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Henry VIII Hotel
Ranked #878 of 1,078 Hotels in London
Reviewed November 3, 2013

First impression is medium. Reception is small but looks clean and well organised. Staff a bit more dubious. Speaks mostly Spanish, and start talking on the phone in the middle of checking me in. I do not appreciate taking a back seat to the phone. Only one lift is working, which causes some congestion.
Then the room, the tiniest room i have ever hadthe misfortune to be in. For one person it is claustrophobic, for two ridicoulous. The bathroom is equally tiny.
However if you only need a place to sleep in central London, for a day or two, you can survive. You just have to be inventive. I did not unpack anything except my toiletries, and put my suitcase in the wardrobe, which could barely be opened, without hitting the end of the bed, but there was nowhere else, since there was no luggage rack or floorspace.
The location is very good, in central Bayswater, but you can hear the Tube at all times.
The breakfast is not worth it, you can get better at a cafe, for less money.

Room Tip: Try to get a room on the top, for more quietness.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

Having booked this hotel due to its location for a weekend in central London was pleased with the first impressions. The location, around 100 meters off the Bayswater Road and a few minutes’ walk to either Bayswater or Queensway underground station meant that the whole of London was easily accessible. The room was small, well ventilated and light. A big floor to ceiling window allowed plenty of natural light. The ceiling being around 12ft high had a fan which kept the air flowing. The bed was quite comfortable and although only double in size was quite adequate for the one night we stayed. The bathroom had a small bath and there was plenty of hot water. A small flat screen TV placed high on top of the wardrobe meant that it could be viewed easily whilst lying in bed. Coffee and tea and a small kettle, enough to make a couple of drinks was included too. The Wi-Fi Internet access was a bit hit and miss though. All in all a nice little room. The reception was ok and we were greeted by a pleasant receptionist who gave us all the information we needed, it seems the first language of the hotel was Spanish, however, we experienced no difficulties whatsoever.

The room was noisy at night time with the blowers from either the air conditioning or from the pool went drumming continuously right through the night. The hotel was a spa hotel and the pool whilst small was more than adequate and being just over 6 ft deep at the deepest point was good. The changing areas for the pool was very disappointing, two cubicles in one corner with shower curtains as doors together with big mirrors meant that everything was on show. Certainly not private enough to allow for anyone to have any chance of changing discreetly. The sauna again was very small and if more than three people wanted to use this facility it would indeed become very cosy, although it was never turned on so that the size never mattered at all.

Breakfast next morning, well what can I say, think of all the negative words you can think off and it still wouldn’t cover it. When directed to our table we were asked what drinks we wanted, tea coffee etc, all sounds good. My wife wanted tea while I requested decaf coffee, we were then served with two cups of hot water a tea bag and an instant coffee sachet with decaf in. the selection of continental breakfast was in fact quiet varied, the usual hams, cheeses, fruit, yoghurts etc but nothing looking appetising. The cereal was hidden away behind the fruit juice of Mango rather than the usual orange. One taste was enough to prove that it was powdered and not fresh. Bread rolls were hard and the sliced bread open for flies to settle on. When putting toast through the toaster, it appeared at the bottom after going through its journey looking fresher than it went in. Onto the hot food, reconstituted powdered egg along with bacon that had been cooked so long I thought it had died several times and baked beans that were almost so cold that they had not seen any heat for a long time, despite only being their ten minutes after the breakfast room had opened.

The overall appearance of the hotel was not of a four star hotel and the breakfast would have had trouble finding any star let alone four. Overall it was ok for one night as long as you don’t want a decent breakfast.

Room Tip: If you use the pool get changed in your room and take a towel. Hotel towels are very sma;;. take yo...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Mike D
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Reviewed October 9, 2013

We stayed here for 5 nights pre cruise and although the location was great for us: underground nearby, great Greek restaurant on the block, pubs around the block, Hyde Park across the street and if you're a walker you can cut thru the park to Marble Arch and the Diana memorials, there are some drawbacks about the facility. There is no way to contact them via e-mail with a question. The pool was closed the entire time and that is a main feature in their listing. The 2 computers were dreadfully horribly slow and the TV had maybe 3 channels. You should plan on all your own bathroom sundries as the ones given were miniscule. The front desk staff was hit or miss in their willingness to try to figure out the answer to a question starting with , "Do you know if....." If they didn't know, that was it. I will say the overall hotel was clean, room was cleaned well daily, breakfast was more than ample over a few hours time span and the location was fine. It was in a very nice neighborhood interspersed with apartments and a few hotels.

