Lodge evaluation: Nice Scotland Yard Lodge within the Unbound Assortment by Hyatt, Westminster in London
Words from Nick Gibbens
London is blessed with a fair share of luxury hotels that have everything from award winning spas to Michelin star restaurants to world famous bars and luxurious suites that you can only dream of many and cementing its status as a must-see in town?
Well, maintaining five-star status is always a good place to start; It’s a good sign of the extra hassle the staff put into accommodating guests, and a guarantee of luxury accommodation and public areas, as well as a quality menu, wine list and range of facilities to use during your stay. In addition, it helps to have a clear identity, a theme that ties the decor to the building’s history, and it certainly helps if the hotel is within the walls of one of London’s most historic buildings, such as Great Scotland Yard Hotel is.
Great Scotland Yard is one of London’s most historic and treasured buildings that holds more hidden stories than any other type in London
The name gives you a clue as to what this story might be about, and you would be right to guess that it is the location of the former Metropolitan Police headquarters. The Grade I listed building from the 1820s with Edwardian and Victorian architecture, which also served as the headquarters of the Army Recruiting Office for WWI and WWII, is now a posh, richly decorated hotel with many references to its police history.
Great Scotland Yard is part of the Unbound Collection from Hyatt, a brand within Hyatt that showcases hotels with a rich history, their own stories, experiences and a sense of individuality within such a respected brand.
The five-star hotel skillfully combines tradition and history with modern luxury, with the hotel decor speaking for itself and the bespoke art making for many topics of conversation. From the personal check-in to the dog-friendly rooms, the function rooms and the fitness center to the excellent central location near Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace, guests are sure to be well catered for here.
This large hotel has 152 guest rooms, including eight suites and a stand-alone two-bedroom townhouse that doubles as the presidential suite
The large hotel has 152 guest rooms, including eight suites and a stand-alone two-bedroom townhouse that doubles as the presidential suite. No two rooms are alike in decor, but all promise the same level of comfortable luxury with classic London views. I stayed in a guest room and found that while the room doesn’t scream uniqueness or design, it was definitely luxurious, modern and very comfortable – especially when relaxing with a Euro game on the after a busy day of meetings big TV. In addition to free WiFi, classic and neutral furnishings and a lush ambience, I found the spacious bathroom with a walk-in shower, soft lighting and high level of cleanliness very satisfactory for the Covid insurance.
to eat and drink
The 40 Elephants is the hub of the hotel, open all day until late night, serving everything from barista coffee to specialty signature cocktails, local craft beers, and cider serving
During my visit in June I was aware that some of the public restaurants were temporarily closed due to the pandemic, but still managed to have a meal and a few drinks in the elegant ambience of The 40 Elephants all-day bar. Known as the center of the hotel, guests can enjoy barista coffee, lunch and dinner, craft beers and ciders, and a selection of specialty cocktails here. The ambience is a wonderful example of how exquisitely designed the hotel’s interiors are, from the marble flooring to the atrium roof and the magnificent chandelier to the ornate tables, stylish seating and the long, fully stocked bar. The all-day menu offered me a good one Selection of goodies including a portobello mushroom scotch egg, sausage board, salads, tomato tagliatelle, fish and chips and my selection of beef burgers, fries and salad with cheese and bacon. Desserts include a choice of three British cheeses and a Black Forest ice cream sandwich.
The food on offer at Great Scotland Yard consists of The Yard; the main restaurant, which will reopen on September 17th as Ekstedt at The Yard with Michelin star chef Niklas Ekstedt and his unmistakable style of wood-fired “old Nordic” cuisine at the forefront. Tucked away is Síbín – a relaxed and elegant place ideal for relaxing with an after-dinner drink or two, and Parlor – the perfect place to enjoy a traditional British afternoon tea with a twist. There is also the Veuve Cliquot Champagne Terrace, open until September 2021, which is the ideal place to enjoy the warmer temperatures with a glass of Yellow Label Brut or Rosé from the champagne brand in hand.
Treat yourself to afternoon tea with a special twist at The Parlor
If you want to stay active during your city trip, the hotel’s fitness center, from cardio machines to strength training machines, should offer enough motivation. And if you are exploring the hotel for a potential party or other type of gathering then Grace and Favor is the place for you. The nontraditional space features an epic LCD screen, fulfills all nutritional needs and is the perfect place for social events, demonstrations and inspirational meetings.
In a nutshell
While I feel like I missed the full dining experiences due to the closings, I can safely say that I am enjoying a decent stay in the posh, modern setting of this design-driven hotel in central London.
Address: 3-5 Great Scotland Yard, London, England, SW1A 2HN
Tel: +44 (0) 207 9254 700