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When we booked our flights to London, we were excited to start planning our accommodations. We mix up our accommodations from Airbnb to hotels on our trips, but for our vacay in London we wanted to stay at the Kimpton Fitzroy. There were several reasons why we chose this hotel with one of them being that it was central to all of our planned activities.
Before we even stepped foot indoors, we were warmly greeted by the doormen and were offered to have our bags carried. One of them led us straight to the front desk and from there we were handed our room keys. No matter who we encountered, everyone was professional, friendly, and happily responded to any questions we had.
There was one concierge in particular, Paul, who was so friendly and offered to give us a little tour of his favorite spots within the hotel. The Kimpton Fitzroy is a historic hotel, built in 1898, and has recently been remodeled; however, a lot of the original artifacts still remain.
Paul pointed us to the beautiful Pyrenean marble staircase, which is still the original marble and he mentioned that it would cost a fortune today to put this kind of marble in hotels. The vintage and contemporary designs throughout the hotel has been beautifully merged together and we couldn’t stop admiring the beauty of the hotel.
Interesting fact about this hotel: It was designed by the architect, Charles Fitzroy Doll, who designed the RMS Titanic dining room. One of the restaurants in the hotel, Neptune, is said to be almost identical to that dining room on the Titanic. Also in the hotel is “Lucky George”, a bronze dragon on the second floor stairs, which is an identical copy that was on the Titanic.
Getting to our room was fast as their elevators were efficient. It’s one of those elevators where you input your floor number and it assigns you to an elevator with minimal or no stops. The room was plenty big for the both of us and we even got to nestle into our rooms before the 3PM check-in. Before we arrived in London, we received a welcome email regarding our upcoming stay and one of the questions asked if we would be arriving before check-in. Since we responded back with a “yes”, we believe this helped them accommodate our early arrival.
Our fabulous room was larger than we expected with two double beds on the left and a separate resting room to the right with a sofa, table, and TV. It was nice to have this little area away from the beds when we wanted to eat our carryout food or just relax somewhere else besides our bed.
The bathroom was spacious with a rainfall shower and a removable shower head. It was stocked with basic bathroom amenities and if we needed additional items, there was a convenient list placed right above the sink. You could request anything from mobile phone chargers to lint rollers and airport security liquid bags. It was a pretty extensive list. We noticed the list also included a salon style hairdryer which we thought was interesting as we’ve never seen that on an amenity list, but we were happy with the one that was already in our room.
The towels were plentiful and were hung on a heated towel rack. Crystal especially loved the towels as they were large and plush. The sink was a good size but it was a bit of a challenge placing all of our items around the sink with limited room. For one person, this will be no problem but being two women, we have a lot of hair care products and makeup we usually place around the sink. A very minimal issue, but just something to note.
Should we want some tea or coffee, the room was fully stocked with Nespresso coffee and English tea. There was also a refrigerator stocked with some drinks. There was plenty of room in the fridge if you wanted to place some of your items in there as well.
We typically don’t spend a ton of time on the properties we stay at since we always have a rigorous schedule of things to do on our itinerary, but we set some time aside to enjoy the on-site dining as they all looked so fabulous.
Social Hour at Palm Court
We were pleasantly surprised when we were invited to Kimpton’s nightly social hour. They host this daily and serve complimentary wine and beer from 5 to 6pm. The Kimpton staff are there to welcome the guests and it’s a relaxing time to mingle with everyone.
We thought this was such a lovely idea and even better that the wine served is from local wine makers. The space is surrounded with lots of greenery and a soaring glass ceiling, which instantly puts your mind and body at ease. We thoroughly enjoyed our wine and the service was excellent. When the social hour was coming to a close, we were gently reminded just in case we wanted to indulge in another glass of wine.
Cocktails at Fitz’s
We were hoping we’d have time to have some cocktails here, but ran out of time. However, we wanted to mention this bar as the decor is fabulous. We popped our heads inside one day right before we were heading out to an early dinner and this plush cocktail den exudes luxury. From the velour sofas to the huge sparkling disco ball, it definitely had a glamorous speakeasy vibe.
Burr + Co.
We loved the airy and bright atmosphere at this cafe and had breakfast here a couple of times. The food is very reasonably priced and the coffee is fantastic. We loved their eggs and toast dish so much so that we ordered it again on our second visit. We noticed that in addition to the the hotel guests, there were many locals that stopped by here as well to get some work done or have casual business meetings.
Desserts at Neptune
We were craving dessert one night on our way back to the hotel and luckily Neptune had a dessert menu. Again, the decor here was phenomenal and so elegant. We adored the pink velvet seating and the peach ceiling. The pewter-top bar was centrally located and really made the entire space shine. We decided on sharing a basket of freshly fried doughnuts that came with a variety of sauces. The doughnuts were still hot and crispy that we finished them within minutes.
We couldn’t have asked for a more convenient location. We were only a few steps to Russell Square Station as it was just around the corner from the hotel. There was plenty of casual and fine dining options right outside the hotel, which we both took advantage of on our first night in. There is also a 24-hour convenience store where we stopped by a couple of times to get some medicine, snacks and water.
We were very pleased with our stay and would gladly stay here again. The service was exceptional and the location was superb. Having a beautiful room in a gorgeous hotel was amazing, but what made our stay extra special was the hospitable staff. They really made us feel welcome and even called us every night to see if we would make it to their social hour. We really appreciated that everyone was attentive, friendly, and approachable.
Gym Access - If you happen to be staying here and need access to a gym, their gym is top-notch and does not cost an extra fee. It was large compared to most hotel gyms we have been to and there was a variety of equipments. They even provided free apples and water bottles.
Umbrella - If rain is in the forecast there is no need to purchase an umbrella. Each room was equipped with an umbrella in the closet.
Social Hour - Get the most out of your social hour. If you get a chance to chit chat with one of the employees they might offer to give you a private tour. This hotel is full of interesting history and well worth the tour.