Here is a trip report from Jane:
Hotel: The tour stayed at the Washington Mayfair, a nice business class hotel. The public areas are many and spacious, and the décor modern. The staff was very helpful, the breakfast room staff being especially attentive.
Our room was on the third floor up (our 4th floor,) and was very nice. It wasn’t as big as our room at the pre-tour Celtic, but was fine. There was a queen sized bed, 2 small nightstands, an occasional table by the window, a small desk, two chairs, and a bench. There was also a tiny fridge tucked into a corner; we didn’t even see it for a day or two. There was a large-enough closet with hangers and some cubby-type shelves.
The window was large and double paned, and could be opened, but only a couple of inches. We opened it at night for ventilation, but usually closed it again about 5 or 6 in the morning, when it did get cold.
The bathroom was large enough, with a tub and shower combo. There were several lotions, shampoos, and body gels offered, and plenty of towels and wash cloths.
We did have two complaints: the room was dark! Even with all the available lights on, it was difficult to read. It would have been impossible to read at the desk, except during the brightest part of the day. I moved my bedside lamp to the table near the window, and was able to read and write that way. The only other problem as the door from the hallway to the room slammed very loudly, sounding like a gunshot. We soon learned to grab it as it closed, to not frighten the neighbors.
Breakfast was a generous buffet, offering juices, cold cereals, yogurt, fresh fruit, hot sausages and bacon, scrambled eggs, beans, grilled tomatoes, a small selection of cold cuts, and several kinds of bread and rolls. Hot tea and coffee were served by the attentive staff. Oh, a minor bone to pick: specialty coffees such as espresso and cappuccino were available, but with an extra charge of £5.60. For some reason, I found that excessive, so we had regular tea and coffee.
The location of the hotel was good. It’s just a block north of Picadilly road, an easy walk to Hyde Park, Park Lane, a useful tube stop, and several bus stops. There are a number of eateries within a couple of blocks as well, ranging from Pret a Manger to very high end restaurants. I’ll mention our favorites as I go on.