If you’re looking for hotel accommodation in Central London that offers the perfect combination of location, value for money and outstanding customer service, look no further than the Rathbone.
The Rathbone – Perfectly Located in the Centre of London
Any search for ‘Central London hotels’ is going to give you thousands of results, so how do you separate the good from the not so good? If you want to stay in the heart of London and be dazzled by high quality bedrooms, superb facilities and amenities and knowledgeable staff, the Rathbone – one of the best hotels in Central London – is the place to choose.
The Rathbone one of the leading hotels in London’s Fitzrovia, a small enclave just a few minutes’ walk north of the beating heart of the capital. It’s packed full of cool and quirky independent shops, bars, restaurants and cafés and of course theatres (small wonder that we’re consistently one of the most popular Theatreland hotels. Fitzrovia is quiet and tranquil and our reception and concierge staff are available to give you all the information you need to have an amazing time in the world’s best city.
Is The Rathbone The Best Hotel Accommodation in Central London?
We certainly think so! Naturally there are lots of great hotels in Central London for you to choose from but here at the Rathbone, every guest including business travellers, tourists, families with children and couples looking for a romantic weekend in London is catered for and in addition to ensuring you have everything you need, we also offer great benefits including:
- Free continental breakfast every morning
- Free super-fast wi-fi internet access
- Pre-pay early and you can save up to 10%
- Great discounts at local restaurants for every guest
Each room, from the singles to the Club Rooms to the incredible two-room suites has been refurbished to an exceptionally high standard and there’s space to relax, work and rest in comfort and style with everything you need for a great stay in one of the best Central London hotels.
Since travellers to London are afforded so much choice when seeking hotel accommodation in central London, with hotels in the same area at similar price points, we have to differentiate ourselves in order to stand out from the crowd. As the proud owners of a Traveller’s Choice Award from TripAdvisor thanks to the consistently high level of feedback we get from our loyal guests, we have a responsibility and a commitment to making sure each stay is memorable for all the right reasons.
The History of Hotels
The word ‘hotel’ comes from the French word ‘hôtel’ – from the same root as ‘hospital’ referring to a building that sees frequent visitors for care rather than accommodation but over the years it has derived into the meaning we know today.
The earliest civilisations including the Greco-Romans would offer hospitality built at thermal bathhouses for rest and recuperation (some of such Greek and Roman sites can still be visited) and in the Middle Ages, accommodation for weary travellers was offered at monasteries and abbeys but the hotel format we are familiar with has its roots in medieval Europe. Coaching inns would provide sleeping quarters, food and drink and stabling for horses.
This continued for the best part of 200 years and as it is today, competition between inns in the same town was fierce. The quality of the food, drink and lodgings was given high priority and as the quality of the service increased, so did the quality of the guests with the wealthy coming from the north to London’s theatres needing somewhere to stay.
One of the first places offering central London hotel accommodation was a terraced house called Mivart’s Hotel. You may know it by the name of the couple who bought the hotel in 1854, a Mr & Mrs Claridge. They owned the hotel next door to Mivart’s and after trading for a while as ‘Mivart’s at Claridge’s’, they settled on the name that is known the world over.
Towards the end of the nineteenth century, household names like the Ritz and the Savoy were built catering for extremely wealthy clients but there was room in the market for hotels catering for all budgets. Today in London, the Royal Suite at the Mandarin Oriental costs an eye-watering £18,000 a night but you can also find youth hostels and backpacker accommodation for a slightly more modest £15 – £20 a night but don’t expect a 24-hour butler, your choice of artwork from local galleries and a pillow menu!
Luckily for our guests, the Rathbone doesn’t cost £18,000 a night! We have some great deals on what we think is the best hotel accommodation in Central London, so check out our website for details and book today!
Travelling In & Around Central London
London is blessed with a world-class public transport system and within a few minutes’ walk of the hotel you’ll find Goodge Street, Tottenham Court Road, Warren Street and Oxford Circus stations from where you can get all over the city quickly and easily. We’re also one of the closest hotels to Oxford Street. The buses are equally as good and you can savour the views from the top decks as you move around town.
If you’re driving to the Rathbone, our postcode for sat-nav is W1T 1LB but you need to be aware of the Congestion Charge if you’re driving in the centre of the city between 7.00am and 6.00pm Monday to Friday and the information you need is here. There are NCP car parks close to the hotel but please check charges as they aren’t uniform from car park to car park.
The Rathbone – Your Ideal 4 Star Hotel Accommodation in Central London
We are committed to making sure that your time with us is enjoyable, fun and ultimately satisfying and, as one of the best four star hotels in Central London, that commitment is unwavering – we can’t wait to welcome you through our doors.
To book your stay at the Rathbone, contact us today.