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“Rainy days in London but charming hosts and a beautiful garden appartment”

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Griffin House Holiday Apartments
Ranked #62 of 823 Specialty Lodging in London
Certificate of Excellence
Vienna, Austria
1 review
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“Rainy days in London but charming hosts and a beautiful garden appartment”
Reviewed June 28, 2012

my daughter loved to play with Barny in the rare minutes without rain in the beautiful garden of the Griffin House - and by allowens of Ben & Nic she brought us delicouse eggs every mornig for breakfast. ( three nice chicken living in the back of the garden) Ben & Nic have been very helpful creating an exciting sightseeing program over our stay. I loved very much the aincent character of the house. The garden appartement is well aquipped TV, dishwasher, hairdryer, and not to forget an electric adapter for the lazy people from Austria. All over my two Ladies and I had a perfect long weekend in London

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Anchorage, AK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed June 24, 2012

I was disappointed with a recent stay at the Griffin House Holiday Apartments. Based on the #1 ranking on tripadvisor I had higher expectations. That said, I can see the pros and cons of the apartment and how those might play out differently for different types of travelers, so I'll try to lay them out here so that you can weight the importance of each component within your own mind.

PROS: I did a lot of research into lodging for families, understanding that London is an expensive city and doesn't always accommodate families well. I do believe that Griffin House is a reasonable price in comparison to other options in London. As others have noted in previous reviews, the hosts were kind and left us with fresh eggs and milk in the refrigerator, which was gracious and inviting. The garden is nice and hard to find in a big city.

CONS: Several items interplayed to make this (in hindsight) not the best choice for us. The biggest con for our family was that the apartment had a bad odor. I know that the hosts have a cat that lives upstairs and I think that was the culprit. Our family has allergies and if I had known that there was any chance of cat in the apartment we would have chosen a different accommodation. This impacted how we felt during the trip, which hampered our ability to enjoy the city to the maximum degree. We knew based on other reviews that the neighborhood was a bit sketchy, and we found this to be the case. We also knew the apartment was a bit out of the city center but didn't fully understand how much this would impact travel with children. There is currently some major road construction going on right outside the apartment and this made for a noisy environment. In terms of cleanliness, the apartment could benefit from a deep cleaning.

For us, the cons in conjunction with each other outweighed the pros. I would not recommend the apartment for somebody with animal allergies.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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8 Thank jennyak
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, Owner at Griffin House Holiday Apartments, responded to this review, July 2, 2012
Many thanks for your review and we appreciate the positive things you said about Griffin House, namely that we offer excellent value for money and you enjoyed our garden. However we take issue with the rest of your review, which we find inaccurate and unjustified.

Firstly, with regard to our pets and your family’s cat allergy. We do have a cat and a dog and indeed chickens at the bottom of the garden. None of the animals are allowed in the apartments – Barney, our dog, and Filou, our cat, live in our space only, though of course guests might encounter them in our garden. Your children played frequently in the garden, and stroked both Barney and Filou – perhaps this is why they showed signs of an allergy? You state you did careful research about our place before you came, yet you did not pick up on the fact that we have animals, which is clearly on our website and in many of the tripadvisor reviews. You also never mentioned your problem to us during your stay. To others reading this response, we would say that if you do have issues with exposure to animals, perhaps Griffin House is not the place for you.

You mention there was an ‘odor’ in the apartment during your stay – again we would have appreciated it if you had said something to us while you were here as perhaps we could have done something about it. We think that if there were indeed a smell, it might have come from the road works for drainage that were going on during the days you were here. For this we can only apologise. With regard to your comment about the apartment needing a deep clean, we find this just plain wrong. We have the highest standards of cleanliness and over 140 reviews on tripadvisor bear this out.

