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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 #40 of 535 London B&B and Inns
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
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“finally found home in london”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

finally a place which is classy,modern and home at the same time .
the rooms are beautifully decorated ,the breakfast is exactly what you expect for a real english breakfast and more ,,,and it is included!
the service is good ,but when the boss is around it is excellent!
the location is not easy for a tourist ,but once you know how to use trains ,buses and tube it is perfect location!
we loved it and we will come back!

Room Tip: loved room 1 !!!!
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 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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Anchorage, Alaska
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013 via mobile

We chose The Alma because if its boutique hotel charm and past experience.

The Alma is located in the clean, accessible town of Wandsworth. Other than Wandsworth being in a Zone 2 fare area it does have a lot to offer travelers.

In the end we were disappointed with The Alma and will most likely choose another hotel on our next London visit. The staff were nothing special (they weren't as friendly, knowledgeable, interested or caring as they really should have been for hospitality industry staff.) The noise coming into the rooms at very late and very early hours was excessive (mostly created by staff.) Wireless Internet is offered but the signal strength was poor in our room, often dropping out completely. In-room heating and cooling needed some work, too.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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58 hotel reviews
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89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

Lovely Boutique hotel situated in what is quite a trendy part of Wandsworth.
Well positioned opposite Wandsworth Town Main Line Station, just a few stops from Waterloo, trains really frequent.
We were upgraded into a garden room which was perfect.
The owners of this traditional pub have really got a great product here. They have a traditional pub serving good food and beer etc alongside this really nice boutique hotel, they have devloped, that certainly has many of the features offered by establishments in the centre of London at a much more competitive price.
Our room was really well appointed I would say up to 5 star standards
Would hope to stay again sometime.

  • Stayed April 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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Ramsey, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

I was also part of the wedding party over this recent weekend.Staff were very friendly and helpful. We found our air-conditioning not working, but we had also opened the window, as you do when in a hot room-----should have read the hotel book of words first---don't open the window!!
Private room a great success, we were really looked after. Room clean and well serviced.
Breakfast is a relaxed and casual atmosphere, you can appear at 11am at weekends. Menu for breakfast is just a bit different--do have the eggs benedict-coffe lovely.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ramsey, Isle of Man
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

We were in London for my son's Wedding, this charming hotel was suggested. We had a lovely spacious room with an elegant bath/shower. As several friends and members of my family were also staying we had arranged a meal in the private dining room on the night before the wedding.
The room was very pleasant ,the meal excellent, and the staff very helpful. The bar was busy if a bit noisy, but generally good fun. Breakfast food was good but the organization could do with a little managerial input, juice not being replenished when empty, plates being cleared, etc.
It is very close to Wandsworth Town station making it ideal for travel in or out of London

Room Tip: Room 24 was very nice
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Christchurch, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

We stayed at The Alma for a weekend in London to see friends and were very impressed. The room and decor was very boutique hotel style, the staff were very helpful and the breakfast was second to none. Would definitely recommend.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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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London, England, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

We were fortunate enough to be able to stay in the Alma for two whole weeks while we were waiting for our Visas to come through and it couldn't have been a better choice. The staff are so friendly and happy to accommodate any request. The food downstairs is first rate (not to mention the bar make's the world's best scotch eggs and sausage rolls!).
The rooms have lovely furnishings and are very comfortable - haven't slept so soundly in ages.
While you stay you have access to the local Virgin Active Gym which is only a short 5 min walk from the hotel. You are literally across the street from the train station that gets you in to central London in 10 minutes. Close enough to the action but far enough away to provide sanctuary from the chaos.
I highly recommend the Alma to anyone coming to London - or from London for that matter!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 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 #40 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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