Late last year, I received a text from my boyfriend to say he’d “won a stay in a hotel room” from a raffle at work. As it turns out, the boy done good, for last Friday we finally made use of his winnings with a one-night stay in the 4* Park Plaza Hotel, slap bang in the middle of Westminster.
For those looking for a central hotel from which to explore the sights and sounds of London, you can’t get much better than the Park Plaza. Just a skip away from the London Eye and the Southbank activities, the hotel sits across the Thames from the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. Buckingham Palace and Oxford Street are also a short walk away, too.
We stayed in a studio room which was quite literally a small apartment, with one area for the bed, and another for the sitting room – both were equipped with a 37″ flat-screen TV, which helps prevent any squabbles. Our room was luxuriously decked out with contemporary fittings, with under-lighting, black walls and striking pictures. There was also a microwave and mini-bar hidden away in the tea area.
The room itself has a few snazzy little contraptions, including a line of plugs suitable for UK, European and US plugs. There’s also a slot for your MP3 player to be plugged into if, unlike me, you understand what that all means.
Next to the bed is a light switch with the options of Full, Read, Mood or Off – perfect for when you’re feeling a bit lazy and can’t muster up the energy to walk across to the bathroom door. The air-con in the room was amazing, too. Our stay happened to coincide with one of the hottest days of the year, so I took advantage of the cool air before heading out to spend a whole day in a field for Lovebox festival.
One of my favourite bits about the whole room, however, was the bathroom, which featured a bath, shower and one of those huge, open sinks you see in luxury hotel brochures and secretly long for. When I stepped out of the shower, I noticed that the mirror has a rectangle which stays completely steam-free – not going to lie, I definitely did call my boyfriend to have a look at this ‘magic mirror’ because I was stupidly excited.
The towels sat beneath an orange light underneath the sink, making them look lovely and toasty, as if they were gently warming up inside an oven. On top of the sink area, we were treated to Elemis spa products for a bit of in-room pampering.
The hotel has all the on-site facilities you’ll need, from a gym to a spa and numerous eateries. We had breakfast in the surrounds of the Ichi Sushi and Sashimi bar, which included a full English breakfast, cereal, continental cheeses and meats, as well as fruit salads and cups of tea and coffee. All of this was on a ‘help yourself’ basis.
A restaurant, coffee bar and lounge area (with regular live music) is also downstairs – I would definitely recommend squeezing a few cocktails in at the Primo Bar, bursting with London chic.
Address: 200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7UT
Studio rooms like the ones we stayed in are around £189 per night, with upgrades to views across London available for a surcharge when you check in (subject to availability)
If you like the look of this hotel, don’t forget there are Park Plaza hotels all over the world, from Minneapolis to Shanghai!