As others have said, the Lime Tree has the feel of a B&B. We stayed there five nights in April, 2014.
Our room was at the top of the stairs on the third (in the US, fourth) floor. "Up with the angels," as the man at the registration desk/office told us. There's no lift, but the climb up is good exercise. If stairs are a problem for you they suggest reserving a room on a lower floor. Staff is available to carry luggage for you.
Our room was one of the smaller ones but comfortable with a nice bathroom. The shower stall seemed brand new. The breakfasts were good, from the full English to fruit and porridge. Simple and nicely served in a bright breakfast room.
The hotel is in Belgravia, a ten minute walk from Victoria Station. It's even closer to the Victoria Coach Station, if you use a motor coach from or to the airport. The neighborhood is quiet and safe, with a nice coffee shop, Tom Tom's, across the street and the good Ebury wine bar/restaurant next door. The Thomas Cubitt pub/restauratnt is half a block away. There are other restaurants nearby but we only sampled those three, going back to the Ebury and Cubitt a time or two.
With the Victoria tube station so close the Lime Tree serves as an excellent London home base. Buckingham Palace is in walking distance and other sights not much farther.
The owners, who work in the hotel much of the time, and staff are genuinely friendly and extremely helpful and informative. They helped us with advice on restaurant choices, routes, and getting tickets to a few of the bigger attractions so we could avoid long lines. Best of all, their helpful attitude and cheerfulness helped us relax and enjoy our London stay.
We enjoyed our stay at the Lime Tree and have no trouble recommending it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Lime Tree Hotel is a superior bed & breakfast set in a pair of Grade II listed Georgian townhouses. Family-run for 30 years, the Lime Tree has a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and enviable location in the heart of Belgravia making it an ideal base from which to explore all the sights of London. Providing affordable, comfortable accommodation in an elegant city setting, we provide free WiFi to guests and all bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms and flat screen TVs. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Lime Tree Hotel London, England