'Pay Attention If You're Winning': The Silent Slot Machines at The Ritz London
November 4, 2009 at 5:24 PM
The Ritz Club inside The Ritz London in Piccadilly Circus is a members-only club that features a swank old-school bar, an award-winning restaurant and get this, a casino that's open daily from 2pm to 6am. 6am!
There's an annual membership fee but if you're a guest of the hotel and you're over the age of 18, you can pop into the Ritz Club to hang out, completely gratis.You can even bring along up to six guests, which is an excellent perk for business travelers. (We're not so sure six of your rowdy 18-year-old friends would be very welcome.)
The dress code is simply "smartly dressed", no topcoat and tails needed but gentlemen guests are asked to wear jackets while dining.
Yet there is nothing casual about the Ritz Club. It is a lavish, gilded space that evokes the grand Edwardian casinos of Europe. Think chandeliers, heavy drapes, elaborate rug patterns, uniformed staffers, more chandeliers and more heavy drapes.
As for the casino part, the games include American Roulette, Blackjack, Three Card Poker, Punto Banco and even silent slot machines. Yes, silent slot machines. Wouldn't want that silly dinging to cause a racket in the club now, would we? But as one rep for the hotel says, "Pay attention if you're winning" because there won't be any bells or sirens going off to let you know.
Rates at the uber-posh hotel begin at £310 pounds ($513) for a superior queen room. Be sure to say hello to Dame Shirley Bassey while you're there.