Colonnade Town House

4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 Stars

2 Warrington Crescent, Little Venice, London, W9 1ER, United Kingdom

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    Up-scale hotel by Little Venice

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    Excellent hotel and location in an up-scale residential area by Little Venice and Warwick tube stop.

    Unique Quality: Birthplace of Allan Turing, mastermind and credited with cracking the German Enigma Code in WW II, see Bletchley and Bletchley Park http://www.bletchleypark.org.uk/. Also residence of Sigmund Freud when he fled Austria before WW II. Good restaurants and Pubs in very close walking distance. Some rooms have air conditioning. Completely refurbished in 2002. US president, JFK also stayed here and there is a suite where he stayed, named after him.

    Directions: Exit Warwick Ave. Tube station follow Warwick Crescent in direction of Church (really doesn't look much like a church), just two short blocks. Three minutes!

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WWII,Bletchly Park,St Paul,s,Alan Turing,Churchill

by charlesracine

For anyone, especially a WWII war buff, I suggest;

- Churchill Museum and Cabinet War rooms;
http://cwr.iwm.org.uk/server.php?show=nav.00f&PHPSESSID=cd5c5bd1bb5c891742e7225205649725

- Imperial War Museum; www.iwm.org.uk/server/show/nav.001

- Bletchley Park National Codes Centre www.bletchleypark.org.uk/ Historic site of secret British codebreaking activities during WWII and birthplace of the modern computer. Cracking the German Enigma code by Alan Turing and his associates. Fast train service to Bletchley Railway Station from: London Euston (Silverlink Trains). Exit the Bletchley station to Sherwood Drive and take a right turn and walk about a block and a half and cross over to the left hand side. It is clearly signed. The original Colossus still runs, thanks to Tony Sale and is demonstrated on site. Bletchley Park site is a WWII highlight.

- Alan Turing The Bombe, machine for Enigma decryption at Bletchley Park. www.turing.org.uk/turing Turing was born at what is now the Colonnade Hotel, London 2 Warrington Crescent, one block from the Warwick tube station.

-Highly recommended; www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4734400 also well worth a visit, Saint Paul’s Cathedral, London. Churchill said during the WWII blitz and fire bombing that (because of it’s significance as a symbol of England’s endurance and steadfastness), “Saint Paul’s Cathedral must be saved at all cost”. The immediate surrounding area (of nearly 200 acres) had been heavily damaged and nearly complete destroyed. When getting up in the morning, in the war rooms bunker, the first thing Churchill would ask was "how was Saint Paul's". There were hundreds of dedicated St. Paul's volunteers 24 hours a day on fire watch throughout the Cathedral. Surprisingly it only suffered some minor damage.

WWII,Bletchly Park,St Paul,s,Alan Turing,Churchill

by charlesracine

For a WWII war buff, I suggest;

- Churchill Museum and Cabinet War rooms;
http://cwr.iwm.org.uk/server.php?show=nav.00f&PHPSESSID=cd5c5bd1bb5c891742e7225205649725

- Imperial War Museum; www.iwm.org.uk/server/show/nav.001

- Bletchley Park National Codes Centre www.bletchleypark.org.uk/ Historic site of secret British codebreaking activities during WWII and birthplace of the modern computer. Cracking the famed German Enigma code by Alan Turing and his associates. Fast train service to Bletchley Railway Station from: London Euston (Silverlink Trains). Exit the Bletchley station to Sherwood Drive and take a right turn and walk about a block and a half and cross over to the left hand / west side. It is clearly signed. The original Colossus still runs, thanks to Tony Sale and is demonstrated on site. Bletchley Park site is a WWII highlight. The best kept WWII secret.

- Alan Turing The Bombe, machine for Enigma decryption at Bletchley Park. www.turing.org.uk/turing Turing was born at what is now the Colonnade Hotel, London 2 Warrington Crescent, one block from the Warwick tube station.