Next, addressing your complaints about our location – it is clearly stated on our website how far Griffin House is from the Underground station and the centre of London. For the record, it is a five to ten minute walk to the station and then takes around 10 minutes to get to places such as Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace on the train. You state that the neighbourhood is ‘sketchy’, I am sorry but we find this comment ignorant and ill informed. We note you come from Anchorage in Alaska, so have probably had little exposure to a multicultural melting pot like London. We are proud of our neighbourhood’s diversity – it is home to people a huge variety of people – gay and straight, black and white, Christian, Muslim and Jewish. This is a real London neighbourhood with shops, schools, churches and mosques. Anchorage it certainly is not. If this sort of neighbourhood makes you feel uneasy, and you find this ‘sketchy’, Griffin House is not the place for you.

Finally we are saddened that your stay at Griffin House did not live up to your expectations. We offer a different kind of environment to the usual small hotel rooms you would get in other parts of London for the same price. We provide gay-friendly and family friendly apartments – a place where you’ll have a great space with plenty of room and access to a garden with resident pets that is situated in a real London neighbourhood – in short, a home from home. We’re sorry this isn’t what you wanted and hope you have better luck in finding something that meets your needs next time.
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Reviewed June 16, 2012

I visited London with my husband and 5-year- old son for four days in June 2012. I must say this was my best accommodation ever in London! We stayed in the upper appartment and lacked nothing! Comfortable beds, nice bathroom and great kitchen with even a dishwasher. Really good communications and there was also a Cost Cutter supermarket just opposite the appartment. We felt warmly welcomed by Ben and Nic who were genuinly helpful and gave us a great deal of valuable information. Their garden was amazing! Then of course: Barney, their lovely dog! Our son simply adored him and must say so did we! Hopefully we can return soon to Griffin House!

  • Stayed June 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed May 11, 2012

This place is an absolute gem, we stayed in the garden apartment & could not have been happier. After several weeks staying in small european hotel rooms it was a joy to have room to move. Just a short walk to the underground, Clapham High St., & supermarket acrooss the street, the location is excellent, add to that the helpfull & pleasant owners and you have a truly great London lodging for a great price.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Western Australia, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed January 28, 2012

We stayed for a week - was perfect for our needs. My wife and I, and our two grown-up daughters had a wonderful week in London. The apartment itself is comfortable, and well-equipped. Towels big enough, and fluffy enough. We used public transport a lot - both from the Stockwell tube station (an easy 5-8 min walk) and the bus from the bus stop in Stockwell Road - (1 minute walk). This apartment is close enough to central London to be convenient, but just that little bit out of the centre to be a bit quieter- London at Christmas time can be a bit crowded! Lots of tips available from hosts about local eating options - Clapham High St is 10-15 mins walk away and offers plenty of good dining opportunities. Would definitely stay here again, and recommend unreservedly to anybody visiting London.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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fremantle,western australia
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed January 24, 2012

I have just had a return visit after two years to Griffin House. Everything was just the same except the bright yellow door is now purple and an apartment block has been built across the road.
It's a wonderful place to stay.
Also for those leaving from Heathrow do not bother to get the express or a cab. Go down to Stockwell Underground, take the escalator to the Victoria line, get off at Green Park and take the lifts to the Picadilly Line and get on the tube to Heathrow. The only steps encountered are the ones down the stairs from Griffin House and door to door this took us just an hour and only cost an extra 1 pound 90 on top of our weekly travelcard.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Warragul, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed January 19, 2012

We are a family of 3 adults and stayed for a week in the Garden Apartment in December. The apartment was spacious (2 separate bedrooms, sitting room and separate kitchen with eating area) clean, warm and homely. Access to the garden was a bonus and would have been great in the warmer months! The welcome milk, beer, tea and coffee and fruit was a lovely touch and the cupboards contained many "useful" items so that you could cook a meal if you wanted (so many apartments provide a cooker and microwave but only one spoon or knife). Thoroughly recommended.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Griffin House Holiday Apartments
Address: 22 Stockwell Green, London SW9 9HZ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > London
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Ranked #62 of 823 Specialty Lodging in London
Number of rooms: 5
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Griffin House Holiday Apartments are located in a Georgian townhouse in London and provide a high standard of accommodation at a reasonable price. ... more   less 
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