The stories we could tell

Our interiors may look shiny and new, but we’re older than we look. These grand buildings were built as status symbols for wealthy railway firms of the 1800’s, to welcome guests from near and far to the delights of London town.

The Clermont, Victoria Clermont Hotels

The Clermont, Victoria

The oldest of our two hotels, formally known as The Grosvenor Hotel, The Clermont, Victoria was London first railway hotel built in 1862. The building, a Baroque interpretation of the French Renaissance style (think sculpted heads with laurel crowns; roses and plumes) is Grade-II listed and displays its impressive Victorian grandeur with high ceilings, dramatic staircases and spectacular chandeliers. Look out for the gold in our lobby – it’s real gold leaf!

To begin with, the hotel featured a mere 26 private rooms vs the 348 rooms we have today and, whilst a large room now costs a little more than the original 27p a night, we’d like to think we’re as impressive as ever.

Our Illustrious guests

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a regular visitor throughout the 1920s. He must have enjoyed his time with us, as he referenced the hotel in no less than four Sherlock Holmes adventures.

Our Illustrious guests Clermont Hotels

Charing Cross railway station opened in 1864, taking its name from the Charing Cross road junction – the original heart of London. The junction marked the centre of the city, from which distances in London are still measured. The hotel first opened on 15 May 1865 with grand public rooms and balconies overlooking the main station concourse, which were extremely popular. At the turn of the last century, guests would often arrive with a large entourage. Their servants could be accommodated at the very reasonable price of 2p a night.

Etiquette

Formerly the Amba Hotel Charing Cross, boasts an impressive grand staircase that runs through the centre of the hotel. Each step appears wider than a modern staircase because each step is evenly spaced so that guests of the 1860s wouldn’t have to watch their footing as they descended. Arriving at the bottom step with one’s head held high was considered the only proper way to make one’s entrance.

Etiquette Clermont Hotels
Etiquette Clermont Hotels
The stories we could tell  Clermont Hotels
Charing Cross station and hotel
The magi and the cross
Charing Cross
The stories we could tell Clermont Hotels
Victoria hotel
Victoria facade
Victoria hotel lobby
Charing Cross hotel menu