-Highly recommended; www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4734400 also well worth a visit, Saint Paul’s Cathedral, London. Churchill said during the WWII blitz and fire bombing that (because of it’s significance as a symbol of England’s endurance and steadfastness), “Saint Paul’s Cathedral must be saved at all cost”. The immediate surrounding area (of nearly 200 acres) had been heavily damaged and nearly complete destroyed. When getting up in the morning, in the war rooms bunker, the first thing Churchill would ask was "how was Saint Paul's". There were hundreds of dedicated St. Paul's volunteers 24 hours a day on fire watch throughout the Cathedral. Surprisingly it only suffered some minor damage.

The Colonnade does everything right

by A TripAdvisor Member

My husband and I stayed at the Colonnade TownHouse for about 9 days in April of 2004. We made a rather complex series of reservations to accommodate our side-trips to West Somerset, Cardiff and Paris, making the Colonnade our base. The reservations staff were efficient and helpful and got all the details absolutely right.

Upon arrival we were charmed by the hotel, the staff and our room. The room was on the small side, but very clean and comfortable and beautifully appointed and the windows actually opened. The bed was deliciously comfortable and the amenities as charming as mentioned in other reviews - the water, the Smarties, in-room tea service, towel warmers, reading material, comfy robes, large thick towels, house cat, etc.

On our first night we had a medical difficulty that required a hospital visit the nest morning. The hotel staff were compassionate, concerned, kind and helpful through the night and morning. They arranged a car service to take us to the hospital and were gracious and caring after our ordeal. We will always remember their kindnesses.

The breakfasts were lovely, ample and diverse, and even if the service was a bit underorganized it was always well-meaning. The entire hotel staff was helpful and knowledgeable about the area and we never encountered any sort of language barrier.

Upon our return to the hotel after our first side-trip, the management had upgraded our room to one of the larger suites as a gesture of compassion and kindness over our medical ordeal (which had nothing to do with the hotel whatever). It was sheer kindness on the hotel's part. They also kept our larger luggage while we day-tripped and returned us to the suite after each side-trip.

We loved the location of the hotel, loved the neighborhood and appreciated being in the charming, residential area of Little Venice away from the noisy, crowded, touristy heart of London. The tube stop being a block away was beyond convenient. Little Venice is a lovely area to explore on foot with many good restaurants and shops. Yes, we heard the rumble of the tube, but it didn't bother us once we identified the noise.

Do stay at the Colonnade Town House if you are looking for a romantic, comfortable, well-appointed hotel in a quiet part of a noisy city. We are not easily pleased in this age of slapdash hostelries, but the Colonnade did everything right for us.

A very comfortable place

by A TripAdvisor Member

We booked the hotel through Expedia, at 123 pounds per night, including taxes and breakfast. This would make it a rather expensive hotel in other parts of Europe, but in my experience it is a god deal for London, considering the good quality of the service. The room (n. 36) was rather small, but very elegantly appointed and very very comfortable. The service is quite special, with a lot of nice details (newspaper in the morning, bottle of water in the evening, porto wine available in the hall, personal cards etc), even though a bit discontinuous (we did not have night service on the secnd day). Breakfast was good, with a not so large buffet but with all first quality ingredients.
We found that it is a very nice place to come back to after a day in London and we would definetely recommend it.

Wonderful hotel with great rooms

by TripAdvisor Member Redmcx

My husband and I stayed here in May of 2004 for four nights. We enjoyed the well-appointed, although somewhat small, rooms. The water by the bed and music playing each night was a nice touch. The hotel was a three minute walk from a pub, breakfast area and the tube station. It was a slice of heaven to be away from downtown London and crazy prices and still have a luxury room. The staff seemed to be mostly French and not that informed about the area. It was o.k. though because the underground is so eacy to figure out. We would return again and have no hesitation in making the recommendation to stay here.

