

Great location with easy access to the Tube and Picadilly Line as well as easy walking distance to Harrods and the shopping in Knightsbridge.

Also great little restaurants and pubs in the immediate vicinity of the hotel in Shephards Market.

I personally like the Hilton in Canary Wharf better, but this is still a nice property and would stay here again.
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Old Jan 4, 09, 6:55 pm
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Diamond for several years. 2 night award stay at London Paddington last November...arrived early AM, was just going to inquire about the type of room to expect when checking in later, and could we leave the luggage please. Room was upgraded from a twin to a king, lounge access was provided, and we were allowed to check-in immediately. Very nice, and all on an award stay. Now to get 28 stays to stay Diamond for all of 2009.
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Old Jan 11, 09, 4:35 am
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Advice requested for London trip

Im planning a trip to London for Mrs. Servuss bithday from Friday to Sunday. After reading all the relevant posts here on FT I still have a few questions and would highly appreciate any recommendations.

Due to arrival on Friday afternoon, my primary request is to get to the hotel as fast as possible. So far I found out, that HEX should take approx. 16 min., the Heathrow Connect approx. 50 min., tube and limousine at least an hour (all to the Paddington Hilton). So my first question would be if this information is correct?

If so, we (4 pax) have to use the HEX for a total of 66 / 56 with the ANA discount. Does anybody know a vaild discount code that takes off more than 15% (except the Amex code)?

So far my choices for accomodation are the Hilton Paddington ( 74 for Hilton Guestroom / 104 for Executive Room), Hilton Metropole ( 74 / 99) and Hilton Tower Bridge ( 60 / 95). Unfortunately I didnt travel enough during the last months so Im just a Silver VIP and have to pay for the Ex. Room. The mentioned rates all include breakfast so the extra for the Ex. Room would be for what? I found out, the Ex. rooms arent any different except for the Metropole where the East Wing is much more comfortable than the Ex. Floor. Also it seems that all lounges stop serving free alcoholic beverages at 7:00 p.m. I probably wont be back at the hotel by then, so I have to get my drinks at the bar anyways. At this time, I intend to book a regular room at the Paddington Hilton. Any cons for this?

We will take the tube for our return trip to LHR on Sunday night.

Thanx for any thoughts!
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Old Jan 11, 09, 4:56 am
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To really enjoy a weekend stay in London, I would book a room from the Soho Courthouse (Hilton by Doubletree) and take the tube both ways.

"January sales" prices for Feb-March stays seem quite reasonable, even from £100 per night.

Last edited by TTL; Jan 11, 09 at 5:07 am Reason: prices...
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Old Jan 11, 09, 4:57 am
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Take HeX to and from the hotel - it is the quickest and the easiest way. The tube will take over an hour. I can only comment re Hilton Paddington and I would advise you to book an Executive room on a room only basis. You will get access to the Executive Lounge and they serve hot breakfast there. You really do not have to go for a bed & breakfast rate as I find breakfast in the lounge rather good.
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Old Jan 11, 09, 4:59 am
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Originally Posted by TTL
To really enjoy a weekend stay in London, I would book a room from the Soho Courthouse (Hilton by Doubletree) and take the tube both ways.
A good idea as you would be right in the centre of everything. No comments re rooms/lounge though...

Enjoy your stay!
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Old Jan 11, 09, 5:02 am
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Old Jan 11, 09, 5:58 am
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@ TTL thank you for the Doubletree Courthouse recommandation but they charge £ 179 a night, that's even more than the Trafalgar Hilton (incl. breakfast). BTW I forgot to mention that these prices are for a June-August travel and not for Feb./March.

@ Andriyko the breakfast is already included, so I do not need lounge access for this purpose. The advance rate for just an Ex. Room is more expensive than the January Sale rate incl. breakfast.
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Old Jan 11, 09, 7:40 am
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Originally Posted by servus

Due to arrival on Friday afternoon, my primary request is to get to the hotel as fast as possible. So far I found out, that HEX should take approx. 16 min., the Heathrow Connect approx. 50 min., tube and limousine at least an hour (all to the Paddington Hilton). So my first question would be if this information is correct?
Heathrow Connect takes 25 minutes (not 50)- so it is just 10 minutes longer than the HEX from LHR to Paddington and only costs about 6GBP/each way.
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