I found this Tune Hotel location by accident on the internet. I was really excited because it’s very close to work when I am in London and it was way below my budget. That keeps the boss happy. It all looked good when I arrived. The hotel is modern, clean, bright, has a lobby bar and my room looked nice. Very nice. Tiny, but nice. I had air-conditioning, Wi-Fi (chargeable, but given to me for free) and a nice looking bed. Notice – I said it looked good. The bathroom was cramped, but modern. I stayed in room 230 and I thought this would be great. I also noticed my in-room safe and plasma TV. No closet, but some hangers. What do you want at this price?
I went out for a meal and noticed that the lobby even had a coffee offering behind the reception. Nice.
When I came back with my takeaway food, I started to notice the weirder elements of this hotel. First I landed on the bed and realised the mattress was beyond cheap. Not good. Then I noticed there was a single foot towel in the bathroom. And no soap or any other toiletry. Me being me – I went to see if I could find an unlocked cleaners room. I did. No soap, shampoo or towels – other then the small foot towels.
OK. Back to my tiny room with a few foot towels and sat on my bed eating. That’s when the neighbors (Irish) came into their room. She had a no. 1 in the bathroom and he had a no. 2. I hope never to ever be in a hotel again where I can hear – easily – what people are doing in the toilet. I was absolutely horrified. When I tried to sleep on my rubbish bed I could hear these folks word for word. I spoke to them through the way and asked if they would turn down their TV. They turned it off n went to bed. Nice people.
Anyway I had a poor bed and sleep.
I won’t be staying here or at any of their locations again. For London – it’s cheap. For me – it’s a night on business expenses and I have work in the morning.
It is Out of Tune for me!
I suppose you really could call this hotel 'my place'. I have stayed here 3 times which is quite a record for my hotel stay in London. The first time I stayed here I was greeted by the friendly staff and told to take the elevator to the top floor. I had asked for a quiet room facing away from the street. I duly arrived in my reasonably sized room that looked a little dated, but fine. I had a comfortable bed tucked right up to the open window overlooking the hotels garden. Yes, I knew I was in for a quiet night. In fact I have always had a good night's sleep here at My place. For that reason alone I definitely rate this hotel as one of the top 'budget' hotels in London. The rest of my room was some old furniture and a modern bathroom. The bathroom had a bath, shower, toiletries, good water pressure and good mirrors. Not the largest in the world, but it does the trick.
Outside in the gardens you can sit in the sunshine in warmer months. They have large BBQ Grills, but seem to be reserved for parties. Just inside from the garden is the bar and breakfast area along with the library of donated books. It’s a great place to have a quiet beer and read a newspaper. The whole hotel is peaceful and I find this a very hard to find quality for business stays in London.
They also have a great location. They are on a relatively quiet side street practically at the doorstep of the Earls Court Tube station and Earls Court Exhibition Centre. There are loads of great restaurants nearby with dinner specials you can book on the Toptable website. There are also a few bad ones. You also have many grocery stores, banks, a main Post Office, banks, currency exchange bureaus and lots of other entertaining things to do nearby. My Place is a great choice.
I always book in advance and ask for a quiet room at the top facing the garden. They have always provided just that for my stays.
• 50 rooms on 6 floors – all are en-suite and there is an elevator
• Large garden to sit or have a drink in
• Breakfast is included
• Free tea & coffee anytime in the restaurant/lounge
• Free Wi-Fi in common areas
• Excellent location
• Guest library
• Nightclub can be rented (only)
• 24 hour room service
• No car parking and nearby is a 4 hour maximum stay
• Standard Single:
- Showers, some with a bath and toiletries
- Fan (no air-conditioning, but rooms stay cool)
- Iron/board or trouser press, hairdryer and safe
- Good sized refrigerator
- TV and telephone
• Standard Double:
- Double bed
- Bath and shower combination
• Twin room
- As above
- 2 twin beds
• Deluxe Double:
- Sofa and larger area
• Standard Triple
- 3 Single beds
This is my favourite hotel in London. No doubt about it. I came across this wonderful hotel when I was looking for a business conference facility. It was by far the best looking venue I saw in my search and I kept thinking ‘I hope I can stay there one day’. I have had the pleasure of staying here twice. Absolutely wonderful. The hotel has old world charm and does the one thing all hotels should – gives you a good night’s sleep. My rooms have always been well appointed, had lots of nice extras, a very comfortable bed and been absolutely quiet. In terms of service – nothing is a problem. From the uniformed doorman to the reception, bar, gym, spa, restaurant(s) and housekeeping staff – you receive warm welcomes. I have enjoyed every facility they have to offer and hope I can stay here again. The hotel was built when hotels were made to provide a restful stay. The facilities are great and the location is amazing. The hotel overlooks the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. The property even has a section of the original 2,000 year old Roman wall as well. Many of the key Tourist attractions in London are on your doorstep and you are surrounded by tube stations, bars, pubs, restaurants, corner shops and even a full grocery store. This is one of the best situated hotels in London and the sight of sunset over the Thames, the Tower of London and Tower Bridge are on your doorstep.
