I stayed four nights in February, 2005. Anyone who complains about the London Guards Hotel has not stayed at many London budget hotels. This is a gem. On check in, I was first taken to a ground floor room, but my research had told me these tended to be noisy. I mentioned this, and I was given a room on the first floor overlooking Lancaster Gate. Cleanliness was excellent. Bathroom was large enough, clean, and functional. Staff was pleasant and helpful. Breakfast was entirely bread and corn flakes-type cereal, but with a refrigerator in the room, I simply did a little shopping and had some great meals in the room. This will be the first place I check when I return to London.
After reading several reviews of the London Guards and other London hotels, I was expecting to be jammed in the equivalent of a storage closet. The London Gurards Hotel was a pleasant surprise. First, the location is great. Within a few blocks radius you have the Lancaster Gate tube station, a bus stop, a cash machine at the Shell station, a fairly good shopping district and a relaxing walk through Kensington Gardens. The hotel is located a couple of blocks off busy Bayswater Road, so it is pretty quiet. While the room is not huge, nor is it fancy. It was clean and large enough for the 3 of us to move around pretty well for the 5 nights we were there. In fact, it was larger than some of the motels we havestayed in here in "The States". We had requested a room with 3 single beds, and we got it. The bathroom was "functional", nothing special. The shower had plenty of water pressure and hot water. One negtive was theair conditioning. It wasn't working the first night, but the staff checked into it and got it working. However, it wasn't working again the second night. It was on the third day that we were told that they turn it off at 10:00 PM due to the noise. Thankfully, the tempratures at night were cool, the windows opened and the room had a fan. The continental breakfast, which was included with the room, was small, but tasty, cereal, breads, juice, coffee or tea. The staff was polite and courteous and seemed happy to help when we needed assistance. I don't know when or if we will visit London again, but if we do, the London Guards Hotel would definitely deserve consideration for our accomodations.
Rooms smelled of filthy cigarette smoke. When asked for a non smoking room was told that I was in it! Room was lovely and street was very quiet. Great location, but smelly room made it difficult to sleep.
Good location, funny bathroom smell
the outside and lobby are very pretty. There is a PC in the lobby that provides very cheap Internet access to check your emails. It is in a good and safe location, right by a tube stop and the park. I thought the room was a typical (small bed/bathroom) European 3 star. We had an interesting 2-story, 2 room, 2 bed room even though we only needed one bed. The bathroom and towels had a very funky smell. My husband did not like it, but I thought it was worth what we paid for the location and quality. A little "secret" - there is a very surreal Russian-run bar down in the basement. You have to check this out.
Nice hotel, great location, good price
I was worried about staying at this hotel, since I had a bad experience with another privately-owned townhouse converted to hotel. But I was very pleasantly surprised. The hotel is located just three blocks from Lancaster gate tube near the north-central part of Hyde Park. It is also with in walking distance of Paddington Station. They have a lift (elevator). The room was very spacious with a desk, wardrobe, safe, refrigerator and tea kettle. The bath was clean and had a nice large tub and shower (and even a medicine cabinet and a hairdryer). Only continential breakfast is included. I couldn't have been happier for the price we apid was the cheapest in our 3 week stay and one of the better budget hotels i have stayed at anywhere. I would suggest booking your own taxis as they hired an unmetered private car that tried to overcharge me and was a very poor driver that ran red lights.
Hi can anyone give me any info on which of the following hotels are close to get to city and good value, London Guard Hotel, Oxford Hotel, and Comfort Inn Kings Cross.
Also what is the weather like in April Thanx
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I suggest you look them up on tripadvisor.com
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There's not much to choose between them.
The London Oxford Hotel and the London Guards Hotel are both in Bayswater, with easy bus, tube and taxi access to the centre of London(about 1 mile from Marble Arch).
The Comfort Inn is also well placed for Oxford Street, and hence everything else with the same ease of access.
The only problem with Kings Cross is it's questionable night life. There are quite a lot of 'girls' in that part of town.