Check to make sure this hotel is still in operation. Sadly, I'd heard they had closed down, but perhaps they have renovated and re-opened....their website states they are closed, but has links to other London hotels.
Inexpensive, great location, friendly staff. Make sure you check all internet sources on pricing - you can find a great deal. This hotel is not for the foo-foo-chique people. It's a place to lay your head, shower etc. and be in the centre of everything. Make sure you get a room on the ground floor inside (overlooking the centre of the hotel - nothing to look at but no noise from the street). This is especially important if it's warm - there is no air conditioning and it can get nastily warm in your room. If you have a first floor room you can open your window (hopefully) and prop open your door for a great flow-through breeze.
Unique Quality: Soho, China town, Theatre district, almost all tourist/historic sites within walking distance. Regent Street (shopping) around the corner. Amazing location.
Directions: Across from Picadilly Tube Station
Stayed here on New Years Eve and the location was excellent in centre of Piccadilly Circus, very close to Leicester Square, Soho, very convenient for theatres and visiting sights of London. Excellent value for money, Room was adequate size, had tea/coffee making facilities, towels and continental breakfast provided to your room by a simple phone call and included in the cost. Staff appeared helpful, Rooms ensuite for higher price. I chose shared facilities and found these to be adequate. Facilities were only a couple of doors away. The hotel is very big and has a Harry Ramsdens, an Irish Pub and a cafe inside. Didn't experience any problems with noise yet I probably stayed on their busiest night. Rooms have a tv in but I think you have to pay to view this but for the money I thought it was good value and clean. Furniture may be a little dated but can't complain considering the cost.
Unique Quality: Excellent Location and cheap!
Directions: Picadilly Circus, located just off Regent Street on Glasshouse Street. It's right opposite tube station (Picadilly Circus).
This hotel is for those who are willing to give up a little in the luxury department in order to save a lot of money and be in an excellent location for everything London has to offer. Don't get me wrong, it is not a 20 person room hostel, you do get your own room and in some private bathroom, but you are not going to get 5 star beds, space, or carpets.
I've stayed twice and both times found it the same. Amazingly priced, great location, and hohum rooms.
Unique Quality: Location, plus a nice little bar downstairs. Happy hour is from 5-7 with L2 Drinks.
Directions: Piccadily Circus, you can see it from the center.
Great stay for less than £30 each per night. clean room and comfy bed. sink and tv plus tea and coffee making stuff. shared shower was not a problem. The staff are curtius and so helpful.
Unique Quality: downstairs theres a Harry Ramsdens fish and chip shop/restaunt. Also one of the best Irish bars in town. not to mension Eros statue is a stones throw away. Cheers bar is around the corner. liecster square and soho is on your doorstep.
Directions: Easy to find even when drunk.
Avoid this place! It is an absolute dump.
The room I had was tiny and dingy and smelled horrible. The shared bathroom was a mile down the hall and it was a mess. The windows only open about an inch and the room was roasting. There is always a long line at the registration desk. There were lots of shifty people lurking around the place. The door locks are flimsy. I hated it.
Great location, triple room 9th floor, didn't realise in this day and age that en-suites were extra, no toilet. no TV. Three of us didn't shower for weekend, even commual shower was filthy, bedroom walls covered with stains, windows nailed shut, need I go on!. Definitely worst hotel I have ever stayed in,
Unique Quality: If you want to live like a tramp for a weekend this is the place to stay at!
CLOSED IN DEC. 2006, after being open since 1915.
The Regents Palace was a bit scruffy around the edges, but the location was excellent, right on Piccadilly.
A variety of rooms available, even multi-bed dorm types if you really want to make your budget stretch.
Whilst I was here we had 4 people sharing a 4 bed room, with a private (tiny) little shower-room, but the water was always hot !
Downstairs in the lobby the have a variety of little shops and cafes, internet access and a very good information desk at hand.
The Hotel bar is the O Callaghan's Irish bar - this is an OK place, but very very busy. We did see a bit of live music here which was fun.
Never under any circumstances should anyone ever go here. I think they have something like 1000 rooms and while I've only seen the inside of three of them, I would never stay here again. The place is dirty. The rooms are small. The price is reasonable only if you consider that you're in the heart of London, but is crazy when you consider you're staying in a flophouse.
The ensuite WC is nothing more an airplane bathroom that has been parked in the room. Seriously, take a look at http://www.hudin.com/imaging/121/ if you want to see what it looks like.
The only reason I stayed here was that one person in my party had a bad knee at the time and couldn't walk very far. Even that was no excuse to stay here as that person ended up taking home a case of bedbugs.
Stay the hell away!
Unique Quality: It has set the bar for all time worst hotel I have ever stayed in and I hope nothing is ever lower.
Again, it's all about the location, I wouldn't stay here otherwise. But, if your looking for a inexpensive place in London with the right location, this is it. Your right in the heart of the city with piccadially right outside the door. You have Leicester square, Covent Garden, Soho, the theatre district, etc. right there. Regent street is right around the corner which brings you to Oxford street for shopping.
Unique Quality: Great location.
Directions: Picadially line to Picadially circus, and exit at # 1. The hotel is right there.
If you want to stay in a good average hotel in the center of London Regent Palace hotel is a good choice. It?s in walking distance to almost all the famous sights in London. There are both rooms with or without a private batroom and you can get smoking or nonsmoking rooms. There are also a small shop, a small coffeeshop, a restaurant and a great irish pub.
31. December 2006 Regent Palace hotel closed and I have tried to get some information about what is going to happend. On the door to the hotel it just say that it´s closed and nothing else and the same is on the website. People I have talked to don´t know anything either. I hope it will reopen but time will tell :o)
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