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... We all had lunch, and then Mum and Julie went scarf-shopping in the market. Dad and I headed for the pub and watched perhaps one of the more dull games of football (Arsenal 1 WBA 0) and sunk a couple of pints. Win-win for everyone. At the conclusion of the game, we trained it back closer into town and Julie and Mum went into Liberty of London to do more shopping. Dad and I went to the local Irish pub and caught the first half of the evening football ...
... was 12pm. We had a final breakfast with the girls and then packed up the car and drove to Bath.
British drivers are crazy, they all drive over 80mph and don't seem to have any concept of safe braking distance! The lack of speed limit signs everywhere is also confusing, they use some international symbol thing but surely just adding the actual speed as well would be handy!
At Bath we just mooched around town, the weather was **** too so we didn't actually do much sight seeing
... took a little while for the industrial area to give way to residential, and it was then that all really clicked to being in England - the housing along the tracks seemed to be fairly typical post-war terraced dwellings with several chimneys, but each trying to look independent from the rest of the row in some way (render, paint, etc). We were on a non-express service to Paddington, reaching that station fairly quickly - or at least it felt like that as I was trying ...
... starting to feel pretty rough...now off home to curl up and digest all that stuffing.
Friday: Feeling terrible, stayed in bed all day long. Feeling slightly revived later in the day we showered up and headed out to meet Louise & Marc. We were booked up for a Jack the Ripper tour that evening and I figured I could survive an hour or so tour. Turns out is was going to be a 2.5 hour adventure....eeek. The guide was definitely knowledgeable but it was more of a History ...
... itself many times over. They help setup your bank account, tax number, CV assistance and provide a whole host of information, tips and tricks to assist with your move over. Not only this but there are so many social events to meet other travellers :) The arrival information session on Friday turned into a pub crawl where I made friends with a few other Aussies and Canadians.
Saturday 28th Eloise didn't have classes so we took some time to ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Blair Victoria & Tudor Inn Hotel London
Although the Tudor Inn was not what I would have expected for the price I payed, I could live with it (Motel 6 would be luxury compared to this!). However, what I want to warn people of is the fact that my room was infested with bed bugs. I saw the bugs in the room, and thought they were baby cockroaches. Honestly, I didn't know bed bugs were an actual type of bug. But, after leaving the hotel covered in bites, I went to see a doctor once I returned home, who pulled up a picture of exactly the bug in the hotel, telling me that they were bed bugs. Okay, so no big deal right? Not exactly. Apparently bed bugs are fond of travelling internationally in people's luggage. Now I'm stuck fumigating my apartment to try to prevent infestation of a blood-sucking bug that is apparently very hard to get rid of once it sets up residence. Consider yourself warned!!
The bathroom was like a caravan bathroom
As we arrived at the tudor inn (which was closed) we were advised by a note on the door to go to the hotel across the road.
When we saw our bedroom we were quite happy, until we saw the bathroom. It was basically a cupboard no bigger than a bathroom you would find in a touring caravan, the floor of the bathroom was actually the shower base, you could sit on the loo and have a shower at the same time (not that i did of course) and whilst sat on the loo, your knees would be touching the bathroom door and the sink was so close to the loo, you could clean your teeth while on the loo (not that i did of course!)
Basically, ive never seen a bathroom like it!!
All we thought we needed was a good location, cheap hotel. We're just going to sleep here, right? But the things we forgot were:
The rooms are quite small but they satisfy thier need. They are clean and tidy and well maintained. I can recommend the hotel to everyone.
