St Ermin's hotel in Westminster is ideally located for a touristy weekend in London - with St. James' Park only a minute's walk away, and Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament also a very short walk away.
The hotel itself is very beautiful and grand from the outside, with an impressive courtyard.
I went with my DH, DD (5) and DS (3) and was initially concerned the hotel was far too smart and quiet for my "lively" DCs but my fears were soon allayed as the children received a genuine and warm welcome. So, smart but definitely not stuffy.
We stayed in a family room, which had two queen-sized beds and a day bed (and two bathrooms!). The room also had a desk, tea and coffee making facilities, White Company toiletries and complimentary bottled water. I would recommend the Family room, either for a family with two or three DCs, or for two adults or couples travelling together with one or two young DCs. Despite all the furniture, the room didn't feel cramped, and it had lovely big windows and views of the courtyard.
We didn't actually spend much time in the room (it was lovely and sunny when we went, so we spent a lot of time in St. James' Park) but we were told there were games consoles and DVDs to borrow for the children - which is good to know. Mine were satisfied with CBeebies on a much bigger screen than we have at home!
We were on a themed package deal to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday - which meant a royalist themed afternoon tea (RoyalTEA - get it?) was included. There was also a special royal afternoon tea for the kids (NineTea!). This was definitely the highlight of the weekend for the children. They LOVED the tea, which for them was served in a beehive shaped display and included everything a DC could dream of, afternoon tea-wise.
DH and I also enjoyed the tea, especially the coffee profiteroles, the panna cotta, and the sandwiches. There was a champagne option, but we stuck with tea chosen from an extensive menu. None of us had any dietary requirements, but they did check with us ahead of time so I presume they can cater for different needs.
We also got a themed goody bag, which included the Dorling Kindersley Kings and Queens sticker book (stickers always a winner in our family!) for the DCs and some royalist magazines for DH and I (which we, erm, "accidentally" left behind).
Oh, and the hotel keeps urban honey bees, which were great fun to look at (from behind glass).
All in all, a lovely hotel to stay in as a family, although not a budget option - would be perfect for a special birthday trip to London for example.
Mumsnet was invited on this press trip for the purposes of review. For more information go to http://www.sterminshotel.co.uk