Europe Extravaganza 2019

Review: Hilton Warwick/Stratford-upon-Avon(Connecting Double Deluxe Rooms)

⇒Hotel Review: Hilton London Olympia (Double Deluxe Suite)

After arriving back in London Paddington, we took a taxi to the Hilton London Olympia. There’s actually a Hilton Paddington, located just next to the London Paddington, but I really wanted to stay in west London, a precinct I’ve grown a fondness for thanks to my previous visits to London.

I love West London; I find it just more serene, peaceful and the area just seems to have a tint of royalty to it; perhaps it’s due to where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge live, in Kensington Palace, a straight fifteen minute walk from Hilton London Olympia. You could also opt for a 7 minute bus ride if you were so inclined to. There’s also the option of checking out the free national museums in Knightsbridge, or if you find Oxford Circus too far for your liking, you have the Westfield just 10 minutes away. I deem Hilton London Olympia to be an ideal location!

The taxi arrived after a 10-15 minute drive, and one thing that was striking was that there is no designated area for taxis or vehicles to pick-up/drop-off its passengers. It was just along the road, which I found strange. 

The concierge staff helped my family with the luggage and while my family settled down at the lobby, I checked-in at the designated area for Hilton Elite members, which I used due to my Hilton Diamond status. The staff attending to me for my stay was Frederico, an Italian gentleman who coincidentally was the same gentleman whom I’ve been communicating with prior to my visit. Frederico shared the need-to-knows; the executive lounge was located on the 2nd floor, the location of the breakfast area, the gym, etc. Frederico then beamed and shared that he was able to offer me the establishment’s Double Deluxe Suite, the biggest room type in this hotel. However, after hearing that there was no connecting room to this suite, I decided against in since it would have been inconvenient for my family to live separately.

Within minutes, Frederico offered a Junior Suite with a connecting deluxe room for me for my entire stay of 5 days, something I am tremendously thankful for! Frederico also allowed me to do some filming for the Double Deluxe suite when I mentioned that I was sharing my travel experiences, and I will share them below.

ROOM

The Junior Suite and the connecting Deluxe room was located on the 4th floor. The Junior Suite occupies 258 ft², with a separate living room and the double bed in a separate room. The living room consists of a double-seater sofa (convertible to a sofa bed), a coffee table, and a working desk with an armchair. There is also a 32-inch television (rather small) and a small refrigerator below the television. The bathroom is located on the same side as the living room. 

The bedroom is next door and it is fitted with a King sized bed. Bed lamps and bedside charging plugs are provided. Other than that, nothing out of the ordinary. 

Through the connecting door via the living room was the deluxe room. There, a Queen sized bed was present, along with an arm chair and a separate working desk was provided. Charging plugs were conveniently located near both working tables.

Peek at the double deluxe suite

As mentioned earlier, I had a look at the Double Deluxe Suite, which occupies a staggering 452 ft², almost twice as large as the Double Junior Suite. This room easily costs more than £300 per night, and you could see why. 

I was certainly blown away with the sheer amount of space available upon entering the room. You were first greeted with a dining table of sorts on the near side of the living room. That’s the main difference it has from the Junior Suite, with the sofa, coffee table, work table and refrigerator present right where you need them. Also, there is a premium Bosch coffee maker in the room, with coffee pods provided by Costa Coffee.

You then walk over to the bedroom via a partition, and to the left, the bathroom. This makes it convenient for guests to use the bathroom from either the living room and the bedroom since there are double doors, making it a smart design. Have a look at the video and pictures below!

Undoubtedly, the Double Deluxe suite will be a treat for anyone who stays here. Do check it out if you have the opportunity in the future!

EXEcutive lounge

The executive lounge in the Hilton London Olympia is located on the 2nd floor of the building, just by the lift. Only Hilton Diamond guests, Hilton Gold guests upgraded to an executive room, or any guests who paid for an executive room and above are allowed entry. Similar to the Hilton San Francisco Financial District, guests needed to slot in their hotel card to enter. 

Upon entering, you notice the design to mimic a casual cafe setting, with bright ceiling lights hanging and the lounge decked with Christmas decorations.

You had ample seating options, ranging from sofas, dining tables and seats and armchairs. My favourite were the cushion seats by the clear glass panes, ideal for guests to relax while watching the day pass by.