I will detail the amenities and facilities below, but I can assure you that this is a great hotel. Just walking down the corridors to your room lets you know that your stay will be quiet and peaceful. Entering the bedrooms is like walking back in time to when hotels were hotels with the modern extras added in.
They even turn down your bed in the evening and have fresh fruit in the room. Pure class.
For me the ultimate hotel has quiet rooms, great beds, a good fridge, bathroom with proper mirrors, good toiletries, a steam iron/board and a proper closet. The basics so many hotels never even come close to. As a business traveller I want a good meal, a proper night’s sleep, iron my shirt, a free newspaper, friendly staff and – if I can get it – some local attractions. This is why The xxxxxx Hotel is in my top 10 business hotels worldwide. Its just gets it all right. And you can’t best the Tower of London on your doorstep.
One of the restaurants, Koto II Japanese Restaurant, is one of my favourites in London. They do all you can eat sushi for £21. Throw in a few beers and its heaven on my business budget.
The Grange City Hotel offers a lot of deals, discounts and upgrades. In fact they are pretty imaginative. Please check their website and also they have an email newsletter. Sometimes they even offer ‘Secret Hotel’ deal on the lastminute.com website.
• Located right next to the Tower of London and Tower Hill Tube Station
• 307 En-suite rooms, 10 Suites and 1 Penthouse
• 15 Conference and Syndicate rooms
• 24 hour Reception desk, Concierge, porterage, laundry, dry cleaning
• 2 restaurants and 3 bars
• Health Club, swimming pool, gym, spa, steam and sauna
• Lots of restaurants, bars and shops on your doorstep
• Fully set-up for Accessibility needs and children from beds o food
• Climate control and air conditioning and all rooms are non-smoking
• Tea/coffee making facilities, complimentary newspaper, in-room safe
• Iron and ironing board and trouser press
• Hypoallergenic pillows and duvets
• TV with satellite/cable TV channels, Pay Per View films, CD/Music Centre
• Mini bar (there is room for your own drinks)
• Business amenities including desk, High-speed internet (wired and Wi-Fi)
• Bathrooms have robes, great toiletries and telephone and hairdryer
• Wardrobes have automatic lighting
• Female friendly rooms
RESTAURANTS AND BARS:
• Koto II Japanese Restaurant (all you can eat on a conveyor)
• The Lutetia Bar and Brasserie (French – lunch and bar menu at night)
• Isis bar
• Indoor heated pool and Jacuzzi (with a Roman/Greek theme)
• Health Club, gym, spa, steam, sauna, beauty therapy, classes, virtual golf
• Car parking (not recommended) – on street and a 2 minute walk
When I stayed here it was an OK hotel with good sized rooms, nice staff, excellent location although a little rough around the edges. It was a Ramada Hotel for years and that’s what you normally get. It has recently been bought out by Mercure. Knowing Mercure, I have no doubt they will mess this up. I drove here and they do have a small car park – so ring and ask them for a space first. The hotel is functional. It has a gym (really old), indoor pool, restaurant with reasonable food, bar and ok rooms. The rooms do have loud door closers and vary in size. Ask for a corner room on a high floor and you get a larger and quieter room. In terms of location, you are a 2-3 minute walk to either the seafront or the shopping/dining areas of town – so in between.
