This is my second review for the W Leicester Square. I first visited the hotel as a business traveller, and frankly I hated the room design with the sink/desk combined into one and in the middle of the room. I decided to give the hotel another try on a recent weekend trip to visit and party with friends in London.
Things started off well when I was upgraded to an amazing spa suite. The downside is that the "window" looked into the gym rather than outside, but the upside is that the room was huge and included a sauna/steam room, huge pool, and a large bedroom separate from the bathroom. I was very pleased with the room in general.
The hotel is a perfect base for exploring the Soho/Mayfair club scene, and we often started at the hotel before venturing out. The bar/club at the hotel are very popular with locals - in fact one night there was a line around the block to get in. This of course makes for a hectic entrance to the hotel, with "bouncers" and a velvet rope. This is ok most of the time, although I didn't appreciate being asked for my key on multiple returns to the hotel, and additionally, I had to go outside and meet visitors. I understand the rationale for this, but it's a shame that the hotel wasn't better designed with easy access for guests in mind. On the other hand, it was nice to be able to access the club and bar without any wait or hassle (as one would obviously expect as a guest of the hotel).
I said in my last review that I would probably only try the hotel again if on a party weekend. For this purpose it served us well as it's close to great restaurants, all the tourist attractions, and provides a great base before going out. I would stay here again in a similar circumstance, despite the negatives associated with staying at such a popular venue. As far business travel, I would probably look elsewhere. Overall, a great stay this time!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sophisticated and quirky, glamorous and decadent, W London - Leicester Square crystallizes the quintessential dual personality of the British soul. Located steps away from theatre land, the catwalks of Brewer Street and Soho’s electric nightlife, the hotel - like the city itself - is a bold contrast of themes, colors, textures and characters. Experience luxury comfort and the vibrant decor of our rooms and suites, your ultimate pit stop. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- w London Leicester Square Hotel London