- Reviews: 3530
LUXURY INN: MY FAVOURITE B&B IN LONDON
Ok. I have to admit that I decided not to write a tip about this fantastic oasis of peace and tranquillity in central London for 2 years – because I was worried you might book it before I could. They only have 7 rooms! I love this place. I have stayed here at least 4 times that I can easily remember. I have tried to stay here many more times than that. This is just the best. Rarely does an accommodation – especially in London – actually look like the website photos. I booked this gem on hotels.com. Even before I arrived I was telephoned by Rey (who I never met) to make sure I was still coming and if I needed anything. In fact the staff never leave the property until the evening and they keep asking if you need anything. After that – this is your home and they are a phone call away. It really feels like being a guest in someone’s house who just left for the weekend.
When I arrived I was impressed that it looked like the website on the outside, it was on a quiet street and that there were several nice pubs and restaurants nearby.
When James opened the door and took me upstairs – I saw the fantastic communal area. An open plan lounge, dinning room and kitchen with a great desk for the computer. There was fresh fruit for snacks on the table. The espresso machine had dozens of different ‘pellets’ at the ready. The kitchen was fully stocked with everything needed to cook and dish it up.
Then I was shown my room. WOW! A great looking bed with a wonderful mattress. A nice looking room overlooking the Japanese Garden. My bathroom was chic and modern. The closet doors were actually massive mirrors. The TV had zillions of channels and I even had a nice desk. The air-conditioning was just right. James left me and I promptly had a mega nap for an hour. After that a trip to a great restaurant nearby.
The other times I stayed here at the palace, I decided to cook. With a £25 meal allowance from work – you can have a lot of steak, prawns, cheese and red wine for 1 business person. One very happy business person.
I have stayed in both the en-suite and rooms with a shared bathroom. I never had a problem accessing the shared bathroom. I also never seemed to see the other guest or have competition for the computer or TV remote control.
I have enjoyed several nights here cooking for myself, watching the TV and just having a great night in here in central London. I have never had a better evening of tranquillity on business here than I have had staying here.
If you find yourself working in the area – stay here and DIY (Do It Yourself). You will just love it.
Quiet, great beds and a home away from home.
• Just 7 rooms ! Book early and often.
• Wonderful modern kitchen you can use, dinning room and TV watching area
• Breakfast is included – with really fresh fruit
• Free espresso machine, coffee and tea 24/7
• Free Wi-Fi and a computer with broadband
• Laundry facilities – a washer and dryer you can use!
• Great beds
• Help with any tickets and tours
• Hair dryers and irons/ironing boards – just ask
• Car parking is only £3 a day! Reserve early !!!!!!
• Coffee/tea making facilities
• Great TV with many channels
• iPod docking stations
• Free Wi-Fi
• Great beds and bathrooms
• Some rooms share a bathroom
• Access to the garden
- Reviews: 3530
NH HOTEL: IN VIENNA AIRPORT
This excellent hotel is practically inside Vienna Airport. To get to it you simply walk out of the Departures Hall and go across a car parking area. It is really that convenient. The quick overview is that it offers: good rooms (on the right side of the building), restaurant, bar, quiet night’s sleep and even a train link to Vienna itself. All at the airport. In terms of my stay, I walked into the large reception area and was greeted warmly. I was given a run-down room on the left hand side of the building in a smoking room. After returning to reception I was given a non-smoking room on the right hand side of the building. These rooms are modern, beautiful and several times better than the smoking rooms. If you smoke I would recommend you smoke outside to take advantage of the better rooms.
My room was just warm and inviting. My large bed felt comfortable. Check! I had a desk, coffee/tea making facilities and a reasonable TV. There was also a sort of neat living room chair that had a small folding desk attached as well. My nice closet held plenty of hanging space, mini-bar, safe, place to put a suitcase, drawers, even some nice wine glasses. My room also had mirrors, several lamps and a telephone. The bathroom was awesome. It had mirrors, including a shaving mirror, nice bath, good shower, great towels and some very good toiletries. I really liked my bathroom. There was even another telephone in there.