I stayed here twice and had a reasonable night’s sleep (after having the staff tell one family to either get quiet or leave) each time. I enjoyed the seafront, a few good restaurants nearby and even had some reasonable food in the hotel restaurant. I found the staff very helpful and positive and they always had time for questions and directions. If you book far enough in advance and/or use one of their deals, you can stay here at a very reasonable rate for business travellers.
Like I said, it’s OK. Not stellar, but a reasonable 3 star hotel with a gym and heated swimming pool.
All rooms are non-smoking, have free Wi-Fi, satellite, modern bathroom with bathtub/shower, toiletries, coffee/tea making trays, trouser press and ‘iron’, hairdryer, full length mirror and a work desk. There are 3 categories of rooms:
• Standard Room
Double beds and some are sea facing
• Executive Room
All are sea facing and you can see the Isle of Arran on clear days. Complimentary newspaper.
Additional sitting room
FOOD & DRINK
• The Brasserie Restaurant – international menu
Breakfast: Monday-Friday: 07:00-09:30, Saturday: 07:30-10:00, Sunday: 08:00-11:00
Dinner: Daily from 18:00 - 21.30
• Bar (seems to have no name!)
Lunch: Bar snacks and meals every day from 11:00
• Room Service 24/7
• Sebastian Coe Health Club (Gym, sauna and heated indoor pool)
• Golf Simulator
• Beauty treatments and message services
• Laundry/dry cleaning
• Car parking (45 spaces) – chargeable and limited – book in advance
• Special offers on website and email newsletter
• 7 meeting rooms with natural light – up to 200 people
• Support equipment (i.e. projector) – all chargeable
You have to wonder what a hotel is like when the photo gallery on their website only has nature photos. I stayed here in a single room and found the hotel ok, but certainly not a ‘premier luxury’ hotel they describe. The restaurant is excellent. In fact it is their best feature, including free whiskey at breakfast. It to put a small amount on your porridge, not to get started on a boozy day. The hotel is old and frayed at the edges. It is in its own quiet grounds, but there is noise from the closing of doors. The rooms have automatic door closers that mean when someone lets a room door shut – BANG! My single room was ok. It had seen better days and parts of it had been redecorated since the 1970’s and some parts had not. There were parts of old shelves and an old desk in the room. The chair with the desk was ancient. A suitably old TV and electric kettle rounded out some of the museum aspects of the décor. I did have a large closet a small table and a kind of armchair. The room was small, but functional. The mattress was poor. It’s bad when you can feel the springs in your back. The did have a nice tea and coffee tray which is great for getting up to go to work the next day.
The bathroom was modernised and quite good actually. It had nice tile floors and a great modern shower. The toiletries were a little hit and miss, but I did also have tissues and some good towels. They also had a nice china toilet. The bathroom was the best part.
The best part of the hotel by far is the restaurant. Some of the tables look out over Loch Broom and the service was excellent. The food was really good at dinner time. Although the tables and chairs could do with an update, I had nice place settings and a nice candle amongst a small setting of stones. I had a very nice chicken dish with some very well prepared vegetables and a nice glass of red wine. I normally do not eat in hotel restaurants, but I would happily recommend this one. Their breakfast buffet in the morning was superb. Not just because of the whiskey, but also the mixture of hot and cold dishes, juices and service. They also have a fully cooked breakfast for you made up in the kitchen to order.
After dinner you can enjoy the nice The Waterfront Bar. In addition to cold pints of beer and a full drink selection they also service pasta and pizzas 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. They also have a small outside terrace is available for an al fresco meal or cold drink in warm weather.
The hotel is on the ‘edge’ of the town, but it’s only a pleasant 5-6 minute stroll before you start coming to the main shopping and waterfront area.
Except for the restaurant and bar, I think you could do better in this price range in this area. They are currently renovating the hotel and it has real potential. They just need better rooms and mattresses. Maybe after full renovation, it will be what it can be.
Interesting the Royal Hotel is thought to be the oldest continuous hotel in Ullapool and started as a Coaching Inn back in the 1890’s. There are a few old features and even clocks in the hotel that seem to support this.