Room Tip: Ask for a room that looks out on the main street. We looked out over vents and bricks.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank Katherine G
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

I spent 2 nights for a business trip in this hotel last september for around 495 € including breakfast.
The hotel is a Victorian building located close to Hyde Park (not on the poach part of the park but more in the animated and more popular side of the park), 5 / 10 min walk from Queensway metro station (red line). The hotel website mentions 3 min away from the metro station but it is more 5/10 min, unless you go for a jogging to Hide Park.
The hotel is quite noisy as windows and rooms' walls are not very well insulated : you can hear nearly everything from the street and from next door's bedrooms, hopefully I had my ear blocks.

Everything is from another age and old fashion : decoration of the lobby, lifts (one of them was out of order), design and decoration of the rooms which are very small (you can bearly walk around your bed), bathrooms, bedrooms equipment, ... The air conditioning / heating didn't work and I didn't have any TV remote control ! ...
When I complained one night about the missing remote control, the employee at the reception brought me 5 but no one worked ! ...
The good things of this hotel are : staff are very friendly and do what they can to help you, bedrooms are clean even if they are not welcoming and the breakfast is OK but not outstanding.
This hotel is not the place to stay if you want to get a rest and it is overpriced for the quality of its facilities but what can you expect in London ...

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled on business
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2  Thank Florent J
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

Good beds,clean room with tea and coffee provided in the room, good breakfast, reasonable price.good location. Well situated for transport and sightseeing. Helpful staff..Maybe not a four star, but sincerely good enough for a couple of nights.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 27, 2013

Travel agent recommended, although reviews on Trip Advisor were mixed, we went ahead and booked the stay--WHAT A MISTAKE. We had to prepay the full week's stay at time of booking, months in advance. Booked a triple room for 3 adults.
On arrival, we were put into a double room with a very uncomfortable pull out sofa, not the triple shown. No A/C and room was at front door of hotel facing street, couldn't open a window for fear anyone could climb in. Staff spoke little to no English--rarely understood us. All triples were occupied.
When we were moved the next day, the room was a mess, still no A/C, never got clean glasses or coffee cups. Wi-Fi only worked occasionally if at all. Breakfast was OK, powdered eggs and coffee machine dispensed hot chocolate not Cappuccino. When we told the staff, they said "the machine is old and gets confused" REALLY!
Photos will be posted to show the sign on the A/C so old, no intentions of ever repairing. Overall, the hotel was in need of repair and no one seemed to care.
Only plus was the location, easy trip to the underground or Kensington Park.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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4  Thank Elaine P
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Reviewed September 27, 2013

Booked here through a a family friend. The staff behind the counter barely spoke any english. Booked a room for 3 people. First room we got had 1 bed and a fold out couch bed. NOT what we booked. Asked to switch rooms, told the hotel was booked until morning. Slept on the couch bed and felt the support rods poking me in the back every time I rolled over.

Moved into another room the next day. Got 3 beds on the 5th floor. Air conditioning was broken with a note ssaying it was. By the time you wrote the note and got it taped to the AC unit, you could have had it fixed! Looked like the note had been there for about a year. Used the glasses in the room and when we got back later in the day...THEY WERE STILL THERE! They didn't even bother to replace them. Had to go down to the front desk to ask for new ones! There was dust on the ceiling fan as if they hadn't dusted the place for a month or 2 and it came falling down when the fan was turned on. The tube had planks of wood on either side as if the tube broke and they fixed it the cheap way. They also left toilet paper in the toilet and were too lazy to flush it.

Only positive was the breakfast was good. First and only time I will be staying here!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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3  Thank Mark P
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Address: 23 Leinster Gardens, London W2 3AN, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > London
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #878 of 1,078 Hotels in London
Price Range: $71 - $242 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Henry VIII Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 105
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Traditional Hotel in quiet location, a few yards from Hyde Park, convenient to Bayswater & Queensway tube stations. ... more   less 
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