I booked via last minute and for the money we got what we expected really.
The reviews were very poor for this hotel and we only paid £30 a night for a double. The website did say that it was a special price and was normally £70 per night but many say this to entice you. We did not expect much for £30. This is very very cheap for London especially seeing that it was so centrally based. Do not expect extravagance when paying so little for a hotel in London! This hotel is cheaper than many hostels. Put that into perspective.
The location was perfect just minutes from Victoria Coach, Train and Tube stations. Close to Buckingham Palace and many more famous sites well within walking distance. The area of Victoria is also very beautiful and an expensive part of London, full of beautiful little patisseries and boutiques.
We only saw the staff when we came to check in. The man at the desk was very polite and helpful and allowed us to check in 2 hours earlier than the usual check in time. This is because we asked nicely and there was a room available early enough. We did not need to check out, only to deposit our keys in the key box provided. Hassle free and easy!
We were in the building next door at No.102 and stayed in a double (Non Ensuite) room No.1.
First impression was that the room was very very tired looking. Lots of cracks on the ceiling that had been repainted over poorly. Lots of stains on curtains, lamp shade etc. There were stains on the net curtains. The sink had no plug and was stained. There were lots of chips in the paintwork. The decor & pictures were/was un-matching and old looking. The cupboard/wardrobe was adequate but very stained inside.
The view from the window was just of other buildings and the ceiling of a basement room. Unfortunately lots of cigarette butts everywhere which could have easily been cleaned up by staff.
The bottom draw of the bedside table was hanging off. There were no bedside lamps or a switch for the main light by the bed. If you like to read in bed or write your journals in the evenings then this was inconvenient. Also there was no power plugs at the bedside for charging phones, alarm clocks etc.
On a positive note:
There was a fully working flat screen tv with freeview above the fireplace.
There were fresh clean towels.
There was hand-wash in both the room and the bathroom.
There was a fully working kettle with tea, milk etc.
There was a heater in the room that heated up very quickly, this was good as it was cold winter weather when we stayed.
Bed linen was clean and the bed and pillows were very comfortable. The bed only had a white sheet, a blue throw and a wool blanket. The throw was stained but clean. It was not very warm so had to use the spare one that was stowed in the cupboard. I personally prefer duvets but that's just my choice.
The bathroom was shared but was clean and I never saw anyone else using it so there were no problems queuing or waiting for anyone else. The bathroom was also a bit tired looking and could do with a paint. It was also only up about 5 steps outside our bedroom door so not far to go at all.
The problem is that the place looks run down and this makes it look dirty when it isn't. Most of the problems are purely cosmetic. The room was CLEAN and BASIC and reflected in the price you pay. This is an ideal place to stay if you are not worried about staying in the hotel all the time, if you are traveling with mates, students, back packing etc. I'm not the fussiest of people and at the age of 28 still stay in hostels rather than screwing my face up at the sheer idea of it. This is not the right hotel for a family or for a 'romantic' weekend. If you want cheap and clean then it is perfect. Be Warned: The room did not look anything like the rooms on the hotel's website. This is misleading.
Please remember at £30 a night this hotel is adequate as this is an extremely cheap price for London. I have stayed in hostels that are nicer but also in hotels for more money that are on par with this. I would stay here again when I am on a tight budget like I was this time but I would not stay here for any more than £35 a night.
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