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The Ritz

At a Glance

    Pros

  • historic luxury hotel
  • service at every turn

    Cons

  • 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.

    Hotel Details

  • 136 rooms
  • Rate includes some meals.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 02-28-2014

Fodorite Reviews

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    Faded luxury, faded service

    I stayed their one night in Jan 2007. Had booked a Deluxe room at a cost of around $800. Requested quiet room. It turned out to be next to a major refurbishment with hammering all night. Staff said (probably untruthfully) that there was no other room available. Size did not match description on web. Pretty decoration, but creaky floorboards, tatty furniture and plumbing not working. Bar staff incredibly rude. If you want a luxury hotel in London, go to one of the others.

    by DAVIS2007, 1/14/07

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