After reading these reviews I must admit we were nervous as to what to expect at Tophams, particularly given the surprising room prices and discounted rates! but overall the stay wasn't too bad. I can however confirm some aspects of those reviews as being correct.
We were greeted by a friendly gentlemen (the only one!) on arrival, but then soon discovered - at no surprise - that the lifts weren't working. Still in a positive mood we lugged our bags up 4 flights of stairs and down thin winding corridors to our room. Opening the door, and within one step, we walked straight into our bed with inches of space around it to move. We too smelt (and saw) damp in the room and were shocked to find cigarette buts in the draws and questionable hygiene standards. However, after complaining and to the hotels credit we were quickly apologised to and transferred to another room - although I question whether this would have happened without the helpful guy at the desk. Within 20 minutes the next room was far more pleasant, spacious and clean! From that point on our weekend stay was fine - we were unfortunate enough to have some loud guests staying at the same time and thin walls can make for light sleeping, but overall at approx £70 per night it wasn't too bad. Very close to the station and easy access to all in Victoria.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- One of the few remaining independent, boutique hotels, modern burlesque in style across five elegant stucco Victorian buildings. The 50 bedroom luxury hotel situated in the heart of Belgravia, one of the most exclusive and historic residential areas in London, is just minutes away from Victoria Station. Close to Buckingham Palace among many other top attractions, and with many restaurants and great shopping areas nearby, Tophams is London's best kept secret. Our breakfast room offers a selection of ham, cheese, breads and croissant, yoghurts, fresh fruit and a selection of fruit juices in a relaxing setting, which benefits from air conditioning and natural daylight; a perfect way to start your day in the City. Renowned for an excellent setting for a traditional English afternoon tea, we have a warm and welcoming, highly personalised style of service, in one of the very finest locations in London. We enjoy a truly international business and leisure clientele. Indeed, with a number of public transport services available close by, from double decker buses to Victoria tube/subway, travel arrangements literally open up the City for trips to the City centre, Theatreland and top tourist attractions. Open top bus tours can be arranged to thirty two tourist attractions and we highly recommend touring by cruising the River Thames along to The Tower of London and Greenwich. International visitors will be pleased to note Victoria station for connections to London Gatwick is just a few minutes' walk away and we are well positioned for car transfers to London Heathrow International airport. Our team can also readily assist with your transport arrangements to London City, London Luton and London Stansted airports, as well as anything else to ensure you the most pleasant stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tophams Hotel London
- The Tophams Hotel Belgravia London, England