The Waldorf Hilton hotel turned 111 years old this year. Opened as the Waldorf Hotel in 1908, it was designed to be the finest of its time: it opened with 400 bedrooms, 176 bathrooms and a range of innovative features, including a telephone and electric lights that could be switched off at the bedside in all rooms, three elevators and central heating.
The hotel also offered a restoration space for passers-by, a popular concept in luxury hotels across the Atlantic, but quite new in the pre-WWI Europe. The Waldorf was built with a Gentlemen’s Smoking room (now the Executive Boardroom), a billiard room (now the Executive Lounge), a ladies writing room (now the Aldwych meeting room), a 300 ft. dining space (now the Adelphi Suite), and the Palm Court lounge, a glass covered courtyard treated as a garden, with a marble terrace around.
Hilton Hotels took over this property in 2004, and since then the property has gone under major renovations, investing around £38.5 million since then, fully refurbishing the interiors (the hotel now offers 298 guest rooms, including 19 suites) and also on architectural conservation work that such a historical building requires.
Let’s check the suite. The King Junior Suite as described on the hotel website:
Discover more space in this elegant Junior Suite, decorated in a restored Edwardian style. Enjoy exclusive access to the Executive Lounge with complimentary breakfast each morning, afternoon tea, evening canapés and all day refreshments.
Unwind in the separate seating area watching the flat-screen TV or catch up on work at the desk. Stay connected with WiFi. The elegant bathroom boasts a separate bathtub and shower and exclusive luxury Temple Spa bathroom amenities.
Now our take. Here is John’s video review and commentary on this suite:
Hilton Hotels made a smart move by adding this property to their portfolio and then by bringing it into the 21st century with a massive investment plan. They now have a household name top luxury property that stands out from the crowded London luxury hotels market. Standard rooms in this property go for 80.000 Hilton Honors points per night.