The River Thames is the longest river in England and flows through the center of London. Now that it is no longer used as a foreign trade route, the river serves recreational purposes for boaters. While London is home to a long list of hotels, the list of accommodations that overlook the river is shorter.
London Marriott Hotel, County Hall
Located in the old, restored County Hall building, formerly used for government purposes, the London Marriott Hotel, County Hall kept the historical site’s name and many of the original architectural features, such as the marble floors and bronze doors. The London Marriott Hotel, County Hall is a five-star luxury hotel on the south bank of the river that offers many rooms with a view of the river and Big Ben. This hotel offers its guests meeting rooms with catering services and use of the fitness center, indoor pool and clubhouse. Additional amenities include free Internet access, in-room safe and electronic adapters.
Corinthia Hotel London
Set to open in 2011 where the historic Metropole Hotel once stood, the Corinthia Hotel London near Trafalgar Square is perfect for tourists visiting London for the first time as it only minutes away from The National Gallery, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, major theaters and Buckingham Palace. While the hotel overlooks the River Thames it also offers views of The London Eye, Whitehall and Trafalgar Square. Guest will have the opportunity to enjoy the hotel’s atrium, concierge, spa, gym, pool and business center.
Park Plaza Riverbank London
Offering views of the River Thames, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, the Park Plaza Riverbank London on the South Bank is less than a mile away from popular London attractions, such as The London Eye and Tate Britain. Features of the Park Plaza include concierge services by a multi-lingual staff, foreign currency exchange, an executive lounge, babysitting services, baggage storage, business center, laptop safes and a fitness center. The standard rooms at the Park Plaza hotel offer basic amenities such as power sockets for U.S. and European plugs and cable TV. The executive rooms and suites offer guests upgraded bathroom amenities, bathrobe and slippers, surround sound on the television and a complimentary morning newspaper.
The Royal Horseguards
Part of the Guoman chain of hotels, The Royal Horseguards hotel building was the original home of the National Liberal Club. Designed by architect Alfred Waterhouse, this now five-star Victorian hotel places guests near Trafalgar Square, The Strand and Charing Cross. The river view rooms at the The Royal Horseguards range in size from a deluxe double to an apartment and offer amenities like bathrobes, iPod docking stations, slippers, room safe and Internet connection. The Royal Horseguards also offers its guests access to coffee and tea-making facilities, gym and One Whitehall Place.
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