• 54 bedrooms – all ensuite facilities (with a bath or shower)
• Excellent restaurant and breakfast overlooking Loch Broom
• Free car parking
• Free Wi-Fi (slow)
• Good bar
• 5-7 minute walk to everything in Uallapool
All rooms are ensuite (bath or shower), have free Wi-Fi, coffee/tea making facilities, have a TV (12 channels), and central heating (radiators). They also have a desk and large closet.
• Single Room (4)
• Twin Room (22)
• Double room (17)
King sized beds and some look out over Loch Broom
• Twin Room (22)
• Triple Room (6)
• Family Room (2)
- One has double and 2 single beds and looks out over the Loch. The other has 2 twin beds and a set of bunkbeds.
• Honeymoon Suite (3)
King sized 4 – poster bed, couch, 32 inch TV and large bay windows overlong the Loch.
FOOD & DRINK
• Main Restaurant
Serves a breakfast buffet and ‘to order’ breakfast and then evening meals. The menu is extensive and international with daily specials.
• Waterfront Bar
Italian pizza and pasta from 6-9pm with daily specials. Good draft beers and an outside eating and drinking terrace
• Just the bar and restaurant. Staff are helpful about the local area.
• None advertised
Actually I made 2 mistakes. First I accidentally booked the room, then I accidentally stayed here. I knew it was a Bed & Breakfast and I don't eat breakfast. I just didn't realise I had booked a 'Basic' room. OK, so I messed up and had to share a shower room and toilet (separate rooms) on 2 floors with 7 other bedrooms. And that my room would be nasty, run-down and lots of things not working. Did I mention that its was on the 4th floor (5th to North Americans) up intensely steep stairs? The amazing thing is that my room is pictured on their website! Please contrast the photos.
When I made my way up the stained carpeted stairs, my heart sank when I found my room. Worse still, I opened the door. What once may have had character and a small fireplace, now was a scary character.
I asked for an iron and a battered one was brought to me. My room was small and shabby. My 'closet' was a rail with a dingy curtain. The TV seemed to almost be ready to fall off the wall and did not actually have reception for a single channel. One of the electrical outlets didn't work, but neither did my electric kettle, so no coffee when I got up in the morning.
Trying to get a shower the next morning was a nightmare. When I finally did get into a steamy room full of other peoples' hair (on everything) - I was already late for work.
My bed was a bit firm and I had trouble sleeping in it. The neighbor started playing their TV loud through a thin wall and I had to go an explain that it was well past 11pm and I had work. I am guessing by the amount of time my neighbors spent in the shower - they did not have work the next day.
The only thing that looks good about this run-down old hotel is their website. Although you can see the metal legs of my plastic chair. Oh - and you can see my photos.
Sorry, but I'm not coming back. They actually quote these basic rooms sometimes at £110 for a single! They say they are a 4 star, but the first 5 out of the 6 photos on their homepage are not of the actually accommodation. Built in 1851 (they keep mentioning this), its been chopped up into small rooms and you have an eclectic mix of furniture, decoration and room layouts. With a lot of stained and worn surfaces throughout the hotel.
They offer 4 room types:
Very. Bathroom and shower room are on separate floors at the top. You get a small sink and a mirror. Wi-fi is £2 an hour unless you go all the way to the lobby. Doors bang shut. Breakfast is included. There is a coffee/tea tray - if you can get the kettle to work. TV is mentioned - but not reception!
En-suite with either a shower or bath tubs and a toilet. Free internet from a cable.
They DO mention TV channels now! Bastards. Also a CD/DVD player and (wired) internet for free. Bring your own cable!
3 beds, fully equipped kitchen and free (wired) internet.
Please note: this hotel is not really set-up to accommodate guests short of mountain climbing fitness levels.
This is a phenomenal business hotel. Actually it’s just a great hotel. It is actually located on the grounds, and behind the security gates, of Chelsea Football (Soccer) Club. This means absolute tranquillity in a London Hotel. A very rare find. When I showed up to check into my Standard or Superior Room (can’t remember which one I had), I was offered an upgrade to a Club Room for a little bit more. The extras were explained, but I decided to pass as I was on business and it would have been something I would have had to pay myself. I didn’t realise at the time, but they actually have 5 grades of rooms. It didn’t matter. Although I was exiled to the second building, my room could not have been nicer. It was all you could ever want in a London hotel. It was large, quiet, modern, had a great bed, good toiletries, nice bathroom and large white towels. Best of all – a good night’s sleep for the 3 nights I was here.
