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The Goring

5.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

I arrived at the Goring after a 'rough' stag hunt in Northern Scotland. From the moment I walked up the front door until I left in a cab the next day, I was well taken care of. I made the short walk over from Victoria Station and the doorman was immediately friendly and helpful. The staff at the desk introduced themselves and made me feel at home during the registration formalities. My room wasn't large, but it was fine with a nice street view. The bathroom was spacious with a good shower, etc. The concierge was very helpful with directions and walked the first part of my outing with me. Later in the evening I had the best Manhattan I've ever had in the bar. The bar itself was old-school dark but lively. Dinner in the Michelin starred restaurant was excellent with a perfect wine paring. The staff was perfectly attentive and friendly without being smothering. The wild shot grouse was admirable (even with the piece of shot!) and the after dinner cheese was stinky and wonderful. Breakfast the next morning was relaxed and very tasty with an equal level of service. The Goring is neither hip nor modern and, instead, reflects an old world charm that I can't wait to experience again.

We booked here as part of a family birthday celebration.The hotel is situated on a quiet street near Buckingham Palace.From the moment we arrived we were treated as valued guests.The welcome was warm ,just loved the bowler hats of the doormen,the staff engaged with us and showed an interest in us as a family.It was a member of our party's birthday and she was upgraded to a suite and also a bottle of champagne was placed in the room as a treat,a lovely touch.The rooms were well appointed with walk in showers and toiletries from Aspreys. There was a lovely bar area with welcoming staff. Breakfast was in a beautiful dining room the only minus for me is that I prefer a buffet at breakfast time to choose from a selection rather than each item brought individually,but the quality was good and the tea excellent. This is a place for a special treat and the hotel certainly rises to the occasion. Can certainly recommend,treat yourself you won't be disappointed

Our fifth stay at this wonderful hotel, and certainly not our last. The staff are magnificent: helpful, friendly, skillful. To the many fine reviews (including my own), I'd add: (1) afternoon tea is delightful; (2) book a room with breakfast, and savor the fresh berries and smoked salmon with scrambled eggs; (3) relax by the fireplace on a chilly evening with a glass of port, or two; (4) have Beef Wellington in the restaurant. Even the most modest rooms are pleasant for a shorter stay - and we'd never stay anywhere else in London. "Is this a classic hotel" asks the survey ... This is the essence of a classic hotel!

As Christmas 2017 was time to use our Christmas 2016 Afternoon Tea Voucher. As to be expected of The Goring, service was impeccable and the fare of exemplary standard. The servings of sandwiches were not overly generous, but to be fair we were invited to ask for more at no additional cost (which we did) but sometimes its nicer just to have a little more generous serving in the first place. Definitely recommended!

Three months on, with another 80th birthday to celebrate, our little festive group is at The Goring again to partake of their inimitable afternoon tea. I have enjoyed many delicious afternoon teas in all kinds of places, but there is something about this ravishingly beautiful hotel that puts the experience at the top; from the moment of welcome in the elegant silver-leaf papered hall, to the gently traditional surroundings of the gilded seating areas, one is enveloped in a thoroughly luxurious afternoon from start to finish. It takes a robust appetite to do justice to the plentiful offerings on the silver towers - finger sandwiches, scones, jams and cream and of course, all the dainty delights of the top tier - and refills of these, and the varied beverages on offer (including our favourite Bollinger Cuvée) are on hand if required. Suffice to say, after such an experience, what is not required is dinner! Our thanks, yet again, to all the wonderful people who cared for us, cosseted us, and did all they could to make our latest afternoon at The Goring as memorable as our earlier visits.

I arrived at The Going for a 3 night stay in late September after a flawless airport pick up arranged by the concierge. Location...superb. Around the corner from Buckingham Palace, Victoria Train and Coach Stations, and close to cafes and restaurants. and pressing..beautifully done and so prompt.Mailed a package home for me.Arranged a cozy lounge dinner for two guests and me which was just delicious and so cognizant of my gluten free requirements. Hypoallergenic bedding...not a problem. Taxies...right there. Staff so very friendly and professional. Although I forgot to pack the precious little lamb to take home to my granddaughter, it was a nice touch. Ambiance...simple, elegant, upscale, service oriented, and anticipatory rather than reactive. Would I recommend? No question😃 Room smallish, but certainly all a single traveller needed. What was it MacArthur said, I shall return!

Lovely hotel in a great location (near Buckingham Palace, easy walk to St. James Park, Victoria Station, etc. - but on quiet side street.) Service was excellent, personal (especially the doorman), and had a genuine warmth and friendliness. Rooms and all public areas very clean!

Elegant, sophisticated, refined. This is a top, top hotel in London (Kate Middleton stayed here prior to her marriage to that William fellow!). Common areas are tastefully decorated, our room was superb and equipped with every amenity. Staff was attentive to the point of everyone knowing our names. Can't say enough about how please we were with our stay here. If is close to Buckingham Palace and you can walk to many major attractions and districts from the hotel. Oxford Street, Piccadilly, Regent Street, The Mall, Whitehall, the Embankment, Covent Garden all a nice walk from the hotel. We had a car but found that we did not need it at all.

A beautiful setting and extremely helpful, experienced staff meant that as an extended family group we had a very enjoyable birthday afternoon tea. The sandwiches, scones and cream were all delicious. The pastries were also enjoyed by all. The hotel, unasked, marked the event by providing a small chocolate log with a candle and happy birthday written in chocolate on the plate. For a celebratory event I can, as you would expect, highly recommend it.

I had afternoon tea with a friend and we were both blown away. From the moment we arrived we were treated like royalty (which we enjoyed very much). The dining room is by no means large but they have allowed plenty of room between the tables so you have a lot of privacy. This means you have to book well in advance to secure a table as the number of covers is limited. Their afternoon tea offering is simply the best. The service is second to none and the food is amazing. We didn't want to leave. We practically had a waiter to ourselves (as did the other diners) and this means you receive the highest possible standard of service. This hotel deserves every one of its stars and indeed its Royal Warrant. I would return in a heartbeat.

Room options

Standard Room, 1 King Bed (Delightful)

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Junior Suite, 1 Bedroom

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Suite, 1 Bedroom (Belgravia)

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

94% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1367 reviews