Be neighbours with the Queen in London for under R3k a night at this lux-tech (It's a thing) hotel

2018-11-25 21:30 - Selene Brophy
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When you do a location search for the Eccleston Square hotel, its proximity to Buckingham Palace is hard to miss.

It is a couple of blocks off from Belgravia - one of London's poshest suburbs, meaning you're quite literally neighbours with the Queen of England. Well, when she is in residence that is. 

You might be able to appreciate the wryness of it all for me, having grown up off Belgravia, but the one in the Cape Flats, South Africa. 

But given Eccleston's close proximity to the grand Queen of the British throne, you'd be forgiven for thinking your stately place to rest your head could cost you a randela fortune, since you're paying in pounds.

One of London's top boutique hotels for 2018, Eccl

Voted one of London's 15 best boutique hotels by Conde Nast Traveler for 2018, when booking direct, per room rates are about £158 (about R2 800 @ R17.7/£) or £79 per person - this also includes a complimentary mini-bar. However, it was 24-hour tea and concierge service that had me tickled pink. I ordered a hot pot of tea, closer to midnight after a spot of solo gallivanting around Oxford Street.

“Sure thing, Madam. We’ll bring it straight to your room.” An utter delight.

Basing yourself here means you are within walking distance of a few trendy spots including the newly revamped Eccleston Yards, as well as the Victoria and Alfred Museum.

I also sauntered along Elizabeth Street, where you'll find the likes of Philip Treacy, the famous royal hat and fascinator maker, as well as the deliciousness that is  Dominique Ansell's sugary pastry delights (choose your sugar rush wisely, is all I'll say).

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 One of London's top boutique hotels for 2018, Eccl 
One of London's top boutique hotels for 2018, Eccl

Victoria Station is also a two-minute walk away, for a convenient tube ride to just about anywhere in London, as well as the other major attractions. There is also the Victoria Coach station, which is an affordable way to head out across the country too, I'm told. But bookings should be done well in advance. 

One of London's top boutique hotels for 2018, EcclOne of London's top boutique hotels for 2018, Eccl

 

So what is this Lux-Tech offering all about? 

Renovated by owner Olivia Byrne, this Georgian townhouse has been turned into a technology enabled, boutique offering of note, having opened in the Summer of 2011. And it has all the mod-cons any savvy traveller needs, and then some. 

Each room has chromecast, via their super-speedy, 4G wifi so you're able to stream Netflix, Spotify or any of your preferred, on-demand entertainment offerings. 

There is also an in-room concierge iPad and a 36-inch HD, 3D TV. Your room is equipped with a mobile phone for your personal use for the duration of your stay - which allows you to make international and mobile calls, without any charge!

The phone was convenient for Google maps and finding my way, but during my solo escapade to Oxford, aiming to meet some Saffa friends at the trendy Sketch, my Facebook messenger that I had pre-loaded on the phone somehow failed me. So keep in mind to check you wifi connection when not at the hotel.

Do remember to wipe all information, social media and passwords when you check-out yourself, even though the hotel staff says they'll do it irrespective.

While the bathroom comes replete with L’Occitane products and a TV embedded in the mirror just for kicks, the fact that there was only a shower was highly disappointing for me as a Capetonian smarting from water restrictions. It's a water-conscious reality, the world over these days.

But the best part for me was the £15 000 Swedish Hästens massage-enabled, king-size bed, which can be adjusted from head to toe for your ideal setting and comfort level. Sweet.  

They've also just upgraded their 103-inch screen in the lounge area. Needless to say, breakfast is very English and well presented. 

One of London's top boutique hotels for 2018, Eccl
One of London's top boutique hotels for 2018, Eccl

Guests staying at the hotel also have access to the hotel's own private garden (only accessible to residents of Eccleston Square), voted one of the best kept private gardens by the BBC - but there is more than enough in London to see and do, if you don't have time to take up a game of tennis on the courts located in the garden.

All in all, the place will leave you feeling like a queen, free to roam and ready to be pampered on your return. 

*Disclaimer: Traveller24 Editor Selene Brophy was hosted for the duration of her stay by Eccleston Suqare Hotel, during a British Airways media launch their new direct route to Durban King Shaka. British Airways regularly runs Club Class promotions with Special rate flights and room rates for Eccleston Square Hotel. 

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