Friday, June 8

Park Plaza Hotel Review | Waterloo, London

I've been coming and going from Bournemouth to Waterloo ever since I started my blog seven years ago. I love visiting the city for events, press launches, meetings, conferences, food, shopping, theatre and everything in between. London is such a great place, and sometimes I need a room to rest my head. However, I'm quite fussy, and I know what I like! When I knew I was coming for 3 days and staying for 2 nights, I was looking for a hotel that ticked all my boxes. The Park Plaza Waterloo is absolutely perfect, and I really couldn't fault it. They have several of their chain all over London, but here's everything you need to know from my recent stay this week.

(For full clarity and disclosure, I paid for a night at a media rate, but I was also kindly gifted one nights stay. I was not asked to write this review, I just liked it so much, I had to tell you about it.)


On arrival, my room wasn't quite ready, so I waited in the lounge area with a pot of tea. They had newspapers, plugs and plenty of big windows letting in loads of light. Housekeeping needed a bit longer than expected, so they actually ended up giving me a voucher for a drink in the Bar too. Situated just before the Florentine restaurant, it was the perfect place for a meeting or casual drinks before a meal. I love the bar stools and decor, everywhere was so tidy and clean.

Speaking of restaurants, I did try the breakfast in the main restaurant which was a gorgeous buffet. I had pastries, coffee, eggs (the scrambled were so fluffy and yum), sausage, hash browns and beans. It had everything from cereal to a continental with meats and cheeses. Plus, the apple ice tea was delicious.

Now, onto my room!


I stayed in an Executive Suite on the 13th floor, so it had a bit more than your standard room. Firstly when you walked in, on the wall was a panel to control the air con, lights, room service/privacy and curtains (with the same again next to the bed) which was so swanky and easy to use. It even had the choice for 'night' lights in the bathroom, dimmed so you could still see where you were going if you needed to use in the middle of the night. By the bed, you had a choice of reading and mood lighting too, and the electric blind was completely blank out, so you didn't have to worry about the light coming in.

I loved the design of the bathroom, it was one room with a sliding door for the toilet and shower that were separated. The sink had plenty of space, with Elemis products to use including an eye cream! The flannels were handy and a nice touch plus, let's not forget the super FLUFFY bath robes. I've been to hotels where the robes are hard and bobbled from over-use and washing, but these felt so luxury I spent most of my time snuggled in one. Slippers also handy for use of spa later on.


The bed was out of this world. Perfect in every way. Size, comfort, softness, cleanliness, design, pillows, quality...I slept like a baby. The room had a good sized desk, a huge TV (with Sky HD, hello!), a sofa and two small tables. Wifi was free, speedy and required no code, making it simple to connect to and do my work in the evening. The floor was wood and carpet, with a clean and simply decor throughout. The winning piece was quite possibly the huge window and view across the London skyline. Absolutely beautiful.

Also worth nothing in the room:
- Coffee & Tea making facilities
- Hairdryer
- Iron & Ironing Board
- HUGE wardrobe with hangers
- Bottle Opener
- Water & Glasses
- USB plugs next to normal plugs
- Room service (I tried it and it was DELICIOUS. Steak, potatoes and salad, but the choices were good)


I used the pool, sauna and steam room at 3.30pm on a Tuesday and I was the only one in there. I tried to get into their Mandara Spa but it was fully booked (next time!). The pool was a great length; heated, with music and blue lights which really helped create a calming, zen atmosphere. I spent a good hour reading, swimming and relaxing, and it was worth it for the price of the room to have such a nice experience.

Another thing worth noting was how nice the lifts and are to wait was. There were six lifts and they operated to quickly and efficiently. You tapped your room key to call one and it was just so speedy and effortless.

I loved my stay and couldn't find a single way to improve the experience. Concierge looked after my suitcase and luggage (including my laptop), allowing me to spend a full day in the city before collecting my things at the end of the day. The tube and bus stops were right outside (so ideal!!), and Waterloo Station was less than a 10 minute walk (take the exit in-between the little Waitrose and Lush). It's rare I love a hotel so much that I want to go back, but I can guarantee you that this will be my go-to hotel now. It was excellent.
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