TAJ 51

img_4847The Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites was my home away from home while I was in London on vacation for a week.  This was once the home of the Lords and Ladies of the Royal Court and just a few minutes walk to the Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and the London Eye. This 5 star heritage hotel boasts of providing its guests with one of the most spacious and luxurious accomodations as well as the finest personal service in London.  The hotel also features a Michelin-star Indian restaurant named Quilon, which I thought the food was just okay although the service was quite impressive.  The photo above was taken in the central courtyard of the complex where one can sit and enjoy the Edwardian Victorian architecture of the hotel complex, which I think has the most colorful walls I have ever seen. I included below some photos of my residence suite taken using my iPhone. My one bedroom residence suite featured a living room, dining area, kitchen, washer and dryer and a colossal bedroom suite with a view of the 175-year-old Westminster Chapel. Overall, I would say this hotel was one of the best I have ever stayed at and the service was truly at its finest. The highlight of my stay was seeing the Dalai Lama, who was also staying at the hotel, at the hotel lobby.

DALAI LAMA AT THE TAJ 51

I was talking to the hotel concierge to arrange for my check-out and transportation to Heathrow Airport tomorrow when suddenly a huge crowd started to gather at the hotel lobby. The concierge secretly told me somebody famous was staying in the hotel and stepping out soon. Imagine my surprise and amazement to see the Dalai Lama walk into the lobby. I pulled out my iphone and pushed myself to the front of the crowd. This is not my usual photo post but I thought it was cool to share my experience today at the Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites.

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