A few weeks ago Raj and I popped down to London for a bit of work and whilst we were in the neighbourhood we stopped by the Royal Garden Hotel for an overnight stay. As you do.
If you haven’t heard of the place, The Royal Garden Hotel is a 1960’s five-star hotel built on the corner of Kensington Gardens and just next door to Kensington Palace, the residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge when they are in town.
As it was a mid-week stay we still had a bunch of work to do, but my what a lovely location in which to do it.
We arrived mid afternoon, checked in to our room and I immediately made myself cosy with a laptop office in bed whilst looking out my window at the glorious view over the park and the London skyline beyond.
The room had the kind of understated elegance typical of many five star hotels. It has obviously been updated for modern standards as the bathroom was beautifully kitted out with a large bath, rainfall shower and large sink area. I do love a good bathroom.
The rest of the room still had hints to the hotels original 1960s decor which I found rather marvellous. I might have been a tad sad that it no longer features bright orange swirly carpets (I might have made that up, but here’s hoping that’s in the archive!). It did have some wood panelling and a darling teak desk.
In the evening we decided to stick with the hotel as it was raining outside. We thought we’d try out a cheeky cocktail at the bar, Park Terrace Restaurant, which was enjoyed so much that we ended up staying there for dinner and wine. It was one of those lazy enjoyable evenings that just worked out lovely. We were so chilled out and happy. The service from the staff was great and the food was fantastic!
Getting back to our room we noticed we’d had a turn down service from housekeeping. It was a little surreal as I had not experienced this before. But it was those kind of touches that made the experience feel special.
We snuggled up and picked out our room service breakfast to hang on the door before nodding off to sleep.
The next day we luxuriated in our room with a lazy breakfast in bed, a long hot bath and eventually packed out things to check out. Treating myself to a bath was wonderful. I love baths. I own a bath. But I rarely have one. They just feel so decadent.
To finish off our stay we left our bags with the concierge and headed up to the top floor of the hotel to sample the dim sum menu at Min Jiang restaurant.
Honestly, it was probably the best dim sum I’ve had. And it wasn’t because of the fantastic views from our table. It wasn’t because of the top notch service. It was because the food was delicious, delicate, fresh and all perfectly complemented with the endless supply of oolong tea.
We took our time over dim sum enjoying a gentle lunch, chatting about everything and anything, drinking as much oolong tea as we could managed (I really must find the brand they used as it was the tastiest tea), and nibbled away at dumplings galore.
Leaving the Royal Garden Hotel was actually kinda sad. We would totally been up for staying another night or two. In just 24 hours we felt relaxed, happy and with bellies full.
With great views over London, a stunning Royal park next door and the tube just a few minutes away, this is a London hotel I’d be happy to recommend.
Sometimes you just need a little time away. Or even just a night. It certainly made our week!