Was a victim of the catastrophe that was Heathrow Airport on the night 11 Dec when British Airways just canclled all their flights to Belfast. Passengers were effectively handed a piece of paper, told to make a claim and get on with it......but that is another story!
When I finally married up with my hold bag, 2 hours later, and feeling tired and cranky I started the search for a hotel. The hotel reservation service was taking forever to find hotels for stranded passengers so I took the bold decision to book my own hotel.
Decided to look for something around Paddington because the Heathrow Express could get me there in 15 mins. First hotel that came up was the Lancaster Court Hotel and at £46.00 I just grabbed fully aware in my mind at that price, in London, I was taking a chance.
Hotel was literally a 5 min walk from Paddington Station and I found it easily using the navigation app on my phone.
First impression on entering the "reception" was "uh oh". Very small but I was quickly and efficiently booked in and was given a room on the 4th floor. Went through the doors to the stairs and even I, an experienced traveller, was stopped in my tracks by what greeted me. 4 floors and no lift. Toilets on every landing. Ripped and dirty wall paper with what looked suspiciously like smeared dried blood in places, a dirty worn threadbare carpet on the floor and stairs that threatened to give way underfoot as you laboured up to the room. OMG! I've stayed in some rough places but this looked like a student doss house!
Anyway eventually made to the room, which was as about as small as a room could be, only to find lights weren't working! Trudged back down the stairs to reception and informed the gentlemen of the problem and he looked at me and asked me "why is there no electricity?". Good question mate...you sort it......which he wasn't able to do and gave me keys to another room on the same floor. At this stage all I could do was laugh at the situation. The replacement room had 3 beds, a desk with what looked like 2 planks nailed to the top to make the desktop, a bedside locker that was nailed to the wall, wall paper falling off the wall and a shower that looked like you would be a candidate for Legionaire's disease if you used it! There was a tiny bar of soap left for guests so if you didn't have your own wash kit with you you were buggered. The bedroom looked like some of those rooms you see on UK Borderforce where illegal immigrants are crammed into a small space. The wardrobe was a knock together second hand chipboard type with about 3 coat hangers. This was beyond bad!
Bed was spotlessly clean and I just collapsed in it and went to sleep. Got up for breakfast and went to the basement room where it was served and again my jaw dropped. Tables and high benches crammed into a tiny space. Breakfast was coffee, toast, hard boiled egg and juice. That's it......I suppose I was lucky we got breakfast at all! The seat at the benches were so high it almost required a ladder to get up to the seat! Other residents seemed as stunned as I was and breakfast such as it was, was taken in relative peace.
Finished breakfast, packed my bag, and got out of there as quick as I could. Even Heathrow airport was more inviting!
This is a last ditch option for anyone who is desperate for a bed. It is not a bargain at the price as the hotel fails to reach even the most basic standards. Avoid this hotel unless you are really really stuck for somewhere to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Overlooking central London's 630-acre Hyde Park, the family-run Lancaster Court is set along a tree-lined street in the heart of central London. With parking and WiFi, this listed Victorian building is just 2 minutes' walk from London Paddington Railway Station with its Heathrow Express Service. Individually designed, each room at Lancaster Court features a flat-screen Freeview TV and tea and coffee making facilities. All en-suite shower rooms have a hairdryer. In the mornings, guests can enjoy complimentary breakfast. For lunch and evening meals, there are numerous restaurants, bars, and cafes within a 5-minute stroll of the hotel. With a free luggage storage facility, Lancaster Court is also only 5 minutes' walk from Lancaster Gate Tube Station. Many of London's top tourist attractions are easily accessible after a 15-minute Tube journey, including iconic Westminster's London Eye, the Houses of Parliament, and historic Westminster Abbey. Westminster Borough is a great choice for travellers interested in parks, theatre and monuments. We speak your language! Hotel Rooms: 40 ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lancaster Court London
- Lancaster Court Hotel London, England