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8 Apr 2018

Victory House: an MGallery Hotel

Euriental | luxury travel & style | MGallery Victory House, London, hotel review
Euriental | luxury travel & style | MGallery Victory House, London, hotel review 

Euriental | luxury travel & style | MGallery Victory House, London, hotel reviewEuriental | luxury travel & style | MGallery Victory House, London, hotel review


Euriental | luxury travel & style | MGallery Victory House, London, hotel review
Euriental | luxury travel & style | MGallery Victory House, London, hotel review 
Euriental | luxury travel & style | MGallery Victory House, London, hotel review
Euriental | luxury travel & style | MGallery Victory House, London, hotel review
Euriental | luxury travel & style | MGallery Victory House, London, hotel review
Euriental | luxury travel & style | MGallery Victory House, London, hotel review

Euriental | luxury travel & style | MGallery Victory House, London, hotel review

Euriental | luxury travel & style | MGallery Victory House, London, hotel review
Euriental | luxury travel & style | MGallery Victory House, London, hotel review


Euriental | luxury travel & style | MGallery Victory House, London, hotel review

Euriental | luxury travel & style | MGallery Victory House, London, hotel review

On a cold and drizzly afternoon, I checked into the MGallery Victory House hotel, a new London opening by Sofitel. 

Let me preface by stating that the location might not be my first choice when picking a place to stay in London. Leicester Square is a mass of befuddled and bored looking tourists, establishments along the likes of M&M's World, touters trying to entice unsuspecting pedestrians into bars/clubs with coupons for free drinks and obnoxious street performers (the better ones tend to hang around Oxford Circus).

However. Avoid the square itself where possible and make a right turn out of the hotel (Leicester Square is on the left) and you'll find yourself in Chinatown. You can't go wrong there!

I digress. After checking in, I was shown up to my room and left to my own devices. First impressions: it's all in the details. I loved the green velvet chairs; the little touch of nature with the potted plant and orchid; the coffee table books; brass lamps and hardware. However it was also immediately obvious that there wasn't a huge amount of natural light in the room, even less so with the dark clouds outside that day.

The next thing I realised while checking out the bedroom was that there was no wardrobe, just a single rail that hangs over the chest of drawers by the bathroom where the coffee machine sits. Bizarre! How would one hang long items such as coats and dresses? 🤔

Jarv arrived not long after me, and not long after him, a welcome bottle of champagne was brought up, opened and poured for us to enjoy before we headed out for the evening.

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Breakfast the next morning was had downstairs in the bistro, which features more of the chic brass hardware and art deco style artwork on the walls (I'm crazy about those poster style print outs...anyone know where I can get some myself?). The buffet spread was fine but where the food particularly stands out is when ordering off the menu (namely the eggs Benedict and French toast). My fav spot was the little nook in the corner by the bar - it feels a little more private and very cosy.

Although Victory House doesn't have an on-site gym, as a guest you are entitled to use the Gymbox round the corner in Covent Garden. I love Gymbox! From DJs to a boxing ring to three full floors bursting with equipment, it's pretty difficult not to enjoy a workout here. So workout we did, then back to Chinatown we went for lunch, then to the room to relax for a few hours before dinner.


We'd reserved a specific table for dinner, however upon arriving downstairs discovered that this table had been given away to a large group. We decided to start the evening instead in our new favourite little nook with some gin martinis and wine before moving over to the table an hour later for dinner. No biggie.

My honest verdict? MGallery Victory House is perfectly suitable if you're looking for a short stay in a central London location. It's a little rough around the edges when it comes to certain aspects of service: there was the dinner reservation mix up, a slightly unhelpful phone conversation (when Jarv called asking to borrow a phone charger he was told that someone had one in the staff room but he couldn't bring it to our room...why even tell him there is one that he can't use?) and one evening when I requested a makeup removal wipe, it took over half an hour for someone to bring it to our room. Our room could also have been improved with more natural light, a proper wardrobe to store clothes away and a bin in the living room/bedroom.

However, these service issues may well be due to the fact that the hotel is still a reasonably new opening and perhaps some staff just need a little longer on the job. On a more positive note, the decor is very tasteful, for the most part the staff are professional, food is decent, access to the Gymbox is a bonus and as mentioned, the location is certainly convenient for getting around central London (even on foot, should weather permit).

Have you stayed at an MGallery hotel before? What was your experience?

Thank you to MGallery Victory House for putting us up for 2 nights. Monetary compensation was not provided for this article, and all words are my own.

2 comments :

  1. Great review! I have not stayed at an MGallery hotel before. I agree - access to the Gymbox is a really nice touch, and I like the looks of that bathroom. That's too bad about the lighting and the wardrobe, though. Thank you for your honest thoughts on the experience!

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  2. I was immediately excited to read this as I'm yet to be disappointed by an MGallery Hotel - the decor is always so impressive! This hotel truly does seem lovely (decor especially), although I do share your confusion over the clothes rail. There's no room for longer items, and surely the last place to hang clothes would be above food/drink? Nevertheless, such a fabulous read! :)

    aglassofice.com x

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