April 8, 2015

[Hotel Review] The Cumberland Hotel, London

Well, look who's opening her Travel Album and working on some posts about London! Finally. Been wanting to start sharing my adventures in London! Almost done with my blog backlogs and review. It is time to write about the things and experiences I love!

I started writing about my London Travel on this travel blog but I thought I would share my hotel review in this site.

My posh ground transportation that picked me up from Heathrow Airport sent me to the busy streets of London. The sight of the Marble Arch told me that we were near the Cumberland Hotel.

My driver advised me that traffic in the area is quite strict and he had to make a quick stop - so I could get off the car in style. Well, apparently the hotel doesn't have any fancy driveway. I was welcomed by a uniformed man who took my luggage and welcomed me to the hotel.

The check in process was smooth. It is as if they were waiting for the arrival of the queen!

Lobby of Cumberland Hotel is spacious, fresh and clean with modern design and sculpture display.

I got in the hotel at around 5 in the afternoon and I only had 45 minutes to freshen up, take a shower and prepare for the welcome dinner.

While I felt like floating inside the Cumberland Hotel, I took these quick snap shots of my room.

I got a standard room with basic amenities. I got a working desk facing the window (with brick wall view outside - I was thinking, it is very much different from the hotels in Manila but I am liking it!). I love the minimalist style where things are hidden and spaces are maximized.

Hotel Facilities:

Fast Free unlimited Wi-Fi
Complimentary Toiletries
Heated Bathroom Mirrors
Room Safe
Work Desk
Power Shower
Nespresso coffee machine
Flat-screen TV

The toilet is clean with bathtub. Although the bathtub is always good to have, I prefer a normal shower area plus the shower knobs are quite tricky to use. Haha

I love basin-like sinks but I would prefer a more spacious counter to place my makeup kit and other toiletries. 

The whole duration of the trip, I think I only spent less than 24 hours inside the hotel and my room (total!).  My room rate comes with breakfast buffet which is pretty decent. Add the wait staff that always politely asked me "Do you want a pot of coffee or tea?" with that English accent - I am a happy tourist!


What I love about Cumberland Hotel, London?

  The location! It is near the Marble Arch which is a good landmark when exploring the city. I got lost somewhere on my way back from Harry Potter studio and I just needed to ask for directions going to Marble Arch.
  It is near subway station.
  You just need to go outside and walk in the stretch of shops! A great place for shopping!
  The hotel staff always ask you to validate your card before you are allowed to get in the elevator. A good safety control. At least that can prevent crimes and murder. Who knows?
  Staff is friendly!
  Urgent assistance provided when needed - my safety box stopped working and I had to get my passport for my Harry Potter studio trip. I called in Housekeeping to check and they advised me that it should be checked by the Maintenance team. Although I had to call to follow up, help immediately came to change safety box battery.

What I don't like about Cumberland Hotel, London?

There is something weird about the toilet bowl that it seems that dirty water kept going back after flushing, so I had to keep flushing before using and opening the seat cover. :p I just have to share that, because I find it really weird. Must be something wrong with the plumbing :)


If you guys are looking for a place to stay in London, I highly recommend Cumberland Hotel.
Hotel rate starts at Php 12,500 per night ($280 USD). A reasonable price for a decent hotel in a good location.

A video clip of my adventures in London :)
Ruth Goes to London from Ruth dela Cruz on Vimeo.

Cumberland Hotel, London
Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch, London W1H 7DL, England

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