This is a fantastic hotel. You have 3 great restaurants, 2 bars, loads of security and a very modern gym. In fact their gym, inside the adjacent stadium, is the best I have ever seen. I think they were supposed to charge me a fee for using the gym, but they never did. I mean a world class gym on multiple floors.
I didn’t eat or drink on the premises, but there are some excellent options. I walked to the Tube Station (5 minutes) and explored the nearby area.
If you want a world class business hotel at a relatively reasonable price – stay here.
Millennium & Cawthorne Hotels At Chelsea Football Club have 281 rooms in 5 categories:
• Standard Room (you pay for wifi in your room, but free in common areas)
• Superior Room (free wifi in your room)
• Superior Plus (access to the Club Lounge with free food, drink & newspapers)
• Club Room (free entry to Delta 360° Lounge and free minibar)
• Executive Suite (king size bed)
All rooms have/come with:
• Ironing board. Iron, trouser press
• Safe, large desk, coffee/tea making facilities
• satellite television, pay per view movies
Restaurants & Bars:
• Marco Restaurant. A French restaurant owned by chef Marco Pierre White
• Frankie's Sports Bar & Grill. Italian cuisine with lots of TV’s and sports
• 55 Restaurant. British cuisine and also bar food. More TV’s with sports
• Delta 360° Lounge (Delta Air Lines). Operates like a restaurant as well
Hotel Services (almost all chargeable):
• 24 hour concierge and room service
• Multilingual staff
• Laundry and dry cleaning service
• Theatre/tour reservations & foreign money exchange
• Airport transfer service
• Shoeshine service
• Doctor on call
• Car parking
** NO PETS
• Conference facilities
• Game day hospitality packages
• High speed internet access
The London House Hotel has 102 bedrooms in a small building. It advertises that it is ‘newly refurbished’. This often in London literally means that they have taken some large bedrooms and turned them into 2 bedrooms – with paper thin walls. How small was my single room? I could not move my suitcase into the room except just behind and blocking my door. Thankfully there wasn’t a fire. The room is literally just slightly wider than the bed. In fact the TV is on a bracket over the bed –watch you head! The bathroom was a contortionist’s dream come true. I mean tiny. I am slender and I barely got into the shower.
If you are a wide/big person – you have no chance of fitting in the small singes or shower. It’s a fact.
The LHH is ok I guess. I have stayed here twice. Thankfully I had quiet neighbours. You will hear them and what they are doing. The bed was good, can’t complain. My little fridge kept my drinks cold and the toiletries were good in the bathroom. I really did struggle to manoeuvre inside the room. And the ironing board I borrowed really didn’t fit in the room. It was that small.
On the plus side, it’s all modern. The hotel staff are indifferent unless you are very pleasant with them and they do warm up to you.
The neighbourhood is quiet with virtually no cars. You are a reasonable walk to tube/rail/pubs/restaurants. In terms of business, it’s not bad.
• Modern rooms
• Small rooms
• Free Wi-Fi
• Climate controlled
• Coffee/tea making facilities
• Quiet neighbourhood
• Well located for transport and dinning
• Good mini-fridge, safe and hair dryer
• Good beds
• Good toiletries
Stonefield Castle is actually a large house and a good example of Scottish Baronial architecture. Also known as Barmore House, it was originally owned by the MacAlasdair family. The head of the family served as the Constable of Tarbert Castle. Duty to neglect of duty and for allowing Tarbert Castle to fall into ruin – he lost both properties. Stonefield was acquired by Charles Campbell. He employed architects William Henry Playfair and William Notman to extend and remodel the house to its current form in 1837. Many of the original features still remain on the ground floor. The hotel was once even recommended by Condé Nast and a faded sign still testifies to this past achievement. Faded starts to be a theme when you see the sign and step inside. The reception area is a small dark corner before you enter the first grand room. When it was first built, it must have been simply stunning. There are several beautiful rooms, a great ‘hunting lodge’ type of bar and a huge dinning room. The dinning room is bland, but it gives you a wide panorama view of Loch Fyne which is a stone’s throw away.
