Stayed here for three nights over last weekend. My usual bed and breakfast in London, the Ridgemount at Gower Street, was completely booked up when I e-mailed them in March (thanks, Olympics!) I got a room at Cherry Court after reading the reviews here, and I'm puzzled as to why it's not higher on the rankings!
Yes, the rooms here are small, so if you are expecting a lot of space, this isn't what you would want. The hotel is in a Victorian rowhouse, which is known for being extremely narrow (I've stayed in one before so I knew what to expect). There is no elevator (they wouldn't be able to put in one, I believe) and my single room was on the top floor. When I arrived, I didn't have my suitcase with me (long story) and no one was around at night to help me with it, but thankfully, a friend who was with me helped haul it upstairs. The morning when I was checking out, hotel owner Mrs Patel very kindly called me in my room and asked if I needed someone to carry my luggage downstairs, which I did. I would have asked if she hadn't called, and I really appreciated the initiative!
Despite the lack of space in my small single room, it was obvious that the hotel owners had put much thought into maximising whatever space they could get. There was no space for a desk or closet in the room, but they had built a L-shaped wooden panel in a corner of the room which doubles up as a small desk and area where you could hang your clothes (hangers were provided). There was also plenty of storage space in the bathroom vanity cabinet for toiletries, as well as space right over the toilet. Towel racks were available in the bathroom, which had a glass-encased shower. A flat-screen TV was mounted onto the wall, which helped save space as well. A kettle, coffee and tea, glasses and a fruit basket (with fruits, biscuits, a granola bar) were also in the room. Very thoughtful, for a room which went at GBP60 a night! The fruit basket came in handy as a quick breakfast before starting my day, and honestly, was way healthier than the usual greasy British breakfasts served up at a lot of hotels. The bed / pillow was a little hard, but I was so tired I slept like a log anyway. The hotel underwent refurbishment earlier this year, so everything was new and clean. I came back to a spick and span room every single day.
In terms of location, it's pretty unbeatable. It's just across the street from the Victoria Place shopping centre, which gives you a direct link to Victoria station. At night when the mall is closed, take the Buckingham Palace Rd exit from the station. Despite its proximity to the station, street noise wasn't an issue at night as the hotel is on a residential street with mostly homes/hotels. I slept soundly through the night the whole time I was there.
There is a 5% surcharge if you pay by credit card, which Mrs Patel informed me about when I checked in. So pay cash if you want to avoid that.
If I really want to nit-pick, I have only two quibbles. First - I wish there was a second towel provided in the bathroom, instead of just one which you'd have to use for your hands, face and body. Second - The cleaning of the rooms at this hotel takes place pretty early! The rooms are really close to one another since it's such a narrow building, and the noise of the vaccumming at about 8am woke me up. I guess it's fine if you don't plan on sleeping in, but I was exhausted after a week-long business trip prior to my vacation and was hoping to get a little bit more sleep.
All in all, I'd definitely stay here again. At GBP60 a night for a single room right behind Victoria Station, you'd be hard pressed to find another hotel with better value.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Minutes walk from Victoria tube, rail and coach station, located on quiet residential street. Within walking distance to many sightseeing sights of central London. Run by a friendly small family providing a personal touch for over 25 years, with much information and knowledge of local area. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Cherry Court London
- Hotel Cherry Court
- Cherry Court Hotel London, England