Less then two minutes walk from Victoria station you can find one of the most tranquil places in London. This will probably amaze most occasional travellers to one of London’s busiest stations but Eccleston Square and its superb five star Eccleston Square Hotel really does offer quiet amongst the madness.
When you arrive at the hotel you are of course given a key to your room as well as a guided tour. You are also offered a key to a tranquil oasis – the garden at the heart of Eccleston Square. I normally like to dive into everything that a hotel has to offer but unfortunately my hay fever stymied a stroll among the flowers. Thankfully nothing could stop me enjoying the other facilities at the hotel.
As a regular hotel visitor I was surprised to come across not one but two things I’ve never encountered before. The first was Pillow Mist. Apparently this is pretty common among travellers as a way to relax and unwind after a long journey or a hard day. Pillow Mist is a Pillow Must.
The second surprise came with a large price tag but thankfully one that the hotel had already covered. Every one of the 39 bedrooms in the Eccleston Square Hotel comes with a custom made £25,000+ Hästens bed. The “best sleep money can buy” they say. With this boutique hotel investing over £1million in your night’s sleep there can be no clearer indication of the decadence and quality on offer at Eccleston Square Hotel.
The technological on display is cutting edge. Lying in the luxurious bed next to a panel that looks like a helicopter dashboard I very comfortably alternated between the TV remote, bed remote (obviously a £25K bed has its own remote) and flicked the lights up and down. Also swishing between the guest pages on the bedroom iPad really did feel at the technological edge.
The room I stayed in was lovely. A boutique hotel flourishes when it makes the most of the space available. The room was a decent size for the centre of London and the ample bathroom with frosted glass – electronically controlled of course – consumed a nice chunk of the space. However not dropping in a bath where there was space was perhaps a mistake.
The sizeable and beautiful fresh and open bathroom didn’t leave much room to play with in the rest of the bedroom and a laptop table for a desk might put off the Executive who has some work to do. However as a boutique hotel they offer some very different room layouts. Many of the rooms come with desks, balconies and patios so make sure you ask for the details of the room you are booking to ensure it matches your preference.
You can be in no doubt that every room is finished to the highest quality. The service from the staff was exceptional; with your first visit feeling like you’ve been there twenty times before. The breakfast area was very relaxed and the food was fantastic.
During breakfast I sat next to an American gentlemen who had just spent two weeks climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Two whole weeks of punishing subzero temperatures with nights spent on a rocky tent covered floor. Despite this he did look pretty refreshed – Pillow Mist I thought. While I snapped away and ate breakfast we chatted about Eccleston Square Hotel “so where else would I want to stay on my stop over before heading home but the best hotel in London?” Indeed I answered.
Practically Perfect PA received complimentary accommodation at Eccleston Square Hotel. Our opinions are entirely our own. Advertised minimum rate per night is £276 (July 2015).