Beware gives false description of hotel sent across the road to a **** hole
this is totalaly misleading hotel nothing like advertisment not even same hotel your sent across the road to (--) dirty beds no faciletys like it says in advert fire exits blocked with filthy matresses and the most filthest bathrooms you could every see we refused to stay here but the guy still took payment for one night off our credit card now seeking legal advise we feel the public should be warned this guy is a con man this hotel should not be trading its a disgrace
My daughter and I arrived at this, ahem, hotel, after midnight on the day we were set to arrive. We'd been travelling and were dead tired, thus I was unamused to find a pasted-on note on the door of the Tudor Inn that instructed me to check in at another hotel across the street. Leaving my 13-year old daughter with our (heavy) bags out on the street, I made my way over to the reception. There I found a gentleman behind the counter, speaking on the telephone. He did not bother to stop speaking while I was checking in, but rather made rather abrupt hand movements to indicate what I should do. He did, however, manage to interrupt his call long enough to tell me I had to pay in advance. I gave him my credit card and after running it through the machine he interrupted his call again long enough to hand me a set of keys and tell me that one of them opened the front door of the, ahem, hotel, and the other the room. Across the street, the corridor was so narrow that I had the hardest time getting the bags up the room, which was on the second floor (i.e. four flights up). Arriving at the room, which was located about two feet across from another room with loud TV sounds coming from it, I found that the door was open. We stared in disbelief. The room was about the size of a broom closet, barely large enough to accomodate the two narrow twin beds that were there, certainly not large enough for any bedside tables or indeed anything save for a small closet and a tiny low table that had a plug-in kettle and a basket with a bunch of exposed and dusty tea bags on it that could have been there for two years for all I knew. What struck me immediately, however, was the bed coverings - I had never seen anything so disgustingly dirty. I hurriedly ripped them off the beds, which thankfully had clean linen, save for one of the pillows which had a black stain on it. The walls, also, were so dirty that I had to pull the beds out from them - I couldn't bear the thought of sleeping anywhere near them. I had asked for a non-smoking room if possible, but this room smelled like a saloon at 9 in the morning. When we pulled the curtain aside, which incidentally hung very uneavenly from its rod, we discovered a window so hazy with dirt that you could barely see through it, which moreover had a cracked pane. The beds were horribly lumpy. The ensuite bathroom was the size of an airplane toilet, but to their credit it was clean - at least until I went to have a shower in the morning and discovered that the inside of the shower partition was completely covered with mildew. Had it been earlier in the day I would have beat a hasty retreat, but as it was late and we were exhausted I saw no other option but to stay the night. It wasn't until we were in bed that it occurred to me that the "direct-dial telephone" that had been promised in my booking was non-existent. Nor was there any sign of a hairdryer. In the morning I went down to complain and found the same gentleman as before behind the counter with his feet up and still talking on the phone. When he heard my complaints he seemed to get a little nervous and bid goodbye to his pal on the other end, only to tell me that the phones they have are cordless phones that are provided to guests UPON REQUEST. I said I'd never heard of such a thing and duly produced my booking, which said the room was to be EQUIPPEd with a direct-dial phone. Also, I asked whether I could have a hairdryer, please. He said they had no portable hairdryers, and seemed very surprised when I told him that there was no hairdryer in the room. Scratching his head, he said I would have to speak to the manager when he came in at 9.30 am. I went down into the basement breakfast room to have the "full English breakfast", which consisted of a single shrivelled sausage, a single slice of bacon, one very oily egg, some baked beans, and toast. The air in the breakfast room was so filled with grease that I had to take a shower when I went back to my room as my hair smelled like I'd been standing and frying bacon for hours. When I spoke to the manager, he simply shrugged and repeated the same spiel about the cordless phone being available on request. Honestly, this was the WORST experience I've had in a hotel and I would advise ANYONE to STEER CLEAR of this place. These guys are crooks, they don't deliver on what they proclaim to offer and the accommodation is MILES away from the pleasant picture they portray in their promotional literature.
During the 2003 Christmas week, my husband and I stayed at the Tudor Inn (a.k.a. Victoria Blair) in London. We stayed there for two main reasons. First, it is inexpensive compared with other London bed and breakfasts or hotels. Second, it is centrally located in the Victoria district. Yes, it is a relatively inexpensive place in what we consider to be a very expensive city. And, yes, the room reflected that it is inexpensive. Our room was at the top of the stairs (no elevator). We did not expect an elevator. The room held a clean and comfortable full-size bed, dresser with mirror, end table, and small television set. I emphasize that the room was clean. We had read that some London rooms have bed bugs. Our bed was perfectly clean, and the whole room was cleaned each day. We also had a portable coffee pot, instant coffee, tea bags, and powdered creamer, which we considered a nice treat after a dayÂ s sightseeing in wet, cold London. These condiments were replenished each day. Although our room did not have and did not advertise as having a small refrigerator, we asked for one. Within minutes, a young man carried a small fridge into our room. To our delight and amazement, management did not ask for additional payment. Considering the sky-high prices in London restaurants (fish and chips are about $15 each), we purchased most of our food from a local grocery store. The fridge came in very handy. Obviously, we ate in our room. We did not think to bring plates and cutlery with us from our home in Mississippi, U.S.A. On several occasions, management gladly supplied us with plates, spoons, forks, and knives. They were very accommodating. The bathroom is snug, but a small and private bathroom is much more desirable than sharing one. From our internet research before traveling to London, we concluded that most hotels in the price range of the Tudor Inn have shared bathrooms. We did not want a shared bath. Our bathroom was comparable to those on cruise ships. The sink, commode, and shower all occupy about twenty square feet. We purchased the full English breakfast. Although fried eggs and pork are a bit on the greasy side for us, we still found the food delightful. The wait staff are all friendly and service oriented. Our check-in and check-out were hassle free. We had no surprises. Yes, management speaks English with a foreign accent. As someone from the U.S. South, I think everyone in London speaks with a foreign accent. I absolutely adored listening to all of them. While riding the double-decker buses, I would eavesdrop from time to time just to experience the array of accented attempts at the difficult English language. Our second reason for choosing the Tudor Inn is its location. We were within very easy walking distance of palaces, cathedrals, abbeys, and shopping. We walked until we dropped. Then we boarded LondonÂ s ubiquitous double-decker buses and visited museums. We also tried the underground, which is just a few blocks from the Tudor Inn. We were happy tourists. If you are looking to be pampered in the style of a five-star New York hotel, then forget the Tudor Inn. This old building is rustic and reminiscent of the era for which the locale is named Â Victorian. However, if you are not afraid of a little stair climbing and walking, are looking for a place that has the ambiance of European travel, and are traveling on a tight budget, then the Tudor Inn might be just the place for you.