My room was up a decaying staircase and past a few pieces of antique furniture. My room was ok. It has an ok bed, tea/coffee making facilities, a TV and closet. It also had a small stereo system. It was tastefully decorated and looked over a rear door and the start of a garden on the side facing away from the loch. The bathroom was a long, narrow affair that was at least modern and the towels were good. The only bad thing is that the shower had sort of a half length shower wall and this meant that there was always water across the floor making it slippery. I had to keep towels on the floor the whole time.
Staying at the hotel had some good points. Inside you have a lot of staff that are European students and who were polite enough. I enjoyed a few cold beers and some whisky sampling as I browsed though the house. There is a library room, complete with hundreds of book to have a read of. There were plenty of rooms to sit in and enjoy a good read and the ambiance. The hotel is very quiet and peaceful.
Outside in the grounds is the real plus of the property. The gradual paved drive between the front door and the main road is ½ a mile long. So running a mile is easy to figure out. There are walking paths across the grounds and around Loch Fyne. I really enjoyed my runs and walks over the several days I stayed at Stonefield.
The only downsides are that the hotel is a little worn and the breakfast times. You don’t pay a fortune to stay here in the standard rooms and the setting of the hotel increases the value of your stay to compensate. Breakfast times, however, are not geared for business travellers like me. They used to serve breakfast at 7am, which is ok. They have changed this and even covered over the earlier times on the door card you can leave for breakfast in your room. They do not start until 8am. Given that a full Scottish Breakfast is included, it’s a bit strange to have moved the times back and still try and attract business customers.
Overall, this is a very interesting hotel and grounds. I used it as a base to both work and explore the Kintyre Peninsula. It is quiet, affords people who like the outdoors a great experience and it is peaceful. You have 60 acres or woodlands on the estate alone to explore. I had a good night’s sleep every night after a nice walk and run.
I never ate dinner here, but you can pay a supplement and get a dinner package. I have to say the menu and the food looked nice. The dinning room scenery is incredible.
• 32 bedrooms with TV, tea/coffee facilities, en-suite and a good closet
• Good restaurant with panoramic views of Loch Fyne
• 60 acres of woodlands and trials
• Historic bar with over 50 single malt whiskies
• Full Scottish Breakfast included, dinner packages can be added
• Gardens with many plants collected in the Himalayas by Sir Joseph Hooker
• Tarbert Golf Club (9 holes) is nearby
• Business conference facilities for 2-60 delegates
I must admit I did show up a bit late. My reward? The nice people at Hotel Melius put me up in a large suite! Wow! What great people. For 45 Euros I had a massive living room with Air-conditioned, satellite TV, dining table, furniture and a huge balcony. In my hallway I had several massive closets, a mirror and table. In my huge bathroom I had sinks, a heater (good for drying clothes), hairdryer and a good bathtub/shower. In my nice bedroom I had another TV and a comfortable bed with loads of furniture. I have never had so much room in all my travels in my life. And that says a lot.
Breakfast was first rate with hot and cold food, coffee and plenty of breads, fruit and other great body fuels. A great start in the morning.
Located next to cinema, petrol garage and a massive grocery store.
They also have a restaurant, bar, pool table, lounge, sun roof, gym, free Wi-Fi, private (underground) parking and conference and meeting rooms.
• Good price
• Free parking
• Massive rooms
• Awesome breakfast
• Great staff
• Well located
• Close to 24-hour Macdonalds, grocery store, petrol and main roads
I found the Continental on a hotel website and realised just how close it was to Heathrow Airport. I needed a hotel because I was flying in from Algeria the day before I had work in London. The website looked very nice. When I arrived at Heathrow, Air Algeria decided that my luggage was best sent to France instead. So greeting Hounslow was a let down and it looks a bit worn down. I was in a foul mood until I got to the hotel. At reception I was greeted like a returning guest. Welcome! The 2 staff members cheered me up. They also explained that there was a discount clothing shop 1 block away and I had time to buy clothes. I also had time to be told what the hotel had to offer. I asked for a quiet room and a new key card was handed over wit ha smile.
