Trip Report: Great Fosters

Great Fosters Garden

Great Fosters Garden

A stay at Great Fosters is a wow experience from start to finish. The hotel dates to 1550 and was likely originally built to be a royal hunting lodge. Located in Egham a suburb of London, Great Fosters is only approximately 20 minutes from London’s Heathrow Airport.

This makes it the perfect place to recover from a long flight from the United States, or to end your stay in the countryside before heading home. The location is also central for exploring many popular tourist destinations, including Hampton Court Palace, Windsor Castle, and Eton. If you love history and are looking for a respite from London, Great Fosters is an excellent addition to your itinerary.

I truly can’t decide about what I like best about this hotel. The service was impeccable. The gardens are spectacular during any season and they even have an outdoor pool available during the summer. Dinner in the Tudor Room is an absolute must! Our meal was wonderful, and my vegetarian version of each course was absolutely amazing. Last, but not least, the Historic rooms defy description. I felt transported back in time hundreds of years, except that I had full use of all of the modern amenities. Such a neat experience!

Check out my photo tour below to get a feel for the Great Fosters experience:

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Trip Report: The Goring

The Goring

The Goring

For fans of the British Royal Family, there is no better hotel in London to get in touch with your inner princess than at The Goring. Located steps from Buckingham Palace, the same family has been in charge of the hotel since its founding in 1910 by Richard Otto Goring. This continuity of care and guest service for over a century is exemplary. In fact, in 2013 the hotel was granted a Royal Warrant for Hospitality Services by Her Majesty The Queen.

My stay started with a warm welcome from the bellman and an offer to be seated for a refreshment in the lounge while the check in process was being completed. I ordered a coffee and it was brought to my table along with a couple of biscuits, all served on beautiful china. Don’t miss the picture in the photo tour below. My words do not do it justice! It was the best cup of coffee that I had during my entire stay in England – strong and hot, but not bitter.

My room truly did make me feel like a princess. Coral silk walls, abundantly layered drapes, a delicately hand-painted dressing table, and a beautiful view of the garden. Of course, there was also the signature sheep on my bed. It now resides on my nightstand at home to remind me of sweet dreams at The Goring.

When you go, their award winning afternoon tea is a must. However, it is extremely popular so book early!

A very heartfelt thank you to our host David who shared his delightful stories with us over an exquisite dinner in The Dining Room. Thanks also to Big John, undoubtedly one of the world’s best concierges, for planning a great afternoon of sightseeing for our group. Of course, many thanks to Rebecca Slater of Rebecca Recommends for the opportunity to feel like a royal for a night.

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Trip Report: Corinthia Hotel London

Chandelier

Chandelier

The Corinthia Hotel in London exudes freshness and warmth through a combination of abundant natural light, airy spaces, and beautiful design elements. Located steps from the River Thames, it is a great location for exploring all that London has to offer.

I arrived before the scheduled check in time without having given the hotel advance warning of when I would show up, and was warmly greeted and taken to my Executive King Room.

My favorite thing about the space was the small entry that had a door to the room on one side, and a door to a large walk in closet on the other. I am a light sleeper and the ability to further close off my room made for absolute silence at night. Combined with the cozy bed and responsive HVAC system, I slept great! It truly is the little things that make hotel stays enjoyable.

The hotel has numerous places to eat and drink throughout the day; whether you want traditional afternoon tea, a five course meal, or simply a glass of champagne. As a person traveling alone on business I truly appreciated having a variety of options to dine or grab a quick drink when I wasn’t feeling up to going out by myself.

The staff even graciously accommodated me when I wanted to sit at the bar and order from a different restaurant. I was glad they did, because it was the best gnocchi I have ever eaten. Don’t miss the picture in the photo tour below!

The spa by ESPA is absolutely gorgeous. Although I did not have a treatment, I did visit to use the gym facilities which were clean and spacious. There were plenty of machines and lots of room for stretching and free weights. Complimentary towels, cold water, and fruit were also available. The space was so beautiful that it almost made my workout fun. Almost.

I loved being able to take an impromptu walk in the late afternoon along the Thames to see the slow burn of the sunset over London. The crisp wind helped to keep my jet lag at bay, and the photography opportunities were spectacular. You could feel the vibrancy of a city on the move.

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