Royal Court Apartments

51 Gloucester Terrace, London, W2 3DQ, United Kingdom
(2 star hotel)
#653 of 2,357 hotels in London
Very Good (3.5 out of 5.0) 4 reviews
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OLD MOVIE STARS

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on July 26, 2014


I never thought I would not only review a hotel that is currently closed, but recommend it when it reopens. The Royal Court Apartments is owned by the best budget hotel chain in London – the RCA group. Started by 2 brothers, sadly one has passed away. When I stayed here it had not been upgraded to the standard of their other hotels I have stayed at, but they are remodelling it now. The rooms are more like an apartment. My ‘room’ had a separate bedroom, bathroom and a large kitchen/living room. I had nice living room furniture, kitchen table and a working kitchen had I wished to cook. Oddly I had 3 beds, but they were all comfortable. Combined with a relatively quiet room (ask for the back or high floor) and the excellent staff – I had a good stay. Now some of the odd things. The building is old. When I stayed here the first thing I noticed was the loud sound of crickets in the elevator shafts. The bathroom had a definite drain smell. The living room slightly musty. For the price, location and comfort, it was still a good hotel. The funny thing was that all the rooms had brass plaques with the names of movie stars. Mine was someone like Marilyn Monroe.

When this hotel reopens, have a look at their prices and offers. If you don’t like the price, telephone them and see if they can do a discount. What I like about RCA Hotels is that they always seem to have some bargain prices with a bit of comfort. It is always nice to sit in your living room and have a cold beer out of your fridge while you watch TV.

They will reopen soon!

Unique Quality:

HOTEL OVERVIEW:
• Good beds, location and service
• Full kitchens, living room and separate bedrooms/bathrooms
• Good prices
• Quiet rooms at the back – request when you reserve your room

Directions:
TUBE & TRAIN:
• Paddington Station/Heathrow Express
(Bakerloo, Circle, District, Hammersmith & City, First Great Western)
• Lancaster Gate (Central line)

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clean, basic accomodations

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 24, 2007

Located next to Hyde Park, it's a block to the Lancaster Gate tube station and a few blocks to Paddington station. There is a guest lounge with a large TV and a pop machine. Our room was on the 2nd floor so we were happy that there was a lift. The room was small but tidy, with a double bed, table, 2 chairs, armoire, and a TV. We had a private bathroom, which is hard to find at this price in London. It had a bathtub too, not just a stand-up shower. The hot water worked fine. There was also a kitchenette along one wall, consisting of a fridge, microwave, range, and sink. Plates, utensils and cookware were in the cabinet over the sink. So, you really can cook in your room if you like!

Our room was a studio; there are also 1 and 2 bedroom apartments if you need something larger.

The floor was uneven and creaky, and the walls were thin. My husband was awakened one night by the snoring of our neighbor. But if you're a deep sleeper (like me) this shouldn't bother you. The window opened, letting in some cool air (a good thing, since there is no air conditioning).

The staff was helpful. For example, when we realized we'd lost our hotel address for the next leg of our trip, they let us use their computer to retrieve the information.

There's no restaurant on the premises, but there are a few nearby. There are 2 convenience stores if you walk north up Gloucester Terrace one block and turn left.

If you want to lounge around your room all day and order room service, stay somewhere else. The TV only gets 4 channels. But you're not in London to watch TV! Royal Court Apartments are clean, relatively cheap, and a nice place to lay your head at night after you've been out exploring.

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Worst London Appartment

Terrible (1.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 17, 2007

Just a single night stay. One of the worst hotells I've ever seen. The guy in front desk was unable to speak english! The rooms was like on the serial The Young Ones, old, dirty, poor, bad smell... 75 € was a steal!!

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A great place if you have kids!

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on January 7, 2005

Most of the staff were less than helpful and when they finally did do something, they made it clear they were doing it grudgingly. However, we did have an EXTREMELY helpful and friendly bell hop/jack of all trades named John. He made the hotel much more homey for us and he was nice to the kids. We also loved the location. Within a very short walk of Hyde Park. This offers lots of ways for kids of all ages to expend pent up energy! The hotel is also close to 2 Tube stations, one being the huge Paddington station, and a stop for The Big Bus tour. The hotel is not on a main road so we didn't have a problem with noise. Overall we were very happy we found this hotel as it made our entire vacation more enjoyable.

Unique Quality: You can get rooms with a kitchenette and separate sitting room so little ones can sleep while older ones play and watch tv.

Directions: Near Hyde Park

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Address: 51 Gloucester Terrace, London, W2 3DQ, United Kingdom

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Amenities at Royal Court Apartments

  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Kitchenette
  • Shuttle Service

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