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Fodor's London 2014
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At a Glance
- historic luxury hotel
- service at every turn
- snooty service
- some rooms have views of a nearby wall
- tediously old-fashioned dress code
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The Ritz Review
Immortalized in song by Irving Berlin, the Ritz is synonymous with London's high society and super-rich decadence. The central lobby, with its chandelier and balconies circling above, is a photo opportunity waiting to happen. The lounges are as gorgeous as ever, but the bedrooms are bastions of 1980s Louis XVI style, with acres of luxurious fabric, and glittering chandeliers. With a ratio of two staff members to every bedroom, you're guaranteed personal service despite the hotel's massive size. However, guests must sit up straight: formal dress is encouraged, jackets are required in the bar and restaurant, and jeans and casual shoes are forbidden in public areas. What's more, the staff can be so snobby they verge on downright rude. This place feels much more about showing off than relaxing, but then money doesn't always buy class.
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