To begin with I would like to say that the hotel was situated in a rougth part of London, and if you are planning on getting back to your room late I wouldn't suggest it. Especially as the nearest tube station is a good 20 minute walk even with a quick pace.
The hotel it self looked a bit grubby, although the rooms were clean. They were basic and offered tv which had terrible picture. There was a fridge, microwave and kettle, which can come in handy.
When we arrived at the hotel, we found our selves waiting for around 20 mins for the lady to find the room reservation despite the fact that I had booked the room nearly a month ago. When we finally got in to the room it was ok not massive and an old fashion decour but the bed was comfy and would be ok for one night. When we got back to our room at about 11 there was music playing in the pub below, despite only being a handful of people in there, the music was so loud the floor was vibrating and as our room was allocated directly above the pub it made sleeping difficult until it finally stoped at around 12.
The next day when we came down for breakfast we were down at 8 about half way between the allocated time (7.15-8.45), there was no one around, neither staff nor other guests. After a few more people came down some one found the kitchen and made them aware of our presence. The cook seemed to get quite annoyned when a few people came to the kitchen to ask what was going on. We sat down at the table in the back part of the pub and was served last out of 4 groups of people despite the fact we had been first down. My girlfirend who is vegetarian requested a vegetrian meal and was told that it was a complinmentory breakfast and as we weren't paying for it she would have to make do with beans and eggs. The attitude of the cook was very rude and it felt as if they needed one more person down there handling the guests. The breakfast it self was cold or warm at best depending on what I was eating, the toast was brought out around 10 minutes before the rest of the breakfast and was already cold before it reached the table. Despite the hotel claiming to offer a full English breakfast, I received only a single sausage, two rations of bacon, two eggs (one to make up for beans I didn't want) which were swimming in grease on the plate to a level I have never seen before, with an english breakfast. The glasses were covered in grit.
We narrowly evaded a embarrasing moment after we went back to our room, and snuggled back in to bed there was a knock at our door, from the cleaner at around 9 30 despite the fact that checkout was at 11. She even tried to open the door with her key until we made her aware that we were there.
Overall the only saving grace of the room was that it was clean and comfortable. The serivce was bad. Terrible idea having a room above pub which played music until the middle of the night. Food was cold and unapotising. Rembering that I was only there for less than 24 hours, partially because I couldn't wait to leave the next morning, I will not be staying again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Central is a victorian public house with the hotel being on the first floor of the large building. The rooms range from single beds to twin and double beds ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Central Hotel London, England