I went up to be greeted by a very nice looking room at the very back of the hotel. The rooms are compact, but just one bounce on the bed told me I would enjoy a good night’s rest. Everything was modern, the bathroom was super-cool and I had a desk as well. Toiletries looked quite good, the TV had channels I would watch and I had places to hang clothes (minimalistic, but efficient.
I ran off and purchased some clothes and thanked myself for packing a T-shirt and swim shorts in my hand luggage. So off to the gym! Actually I walked through a very nice looking gym that was hosting an exercise class. The pool was ok. The best bit was the Jacuzzi that was very large and hot. I absolutely enjoyed a good soak to try and get over my long day.
After that, just a meal around the corner at a reasonable Indian restaurant.
In the morning my alarm clock in the room woke me up and I enjoyed my coffee and fantastic shower. Even my towels were awesome. This really set me up for a day at work. I was really impressed with this hotel. There are so many bad hotels in the greater London area. This is one of the shinning exceptions and an example of how a hotel should be run.
I was so pleased that I completed a comment card and left it at reception. The NEXT day I had a nice email from the General Manager – Mr. Wayne J Davis. What a fantastic guy. He had managed to read my bad handwriting perfectly and emailed me to say Thank You for my thanks! Why can’t every hotel manager in the world be like Mr. Wayne J Davis? His staff are happy to serve guests and I think this reflects the management style of the whole hotel. Well done!
• Nice beds
• Quiet rooms
• Wet rooms with a power shower
• Coffee/tea facilities and mini-bar
• Free broadband
• Nice TV’s with some excellent channels
DINING AND BAR
• Twentynine Restaurant and bar - modern British and European cuisine
• Breakfast, lunch, dinner and a big TV with live sports
GYM AND SPA
• Golds Gym – modern machines
• 21 meter pool, steam room, sauna and large Jacuzzi
• Full SPA treatments and pamper days
• Large air-conditioned conference room for 60
• Modern presentation equipment
• Weekend conferences and weddings
• Secure car park - £15 a day
I really like this hotel. Its biggest selling point is that it is the only hotel in its price range in ‘central’ London with a swimming pool. They like to advertise this fact. And it is a nice pool. It also has nice rooms, nice beds, nice staff and a nice bar. The most striking thing about the hotel is the lobby. The hotel is essentially an old building – The Crown combined with a modern building with a modern glass lobby built between the 2. There are lots of chairs, large plants and lots of nice place to sit and have a drink or work in the lobby.
The bar, The Crown, is actually an old Pub. Inside you are greeted by a traditional bar and light fittings that are over 100 years old. They even have a real fireplace. When I stayed there in December there was a roaring fire going. If you want to see a well preserved traditional London Pub – you have arrived. The Crown Pub was completed in 1900 and designed by Architect Henry Rising. It has an interesting red sandstone facade and is 3 stories high. It still has most of the original featurees like moulded ceilings and etched and cut glass. They even have hand-pulled ales behind tha bar.
My room was very good. I had a large bed, it was comfortable and I had a good night’s sleep. It was modern and had all the right things from coffee/tea making facilities to reasonable toiletries. There was a good closet with a small safe, but I had to ask for an iron and ironing board. It had an old, but good desk area that also has a luggage shelf. I also had a small table a chair. The room was a reasonable size. The bathroom was very good. It had a nice square sink, reasonable bathtub, good shower, even a telephone.
The interesting part is the pool. Entry is through a large dressing room with lockers, and they do have a gym. The swimming pool area used to have a Jacuzzi as well. They still have the pool and I had a nice swim. They also have a very hot sauna as well.
I liked the Crown Moran. I had a good meal nearby, some nice drinks in the Crown Pub and a good night’s sleep. The hotel is quiet. The staff are also great and I had plenty of helpful smiles. The only drawback of the Crown Moran is that it is located 10 minutes walk from the nearest Tube station. Other than that, this is an excellent hotel.
