Just minutes from the banks of the River Thames and offering breathtaking panoramic views of the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, you’ll be hard pushed to find a more centrally located hotel from which to explore the sights and sounds of London.
A large and luxurious hotel, the Park Plaza County Hall manages to combine 14 floors and nearly 400 rooms with personal service and a feeling of homeliness in the heart of the capital.
Those looking to push the boat out might like to head for one of the nine spectacular penthouse suites on the roof of the building. Offering comfort, luxury and style at every turn (not to mention balconies with unique sweeping views of Central London), the suites are the ideal place for a family to stay with separate lounge and dining room and high-end kitchen facilities on top of the usual beautiful Park Plaza beds, furniture and bathroom facilities.
Decorated with a sense of understated opulence, when staying at “the top of the city” you’ll not want to leave the penthouse – especially when you find out you can have high-quality food and drink delivered to the door by the friendly staff.
And the staff really are friendly – always keen to help and to accommodate your needs. We had a young baby, and beyond just having a cot placed in the room, the staff went out of their way to make sure we had what we needed – even to the point of whispering when delivering room service so as not to wake baby.
And family is important in this hotel – which offers special food options for youngsters, as well as movie nights for kids and other activities like pizza making classes for children to enjoy. Meanwhile either Mum or Dad can pamper themselves a little whilst visiting the in-house gym (complete with steam room and sauna) or book themselves in for a treatment at the Aurora Spa.
Built around an architecturally fascinating central tower with glass lifts looking straight down to the restaurant on the ground floor – this is a hotel which despite being part of a well-known chain has a very definite sense of unique identity.
From the diversity of guests on show (from young families, businessmen and retired couples) it is obvious this hotel’s attempt to appeal to all discerning visitors to Central London has paid off.
Eating and drinking
Restaurant L’Italiano offers the main dining experience within the hotel, a really rather good Italian-themed restaurant offering a menu of European classic with a unique twist.
Choose from delicious authentic hand stretched pizzas from the clay oven, superb pasta dishes, meat, fish and seafood for a main course – accompanied by a seriously good selection of antipasti and sides.
Good ingredients, that are well cooked with a simple yet inspiring wine list to accompany – it’s hard to ask for much more from a hotel restaurant which by its very nature has to appeal to a wide selection of people. L’Itlaiano appears to have got this balance just right.
After dinner, why not try the Spectrum Bar on the ground floor – a friendly and unpretentious venue that also sells a light selection of food.
Breakfast time at the hotel (despite its size) is very well managed – and all guests are promptly seated for a hearty selection of traditional English cooked meat and eggs, cold meat and cheeses and a wide range of continental options, juices and cereals.
Room service is available 24-hours a day in the hotel with a selection of Park Plaza classics on the menu.
Hotel address: 1 Addington Street, London SE1 7RY
Radio Times Travel rating: 9/10
“A large and luxurious hotel, the Park Plaza County Hall manages to combine 14 floors and nearly 400 rooms with personal service and a feeling of homeliness in the heart of the capital”
Radio Times Travel stayed as a guest of the hotel in 2014. For more details about this hotel and to find the latest room prices, please visit the official website.