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- Non-smoking rooms
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- Wireless internet connection in room (surcharge)
- Wireless internet connection in public areas
- Non-smoking hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Arena Gelsenkirchen
Only stayed one night in London in June 2005. The hotel is very modern looking inside. Furnishings looked like they are from Ikea (for sure the big clock on wall, also flatware I recognized from Ikea). In the lounge there is access to the internet. They have a great area for breakfast. Lots of variety and they will cook you a hot meal like eggs and ham. The room are not very big but they are nice and clean. The bathroom is interesting with a sliding glass door. One side is the toliet and the other is the shower. Great use of space. The location is great, only a block away from Victoria train and bus station. Nice neighborhood. Statff was very friendly and helpful with suggestion of what to do and where to go since we were there only one day. Next time we hope to stay longer.
Great place, great location, great breakfast
Our first trip to London, and the Tripadvisor forums were very helpful in guiding us to this great place. Only a 5-10 minute walk (including a few signals) from Victoria Station. To make it easier, walk from the Tube/Train Station up the escalator to and thru the Victoria Plaza shopping mall. That puts you closer to the B&B.
The B&B staff were very accomodating. We had reserved the two family rooms, and one had been used by heavy smokers before us. The staff let us have 2 separate rooms instead of the smoky room which worked out very well for the 2 family groups that were going to share the family room. All rooms were good sized with the family room as a 2-room suite. After one of us got sick in the room, we alerted the staff and they took care of it without issue. They allowed us to get in our rooms early on arrival day since they were made up, and they let us store our luggage in the back hallway on departure day after checkout. They offered very good advice on the surrounding area. The internet access in the lobby worked well. The shower floor tile was breaking up so there was a mat over it.
The full breakfast was tasty! Eggs, bacon, sausage and tomatoes cooked to order. Toast, tea, coffee, juice, cereal and yogurt were provided too. One could eat in the dining room or out in the courtyard. Self-serve espresso machine was available all hours.
Only a lift and a/c could have helped more, but this was London after all.
Best Deal in Belgravia
We stayed at the B+B Belgravia May, 2005 for seven nights while we toured London and were very impressed. What impressed us most was the price we paid for the stay - only 89 pounds sterling per night including a full English!
Excellent location (less than 5 minute walk to Victoria Station), very helpful staff, and a very comfortable room. Everyone complains about the size of hotel rooms in London - this was not small, very modern and quiet.
We would not hesitate staying at this B&B/Hotel again and have already recommended it to several friends and family members.
I'd go back tomorrow. . .
I used to stay here (last time 1997) when it was the Chesham House, teeny rooms and bath down the hall. Now I had a cool, spacious room with a big bed, flatscreen TV and stylish modern bath. No, it isn't $55 any more, but the location is great (conveniently near Victoria station but on a quiet nice street on the borders of snooty Belgravia) and for the price in today's London I don't think you can beat it. The owners/staff were very pleasant--very eager for you to have the full English breakfast!--and I couldn't find a thing to complain about. I'll certainly go back next time I'm in London (which I hope won't be 8 years).
My new "home" in London
For many years I have been looking for THE place to stay in London. A place where the location, the price, the interior and the service were just perfect. Now I've found it! The B&B Belgravia is a 5 minute walk from Victoria Station, which is convenient when arriving from Gatwick. It is located in a quiet residential street, near a few shops, in what seems to be two former townhouses. The b&b is very modern - no flowery pastels anywhere, but a straight forward simple décor and extremely clean. Our room was rather small, but fulfilled all our needs, the bathroom was tiny but very nice, very new and very clean. At street level there is a small lounge, where you can relax with a cup of coffee or tea from the coffee machine which replaces the usual hospitality tray in the room. What a good idea! There is also a lap-top with free internet which came in handy a couple of times, and there is a small library of London literature, which was helpful as well.
The breakfast room is also very modern, lots of light and glass around, and we could sit and watch our English breakfast being cooked just in front of us. The breakfast selection was good, in fact we never managed to squeeze in lunch! Of the staff we met 4 girls of various ages, they were all helpful and kind.
It was also very useful for us, that we could leave our luggage in an out-of-the-way corridor for a few hours before catching our afternoon flight.
In fact, the only disadvantage I can think of was the fact, that all the doors had fire door locks, that gave a rather loud click sound. It did not bother us during the day, but we were awakened by latecomers at night and early birds in the morning. There was, however, no sound of traffic or anything coming in from the outside, our room faced the garden and the view of many exciting flowers and bushes was another charm.
After having worked my way through several Bloomsbury hotels and a few in the Kensington/Chelsea area I will now stop my search. B&B Belgravia may not be what you imagine when you think of a typical place to stay in London - it IS very modern and rather different - but it gives plenty of value for money and in a pleasant way, too! So this will now be my future place to stay in London!