* A very good hotel with good beds
* Indoor 12 meter pool and gym
* All rooms have air conditioning
* Traditional Pub
* Free wifi
* In-room tea & coffee making facilities
* In room safe large eneough for a laptop
* Kitchen Restaurant (Upstairs) - International cusine with an award winning Chef
* Kitchen Restaurant (Downstairs) - very elaborate bar food
* Business Conference facilities for 300
I want 3 things from a hotel that I pay good money for. That is a good bed, good curtains to keep the room dark and thick walls. I did get a reasonable bed. This is almost in the Arctic Circle. I was here in June. That means 1 hour of ‘twilight’ and the rest of the 23 hours is daylight. I couldn’t sleep. The curtains didn’t cover the window! And the fact I could hear every noise in the hotel didn’t help. Hotel Hebrides is the second best hotel in a village with 2 hotels. They renovated an old building by putting in thin, cheap and quick to install walls. There is no insulation of any sort in the walls. The rest is superficially nice.
My room was very tiny and I kept knocking over everything including myself. I did have a few nice bits, but it was all cheap construction. My bathroom was tiny and everything was plastic. I would imagine that a few years form now this hotel will not look like when I stayed there.
The hotel does have an excellent restaurant that I could not afford to eat in a second night. Amazing really. I get $20 a night for a meal and some of the main meals alone were that or more. They have a great bar. Actually that’s the best part and the best place to be at night in the village. Lively with a great bar maid. And they have a reasonable bar food menu I could afford.
So stay at the other place and eat here once.
That’s my opinion.
* Excellent toiletries made in Scotland
* The Pierhouse Restaurant - the best on the Isle of Harris
* The Mote Lounge Bar - best in the village (there is another one)
* Free Wi-Fi broadband access
* In room tea/coffee making facilities
* An iron and ironing board - 1 for the whole hotel
* Mini bar
OK. You only get 1 choice anyway! The Rhiconich hotel is the only hotel in Rhiconich. And the only bar and the only restaurant and the only business - for many miles. I stayed here because I was traveling for work in the Highlands of Scotland every day for work. This was on a map between 2 places I had to work. So I had 1 choice and I took it.
The Rhiconich is run my European students and they are ok. Overall my room was basic and my walls paper thin. In fact I spoke to my neighbours and asked them to be quiet so I could sleep. The bed - I had 2 to choose from - were poor. So in terms of money for value of the room and bed - below average. And all the doors have automatic closers that go BANG!
OK, the rest is good.
I had a wonderful view form my window. Gorgeous. The whole of the settlement (smaller than a village) of Rhiconich is a small loch (lake) and some very green pastures. The rest of the hotel was great. The restaurant was very good. It is upstairs with the rooms and I enjoyed every mouthful. They have reasonable wine list and a good selection of food.
Downstairs you have the massive lounge. It has games, books, DVD's, a TV and a few people to talk to. The furniture is a crime against fashion, but who cares? There is a lot to do.
And then there is the bar. A small and poorly decorated bar. A bar with no atmosphere.
The small bar is full of almost every single malt whiskey produced in Scotland!!! There are over 100 bottles of the best Scotland has to offer! Wow!
I had a few different glasses of these fine and varied examples of Scotland's Whiskey heritage. Well done!
So if you have to be here - just ask the neighbors to be quiet and enjoy.
* Quiet - I mean the whole area around the hotel
* A fantastic bar and selection of whiskies
* Drying room for your wet clothes - you need it of you go walking
* A good restaurant
* Tea/Coffee making facilities in your room
* Good walking trails nearby
* The hotel can arrange outdoor activities for you
Located on the southern end of the historic Town Centre, this is a very good place to stay for the price. With free parking and breakfast my 30 Euros were well spent. Reception staff are friendly and helpful, the rooms are modern and clean and the rooms are very large. The only issue I had was that their beds are hard. Their location is a very easy 5 minute walk to all the attractions within the city, restaurants and bars.
Rooms have a satellite TV, bath/shower with good water pressure, air-conditioning, Wi-Fi and a telephone. There is plenty of closet space, extra pillows, towels and blankets. Breakfast consists of ham, cheeses, breads and coffee.
If you are driving here this is a great place to stay in terms of ease to get to, getting out of town, parking, location and price.
They also offer: Laundry, meeting rooms, bar and room service.
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