Mixing business with pleasure, my wife and I booked a two night stay here through Olotels (more later). The price was very competitive - and it included breakfast, which few other agents offered or, when they did, at a much higher price.
After a long day, working and travelling we arrived at Victoria Station at around 22:30. Unfortunately at that time of night the back door (which leads you straight from the station into the hotel) was closed, so we had to go out into the street - however even then it is only a 3 minute walk.
We were politely and efficiently checked in - though I'm glad I remembered to print off the Olotel voucher because it was an essential part of the transaction.
The room was "compact", but very clean, recently decorated and with good quality furnishings. The wifi worked, there was a Bose iPod player and a rainfall(?) shower. The bed was super comfortable and we slept soundly. We were pleased to find that they still provide a turn-down service in the evenings - and they even placed a card in the master switch to ensure that the room was air conditioned and lit when we returned on the second evening.
Breakfast was all-you-can-eat buffet style, nicely laid out and with a sufficiently wide choice to suit most people. The only complaint was that it proved challenging to get a top up of coffee on the second morning.
The area immediately around the hotel is tourist central, with lots of backpackers milling around trying to find their bus/train/taxi. It is also not the cleanest part of the city, but it is certainly very central, with Buckingham Palace just down the road.
So for the hotel - yes, I would thoroughly recommend it, particularly at the £150 per night (for room and breakfast for two) that we paid.
Olotels? As mentioned above, the price was terrific value, so much so that I began to worry that it might be too good to be true. However and much to my relief, they delivered! The voucher seems to be important to secure your room, so don't forget it. The only caveat is that you are given a price in £ Sterling, but you are billed in Euros, which adds a little to the final cost. Even so, they beat their nearest competitor - and threw in breakfast! I'll be using them again.
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