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The Columbia
Ranked #505 of 1,086 Hotels in London
Worcester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Friendly service in excellent location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2012

Having tried several 3 and 4 star hotels in central London for my business trips I have now found a 2 star that I will be returning to time and time again. The rooms may be old fashioned, (especially the bathrooms), but the room rates are extremely attractive, especially considering many have views of Hyde Park, and if you prize clean and charming over high class, modern and expensive then try this hotel. The staff are also very friendly and helpful. The clientele seemed to be a real mix, lots of tourists, families as well as business travellers. Even a couple of rock bands on tour! The only thing I can say against it is that it would be nice to have internet access in the bedrooms, but there is WIFI in the downstairs public areas and they don't charge for it so I happily completed my work in the bar. Lancaster Gate tube station is just a 3 minute walk, and Paddington took me about 6 minutes. One of the ladies on Reception also advised they were on a bus route that runs between Oxford Street one way and Westfield SHopping Centre the other.. the perfect location for my next London shopping trip!

Room Tip: I like a quiet room, I was located on the 3rd floor with a view of a quiet road. The front has love...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2012 via mobile

The Columbia is an average budget hotel situated in the convenient and relatively pleasant area of Bayswater.

Don't expect a high standard of decor or facilities but, if you're looking for a basic, functional place to spend a couple of nights, then this hotel will probably suffice.

Rooms have clearly been squeezed into this hotel wherever there was a little spare space. I had a single room on the 2nd floor and this was in the centre of the building up a small, narrow flight of stairs to a sort of mezzanine level. The room itself was also on two levels with a narrow staircase down from the bathroom to the small sleeping area. This was fine for me but access would be impractical for anyone who couldn't easily climb stairs. If you do struggle with stairs then I would definitely check this before booking.

The decor throughout the hotel was tired and faded and the bedroom was no exception. That said, everywhere seemed clean and functional. The bathroom was dated and basic but sufficient, although the shower was fixed at a height of around 5'6", making it rather awkward to use for anyone taller.

Staff were reasonably efficient - although not especially friendly - and there was no WiFi in the bedrooms (although limited coverage was provided in the public lounges).

This hotel's biggest asset is its location. Situated just a 3 minute walk from Lancaster Gate underground station, it takes only a few minutes to travel in the heart of London's West End.

All in all, a basic but serviceable hotel in a decent location and at a sensible price.

Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
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Torquay, England
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84 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2012

Stayed for one night. I Will book again when I am back in London. Dont book expecting a corporate type hotel, but for the price it is in a good location and nice enough.
If you are arriving at paddington railway station the hotel is a 8 to 10 minute walk through pleasent streets. The hotel is situated opposite Hyde Park, if you dont want to walk (Marble Arch is only 10 minutes walk away) bus stops are outside, giving easy access to central shops and attractions. An underground (tube) station is 5 minutes away at Lancaster Gate. The hotel has a large foyer with reception area, staff were friendly and helpful. plenty of rooms across 4 floors. some of the decor and carpets are showing their age but dont let that put you off. Rooms are clean and large enough to have either a twin / double bed, dresser, chair, wardrobe TV, tea and coffee making facilities and ensuite bathrooms. Hotel also has a nice lounge, a small bar which also serves snacks and a spacious breakfast room. Tea, coffee, fruit juice, breads and toast are all included in the price, if you require more it can be purchased per individually priced items. A large secure luggage room can be used to leave cases if required. Good food, beer, wines and atmosphere is available at the nearby Mitre pub in Craven Terrace. I did not notice any air conditioning. Ideal budget hotel, better than many in the area.

Room Tip: Ask for a room overlooking Hyde Park and on a higher floor. you will get a view through the trees.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Carlsbad, CA
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75 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2012

We chose this hotel due to price, after reviewing similar cheaper hotels in the area.
It worked great for us for one night. The room on the 4th floor was not somewhere to spend a long time. It was clean and had an ensuite bathroom, coffee and tea maker, and a small TV.
The previous reviews say the hotel is tired, and this is correct. The rooms and corridors are not modern.
Our rate included full English breakfast. This had many choices including poached haddock or smoked mackerel! The breakfast room and bar are probably the nicest parts of the hotel.
I found the staff very friendly. I would stay here again.

Room Tip: Our roof room on the 4th floor had a small round window without a view.,
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank SanDiegobased
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Aarhus
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2012

I stayed on Columbia and booked directly on the hotel's website and ended up psying 22 GBP more per night compared to booking through booking.com. I saw a list in the reception of the room rates for the different guests, and they differed a lot. I asked in the reception about the reaon for this huge difference in price and was told that I could write the management of the hotel which I have done twice - without any answer. The service at this hotel is lousy, they hardly look up in the reception, and the breakfast is of very poor quality. The rooms are very old, the beds are uncomfortable and the bathroom/shower is for really small people! I would not recommend this hotel to anyone.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank mrolAarhus
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Jacksonville, Florida
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2012 via mobile

Overall this hotel was decent for price especially in London! Our view from the room overlooked Hyde park and we were in walking distance to paddington station and Lancaster station. Also there was a bus stop right in front of the hotel so if you took the one bus it would take your through all the main attractions down to westminster abbey! (the breakfast staff gave us a heads up with that!) the staff was friendly and breakfast staff was very helpful! Breakfast was an assortment of bread and jams so nothing too spectacular. Hotel wifi would only work in lobby so that was a bummer and the hotel was a bit outdated and run down... But for the price you pay, you really can't complain. Next trip, if we're on a budget we will definitely stay there again!

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Oohhmai
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Allons, Tennessee
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50 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2012

I would not stay anywhere else. The location is amazing, bus service outside the door and 5 minutes walk to the Lancaster Gate tube. And might I mention Hyde Park outside your door. The rooms are average, the breakfast basic which I think is more than made up for by the PRICE and LOCATION. Since I have been coming here I have seen many improvements. What has not changed is the folks running the desk. They have always been pleasant and helpful. I used to give workshops at this hotel and the management attended to every need.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: The Columbia
Address: 95-99 Lancaster Gate, London W2 3NS, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > London
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #505 of 1,086 Hotels in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Columbia 2.5*
Number of rooms: 102
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel overlooks Hyde Park & Kensington Gardens; minutes from Queensway restaurants & shops; easy access to public transportation. ... more   less 
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