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“Ideal location and comfortable!” 4 of 5 stars
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Thistle Westminster
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   49 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 0QT, England (Mayfair / St James's / Piccadilly / Green Park )   |  
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Ranked #592 of 1,065 Hotels in London
Calgary, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Ideal location and comfortable!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

Got off the tube right after our overnight flight and found it instantly! Great location for wandering around- close to Buckingham Palace. Very comfortable room. Nice breakfast. Had a morning flight to Vienna from Heathrow and was a bit bummed that the front desk staff told us the tube wasn't running at that time and recommended we book a very expensive taxi, which was totally unnecessary as it was Sunday (the underground WAS running). Would stay again.

  • Stayed June 2012, 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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44 reviews 44 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

Souless, soul destroying, solely a place to sleep and then leave. Did not get the deco, the building, the vibe. Good location if you want to visit the Queen a plus. But if so I guess you would have the cash to go more upmarket. If you need a bed this is a place if you want to live a little look elsewhere.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

The Thistle Westminster was a great hotel to stay in, large room with a nice view over London and super close to Buckingham Palace. Staff were very helpful, and we got a free drinks voucher since we stayed during the olympics! Highly recommended.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

Really liked this hotel, apart from check in. I tried to check in early (1 hour before check in time), but was rudely advised that it was not possible, so I gladly sat in reception reading a magazine to wait. The kind conscierge asked if I needed assistance and i advised I was waiting for my room and that I was happy to wait. He immediately spoke with reception and got me a room. Amazing!!
Full credit to the conscierge (Frank), most helpful on maps, information etc.
The hotel is very central, 5 minutes walk from the tube (if you come out on the right exit), near coffee shops, bars etc.Rooms are average size, could do with a bit of an update (especially the bathroom) but clean. pretty happy overall for a London hotel.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Maynooth, Ireland
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

I stayed in this hotel for only one night and on arrival I found the staff on reception to be friendly and helpful.

The hotel itself is located on Buckingham Palace Road and it is about 5 minute walk from Victoria Underground Station (Gatwick Express, 30 min into Victoria) and also Victoria Coach Station it is easily within walking distance of Shopping, Pubs & Restaurants.

The room was clean and tidy it was a good sized room the Bathroom was clean and of good size with a good shower.

The bed was comfy and I slept well.

This hotels location is ideal for all the attractions Buckingham Place, The Mall, Westminster, London Eye and lots of other London sights.


Check in/out was straight forward and easy.

I would stay at this hotel again when in London due to the location.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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Wellington, New Zealand
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

This hotel is very close to Victoria station (bus, train and tube) - so walk to Buckingham Place, The Mall, Westminster, London Eye and lots of other London sights.
Special mention to the concierges who booked a West End show for us and were very helpful - given we only had 24hrs in London.
Would stay here again.
Only thing to note was that, although our room was noted and labelled as non-smoking ... it did have a rather stale smell ... that sort of smell hotels use to cover up smoking rooms. Perhaps the room could do with some fresh air.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Ireland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

Had a lovely two night stay in the Thistle Westminster 14th/15th September 2012. Flew in from Dublin to Gatwick airport, hotel very convenient to Victoria Station (Gatwick Express,30 mins into Victoria). Staff very friendly, upgraded us, as it was our wedding anniversary. Open top bus stops outside hotel,which I would recommend, you get to see all the sights and commentary is excellent. Buckingham Palace less than 5 minutes walk from hotel. Hotel room very big,very clean and quiet. I would definitely return to Hotel,

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Thistle Westminster

Address: 49 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 0QT, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Mayfair / St James's / Piccadilly / Green Park 
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#69 Best Value Hotel in London
#329 Luxury Hotel in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Thistle Westminster 4*
Number of rooms: 134
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located a couple of minutes’ walk from Victoria Station with all the main underground links and a direct link to Gatwick Airport, Thistle Westminster is an ideal location for either business or leisure. We’re also a short stroll from Buckingham Palace, and a mere 15 minutes on foot to Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. ... more   less 
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