21 NOVEMBER 2016
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BTN has been trying out what will form part of the prize list for this year’s Christmas Quiz, the Amba Charing Cross. It really is a fine hotel, now once again of 5-star standard and situated within walking distance of virtually all the great London landmarks.
Stepping into the reception from the Strand, you are made to feel welcome whoever you are. Executive Room clients can straightaway use a convenient private lounge, which also serves a full breakfast. No traipsing up to a rooftop facility. Once one of London’s great railway hostelries, and a 150-year-old Grade II-listed building, the 239-bedroom Charing Cross was Amba’s first property for Singapore owner GLH in 2014. The company has spent a great deal of money well, and to a high standard.
Most obvious are the wide corridors, beautifully carpeted and very welcoming. Furniture for all the rooms is the same, whether a suite or standard accommodation, and this includes the use of a London-loaded iPad. All rooms have smart TVs and Nespresso coffee machines. Small but important touches include soft-closing toilet lids in bathrooms and lights in every cupboard. The bedside switches have been designed by someone who actually uses a hotel bedroom, and there are nightlights on offer as well, along with 24hr room service, of course.
PS: Be aware – if you are using the Underground, you should get off at Embankment. It is nearer than Charing Cross, which is undergoing a rebuild!
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