We had booked for four nights at the beginning of our month-long UK trip, and then another three nights at the end.
On our first stay we had a room on the top floor. The staff member told us it was the largest in the hotel. And while the room was comfortable, it wasn't huge. However, the high ceiling and tall windows, looking out onto the street below, made it feel quite spacious.
Not so spacious was the bathroom, The shower was so small, that when I dropped the soap, I couldn't bend over to pick it up, or reach it by bending my knees! Okay, I'm 6'2", but I'm skinny. A beefier guest would have hardly any room to move. Then there's the toilet. In this bathroom it was mounted on a raised section, which meant a short person (like my 5'2' wife) could not put their feet on the floor while sitting on the loo. Not a comfortable way to go.
The breakfast room was pleasant place. Even though the tables are small and the hot breakfasts were not as scrumptious as some we had in country areas of England and Scotland. We were fascinated by the 'dumb waiter; a very old rope-controlled device for bringing the meals up from the basement kitchen, and returning the dishes down for washimg. It is something we had only ever seen in the Upstairs Downstairs television series.
On our return visit, we had a room at the back. It had been renovated and was not as 'Victorian' as the previous room. And while it didn't have much of a view, at least the bathroom was a lot bigger and quite modern.
The staff at the hotel are friendly and pleasant, and always made us feel very welcome. Like most hotels situated this close to the major attractions of London, the room rates are far higher than what you would expect for the standard of the premises. However, that is the price you pay for staying in one of the best areas of London (Belgravia) and being in walking distance from the places you must visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Lime Tree Hotel is a superior bed & breakfast set in a pair of Grade II listed Georgian townhouses. Family-run for 20 years, the Lime Tree has a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and enviable location in the heart of Belgravia making it an ideal base from which to explore all the sights of London. Providing affordable, comfortable accommodation in an elegant city setting, we provide free WiFi to guests and all bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms and flat screen TVs. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Lime Tree Hotel London, England