Short Stay: Hilton London Bankside, England – Hotel Review

By Jonathan Spira on 23 December 2015
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Once upon a time there was a fox. The fox lived in an area of London being developed for a hotel and so charmed the hotel’s designers that his likeness went everywhere and inspired the rooms’ decors as well. The fox continued to supervise much of the construction but, alas, as opening day drew near, he moved on to another project, leaving his mark behind.

Arriving by taxi at the Hilton London Bankside, I was warmly greeted by the doorman, helped with my bags (I had gone shopping), and escorted to the reception desk. Check-in formalities were minimal and I was soon taken up to my room by a front desk clerk who was very enthusiastic about the new hotel and her role in it.

Indeed, I would find repeatedly during my all too brief stay the small but important touches that showed someone gave a lot of thought to a guest’s comfort. Upon exiting the elevator at my floor, for example, I noticed the floor-to-ceiling floor number, making it extra clear to guests where they were.

But I didn’t yet know about the foxes.

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My King Deluxe Room, looked after by a metal fox’s head on the bedroom wall that I only noticed after settling in, had clearly come under the fox’ spell. The massive burnt orange headboard, the grays and browns, these were all part of his legacy.

A comfortable grey sofa was situated in front of the window, with a side table.

The Hilton Serenity bed was quite comfortable and I took a quick nap to build up energy for Thanksgiving dinner and seeing a performance of “Wicked” in the West End.

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