Double Tree by Hilton, London Westminster, 30 John Islip Street, London SW1p 4DD
RATING: Food 3.5; Atmosphere 4; Service 4.5; Drinks 3.5; Toilets 4.5; Website 4
I feel at ease here despite it being a sizeable hotel. The foyer is light, spacious and welcoming (it even has a machine packed with drinks and snacks – including sandwiches), the staff were courteous and helpful, the rooms comfortable, modern and well-appointed (the walk-in shower is easy to work and jets are strong) and the wi-fi works. There is, incidentally, an iMac computer in the room adjacent to the ample desk space and a desk chair. Its location for sight-seeing is tremendous. The River Thames is seconds away at Millbank. This stylish hotel – it knocks sport of the nearby Double Tree, Bridge Street, Victoria - is within easy walking distance of The Houses of Parliament and Lambeth Palace. Getting there is a bit awkward, however, by public transport. A C10 bus from Victoria, tube to (nearest) Pimlico or (further) St James’s Park (then a good walk). Taxi is the best bet. Currently, construction work is under way on two sides of the hotel, a distraction. The food was good without being exceptional. Dinner for me was leek and potato soup (liquidised) however, the main course, sea bream, was just right. Sadly, the accompanying vegetables were limited and a tad limp. The breakfast selection is good, fruit, English or Continental (meat, cheese, eggs and fish), cereals, warming porridge (which a guest I spoke to eulogised about), a large selection of bread and croissants, and diets are comfortably catered for (gluten, lactose, for example). A selection of special teas offered but my poached eggs arrived on brown (as requested) with a strong smell of vinegar. Yes, I know you add vinegar, I do it at home, but the smell was so strong it was off-putting. However, I’ve stayed here twice and would be more than happy to return and don’t just take my word for it, look at TrivAdviser, other guests also enjoyed the experience.