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“Mark is a gem” 4 of 5 stars
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Lynton Hotel London
Ranked #41 of 556 London B&B and Inns
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Tampa, Florida
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32 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Mark is a gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

We stayed at the Lynton for three nights and were quite happy there. It is honest, friendly and clean just as stated on their website. As others have commented, the bathrooms are small, but we have been in other hotels with equally small bathrooms. The shower was large enough for easy use.
Our room, on the ground floor, was large in comparison with other budget hotels in London, and very comfortable. The walk from Victoria railway station was not too daunting for a pair of 60+ folks with three rolling suitcases.
The full English breakfast was good, as was the service. Yes, it was a pretty standard FEB, but I have never had a bad FEB. At the Lynton, it is nicely cooked to order.
Mark was an invaluable help, and as an ex-cabbie. he was a font of information for getting around London. He pointed us to the nearest place for an Oyster card, the correct bus to get to Covent Garden, a popular nearby pub for our last meal in London, and advised us to walk up Ebury to St James Park instead of taking the bus or tube. The upside of that advice was that we arrived in front of Buckingham Palace just in time for the changing of the guard. Mark also let us use his computer to print our boarding passes for our departure. When we left, Mark took a moment during breakfast service to come up to see us off. If his brother Simon is half as nice, you can't go wrong at the Lynton Hotel as long as you understand up front that it is inexpensive (for London) and go in with reasonable expectations. I think some of the critical reviews had to be from overly picky or negative people.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank TampaDoug
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

This hotel was awesome and here's why:
1) Location, Location, Location
Fantastic transport links right around the corner. Victoria coach station, Victoria train station, and Victoria underground station less than a 3 minute walk for this slow walking man.
2) Price
It's about 1/2 to 1/3 the cost of luxury hotels but is in a luxury spot.
3) Staff
I was there for 16 days and everyone was very friendly, learning my name and habits. I know I was a stressful client as I stayed in the room using the internet, only leaving to look at flats for a long term stay. No one made me feel uncomfortable. It was the perfect base for looking for an apartment in London.
4) Honesty
Their website is absolutely honest about what they are, which is really a very large Bed and Breakfast with some en-suite rooms. There were 2 shower rooms on the staircase and I only had to wait for the bathroom one morning.
5) Breakfast
The 2 brothers cook breakfast with a member of staff as a busgirl/waitress. There was always a selection of fresh fruit (they even ran out to get another client a banana when they ran out one morning), muesli cereal to fuel long London hikes (days I was looking at flats meant I had a big breakfast to fuel the walking), lighter fare cereals for kids and those who wanted a light breakfast. When you wanted a hot breakfast they catered your menu to what you wanted, had a variety of toasts, and loads of sauces and spreads to accompany it. There was always coffee, tea, and juice every morning too.

To be fair these are the things that you should know were flaws I noticed in my 16 day stay.
1) Linens
For North American travelers you'll notice the sheets are not double rinsed or tumble dried which means they are scratchy and rough when they are fresh. The same goes for towels. For those with sensitive skin like me - bring your usual anti-allergy medication and you'll be fine.
2) WiFi
If you're on the top 2 floors the WiFi is hard to connect to and when I tried to Skype family back home the entire hotel's internet crashed for about 5 minutes until it reset itself.
3) Furnishings
The chairs were a bit old or rickety in the rooms I stayed in (I booked late so had to move once in my long stay) so I never used them for more than a laundry basket.
The breakfast room has only 4 seat tables, the hotel would be well served to replace them all with 2 person tables so singles or couples aren't pressured to sit with strangers; after all, it is not a hostel.
4) Payment
They do not have a system to pay the deposit that doesn't require you giving up your protected credit card information over the phone, aside from sending an expensive wire transfer. I'd suggest they open a free PayPal account to allow PayPal to take their deposits so the security of their clients' cards is PayPal's responsibility.

