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Reviewed July 10, 2016

Kingsway Park and Admiral Hotels

These are two hotels operating as one with another hotel between them.
Reception is in one and there is a breakfast dining room in both.
They, like both sides of most of Sussex Gardens are converted terrace houses.
They are five floors high with no lifts and the final two staircase are narrow winding ones that make it difficult for the elderly or arthritic to carry suitcases.
Our room was approx 4mx3m and two flights up. It contained a three quarter and single bed coupled together. This prevented king size sheets being tucked in.
In one corner was a fabricated en suite cubicle that would be considered small for a caravan. It's hand basin's glazing was crazed. The shower was blocked and flooded the whole cubicle. This was fixed.
Alongside the head of the bed was a noisy refrigerator that gurgled all night.
We had to request sheets be replaced after eight days. There was room for only one chair.
Unable to lock a full height window that could provide outside access from a balcony.
Curtains need a wash.
Wifi whilst free went from slow to timing out
Staff were pleasant.

A return visit 3 days later after tripping off to Ireland provided a bigger room. It was quieter and contained a larger, more comfortable bed and was at the bottom of a single flight of stairs.
This room had a similar en suite.
We were a lot happier with this room.
These two hotels are OK if you just want somewhere to sleep and shower with breakfast thrown in. Breakfast consists of self service cereals, toast, tea and juice plus a full English breakfast if wanted. Take the lot and you could last until dinner time.

They are close to an excellent bus and tube service with a short walk to hide park and shops. There are plenty of eateries close by.

If a senior try to get a room with a minimum of stairs.

Room Tip: Take the dearest in the range required and as close to the ground floor as possible.
  • Stayed: July 2016, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank Vern L
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Reviewed June 21, 2016

Arrived at Hotel on the 13TH June, We were given a room on the 4th floor no lifts, we carried our luggage up and tried to adjust but been in our seventy it was to much of a struggle. returned back to the reception desk and asked for a different room, which they did change. Today I had to ask after 8 days could they please change the sheets, I was so disappointed the shower is so small we have to stand sideways. This is our special holiday for a month , the photos we saw looked okay our room is not like that
so small.The ladies at the breakfast are lovely.

Room Tip: Do not choose the front very noisy.
  • Stayed: June 2016, traveled as a couple
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8  Thank Patricia L
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Reviewed June 17, 2016

Avoid, avoid, avoid...

Booked this hotel as a place to rest our head after a gig. We weren't expecting much but for £100 for the night we expected more that we eventually got. Will not visit again.

Firstly the Admiral Hotel's reception is actually two doors down at the Kingsway Hotel. Not a problem in itself, but it took us a good few minutes of walking through the Admiral part of this joint venture to realise there was a small sign on the door the door pointing us to the Kinsgway. This immediately raised some concerns as to security as we were able to fully explore the Admiral Hotel without seeing any staff.

When we got to our room it was still being cleaned so we waited outside for 5 minutes while it was finished. When we were left alone in the room we realised that it had been a while since this room had been given any TLC. Lights did not work, sockets were broken and the bathroom was tiny with a dirty and cracked sink.

We hadn't planned to spend any real time in the hotel so we dropped our bags off and headed out.

On our way from Paddington Underground Station to the hotel we unfortunately found that the end of the road was an area where prostitutes gathered. Admittedly the hotel can do nothing about this but I think that families and lone female travelers should be aware of this fact.

Again the hotel front doors were wide open. There was a member of staff smoking in the doorway though.

The road noise during the night was not too bad and the rooms are double glazed. However the bigger issue is noises within the hotel. At around 6;30am we were woken first by the person moving around in the room above. I expect they were just getting ready in a perfectly normal manner but it sounded like they were jumping from step to step. Shortly after this a sound reminiscent of a generator or angle grinder started. I poked my head out of the window to see if any roadworks had started but at this point realised the noise was coming from inside the hotel. I can only assume that this was a shower or toilet using a macerator pump or simliar.

I completely understand that we were staying on a week night in London where people want to go to work or meetings but this noise was horrendous. My partner and I were wide awake after this.

We waited for the rush hour on the tube to die down and left the hotel as soon as possible. We skipped breakfast.

I struggle even to review this hotel and recommend it to people on a tight budget (maybe backpackers) while there are much nicer hostels (hostels, not hotel) available in London which have the added benefits of staying with like minded individuals.

Room Tip: Book another hotel
  • Stayed: June 2016, traveled as a couple
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70  Thank BradleyWiggins
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Reviewed May 13, 2016

a bit noisy and "strange" hotel, but for london prices and location, its still manageable for max 1 night. it has low rates and you can make changes easily. No elevator so good luck if your room is on fifth floor :)

  • Stayed: July 2015, traveled on business
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7  Thank Avid U
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Reviewed February 26, 2016

Booked in for one night this week.
Reception is not in this hotel, but 2 doors up the street.
Given a double room on the 4th floor; NO lift so I hope you like climbing narrow stairs!
Entered room to find:
Dirty towels on the floor
No clean towels
No plug in sink
No tea or coffee in the hospitality tray
Not totally sure the bed had been changed although it had been made
2 knotted bags of rubbish on the floor
Bin still full
Chewing gum stuck on the ONE bedside light
Lack of towels reported but I had to collect them from the "Reception"
All faults reported the next morning, in writing, but their reaction was of the couldn't care less type.
"English" breakfast was adequate.
Only positive was that the Wi-fi was really good.

Room Tip: Don't bother!!
  • Stayed: February 2016, traveled on business
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43  Thank MidWalesGraham
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