On your right from the entrance was a small concierge desk manned by 2 Hilton staff, and on the left was the food and drink station. There is also a business center at the opposite side of the entrance with some snacks placed by the side.

Dinner was served from 530pm-730pm, with different dishes being served each night. You had a spread of cold appetisers like garden salad, cheese, ham, etc, one main course, and one soup, with some bread to go along. The bar was opposite the food options, and other drinks such as juices/soft drinks were in the chiller.

Here are the main course items offered during my family’s stay:

Monday: Tikka Curry with Rice

Tuesday: Beef Lasagne, which later ran out and was replaced by Fried Chicken and Fries

Wednesday: Potato Gratin with Garden Vegetables

Thursday: Gnocchi with Mushroom Sauce

As you could infer from the menu, the options were far from flashy but did an adequate job of filling one up. I do have to give props to the creamy chicken soup I had on the last day. I thought it was superb when paired with the slightly toasted bread, perfect for a chilly London evening.

One thing to note about the lounge was that it was packed to the rafters. The staff did their best to manage the turnover and top up the food, but with narrow walkways, it was difficult to navigate around. In fact, on Tuesday when I was out for an appointment, I heard from my family that they were moved to the hotel restaurant because the lounge was already at full capacity. I thus strongly recommend you to show up 10-20 minutes earlier to secure a seat before dinner commences.

As you could infer from the menu, the options were far from flashy but did an adequate job of filling one up. I do have to give props to the creamy chicken soup I had on the last day. I thought it was superb when paired with the slightly toasted bread, perfect for a chilly London evening.

One thing to note about the lounge was that it was packed to the rafters. The staff did their best to manage the turnover and top up the food, but with narrow walkways, it was difficult to navigate around. In fact, on Tuesday when I was out for an appointment, I heard from my family that they were moved to the hotel restaurant because the lounge was already at full capacity. I thus strongly recommend you to show up 10-20 minutes earlier to secure a seat before dinner commences.

BREAKFAST

Breakfast at the Hilton London Olympia was served at the hotel’s restaurant, commonly done at many other hotels worldwide as well. The restaurant was in the adjoining building that housed a Costa Coffee on the ground floor, which could be accessed via a walkway from the hotel on the 1st floor. 

Breakfast is available for standard hours from 630am-1030am, and compared to the Hilton Warwick/Stratford Upon Avon which we were at earlier, the dining space was smaller.

We were welcomed daily into the cosy space by our host Amri, who went the extra step and showed us to our table while taking our beverage orders.

From the photo, you could tell that it was more spacious than the executive lounge.

Breakfast items were extensive, with hot and cold options on either side.

You had the Bakery; an assortment of breadsticks, muffins, bagels, pastries and wholegrain loaves were available.

You had two sections for cold options, the one below are cold cuts and cheeses, and the other one are with yogurt, fresh fruit, and honey. There was also a section where dried figs, raisins, apricot, papaya were available, presumably for yogurt toppings!

You also had a separate section for beverages, which included an assortment of juices or soy/almond milk.

For the hot items, you had the full works of what an English man/woman would have; Hashbrowns, brown mushrooms, baked beans, bacon, scrambled eggs. There was also a chef at an on-demand omelette station.

Here are some samples of our creations we assembled!

Throughout my week there, breakfast options were largely similar. If you had access to the executive lounge, you could also opt to have breakfast there. The variety was limited due to space constraints but it seemed to be less crowded. I will recommend dining at the main breakfast hall unless you prefer a quieter start to your day.

CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

My stay at the London Hilton Olympia was exceptional. Sure, there were more aspirational properties in central London, like the Conrad London St James (10 min walk to Westminster Abbey), or the Waldorf Hilton at West End, but those properties easily start from £250 for a basic room. 

Admittedly, I do have a soft spot for West London, and having redeemed this week-long stay on points, my out-of-pocket outlay was a mind-boggling 0. It’s tough to believe but it’s true! Having redeemed 240,000 points for 2 rooms for 5 days for a stay easily costing more than £2,000, I attained terrific value for my points at about 1.45 US cents per Hilton point, when the industry values it at only 0.5 US cents.

It was almost the end of our time in London, where we will be moving to Paris via Eurostar. Before that, I decided to compare our experience here compared to the Hilton London Kensington, and I’ve asked Jewel to contribute in sharing her experience in spending one night at the neighbouring Hilton London Kensington, just a 15 minutes walk from Hilton London Olympia.

Till then!


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