Paradise Found at the Waldorf Hilton in London

Anyone who has been following my blog for a while or who knows me knows that my personal travel is spontaneous and last-minute.  Not only do I hate planning but I also don’t like being over scheduled.  I’ve also found that when I invest so much time preparing for a trip that my expectations are very high and usually never met.

In the beginning of December I read an article about people doing mileage runs at the end of the year to get to the next tier of their airline frequent flier programs.  Having status with airlines takes a lot of pain out of flying so I looked at my mileage summary and learned that I was 8,000 miles away from the next tier.  I started searching for flights that would bring me to the next status level.  I found a few that would bring me close to the mileage I needed but not cross me over the mark.  I also realized unlike many of the people doing mileage runs who just want the points, I wanted the experience of touring a city.  My best bet was to travel to Europe so I started searching for flights.

I ultimately choose London for a few reasons.  The first and foremost was that I love London and can never get enough of it.  The second was that London feels like the US and after my experience in Peru, I realized that I wanted to go some place where I blended in and would be left alone.  The third reason was I realized that it had been 7 years since I was in London which is way too long to be away from a place I loved so much.

I booked a flight and was able to secure a room at the Waldorf Hilton for 3 nights with hotel points.  The pictures on the Hilton site looked great but I really didn’t have any expectations of the hotel.  I figured I wasn’t going to spend so much time in the room so all I really needed was a clean accommodations where I could have a good night sleep.

The Waldorf Hilton at Night – Picture taken from the Hilton site.

In the West End, hotel with gym, pool, restaurant, patisserie and Executive Lounge.

My experience at the Waldorf Hilton completely blew me away.  The Waldorf is a short walk from the Covent Garden Underground station which is on the Piccadilly line.  The Piccadilly line goes directly from Heathrow airport to Covent Garden so getting to the hotel was easy and convenient.  It was also very affordable at just 3.80 pounds.

From the time I walked into the Waldorf Hilton until I left I was treated like a queen.  The hotel has an executive lounge that checks in all Hilton Diamond members and takes care of your every need.  In addition to complimentary beverages and a nice place to relax, the lounge offers a free full English breakfast, afternoon tea and appetizers and cocktails in the evening.

Hotel Room -Picture from the Hilton site.

Room at the Waldorf Hilton in London

Pictures that I took of the bathroom in my hotel room.

Bathroom at the Waldorf Hilton in London

Picture of Afternoon Tea taken from the Hilton site.  The tea in the Executive Lounge was self-service so you could take as much or as little as you wanted.

Tea at the Waldorf Hilton

Restaurant at the Waldorf Hilton taken from the Hilton site.  I never dined here but the restaurant looked beautiful.

Inspired by the grand cafés of Europe, this fashionable London restaurant at The Waldorf Hilton hotel has Louis XVI-style decor. Enjoy Scottish smoked salmon or the acclaimed tarte au citron with a glass of champagne among the chandeliers, elegant columns, leather banquets and modern art.

The staff was very friendly and accommodating.  The newly remodeled rooms were comfortable to return to after a long exhausting day of sightseeing.  If you are ever in London and looking for a great place to stay I would highly recommend the Waldorf Hilton.

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