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23 Mar 2015

CONRAD, ST. JAMES

Another day, another hotel. The third and final qualifying stay to renew Jarv's gold status with Hilton, we spent a weekend cosied up in the comfort of the Conrad, St. James.

Newly renovated and rebranded from an Intercontinental, the hotel is conveniently located a mere few steps from St. James' station. The entrance to the lobby is bright and airy, leading up to a luxurious lounge area where afternoon tea is served whilst a harpist plays gently in the background.

Euriental || fashion & luxury travel || lobby at the Conrad hotel, St. James, London
Euriental || fashion & luxury travel || lobby at the Conrad hotel, St. James, London

We were (easily) convinced to upgrade to a King Grand Deluxe Room, so after being checked in at the Executive Lounge and snacking on some afternoon tea snacks, we made our way up.

Euriental || fashion & luxury travel || Conrad hotel, St. James, London
Euriental || fashion & luxury travel || King Grand Deluxe at the Conrad hotel, St. James, London
Euriental || fashion & luxury travel || King Grand Deluxe at the Conrad hotel, St. James, London
Euriental || fashion & luxury travel || King Grand Deluxe at the Conrad hotel, St. James, London
Euriental || fashion & luxury travel || King Grand Deluxe at the Conrad hotel, St. James, London
Euriental || fashion & luxury travel || King Grand Deluxe at the Conrad hotel, St. James, London

After some obligatory photo-taking (before we made a mess of the room), I flopped down on the bed to watch TV (check out that flat screen below!) whilst Jarv instantly fell asleep.

Euriental || fashion & luxury travel || King Grand Deluxe at the Conrad hotel, St. James, London
Euriental || fashion & luxury travel || King Grand Deluxe at the Conrad hotel, St. James, London

At cocktail o'clock, we  headed down to the Executive Lounge for drinks and canapés. So ensued an evening of G&Ts, lengthy discussions and a LOT of canapés (not pictured).

Euriental || fashion & luxury travel || Executive Lounge at the Conrad hotel, St. James, London
Euriental || fashion & luxury travel || Executive Lounge at the Conrad hotel, St. James, London

Back to the lounge for breakfast in the morning, after which we migrated towards the more private room off the side, me to blog on one of the computers whilst Jarv worked on a trip report on the other.

Euriental || fashion & luxury travel || Executive Lounge at the Conrad hotel, St. James, London
Euriental || fashion & luxury travel || Executive Lounge at the Conrad hotel, St. James, London

The only slightly sour note was after checkout, when I realised I'd left my iPhone charger plugged in next to the bed. This led to more than a week-long back and forth-ing (they insisted nothing had been found or logged as left behind, though I knew with certainty I had left it). Eventually they offered to send a replacement charger, a conclusion that I think shouldn't have taken so long to reach. However, the problem was rectified, which is the important thing!

All in all, although generally considered more of a business hotel, I'd say it's absolutely fine for out of town-ers visiting on a leisure trip. It's ideally situated for quick travel to central London with easy access to both East and West London. Staff are polite and unobtrusive, and I absolutely recommend upgrading if you can - the rooms are much more spacious and the rain shower (or marble bath) is the answer to your tired body's prayers after a long day running around the city.



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2 comments :

  1. Oh my, Oh my... just look at that room. I so love this post and this hotel.

    Kay of Pure & Complex
    www.purecomplex.com

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    1. Thanks, Kay! It was a wonderful getaway for the weekend :)

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