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Beautiful out today for our visit to the famous Tower of London (see the picture of the view from our room at Aster House). Our first London, double-decker bus ride took us over to that side of town ... and we got the seats right in front ... AND, it is pretty much like a amusement park ride up there! Tower of London was jammed with tourists -- …
Our B&B is in a wonderful neighborhood, only 2 blocks from the South Kensington Tube station. After grabbing much needed showers, we headed out for some exploring. The day's wandering started off at St. Paul's cathedral, where a small (and always exceedingly polite) protest was under way for fathers parental rights (in a divorce). All quite odd …
More Yelping and I'd decided on a visit to the Queens Arms Pub on Queensgate Mews. Mews are smaller brick streets behind main streets that are just big enough for a horse and buggy to get through. The houses are built on top of the garages that at one time were actually stables. I love the mews-they are just charming! They are also very easy to get lost looking for...
I had asked the concierge for confirmation of the directions I got online and the way he explained it ...
... night we did some high street shopping on Oxford and carnaby street and had a great dinner just off Piccadilly Circus. Day two of london and Thanks to the magic of jet lag we were up early and able to arrive just after opening times for the Tower of London. Great tour although we suspect that the Crown Jewels were fake. I also attempted to scare off the ravens as payback for sacking of the pantheon, but had little success. We then hopped over to Harrods for a spot ...
After some tea at breakfast (of course), we headed to Windsor. Michelle and I wanted to go to Windsor Castle. Now Ireland and Scotland had some nice castles, but this so far takes the take on all of them. The castle is huge and just breath-taking. Even though I've been here before, it's so much nicer to see things when you're older and have a very different view and appreciation for things. In the castle they had a free thirty minute tour, which we did. The newest ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Aster House London
Wow, I can not say enough good things about our stay at the Aster House. Starting from the moment of my very late arrival until carrying my bags out to the Taxi for departure, Mr. & Mrs. Tan were most gracious hosts. Every need was attended to and every request was serviced, from restaurant recommendations to bringing breakfast down to our room while getting over the time change.
Still a great B & B!!
Just back from second stay at Aster House, and like the first time found it wonderful. The room was exactly as I had left it, the air conditioning worked too well (I had to set it to low to keep from freezing, and my 9 night stay was during a heat wave!), and the staff was helpful as ever. The breakfast buffet has improved since 2002, and it was really good then. Aster House still ranks on the top of my list of places to stay in London.
We had a wonderful time at the Aster House. The managers are extremely conscientious which makes all the difference; you really feel like you're being taken care of. The location cannot be beat - close to the tube, and right around the corner from Christies auction house. Plenty of restaurants and stores within easy walking distance, many open late!
That close to so much activity, we were surprised at how quiet it was - we were on the second floor overlooking the garden and ducks. Clean, charming, internet access for a reasonable fee, good breakfast included; yes the rooms are small, but this isn't America. They were very nicely appointed.
We loved this B&B! The location was terrific (quiet residential street near everything) and the hotel itself was wonderful. We enjoyed coming back to this place after a long day enjoying all the sights of London. It is an extrememly well kept hotel. Even though our room was small-by American standards-it was lovely. Our bed was very comfortable. Our bathroom-although small-was pretty. The room where breakfast was served is a place you'd love to have in your own home. One way to improve Aster House though, is to perhaps provide alternate dishes for breakfast. Every day was the same. However, since there was a nice variety of choices, everyone could find something they enjoyed eating.
Stayed one night at Aster House. Location excellent, within walking distance of museums. Room nicely furnished and clean. Wide choice available on the breakfast buffet and served in the conservatory. Very helpful staff and would recommend anyone to stay here.
Ideal Bed and Breakfast
The Aster House at 3 Sumner Place in South Kensington is a very good value for the price. The location is two blocks from an underground station, on a quiet street, near the Hyde Park/museums area. It is very clean and managed by a charming husband and wife who are attentive to your needs. The breakfast room is lovely and there is a small courtyard with resident ducks! I will definitely return.
Loved the neighborhood
What a wonderful B&B. The location was a snap to get to and is between Heathrow and Gatwick making the transfer from the US to contenential europe a breese. The rooms are spotless and well appointed and the service is excellent. The breakfast was a delight and included a variety of food choices. South Kensington underground station is a block away as well as Christies auction house and Lambourgini of London.What a deal.
This service for this price??
The location is good, the hostel is clean. But the service was pretty poor. We got lost on our way there, so rang them. The Chinese owner answered and guided us, rather carelessly, complained that I didn't listen to him properly on the phone, said "You are doing wrong, not listening to me at all!" The price may be a good deal for the location but I would rather pay a little more to receive better service. After all it is my holiday!
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Before staying at Aster House I couldn't understand why someone would visit London and stay in the same place each visit. Now I know why. This is a real gem. Beautiful, quiet street, convenient location with many, many local restaurants, a 24 hour convenience store, and a quick walk to South Kensington Station. The 2 rooms we had were immaculate and very nicely appointed. L'Orangerie breakfast room was a special treat and a wide variety of food was served; something to please everyone. The best part of the visit are the managers, Simon and Leonie Tan. They couldn't have been more friendly, accommodating, and helpful. We felt like we had the front door key to their "home".All four of us said that we would definitely stay at Aster House on our next visit and recommend it highly to friends and family. Thanks so much, Simon and Leonie.