Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Imperfection cured...to perfection!

A perfect product can only be perfect if it is a culmination of successes achieved through failure, through trial-and-error, through honesty and integrity and above all, commitment and dedication to a common cause and a perennial pursuit to improve and exceed expectations.

We at Rafayel strive to seek that elusive quality of “perfection.”   To achieve that, fairness and transparency have been one of our cornerstone policies.  Thumbs-up guest reviews, which we get 95% of the time in nearly 3,300 reviews posted on social and travel media networks, are a joy to share with our fans and friends, but when we get the odd poor review, we feel privileged to share it as we believe that it is not a reflection of any shortfall in our efforts to excel, but a desire to humanize Rafayel, which may be subject to praise or criticism from another individual’s perspective and personality.  This is the new age of social media.  It has revolutionized interpersonal skills and opened new doors of productive and profitable communication.  Those who wish to take advantage in this fantastic New World will have to live with both the bright and dark sides.

From the sublime to the ridiculous… we value each and every guest opinion and are proud to share it!

“Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!!”
Reviewed July 25, 2011

I didn't stay in the beautiful hotel, unfortunately, but I ate dinner there. The hotel itself is immaculate and oozes sophistication. We had a starter, main and pudding each, with lizz jazz. The staff were so friendly and chatty, and came over and chatted to us whilst waiting between courses. We had bruschetta to start, lovely and I have seafood linguine for main with salad, and my partner had lasagne. His lasagne was a bit dry, however he ate it all so couldn't have been that bad! He had fruit salad to finish and I had tiramisu. Overall a gorgeous hotel, with beautiful staff - I only wish I'd stayed the night there!! Would definitely come back.

“Excellent Experience. Can’t wait to go back!”
Reviewed July 25, 2011

Excellent overall experience. On arrival, a free valet car park service by friendly staff and on entering the restaurant, we were greeted with a warm welcome by a person who I later found out is the owner of the business, a rare combination in my experience especially for this type of establishment. The management was accommodating despite the fact that we were late for our reservation. Very polite and attentive bar/restaurant staff. It is slightly away from the hustle bustle of west-end but nonetheless a great location to wine and dine in style on the bank of river Thames. It is evident that a lot of thought and care was taken in designing the interior/layout of the bar and restaurant. Really loved the food. The atmosphere was great, a cool fusion between east and west. We were the last people to leave the restaurant and I just can’t wait to go back!

“It’s a scam”
Reviewed July 8, 2011

Its located far away from any good transportation service and the furniture is easily the worst taste I have seen in my life, as well as being cheap and of bad quality, tv does not work and towels and details are of cheap quality. It is all done so they comply with 5 star standard but with cheap solution and cheap staff that doesnt dress properly or has no education whatsoever. If they burn it down they would do a favour to humanity.

Reviewed July 25, 2011

I had a fabulous stay! The rooms were gorgeous and exhilarating, enhancing and complementing the romantic moments I had with my girlfriend! Food and room service were friendly and prompt! The mixing and matching of artwork was pretty creative and mentally stimulating! I got everything I wanted; guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder; and boy my eyes saw nothing but good!

“Fabulous Find”
Reviewed July 21, 2011

I usually stay in Mayfair when visiting London on business but fancied a change and the Rafayel seemed to be offering a similar standard at half the price.I was expecting there to be a catch but could not have been more pleasantly surprised.The staff in particular were exceptionally good.The superior room was very large and superbly well appointed.The facilities are first class.Ok so its not bang slap in the middle of Town but its not that far out and if you drive there it is outside the congestion zone and valet parking is £15 a night as opposed to £40 ( plus congestion charge) in Mayfair.You can be in central London by minicab in 15 minutes.I will stay there again.

“A lot of good and a lot of bad, all in one hotel”
Reviewed July 18, 2011

The Rafayel is a bit of an odd hotel, there is a lot of good and a lot of bad -- all in one hotel. I'll start with the good. The hotel is new and clean and does not have any of the grungy run-down feeling that characterizes so many London hotels, including expensive London hotels. The one exception to this is the multiple stains on the carpet. The rooms are huge by London standards. Much of the hotel is of a sleek contemporary design with modern features, including well-functioning air conditioning, an enormous bathroom with water jets in the shower, free wireless internet service, and a flat screen tv that is suspended from the ceiling. Much of the hotel is also extremely attractive. The rooms are partly tiled with large contemporary tiles. The bathrooms have beautiful Roca fixtures, including a contemporary large white porcelain sink and toilet. The ceilings in the rooms are very high and the furniture is new and appealing. Some of the other finishes are also quite nice: glass tile in the bathroom; white glass counters on the desk; large dark-stained wood doors.

Some more good: The hotel staff is very friendly and accommodating (There were several occasions when they brought me a bucket of ice late at night and cereal bowls in the morning. The "IT" manager helped me print out a contract I needed to get signed and emailed back to the states); There is a free car shuttle service that takes guests to and from a tube stop and a train station; The restaurant serves a good dinner and gives a 50% discount (with several restrictions) to hotel guests; the rate was quite good considering general London prices.

Now the bad. The Rafayel bills itself as a five star hotel. When I stay at a five star hotel I look for an ambience and an aesthetic that makes the hotel uniquely pleasing and beautiful. Unfortunately, the Rafayel is lacking in both. While many of the individual components of the hotel are quite attractive, they are mixed in with so many unattractive components that you're left with a bit of a mess. As discussed above, much of the hotel is sleek and contemporary. The problem is that other components of the hotel are traditional and a dated throwback to the 80's. The hotel's lobby is most afflicted by this problem….

“Nice hotel but the location wasn’t great”
Reviewed July 20, 2011

Recently went to London with my Boyfriend and decided to stay in Hotel Rafayel on the Left Bank. Hotel is a bit difficult to get to, Closest tube is Clapham Junction (about 5 minute drive away) the hotel offers complimentary pick up service. We phoned the hotel and they sent a driver to pick us up within 10 minutes. When we arrived at the hotel we were given a lovely room but it was on the ground floor and the windows were down to the floor so wasn't at all private. We contacted reception and they moved us to a room further up which was lovely. Very modern and luxurious.
We went down to the hotel bar for a couple of cocktails in the evening, was lovely overlooking the Thames on a sunny evening.
Overall we enjoyed our stay but found the location a bit far away from central London. Hotel was really nice though.

Reviewed July 20, 2011

Exceptionally good staff, large rooms, very impressed.

“This hotel was a very great experience for us.”
Reviewed July 16, 2011

Loved all the hi fi gadgets installed in the rooms, valet service was quite a necessity as there were no parking spaces for residents which I did find should have been included... But overall this is by far one of the best we have been to.. The rooms were always scented discreetly which makes it feel fresh... Loved it , we dint have to use the shuttle service so would not be able to comment... Enjoooyyy,
Nah nothing bad worth writing about :)

“Oustanding Hotel and Staff”
Reviewed July 2011

I travel all over the world and this hotel rates in my top 3 of all time.
Rooms are fantastic, spacious and well designed.
Every single member of staff could not have been more helpful they are credit to the hotel.
Usually I avoid eating in hotel restaurants but I could not keep away from eating in this one.


  1. The Infrastructure of this hotel is so amazing. The curved shape makes it more beautiful. The internal pictures are good.

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  2. The above described hotels have their own facilities. All of them are good to stay.Our stay in the Boutique hotels was more than good, it was excellent. Thanks to all the staff for their help and we hope to visit again.