The best part was a good night’s sleep. With a very comfortable bed, fully climate controlled room and sound-proofed windows – I never heard the airport. Fantastic.
In the very bottom of the hotel is a modern gym, sauna and steam bath. Entering the massive lobby/open bar area you find – well – the bar! Lively at night and opens first thing in the morning (9am). Nothing like a beer for breakfast before a VT Euro Meeting! They also have a nice looking restaurant called "Mundo" serving an upscale and international menu.
I stayed here one night because I we flying to Macedonia for a fantastic VT Euro Meeting. When I realised the only flights I could book left me in Vienna overnight I wanted something convenient, comfortable and quiet. It was. And the other great thing was when I returned, they were willing to hold onto my suitcase during a long layover. I was able to walk to the train (100 meters) and go into Vienna for a few hours of sightseeing. I just asked when I stayed and confirmed the day I was coming back to the airport. I tipped them a small amount for letting me do this. Great service.
All rooms have air conditioning, minibar, 2 telephones, safe, satellite TV soundproofed windows, modern bathroom with bathtub/shower and very good mattresses. There are 2 categories of rooms:
• Standard Room
22.50 sq. m. (including bathroom). Free WiFi only in common areas
• Superior Room
28 sq. m. (including bathroom). Free WiFi, free entry into gym/sauna and 20% discount off in the bar & restaurant
FOOD & DRINK
• "Mundo" International Restaurant
• Buffet Restaurant
• Bar (seems to have no name!) looks like a library & piano bar. Lighter meals
• Dinning Terrace (Summer only)
• VIP Lounge
• Gym, sauna and steam room and a message service
• Business Conference facilities (up to 600 people)
• Ice machines
• Baggage holding service
• Laundry/dry cleaning
• Car parking
• Book lending
• 100m to the train station and a 16 minute ride in to Vienna
- Reviews: 3530
HOTEL MONTECARLO: OK IN SEVILLE
Ok. How did I find this place? Well I was driving a car and most places were booked or had no parking except at private parking lots wanting 19-30 Euros a night. I found the Montecarlo when I parked at a parking meter on a small, but busy road. Parking was free at night and only about 1 Euro an hour during business hours. So I was in there. I did pay 70 Euros for a severely average single room, but it was in a good location. Overall the Montecarlo is clean, nice looking, has efficient rooms and is virtually a straight walk to the Cathedral. It is also on the doorstep of a pedestrianised area for dinning and shopping.
The staff were cheerful. That’s about it. Breakfast was not included and cost an absolute fortune. I ate at Starbucks cheaper with a huge coffee. My bed was firm. The room was small. Having said that – it was quiet. Very quiet. There is an excellent Pub almost straight across and some good restaurants nearby. This is near the Hostel neighbourhood without the hassle.
It’s OK. Average given its higher price. I stayed there during the low season. During high season this place is overpriced.
Want to stay here? It’s up to you.
In my opinion – do not drive to Seville. Take public transport and stay somewhere cheaper.
* Great location
* Cheap on-street parking
* Fine for overstaying your parking time limit - less than 5 Euros!
- Reviews: 3530
ALEXANDRA HOTEL: TIGHT IN SWEDEN
When I wanted to travel to Stockholm for a VT Meeting, I wanted 3 things in a hotel: Inexpensive, comfortable, and well located. The Alexandra Hotel met all 3! At first glance it looks like a Human Warehouse inside, and it kind of is. The rooms may be small, but they are clean, efficient and the beds are so comfortable you will not want to get up in the morning, even though they make a fantastic breakfast. The staff are very friendly and helpful. When I had a noisy neighbour, the staff took action immediately. The Old Town (Gamla Stan) is either a quick 2 stops away on the Metro or an easy slightly downhill walk. By Stockholm standards the hotel is also cheap. My room was so small it did not even have a window (please see pictures). A complete joy to stay at.
So a few facts:
Around the corner for from Medborgarplatsen Station on the Tunnelbana (Underground).Stockholm Transportation
The hotel is in a quiet neighbourhood on the South central island of Stockholm (Södermalm). It is just a 10 minute walk to the Old Town and is surrounded by bars, shops & restaurants.
