51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Apartments takes its name from its street address in the heart of Westminster, London. It’s conveniently located a five-minute walk from Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s Gallery, the Royal Mews, and St James Park. Victoria Station and St James's Park tube station are located nearby.
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The five star apartment hotel is part of a complex that includes the CrownePlaza London St James Hotel & Suites. Entrance to 51 Buckingham Gate is through an arch leading to a private, stunning courtyard complete with fountain and flowers, and pillared porches. This is a beautiful and tranquil area that seems a million miles from the hustle of London.
Three re-invented Victorian and Edwardian mansion buildings dating from 1897 make up the hotel's suites and apartments. The Kings, Ministers and Falconers buildings each have their own unique design and style. The Falconers offer one and two bedroom suites decorated in tones of sand and gold. The Ministers have traditionally decorated rooms done in reds and greens and have up to three-bedroom accommodation. The Kings section is decorated in contemporary hotel styling with one to five bedrooms (ideal for families). All have kitchens equipped with fridges, microwaves and dishes. For long stayers, the washer/dryer comes in handy for renewing your travel wardrobe.
Along one side of the courtyard a building houses the Club at St James' Court, a Shiseido Qi Salon (the Qi method focuses on the important role that the body's energy plays in a person's well-being), a great place to get relaxed after a long flight. A fully equipped health club that includes a gym, aerobics studio and sauna will energize you for delving into London’s attractions.
The apartment I stayed in was a large one bedroom done in hotel style in shades of beige, brown and white. The very large living room provided plenty of seating with two sofas. The room was well equipped for entertainment with a large television, cd and video player. Business amenities included a desk, telephone, fax machine, data port and computer connections.
I loved having all the space and amenities of home along with the daily maid service. A luxurious treat, especially after a busy day sightseeing and shopping in London.
I used room service for meals and found the service excellent. The Library, a small restaurant open only to residents, was an alternative breakfast choice. A choice of eating and drinking spots is available to all: the Quilon serves south Indian coastal cuisine, Bank Westminster and Zander Restaurant and Bar serve an amalgamation of modern and traditional English food. At 48 metres in length the buzzing bar is the longest in Europe.
One thing I especially liked about the hotel was the fact that early morning arrival is available—great after a 10-hour flight. I couldn’t fault having a butler service to attend to the needs of the suites either.
Shopping is always in order in London, and the hotel provides a car service to both Harrod’s and Oxford street shops.
The hotel, owned by Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces, was awarded a RAC gold ribbon in 2001, signifying a commitment to customer care and service.
51 Buckingham Gate
Tel. 020 7769 7766
Fax. 020 7233 5014
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