Satisfaction Very Good
Value Score Average Value
Good For Solo
Cheap Sleeps with Class in a Prime Locale
Enough class to elevate this above a dive for those on a budget who can pay enough to stay close to London with considerable comfort. Located accross the street from Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, it is excellently close to perfect buses and the Lancaster Gate tube stop, which was just remodeled and reopened. The staff was helpful, except for the guy on the graveyard shift who was so incompetent and rude that we reshuffled all the couches in lobby to be slightly askew after he had passed through and straightened one out.
On the weekend artists hawked their wares across the street on the sidewalk outside the park, a perfect chance to load up on pub signs for the pubs we'd visited made by a brit who learned from his pop.
Continental breakfast is served with plenty of bread and butter and jam with coffee and tea, just enough to satiate, and in cheezy "fancy" rooms whose best quality was the 19th century Vanity Fair sketches of prominent Brits lining the walls. I couldn't find one by Phiz, but I know one had to be there.
You'll get wireless in the lounge but not in room, a relaxing bar with non-stop hits like George Michael (boy how they love him) is open for tea time, a pretty staircase abutts the lobby, and old, creaky halls and tacky carpets upstairs. Our room was comfortable enough for not wanting to spend much time in it with chairs, armoir, dressor, vanity, hair dryer, TV with a couple of channels to watch scintillating game shows, bedside table, bath with shower and tub. But our Dudley Elite toilet made it all worthwhile.
Directions: Across the street from Kensington Gardens, just West of Lancaster Gate tube stop.
Is that someone famous? They look so familiar
A lovely hotel that has seen better days, but its still very nice, great location, not expensive, and the staff are very friendly. For some reason this is where all the "B-List" Rock stars stay when they come to town. So don't be surprised if you see someone that would best described as a "Minor Celeb". All in all, a great place. Step outside, catch a bus, and 10 min later you are in the Heart of London. Enjoy.
Unique Quality: Location is close enough to the Tube, the airport bus, and for getting into town. Limited parking (free) if you are renting a car. Cheap for London. Trust me on this.
Directions: Across from Hyde Park, one mile from Marble Arch
Good Value in Nice Area
This hotel was picked out of a travel guide as a good value plus it was one of a very few that had accomodations for 3 singles(no double beds wanted). It was very pleasant, extremely clean, and the beds and bathroom were comfortable, the room quite spacious. Other rooms we peaked into were very large. Make sure you ask for a rate that includes breakfast-it was filling, delicious, and pleasantly served in nice surroundings. The building is a little 'worn' but while we were there the manager was dealing with tradesman to fix the crystal chandeliers and spruce the place up. There is a very nice little bar-just ask at the desk if it is not open when you get back from a day of sightseeing and they will be happy to serve you. Coffee/tea and hairdryers in room with small sitting area and an elevator.
Unique Quality: The hotel is directly across the street from an entrance to Kensington Park with Hyde Park just 1/2 block down the street. It is within 2 blocks of two Central Line tube stops so is very convenient to get around London. It is quiet even with many rooms filled, some street noise but we didn't mind it at all. Great breakfast, dining room is also open for dinner but we didn't try it.
Directions: 2 short blocks from Lancaster Gate tube stop on Central Line. Within easy walking distance to Kensington Palace, Marble Arch/Hyde Park tour bus stops. Bayswater area-just west of London proper.
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