The hotel was built in 1970 and was recently been renovated. They advertise themselves as offering good value to Travellers. The hotel is modern, simple inside and out and very clean. It is listed as a 3 star tourist class hotel built over 3 floors.
The hotel offers 69 rooms in 9 different categories:
• 5 junior suites
• 1 family bedroom
• 29 double or twin bedrooms
• 16 single bedrooms
• 1 single bedrooms with sleeper couch
• 13 single budget bedrooms (Budget may mean no window)
• 4 single budget bedrooms with sleeper couch
• 1 double budget bedroom
Rooms In general
• Decorated with modern furnishings
• All have en-suite bathrooms with shower or bath/shower
• Remote control TV/radio
• In-room movies.
• Most rooms equipped with office desks, mini bars & hair dryers
• Functional closets & hooks everywhere
** Hotel Services**
Helpful staff are on duty 24 hrs. They can help you with free tourist maps, information, organise tours, make reservations, order taxis, set up wake-up calls and answer any other questions you have. They also sell: postcards, soft drinks, cold beers and snacks. They offer services normally found at more expensive hotels. I was really impressed.
All rooms can be connected via a wireless network. Internet access is also available form a computer in the lobby, but it is expensive.
Inside an underground parking area that has a door right to the Lobby. Parking spaces are clearly marked with the hotel name is monitored by security and cameras 24 hrs a day. Please note: the entrance is locked after 22.00 hrs. so go to reception and they will open the gate.
The hotel has a FREE (during the day)sauna situated centrally inside the hotel. You need to make a reservation at reception and obtain a special key card.
Breakfast is very good and served in the breakfast restaurant on the ground floor. Fresh boiled eggs, cold meats, juices, fresh breads and fruit. Excellent and fresh coffee to top it all off.
Serves snack food and drinks, completely licensed and is open between 11 AM - 1 AM.
In most rooms.
Available in every room. Follow instructions on your TV. Payable upon check-put.
If you take items down to reception by 9:00, you will get them back the same evening.
- Reviews: 3530
THE SIR WILLIAM FOX HOTEL: HISTORY IN THE NORTH OF ENGLAND
This great little hotel was a welcome surprise in a small town I have always enjoyed spending time in. The large house is the birthplace of Sir William Fox who was elected the Prime Minister of New Zealand 3 times and appointed a 4th time. Oddly the plaque outside only mentions the first 3 times! The house has been refurbished and the handful of rooms are very nicely appointed. Although it is is a small ‘hotel’, they also have the Red Room Bar upstairs and a nice restaurant downstairs. Overall the hotel is a great place to stay. The bar is excellent and shows live sports, but somehow seems like being in the study of a nice manor house. The restaurant (they call it the dining room) looks great, has an excellent menu and the food looks delicious. I didn’t get a chance to eat here, but other guests raved about the quality of the food and the Chef. It really looked and smelled great and the portions were very healthy looking.
My room, number 21, was absolutely excellent. Let’s start with the important part. My bed was absolutely luxurious and I had a very good night’s sleep. The room itself was very large and had a good sitting chair, a full desk, mirrors, plenty of storage space and nice carpet. There were some nice touches like my tea and coffee making tray, a very good TV with lots of channels and an overall great décor. They even had a full ironing board and a real steam iron that was spotlessly clean.
The bathroom was also excellent. I had huge fluffy towels, a great shower and bathtub, reasonable toiletries and plenty of light to be able to shave.
The Sir William Fox Hotel is a classy place and the staff were always smiling and willing to help. Their bar is really cool and you could just stay there. With the feeling and look of a mansion house’s study, you can enjoy the fully stocked bar and even play their piano. I had a few beers and watch the sports.
The hotel itself is set in a picturesque oasis called Westoe Village. It is listed in the Doomsday Book in 1072 when it was originally a handful of farms. It is a conservation village today and 4 of the farmsteads are still standing, including Westoe Hall, which gives the village its name. Derwent Lodge Chapel House and Ivy Cottage are surrounded by beautiful f Victorian terrace homes in a very quiet area.