In late 2003 I booked two rooms for (2 adults and 3 young children) in what was advertised on Active Hotel's website as, and what I understood to be, a hotel.Upon arriving at the Tudor Inn Hotel (Â Tudor InnÂ ) we noted on the door of Tudor Inn that we should proceed to the reception (across the road) in the Blair Victoria Hotel (Â Blair VictoriaÂ ) to check in. This we duly did.We were advised at the reception of the Blair Victoria that our rooms in Tudor Inn were not ready (despite the fact that Tudor Inn had noted and accepted through Active Hotel's website our intention when booking to arrive during the morning). The staff in the Blair Victoria however advised that we could still check in and store our luggage in the Tudor Inn. The receptionist took my credit card and I completed and signed the appropriate document to check into the Tudor Inn Hotel (big mistake). The receptionist then brought me across the road to the Tudor Inn Hotel to store our luggage and suggested that our rooms would be ready in approx. 1-2 hours time.Upon coming back to the Blair Victoria Hotel reception approx. two hours later and having had time to discuss with my wife the fact that the Tudor Inn did not in fact appear to be a hotel as advertised we sought clarification from the receptionist in the Blair Victoria. He advised that the Tudor Inn was a Â Bed & Breakfast HotelÂ . I advised that Active Hotel's website clearly indicated that the Tudor Inn was a hotel. This he aggressively disputed but did not seek to prove otherwise. He confirmed that the Tudor Inn did not have a reception (despite their indication of a 24 hour reception service) or lounge and did not serve any meals other than breakfast for which we would have to cross the road to the Blair Victoria. We advised that the arrangement was totally contrary to the description on Active Hotel's website and confirmation.The Manager (a Mr. Shah) then arrived at the reception and spoke (in a foreign language) to the receptionist. He confirmed what the receptionist had told us and advised that we were welcome to look for alternative accommodation and that he would provide us with a full refund. He suggested however, that we look at a Triple Room in the Blair Victoria. This we did. However, this room was very cramped and dirty with room for nothing other than the three single beds in the room. The curtains of this room were also detached in several places from the curtain rail.We advised Mr Shah that we would not proceed with the Tudor Inn as the accommodation as booked was totally different to what he was in fact offering. I advised Mr. Shah that I wanted the credit card docket signed by myself that morning to be returned to me so that I could destroy same. Mr Shah advised that this would not be possible as his Head Office had already processed the credit card entry. He confirmed however that he would arrange for his Head Office to process a credit of the full amount to my credit card. I advised him that I would like written confirmation of his agreement to credit my account. Mr. Shah accordingly gave me an invoice on Blair Victoria headed paper confirming the amount paid by me for credit back to my credit card account. He also spoke to his Head Office by telephone (again in a foreign language). Finally Mr Shah asked to write down the deficiencies between what was advertised and booked by ourselves and the accommodation Tudor Inn was now proposing. This I did highlighting that Tudor Inn was advertised as a Hotel when in fact it appeared to be a Bed & Breakfast, Tudor Inn had no lounge or reception and breakfast was to be served in another building (i.e. Blair Victoria). Mr Shah asked me to sign this statement of deficiencies and confirm my email address so that he could send this statement to his Head Office for them to action and report back to me.Upon checking my credit card account when we returned home I discovered that I had received reimbursement of a much lesser amount. I queried this with the Blair Victoria who suggested that this was what was agreed on the day. I advised that this was totally incorrect. I also queried (having now checked the website again) the fact that Tudor Inn was being described as a Hotel. Blair Victoria advised that if I had any problems I could contact their Head Office.I then spoke to the Tudor InnÂ s Head Office. He first asked me where I was phoning from. He then advised me that he would give me Â a nice ideaÂ namely that I should phone Active Hotels as my travel agent. I advised him that the agreement for full reimbursement was with Tudor Inn/Blair Victoria and not Active Hotels and thus I wanted to speak to their Head Office. To this he responded that he did not have to speak to me and could simply put the phone down.I contacted Active Hotels who accepted no responsibility for the accuracy of the information relating to Tudor Inn. They advised that this was simply based on a questionnaire completed by Tudor Inn. I note that Active Hotels later amended its website to reflect that Tudor Inn is a Bed & Breakfast and not a Hotel.
On 21/12/2002 i went to the Tudor Inn (also called Victoria Blair) hotel in London. The hotelmanager speaks very bad Englisch (he is from Sri Lanka). At our arrival we got a room on the upper floor. At the booking we got some fabulous photographs of the room, but when we were in the room we were confronted with worst hotel room we had ever seen.