The hotel is located in a nice area just a short walk from the main London Victoria railway and underground/tube/metro station. Victoria Coach station is also just a few minutes’ walk away from the hotel. Therefore the location is ideal for visitors to London who wish to see the tourist sites, visit the theatre or go shopping.
The room rate is considerably lower than most hotels in central London and it seems that you get what you pay for from some of the reviews here. That said I have actually stayed in a number of hotels around Europe that charge considerably more for a great deal less.
Arriving at the hotel to check in it was pretty straight forward with polite and efficient staff. We were checked into our room within ten minutes. We had booked a twin bedded room suitable for a person with mobility issues. The allocated room was situated on the ground floor, room G-04. It wasn’t enormous but it was more than adequate, clean, tidy and functional with an easy access bathroom/shower that was compact but served the necessary purpose well.
The room included a LCD TV with a range of digital channels, mostly British although there are a few non English or British channels too. We used the television briefly before bed, 30 minutes later the remote control failed to react to commands. This wasn’t a huge inconvenience as by now it was time to go to bed, we switched the TV off at the power socket, assuming the batteries had gone. I mentioned this when leaving the following morning and reception informed me that if I had taken the remote to the receptionist they would have reset it for use in our room. It seems strange that a remote control needs to be reset just a few hours after checking into your room, a sign indicating this in the room might have been useful, or mention of it during check in might be wise.
Breakfast is served in a basement dining room, which was clean but far too small for the number of guests staying and taking breakfast the following morning. Breakfast was nothing too exciting, a bland European style Continental Breakfast consisting of a few slices of cold toast, croissants, thinly sliced portions of cheese and ham together with some tinned fruit salad. A selection of cereals is also on offer. The coffee was acceptable though. British, American, Australian and Canadian visitors who enjoy a substantial full English breakfast can find this offered at a number of restaurants and café’s within the area at various prices.
We would stay again, providing we were able to secure a good room, such as the one we were allocated for our overnight stay. Photographs of other rooms and areas look dreadful, thankfully we only experienced a much nicer, cleaner and well maintained are of the hotel during our stay.
There is a European power socket in the room for visitors from outside of the UK and the free broadband is available throughout the hotel and offers good wi fi connectivity, something that is often poor at other hotels throughout the world, even when you pay for it!
The instant coffee provided in the room was absolutely dreadful. I’m not entirely sure what was in the coffee sachet, but much would probably taste better. So take your own instant coffee when staying here (I’m told that the tea in the room was actually fine).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to The Airways Hotel Victoria London Looking for cheap budget hotels in London? The Airways Hotel may be the answer to your search. We are a family run budget hotels in Central London offering affordable accommodation with quality service.Our en suite rooms are clean and comfortably furnished, and our staff are well trained to ensure they can help you with whatever you may need and are eager to help. Although we are a cheap central London Hotel we have not compromised our quality of service.Our rooms have:Complimentary “Cole & Lewis of London” toiletriesWorld renowned “Hypnos” beds in every room15-22” Flat screen Digital TVTelephoneHairdryerHospitality Tray with tea and coffeeComplimentary Continental breakfastFree Wi-Fi24 hours ReceptionThis bed and breakfast hotel in London is conveniently located in the central area of Victoria. The Airways Hotel is 7-10 minutes walk from Victoria Station, which has links by Underground, Bus, Train and Coach to all parts of London, including tourist sites, and places as far as mainland Europe. Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, London Eye and Harrods are all within 20-30 minutes walk of the Hotel and if you use public transport you are within 40 minutes of all of London’s tourist attractions, including Tower of London, and airports (Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton).This budget hotels in central London is housed in a mid Victorian building in a well conserved residential part of London.The Airways Hotel is the answer for tourist and business travellers looking for a cheap central London hotel in a quiet and safe residential setting. ... more less
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