The only problem I encountered was when someone did slam a door in the hotel, but that was an accident by one of the other guests. The hotel only has a handful of rooms and it is completely quiet at night. It is also in a very pleasant and tranquil village, but a reasonable walk to the famous Ocean Road in South Shields. About 100 restaurants, bars and nightclubs are within striking distance.
• Great beds and bedrooms
• Historical home in a very pleasant village
• Walking distance to 100 restaurants, bars, clubs and shopping
• Red Room Bar is a real treat and serves up great drinks in a fantastic setting
• ‘Dining Room’ offers great food and daily specials
• 3 types of room: Superior Double, Double and Single
• Free Wi-Fi
• Great beds, nice bathrooms and plenty of storage space, steam iron and board
• Tea/Coffee making facilities
• Large TV, lots of channels and a writing desk
- Reviews: 3530
Carrickdale Hotel and Spa: BETWEEN DUBLIN AND BELFAST
I stayed at the Carrickdale when I was working across the border in Northern Ireland. You get a lot more for your money on this side and the Carrickdale is an excellent business hotel. It is a very large building and grounds, with a huge leisure complex across the main motorway. Don’t worry – they have their one internal tunnel between the 2 parts of the complex. I was greeted warmly and shown to a very large and functional room. My bed was reasonable, my TV worked and I had room to stuff my own liquids into the mini-bar. The bathroom was modern, had good toiletries, a bath and a very good shower. In terms of sleeping, I had absolute silence at night. The hotel is away from the busy motorway, but do ask for a room on the back.
The restaurant was excellent. The portions were very large and they had many filling dishes. I normally try and go out of dinner, but the meals and menu were good enough to stay in the hotel. Even their wines were good.
The staff at reception, the bar and the restaurant were always helpful and accommodating. The staff in the leisure complex even offered the services of personal trainers and spa treatments.
Essentially the Carrickdale is a well-run hotel that is very convenient for Newry and the ,motorway between Dublin and Belfast. You are also just a few miles from the scenic medieval village of Carlingford. For a business person or a family, you will get a great service and a restful stay here. Well done Carrickdale!
• 105 Rooms (double, twin, family and 3 suites)
• Spa, Laser Clinic & Beauty Treatments
• Leisure facilities including an indoor pool and gym
• Carrick Restaurant with 2 & 3 course Table d’hôtel and A Là Carte Menu, good wine list
• Dales Lounge with draft ales and a good bar menu
• Carvery Lunch every day
• Tea & coffee making facilities
• Free Wi-Fi
• Iron and ironing board
• Free use of the leisure facilities
• Mini bar
• 17.5 metre indoor heated pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, and outdoor hot tub
• Serenity Spa - Germain de Capuccini treatments
• 9 Hole mini golf, fully equipped Technogym, exercise studio, classes, swimming lessons
- Reviews: 3530
CONTINENTAL HOTEL: GREAT STAY NEAR HEATHROW
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 seeing Hounslow was a let down. It is not a great looking town. 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 with a 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
- Reviews: 3530
LISTENING TO THE NEIGHBORS PEE: TUNE HOTEL - LONDON
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!
- Reviews: 3530
MY PLACE: MY PLACE IN LONDON
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
- Reviews: 3530
GRANGE CITY HOTEL: MY FAVOURITE HOTEL IN LONDON
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 Grange City 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
- Reviews: 3530
MERCURE AYR HOTEL: IT WAS OK IN AYR, SCOTLAND
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
- Reviews: 3530
THE ROYAL HOTEL: PREMIER LUXURY IN SCOTLAND?
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
- Reviews: 3530
GEORGIAN HOUSE HOTEL: I MADE A MISTAKE - LONDON
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.
- Reviews: 3530
MILLENNIUM & COPTHORNE CHELSEA CLUB: SPORTS STADIUM IN LONON
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
- Reviews: 3530
LONDON HOUSE HOTEL - LONDON: TINY
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
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