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We had a great 4 night stay at The Trafalgar by Hilton to kick off our Europe 2013 trip. Choosing a Hilton property in London was quite tough. We wanted to use 145K Hilton HHonors points for a 4 night stay at a Category 7 hotel before the Hilton devaluation in March, which would mark my farewell to Hilton HHonors. We had a hard time choosing which Hilton hotel to burn our Hilton points. Here is a list of Hilton hotels in London via Wikipedia:
After reading several threads on Flyertalk, we decided to go with The Trafalgar by Hilton based solely on the location. Since it was our first time visiting London, location is key. The Trafalgar location was located right across the street from Trafalgar Square and walkable to many major attractions such as Buckingham Palace, National Gallery, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, London Eye, Charing Cross station, Chinatown, Soho, and more. We couldn’t have asked for a better location!
We took the tube for Heathrow after purchasing our Oyster cards, I believe it only cost about $5 USD for a 45 minute tube ride to Piccadilly Circus and about a 10 minute walk to the hotel. That’s a great deal for London!
The Trafalgar had a very traditional exterior that blended in with the street. It was actually hard to spot because it blended in so well with the architecture in London.
At check in, we were greeted as Hilton Gold members and informed of a room upgrade and free breakfast in the restaurant every morning. We were shocked that the inside of the hotel was not traditional, but very modern. Not bad, but very interesting.
Our room was quite standard in American standards. Nothing special really, but the bed was very comfortable. The bathroom was a bit dated and probably needs an upgrade soon. One of the knobs even broke off when I was showering. Here are some pictures of the room and bathroom:
Also, can somebody please tell me why Brits are so obsessed with blue mood lighting? I’ve seen it on the plane, Concorde Room, and now this hotel.
We had breakfast 3 out of the 4 days at the hotel (accidently slept in one day). Our first day, we didn’t know we could order from the menu or get hot items from the buffet. The other two days we ordered anything off the menu plus had anything from the buffet. Hilton Gold definitely paid off (well I got it for free, but you can with the Hilton Reserve credit card) because an a la carte item was about 11 pounds, and the breakfast buffet was 21 pounds. With taxes and everything, that is about $50 USD per person per day! When you multiply that by 4 days, that’s $400 worth of breakfast for free!
There was a nice manager’s happy hour with free beer and appetizers every Tuesday that we took advantage of. Not bad!
The coolest part of the hotel is probably the rooftop lounge. However, it was closed almost every night we wanted to go. I could only go during the day, but it had awesome views of London. Here is a quick picture.
The Trafalgar by Hilton had an awesome convenient location to everywhere we wanted to go. The hotel lobby and rooftop bar definitely had a cool swanky feel to it. It would have been nice to hangout up in the bar at night, but we didn’t get the chance. The breakfast was generous and great value, even though this hotel doesn’t have a lounge. We spent most of our day outdoors, so that didn’t really matter. The rooms themselves are a bit dated and nothing too fancy about them. The rooms were probably comparable to a nice Hyatt Place or something, which isn’t bad but nothing to wow about. I would definitely recommend this hotel if you are Hilton Gold and if its your first time. If I were to come back to London, I might check out Hilton Park Lane.