Not quite dissapointed, but not blown away

by A TripAdvisor Member

I too booked here based on the relatively high marks given in the Fall of last year. While I would not say I was dissapointed, I did expect a tad more. Unlike other recent reviews, I found the staff friendly and easy to communicate with. Most spoke fluent English. While it is not exactly centrally located, the English subway station is fantastic (very similar to NYC's), and the nearest station was just 1 block away, so very convenient from that sense. My only issues were a laundry mishap that had a pair of pants missing for my whole stay, only to get them back at checkout still not cleaned. The air conditioner seemed more like a fan by US standards, so do not expect an ice cold room in Summer. Good beds, baths & cleanliness. The towel warmer in the bath was a plus too. Rooms were quite small, but I don't think that should be a surprise to anyone. As London is expensive anyway, the price is probably about right, but for future trips I will shop around more before staying here again.

Quite Nice

by TripAdvisor Member keyslass

Booked the Colonnade over some other properties based on other reviews. Found it to be nice, clean and comprising all the amenities we expected. Rooms are small but that is the norm and they were all nicely decorated. Although some of the front desk staff lacked local area knowledge they were always friendly and professional. The beds were extremely comfortable, and the breakfast was good. If you are traveling in a group or with older companions be sure to request a lower floor as the elevator only goes to the third floor, making it difficult for some poeple to access the 4th floor rooms.
Found the location to be excellent. Right next to the tube with local pub, restaurant, wine shop, florrist and post office just round the corner. Would be ideal for a romantic get away weekend. We would return.

Quite enjoyable stay

by A TripAdvisor Member

We stayed at the Colonnade in January 2004 for a couple of nights, during a spell of flawlessly clear and bright weather. The service was very friendly and solicitous. The room was charming, though a bit too warm. Breakfast in the Enigma Restaurant was excellent.

We were later notified by mail that we had consumed nearly everything in the minibar and all of the condiments, and they charged them to our credit card. In fact, we had consumed little of it and had actually already paid for what we did take. They graciously and quickly removed all charges after a phone call.

The Little Venice area is wonderful, and close to St. John's Wood. I would certainly stay there again.

Lovely - but not perfect!

by TripAdvisor Member jean-s

Stayed for 2 nights 7th - 9th November. I booked directly with the hotel after reading the reviews on this site and because a few people had mentioned the small rooms I asked the man on the front desk to please reserve us a larger room. We were originally shown to room 36 and whilst it was perfectly lovely - it was very small so I asked if they could show us something larger. They had room 6 a garden studio room free for one night of our stay but we were told it would cost £179 as opposed to the £129 we had originally agreed to. Althought the bed was still very small we thought we would pay the extra for a special treat.

Having said that we were not provided with the robes or slippers or anything remotely complimentary for this room and neither did we receive the turn down service.

The breakfast was excellent. cooked fresh to order, full english, smoked haddock and poached eggs, pancakes - whatever took your fancy really as well as the usual buffet and juices. The service was also very efficient and friendly. The room was in the now refurbished E bar part of the hotel which at night is a rather nice cocktail and tapas place. The cocktails are excellent but the tapas were laughably awful. £5.50 for about 20 grams of tastless parma ham and £2.50 for inedible chilli olives. Lovely room though.

the next day we were moved to room 42 on the fourth floor where our bed was a little bigger but the bathroom not big enough to swing the hotel cat. That room however, did provide the robes, slippers and turning down service. Still no water or sweeties though.

When we checked out the receptionist tried to charge us £202 for the first nights stay. I refused naturally and she acquiesced but really! I had booked the hotel directly and the man I spoke to originally, in answer to my worries about being given a small room, assured me that I wouldn't receive a small room! Surely the hotel could offer different rates for different rooms to begin with and then I could have been certain of what I was booking and could have saved us all a lot of trouble moving and swapping and complaining.

I didn't mean to make this a negative review as I did genuinly like the hotel and the area but it seems that someone somewhere could be doing something to erase these little problems and make The Colonnade a place for everyone to enjoy - not just the people allocated the best rooms.

Oh and the pub at the end of the street with the upstairs Thai restaurant is great.
and the canal boats don't run from here to Camden from end of October to....I don't know.. but the boats are still pretty.

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Address: 2 Warrington Crescent, Little Venice, London, W9 1ER, United Kingdom