Although the hotel claims that it is undergoing refurbishment, other than a partially installed lift, I didn't see too much evidence of work being carried out.
The reception area is spacious and gives the initial impression that this is a better than 2 star rated hotel. However, once through reception, the impression is one of being rather derelict and in need of improvement. I hope that the refurbishment works are completed as this will make a decent hotel.
The gentleman on reception when i arrived was polite and efficient although, perhaps, slightly over familiar. My room was a trek up about 70 stairs on the third floor. The room has obviously been seriously reduced in size to make way for the (non-functioning) lift-shaft and was the smallest hotel room I have stayed in to-date. It was a single room with the main part being the width of the single bed and just enough room for a door. Because of the intrusion of the lift shaft the room has ended up being L-shaped and other part of the room was narrower still and contained a dressing area with hanging space a shelf, mirror, tea-making facilities and a hair-dryer. The bathroom was tiny but newly fitted although one had to squeeze past the basin to get to the shower. I'm pretty lean but, if one was slightly more portly, then reaching the shower might be problematic.
The walls had lumps out of the plaster and the carpet had a very obvious cigarette burn on it. The bed had no blankets but a top sheet and bed cover.
Breakfast started at a sensible time (for business travellers) of 7:00 a.m. and was completely self-service. Cereals being dispensed from containers, a coffee/hot-water machine, yogurt, fruit juice, croissants and bread (with a toaster available if required).
The hotel is basic but actually I had a good night's sleep and the breakfast was more than adequate.
I paid £50 for the night, which I think is an acceptable amount given the location.
The hotel doesn't describe itself as being anything fancy and I would therefore give it a 3 star rating.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lidos Hotel is a short walk from Victoria Railway and Underground Station, providing excellent access to all areas of the city. Conveniently, there is a bus stop in front of the hotel, served by a regular bus service to Westminster, Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, China Town and Oxford Street. The hotel is within walking distance of Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the Tate Britain Gallery and the Apollo Theatre. The hotel is surrounded by plenty of restaurant, cafe and pub choices as well as two nearby supermarkets. The hotel is also within easy reach of the River Thames and Downing Street. All rooms are comfortably furnished, with ensuite facilities, LCD TV and a work desk. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the building. An inclusive continental breakfast is offered to all guests. We have welcoming and friendly staff to cater for all your travel needs and can provide you with any information you may require during your stay. There is a 24 hour reception so guests may arrive at anytime. Guests have the possibility to store their luggage both before check-in and after check-out. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lidos Hotel London, England