B&B Belgravia...great location and accomodations
My wife and I stayed at this B&B for 3 nights in mid-April. We tried to stay at Darlington Hyde Park Hotel based upon the favorable reviews but they did not have any rooms available. Belgravia B&B seemed to be a good second choice because of reviews and location. Since we were coming into Victoria Station from Gatwick airport, we wanted something close by. Belgravia turned out to be an excellent choice. It is located in a quiet and upscale neighborhood and was only a 5 minute walk to the entrance to Victoria Station (the south end where the mini-mall is). We could easily walk there with our luggage in tow. Our room was #9 and it was on the third floor (no elevators). It overlooked the back of the building so it was quite quiet and had an ok view. The room was a nice size and the bathroom was nice. We thought that the breakfasts were great (better than where we stayed near Stratford Upon Avon which was a much more expensive hotel). The free internet access was a major bonus. If you had your own laptop, you could connect from your room or there was a PC in the main lobby for your use. Also, the free cappucino machine was a great touch. The hosts were very helpful. We would highly recommend staying here. Location, Location, Location (and nice accomodations).
My wife and I absolutely loved B&B Belgravia. Great location, great rooms, great breakfast, and extremely nice people!! The coffee/cappuccino maker in the lounge was huge hit with my wife... :) We wouldn't hesitate staying here on future trips to London!!
I love this hotel!!!!!
We stayed at the Belgravia B & B for the Christmas/New Year's 2004 holiday. We have already recommended it to friends and will return to it whenever we are in London.
History: This used to be the Chesham House Hotel. We found it recommended in the Frommers Travel Guide. The current owners and partners bought it after it had been closed for a while and it was in disrepair.
They have turned it into a modern, clean, convenient place to stay.
The women in charge, Penny and Karin, are terrific.
Before our trip, we e-mailed them with many requests to try and get reservations for New Year's eve dinner and they called every one of them for us without even knowing us. During our stay, since London is so crowded during that time of year, we constantly asked them to secure reservations for us at different restaurants and they did it every time without complaint.
We arrived at the hotel early in the morning from an overnight flight and were able to check into our room straight away with no problems. This was great as I had a cold and really needed a quick nap.
The lobby is small and cozy, it has a fireplace and DVD player/flat screen TV for your use. There is an industrial size coffee/hot chocolate/cappucino/tea maker and you can use it anytime of the day. The price includes tax and a huge variety of choices for continental style breakfast, or they will cook you a full English breakfast that is very filling. This adds a lot of value because since London is so expensive, breakfast out can cost $20-$30 per person.
The rooms are not giant, but by London/European/New York standards they are large enough. We had 2 twin beds. They were placed close together, had very warm duvets, and since it was chilly, best of all, you control the heat in your room (unlike some small hotels).
We had a room facing the VERY quiet front street and the windows were floor to ceiling...very nice. The layout of the room was fine for the 2 of us to negotiate. The rooms in the front have a combination shower/toilet and you slide the frosted glass door between them to use them. The rooms in the rear have a separate room for the bathroom. There were 6 of us in our party and we had 3 rooms. There is a flat panel television in the room that has a few stations (10 or so) but when you are in London, are you really in your room????
The location is one of the best in London. It is in a residential, upscale area. The train station is a 5 minute walk. The Underground is there as well. The bus station is a 2 minute walk in the other direction. This was very convenient since we took the bus on some day trips. Victoria is a bustling area and near the bus station, there were a few characters on the street (again away from the hotel), but we never felt unsafe.
To save the $100 cab ride from Heathrow, we took the Underground, It cost $7.00 and there was only one change of train involved...very convenient.
London is a very expensive city. I go at least once a year. I also travel to Eurpoe at least 3 times a year and New York at least twice a year, so I have a basis for comparison. If you are looking for a decent hotel at an affordable rate that is centrally located, this is the hotel for you.
A Few Growing Pains perhaps
Pros: Very good location, clean, good breakfast, nice lounge
Cons: Unfriendly service, no hairdryers in rooms, noisy breakfast area because of no carpeting, spotty room servicing, only got shampoo and soap first day of my four day stay and no clean towels the last two days, bare, stark, colourless rooms
B+B Belgravia (formerly Chesham House Hotel)
Pros: Close to Victoria Train station, communal lounge area w/ internet access, delicious breakfast served with a 3 hour window, contemporary decor, helpful staff
Cons: No elevator
I recently stayed at the B+B Belgravia (formerly the Chesham House Hotel) for a few days in Oct 2004. This newly renovated bed & breakfast has a beatiful modern decor, boasting a communal area equipped with a DVD player and flat screen tv. The breakfast area is an open space, and breakfast options include fresh fruit, yogurt, juice, cereal and an authentic english breakfast.
If Design Within Reach opened up a chain of bed & breakfasts, the B + B Belgravia would be it.
My wife and I travelled w/ our 20 month old, and were able to park our stroller in the lobby, which was a nice convenience. Additionally their DVD library includes Finding Nemo, and Dogs & Cats which was popular with our daughter.
The room was clean and equipped w/ a flat screen tv. The sink was a little difficult to figure out a first, since the stopper rotated on an axis and it took us a while to figure out that you needed to push down to release the water.
The hotel was a 5-10 minute walk to the Victoria Train station, and not too far away from Buckingham palace.
Overall the experience here was wonderful and I will definitely return to stay here next time I am in London.
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