You must go there asap because:
- Mid December it will close for 2 years - yes 2 whole years for a complete re-furb!
- You may not get the old world service by some of the old timers - long standing staff like the doorman and the Harry Connick Jnr.-esque piano player at the American Bar may never return. They may retire to quieter terrain or be swept up by other hotels in London.
- It is an interesting place to try for a drink as you can try and imagine what it was like when it was at its peak - now it definitely doesn't compare to some of the newer hotels (like Claridges) but am sure it was a stunner in its day. The art deco entrance alone is wonderful - I hope they don't change that. I think it is seen in the Pretty Woman film but as I am not a film freak not sure about that - Ranoush can you verify??
- And if you are stuck for somewhere to duck into on a rainy evening before mid December why not try something new. They serve wasabi covered peanuts with your drinks ;)