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The Alma Hotel
4.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   499 Old York Road | Wandsworth, London SW18 1TF, England (Clapham / Battersea )   |  
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Ranked #39 of 535 London B&B and Inns
London
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“FANTASTIC boutique hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

We stayed for two nights over a weekend in a Tonsley View room. We were blown away with the quality of the room, the food in the restaurant and the great atmosphere in the Alma pub.

The room was spotless, it looked as if it was brand new. Huge comfortable bed, massive shower and very quiet. We were on the top floor and despite being a weekend there was no noise from the pub or the street.

We had dinner in the restaurant and it was very, very good. Lovely atmosphere with lots of mixed ages/families/groups enjoying their meals. Good reasonably priced wine list.

The pub next door was busy but not too noisy or boisterous, just people having a good night with friends.

Breakfast was a feast! They will find something to suit every taste.

All in all, this hotel is a GEM. It knocks spots off most 5 star hotels. The staff are friendly and the whole place gives you a lovely neighborhood feel. We will be back!

Room Tip: Splash the extra and get a Tonsley View room on the top floor.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Dundee, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

During a family visit to London I had a lovely lunch in The Alma last Friday.

This is the third time I have visited and on each visit I have found that there is a cosy welcoming atmosphere and very
tasty food and nice staff. The menu is interesting and varied.

The building is lovely too.

I would recommend xx

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Scunthorpe
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35 hotel reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

A wonderful small hotel that has a great 'feel'.
The staff are always pleasant and smiling, the rooms feel spacious and are very comfortable.
The very popular pub that is a part of the hotel is invisible when in your room. No noise at all gets through.
Breakfast is plentiful and of high quality.
The only issue I have had is rather churlish but worth pointing out. The free wifi is somewhat intermittent.

Room Tip: Avoid rooms 18 and 19, the wifi struggles to reach you there at the end of the corridor.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Verwood, England, United Kingdom
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

We stayed Feb 8/9. A newly created hotel (Dec 2010) offering good value, friendly staff, comfortable rooms and superb breakfast - we recommend the Eggs Florentine. Although we didn't have dinner at the hotel as we were meeting people elsewhere, the menu looked good and varied, and based on the breakfast cuisine we'd certainly have dined there if we had stayed another night. The hotel's website makes much of its green credentials by providing no car park to encourage guests to use public transport. Fortunately we could park at our son's a couple of miles away but the staff told us that parking in the surrounding streets is free over the weekend (from 16.30 Fri to 09.30 Mon) which would have been useful to know in advance.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ballincollig, Ireland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

We found the Alma originally out of desperation after booking a last minute trip to London. I would normally prefer to stay closer in, but the weekend we went, London was packed with the Chelsea Flower show, a huge football match and about 3 other major events.. The Alma was the only place that was not over 400 GBP a night. What luck!!!! This is a beautiful and newly refurbished small hotel, that is literally a few meters from the tube in a lovely neighborhood in Wandsworth. There are a good variety of restaurants within very close walking distance. I would only be careful not to get a room too close to the Pub if it is a weekend. The breakfast is absolutely wonderful. The only downside is that there is not an elevator to the upper floors. So if you have kids and strollers it would be a bit of a hassle..This is my new favorite place to stay in London. Just lovely!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

stayed at the alma feb 9th 2013 what a fantastic expierence rooms are very plush and very tastefully decorated wonderfull staff and a great breakfast. Bar area was had a great atmosphere and serves a variety of beers and spirits we didnt eat at the hotel in the evening due to going to a show but the meals looked amazing will definately be going back to the alma

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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NY/NJ Metro area
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44 reviews 44 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

My company has offices in Wandsworth, so whenever I travel to UK I stay here. Great location as the Wandsworth train station is right across the street that can basically get you anywhere you want to go in London. The rooms are all a nice size, hav fre wi-fi, nice and clean and comfortable beds. I have stayed here at least 10 times now over the years with no issues at all. Great Pub attached tot he hotel (The Alma) that is a great taste of UK pub life. THe restaurant at hotel is also excellent for both breakfast and dinner. Can't go wrong here

Room Tip: I like the rooms on the ground floor
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about The Alma Hotel

Address: 499 Old York Road | Wandsworth, London SW18 1TF, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Clapham / Battersea 
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #39 of 535 B&Bs / Inns in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Alma Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 23
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