Location, location, location--Le Meridien Piccadilly has it. Centrally located between Piccadilly and Regent Street, in the heart of London's West End,the hotel is just a hop, skip, and jump from Piccadilly Circus and Piccadilly underground station. The National gallery is nearby while Soho and Oxford street are within striking distance. But there is more to this hotel than its great location.
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It has fabulous mattresses on the beds, something sadly lacking in most of the UK's hotels. After all, at the end of the day, the purpose in having a hotel room is for sleeping. Le Meridien Piccadilly has got this right.
The rooms come in several types: standard, deluxe, exclusive, and three types of suites. My room was decorated in the new hotel-style colours of beige and brown. The room was equipped with a mini-bar, a chair and a desk with a fax machine and connection for using a laptop. For those who don't have a laptop, there is one computer located on the ground floor for an internet connection. My bathroom was tiny with an old-fashioned narrow tub, but there was a good shower over it and lots of nice towels and toiletries. Fully air-conditioned, the hotel is comfortable even when London is having a heat wave.
Another fabulous point in Le Meridien's favour is Champney's Health Club, located within the hotel. Champney's facilities include a heated indoor swimming pool, gymnasium, cardiovascular room, squash courts, treatment rooms, sauna, Turkish bath, and jacuzzi. The pool is set in such elegant surroundings, you'll want to go buy a swimsuit just so you can use it. Fabulous! Champney's is one of the most elegant hotel health clubs I have ever experienced.
Breakfast is served in the Terrace restaurant. The buffet includes everything you could want, and you can also order from the menu. The glass topped and sided restaurant is a pleasant place to dine. The Oak Room lounge, off the lobby is a chandeliered and luxurious spot for afternoon tea.
Le Meridien has 266 rooms, but the hotel is popular and busy, so book ahead if you want to stay in this fine hotel.
Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts
London W1J 0BH
Website: Le Meridien
Tel. 020 7734 8000
Fax. 020 7437 3574
Reservations from North America: 800-543-4300