My friend and I stayed here the first week in June 2008. We had 2 twin bed and shared a bathroom with 1-2 other rooms on the top floor. The room we were assigned has a sink, a wardrobe, a mini fridge, hot water maker, dishes, two beds, a nightstand and a TV.
I did a lot of researched and thought this would be a great choice seeing as the UK was so expensive when we went. I think the pound was double the USD. Anyway, this guesthouse is located in the middle eastern part of London. My friend and I felt a little awkward wearing shorts, ect because many women had full on burkas. I mean the men sort of starred not in a angry way but it was kinna creepy.
We checked in, that was all fine.... but there is no elevator. We were on like the 4th floor. The stairs were TINY and hauling our luggage up and down them was the worst part. I mean tiny. Like... the top part where our room was it was windy like your grandmothers creepy attic small. The room seemed to be pretty clean. The bathroom was right outside our door and had a toilet and a shower. Everything looked relatively clean but you really cant think too much about it, otherwise is grosses you out. There is a sink to wash your hands once your done in the bathroom. It was nice to have it in our room to brush our teeth and do our hair and make up... but not being able to wash your hand right after you use the bathroom is gross in my opinion. Which is what leads me to believe this is how I got PINK EYE on the third day there. There's no telling for sure as I'm sure I could have gotten it from the metro and rubbing my eye, ect. Even though I washed my hands every time I used the bathroom, right after doing so, you touch multiple door handles, ect before you can. So make sure you use hand sanitizer or buy the mini Lysol spray and use it on the door handles, toilet flusher, ect.
The food was restocked in the fridge every morning. There were 2 orange juice (capri sun), 2 mini baby bell cheese rounds, a mini milk, cereal and croissants. A decent breakfast/snack. We were broke so this was a feast to us. (I've included a picture) -- Make sure you rinse out your dishes they give you though. I'm sure they're not washed in a dishwasher and only in the sink in your room.
The beds were relatively comfy and the TV worked jut fine. There wasn't a view where we were (even though we were on the top floor). It was also pretty quiet. You have a key to both your door and the front door if I remember correctly so you can come and go as you please.
We had to take a cab usually because we kept getting lost and couldn't figure out which bus got us back there. There's a bugs stop very close though... we could just never figure out how to get back. That might just be our stupidity though. There is a pharmacy, grocery store (with liquor) plenty of hooka shops, internet shops, ect around the guesthouse if you need anything. I wouldn't consider it centrally located. Its just off a big street and one of the train stations is a decent walk away with luggage.
Oh yeah... there was some gross crusty thing on the bed cover. I've included a picture.
Overall, this is just my experience. You may have a drastically different one. For the money, it was a decent place to stay. Would I stay there again? Probably not. If we had been given a different room maybe we would have had a better experience. Who knows. Hope this review helps!
- Also Known As:
- Cedar Guest House Hotel London
- Cedar Guest House London, England