So here's the scoop:
This is not the Ritz and you're not paying like it is so don't expect champagne on a beer budget, but it is high end domestic beer. The rooms are comfortable and it's a quiet street. Take time to sit on the patio and enjoy the sounds and sights of a Victorian back lane. If you read the website (and send them whatever questions you have they always get back within 24 hours, often in less than 2) then you'll enjoy your stay.

Room Tip: Book early if you want a larger room or the cheapest rates.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Derek F
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2011

Hotels in London can be expensive and as an American traveling abroad, I'm often disappointed when I arrive. However, this hotel was described perfectly on it's website. It's in a great neighborhood, just past the hustle and bustle of Victoria station. The rooms were simple, but extremely clean and comfortable. The breakfast was also cooked by the owner and excellent. Compared to a lot of the over priced hotels in the area, this hotel was an incredible value. I know where to stay next time I'm in London!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Kate S
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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2011

Mark and Simon, owners of this small and cozy B&B, were wonderful hosts...friendly, gregarious and so helpful. The B&B is conveniently located just a few blocks from the Victoria rail, underground and coach stations and an easy walk to all inner city locations. The room was small, and the prefab bathrooms with showeres even smaller, but everything was spotless and comfortable. Breakfast was made to order, plentiful and hearty. It was fun getting to know the other travellers.

Room Tip: No elevators (lifts), but Mark carried our bags up the stairs.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank roniandgary
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27 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2011

Me and my friend stayed at this hotel for a weekend in London and would recommend it to anyone who needs a nice little place to stay in the very centre of London! The location is perfect, so close to everything! The hotel is clean, the owners very friendly and helpful and breakfast tasty and fast! The only thing we had an issue with was the traffic noise from the road at night which kept us awake the first night there. The second night we slept well as we were absolutely exhausted from too much walking! But would definitely stay at the Lynton Hotel again!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank angiero
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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2011

The Lynton is not fancy but you get a comfortable room and nice fresh breakfast. I stayed in a room with a shared bath but never saw anyone coming or going so that was not a problem! The owners are friendly and can help with advice and directions as well as cook up a delicious cooked-to-order English breakfast for you. The decor is plain and the stairs creaky. The location is perfect for getting around London and the neighborhood is lovely.

Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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Grande Prairie, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2011

We spent the nights of June 23 and 24 at the Lynton Hotel on our way home from a cruise. The stairs are steep (we were on the fourth level!), our room was small and our bathroom was very small but we would recommend the Lynton as a very nice place to stay in central London. The room was clean and quiet and we were severed a full English breakfast. The hotel is only a short walk from Victoria Station which provides access to the underground, city buses and a direct train to Gatwick Airport. Also, the neighourhood features a lot of nice restaurants and is within walking distance of Buckingham Palace. Best of all Mark is a great host - friendly and very helpful with local information. We would not hesitate to stay there again.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank jerryleebauer
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Property: Lynton Hotel London
Address: 113 Ebury Street, London SW1W 9QU, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Belgravia
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #41 of 556 B&Bs / Inns in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Lynton Hotel London 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Lynton B&B Hotel is a small friendly centrally positioned bed and breakfast in the centre of London, sandwiched between the areas of Belgravia, Westminster (home to the Houses of Parliament ) and Pimilico, a very safe neighbourhood. The West End, Soho, Vauxhall Cross area, Oxford Street with its shops and most of London’s tourist attractions are all nearby. Within our vicinity you will find pubs, restaurants, supermarkets, post office and ATMs just to make your stay easier. The location is also a transport hub with Victoria offering the underground, main line trains, and coaches and of course is a terminus for many of London’s famous red buses. Gatwick Airport is just 35 minutes away with the Gatwick express and all of London’s major airports can be reached by coach or tube. We offer basic amenities; our rooms are simple, small and clean. Most rooms have small en-suite facilities, safes and a few rooms share facilities on the staircase. Each room has digital television just in case you become bored with visiting all that London has to offer, kettle, tea and coffee and we can provide hairdryers and irons on request. We also serve a full English breakfast and offer free WIFI. The hotel is run by me and my brother Simon, both born within 10 minutes from our location. ... more   less 
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