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“Very cheap, good central location. Adequate for a single night.” 3 of 5 stars
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Ranked #733 of 1,072 Hotels in London
Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Very cheap, good central location. Adequate for a single night.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

I booked a single night at this property for a stay at the end of January. As I arrived by coach the hotels location is perfect, being only 5mins away from Victoria Coach Station. The property is in close proximity to Victoria Railway Station and the Underground network. You can't really get a better location in London for the price!

The room was comfortable enough for a single night, and although I booked a room with a shared toilet and shower, my room had a toilet and shower in what I imagine was previously a cupboard. Very small but more than adequate for my needs. The hotel backs on to the approach to Victoria Railway station, as such trains can be heard in the early hours of the morning, although they are not too disruptive.

Breakfast consisted of Cereal, Toast, Tea/Coffee and Orange Juice and this was again, more than adequate for my needs. However I did not appreciate the way in which the kitchen staff loiter around the dining room, looking over you while you are having breakfast.

The service I received when I contacted the property the previous day, to inquire about the check in time was poor. The member of staff on the end of the line was very abrupt and not particularly helpful or friendly. Secondly on arrival at the hotel, the gentleman behind the reception was engrossed in a phone call and I had to wait about 5 minutes for him to finish this call and welcome me to the property. Not a particularly good first impression to give your guests.

In general the hotel is fairly priced, with an excellent location and is comfortable for a single night. The hotel staff however could be more polite and welcoming to guests! If I had a higher budget I wouldn't bother staying here again, but if your funds are limited, it isn't too bad an option.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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Thank Antony802
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Zagreb, Croatia
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14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2012

We originally booked a twin room in Ivy house hotel ( several of this hotels in the same street), but at arrival we asked for a double room, so they gave us one in Alexander House.

Reading many of the reviews about London budget hotels, you are aware you are going to get a tiny room. I couldn't imagine such a small bathroom, though. We went there last week (so, February) and it was really worm in the room, which I liked very much, since I'm cold almost all the time :)

Room needs a lot of ,,refreshment''-walls had stains, doors and windows are in poor condition, but I must admit it was clean. We got clean towels and soaps every day, bed sheets were clean and so was the bathroom. It is small and old, but it was clean!

Breakfast was a great start for the day, a little bit of toast, butter, jam, cerials, juice...I mean-what would you expect for that price?!

The best thing about this hotel is location. Very near to Victoria station, from where you have 3 metro lines (Victoria, District and Central) and station of Gatwick express. There are several ok restaurants/pubs, it will keep you full untill you get to know the area.

You can even walk to some locations.

Noise-I heard a little bit of trains first night, but I was so tired it didn't bother me. If you hear them, that means you didn't walk around London enough! :D

I would recommend it for younger travelers and for a good place just to come back at the evening to go to sleep. For that it is really ok, considering the price.

Room Tip: Prepare yourself to be in a small hotel in a small room with a smallest bathroom ever.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank Mala F
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Chester, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2012

I stay in this hotel when in London on business. It is is central. It is clean and warm in the winter. Thought the price reflects what you get in London. It is part of a chain of hotels in the same Road behind Victoria Station but at the end of the Rd is a great pub with good pub food,

Room Tip: front top with shower
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank NINOKAZ
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Merida, Mexico
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116 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2011

ANNEXE HOTEL, ALEXANDER HOTEL AND HOLLY HOUSE ARE the same hotel, same owners. Stay away. The rooms are very very small, the beds are small, the toilets are microspic, rooms are very noisy besides Victoria Station. The trains seems to pass through the rooms...it is very noisy ! The only good thing maybe is the location.
I was 3 days and I changed from one hotel to the other to check if I coud get something better, but 3 hotels are the same worst thing.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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1 Thank EnriqueLP
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Portland, Oregon
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2008

This place is THE reality check for budget travelers in London. The Dollar to Pound exchange rate is abysmal, so if you are too proud to bunk down in a hostel, be prepared to budget more or you will end up in some place just like this.

The room was cramped, like a closet with a bed shoved in, with worn carpeting and an unrelenting musty smell. The private bath is squeezed into what must have been the coat closet, so compact that while sitting on the toilet I could rest one elbow in the sink and the other against the shower wall. We slept fine the first night, being jetlagged from our first day after a transcontinental flight, but the second night was a doozy due to the constant noise from Victoria Station trains running right below our window. On the plus side, this place is an easy walk from Victoria Station....

Do not confuse this hotel with the Alexander House Hotel in Sussex, a 4-star luxury hotel and spa. At the time of my review, the tripadvisor site links to THEIR photo page instead, which is infinitely more glamorous.

  • Liked — Proximity to Victoria Station.
  • Disliked — The yellowed toilet brush that had no place to hide in such a tiny bathroom.
  • Stayed April 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
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1 Thank MataKari
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Texas
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2007

I made a Hotel reservation on November 16 at Alexander House to stay for one night on December 31 due to flight layover from Rome. When I arrived, the attendant told me that my reservation was canceled. I found myself, my 8 year old daughter and my wife out in the streets on a cold and rainy night looking for a vacant room in an unfamiliar city in New Year's Eve. I've never experienced this kind of treatment in any country I've traveled to. Perhaps, in the country of origin of this hotel's manager it is a custom not to honor your business deals.

  • Tips/Secrets — Do not stay with Alexander House because they want to rip you off.
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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7 Thank Overseas_vacationer
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Texas
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2005

This hotel ia horid. When we first walked in the door it was horrible the loby was nasty that smelled like waste. The desk people stole my credit card and put charges on it. The room had no room exept for the bed and the bathroom had a showerhead exept it was in the wall and a drain. The toliet didn't work so if we had to go to the bathroom we had to go by the nearby resturant. The curtains had stains on them. We found a rat behind the bed and the heater didn't work. We found a leech in our bead along with a cockrach.

  • Stayed September 2004
    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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9 Thank pink_pony
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Property: Alexander House Hotel
Address: 32 Hugh Street | Victoria, London SW1V 1RP, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Pimlico , Victoria
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Restaurant
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Ranked #733 of 1,072 Hotels in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
Alexander Hotel London
Alexander House Hotel London, England

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