The apartments are on the second and third floors of the building. The entry door is operated by your room key (a plastic card). If you arrive for the first time after 22:00 you may have to phone a mobile number to gain entry, otherwise use the door phone. Reception is a little desk. Don't expect a grand reception hall, but you don't need one. Booking in was quick but you may need a passport for identification. We had a room overlooking George Street, with one wall of glass, with a door leading out to a very narrow balcony.
Our room had a stripped wood floor, IKEA kitchen with a large fridge freezer, oven and ceramic hob. A micro wave and toaster were in a cupboard. The washer/dryer was an AEG, very quiet and effective. The bed was a super king size made up of two singles clamped together, with double sheets and quilt. It was comfortable but you couldn’t sleep in the middle! There was one bedside cabinet. The TV was a disappointment. Quality was good but it was an analogue with a digital converter stuffed behind. We had trouble with it to start, but the receptionist guy sorted it out promptly. The technique was to turn it on and then use only the remote for the digital box. However this seemed only to work for channels up to 99, so we couldn’t get Radio 4 (Channel 704).
The air conditioning unit (to the right of the TV) seemed to work well. The noise from the street has been mentioned, but it’s probably no worse than in any big city hotel. George Street is not a quiet road during the day but it seemed quiet at night and we slept well. The apartment was cleaned daily (including weekends) very efficiently by some friendly maids. Two bottles of water and some fruit were provided when we arrived. There is a kettle and tea and coffee sachets. Crockery, cutlery and pans are provided but not many of them. We didn’t experience problems though.
The bathroom was clean, although the bathplug didn’t fit. In fairness, we didn’t mention this to reception until the end and they were quite concerned about getting it fixed. The shower was good, easily controlled with a large head. It was boosted by a noisy pump under the sink, although this was barely audible in the adjacent room. The shower had a glass side over the edge of the bath, which made it a little difficult getting in and out. If you are worried about slipping take a bathmat. Toiletries, toothbrushes etc were provided.
The wardrobe was half height with drawers under and a (free) safe. There was plenty of room for our clothes but we had to hang full length clothes with hangers over a door.
The Tesco below has been mentioned. It was clean, well stocked and friendly. There is an ‘Apostrophe’ cafe on the corner with Baker Street for breakfast. M&S and Selfridges Food Hall are only 10 minutes walk away. The good location has been mentioned by others. Don’t forget Regents Park for a restful walk.
For those not used to London: if you intend using public transport, get an ‘Oyster’ prepaid card. It’s cheaper and easier to use. (http://www.tfl.gov.uk/ for details about travel in London). Otherwise, you must obtain a ticket before travelling on buses. If you are able, walking is the fastest way to travel short distances. Get a good map and use back streets. You will see the architecture of London and it’s safe. Buses are good for sightseeing (use the top deck) but may be slow. Bus stops have maps showing destinations from that, and nearby stops. The tube (underground/subway) is good for fast travel but can be hot and crowded. If you want a taxi, hail one. The fare is displayed above the driver. A 10% tip is usual. A taxi holds a maximum of 5 people.
The apartments are situated in the district of Marylebone, which has a small town feel. If we are eating out we prefer small back street restaurants. We avoid hotel restaurants, they tend to be expensive for average food.
We’d stay at the apartments again.
- Also Known As:
- Presidential Apartments Hotel London
- Presidential Apartments Hotel
- Presidential Apartments London, England
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are located at 102 George Street, serviced by an exclusive lift. We offer studios and one bedroom apartments to let on daily, weekly and monthly bookings. Apartment extras include free Wi-Fi, Satellite TV, Air Conditioning and Daily Maid service. Our prime location ensures that you are never too far away from any of the attractions of London, be it the wonderful parks or multiple variety of restaurants, casinos, pubs, museums, cinemas, theatres or Stores. ... more less
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