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... of a city and meet fascinating people from around
the world. We met several fellow
travellers throughout the night. We talked to an Australian couple named Nathan
and Sara (ironnnnyyyyy), and a group of Londoners who were quite impressed that
I got into Durham. Eventually we settled in with a different group of people.
Instead of using names we just called each other by our nationalities, which
included Sweden, South Africa and New Zealand.
... We will not forget the many memorable experiences we had and the wonderful people we met.
Despite our later than scheduled departure from St. Petersburg we arrived at Heathrow almost on time. I was happy to tick off flight number 6 – only 5 more to go! Sally had never flown into Heathrow before so was fascinated by the frequency of the planes taking off as we waited on the tarmac to disembark. Sal counted 17 aircraft had taken off on the ...
... many repetitions and laughter here in honor of Nathan and Garrett)
1. A "humped pelican crossing" has nothing to do with large birds procreating, rather it's a raised, signaled cross walk.
Honorable Mention: Public school = private school; Private school = church/parochial school; State school = public school; review and repeat several times....
... to the Abbey and made friends with: A Yorkshireman who told me all about the cool things to see in Greenwhich, an Old Chinese Man who was a veterinary surgeon, and an American tourist from DC (who had a massive cold sore...yuck).
Saw Princes Harry and William, Kate, Prince Charles and Camilla, and Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II with her ailing husband the Duke of Edinburgh. (When I remarked that I didn't know the Queen was married, ...
... a pot of peppermint tea. Grant & Cutler has the reputation of being the UK's best foreign language bookshop incorporated into a regular bookshop covering all genres. It was as big as a library and over three levels. I settled in for the morning at the French section like a pig wallowing in the mud. It had one whole wall of French dictionaries translated into all other languages. Mind blowing! Just as well you can buy everything online from home as I could quite ...
Historical Traveler Reviews Claverly Hotel London
London is a very expensive place to stay, and the Claverley is no exception. Several people on this site say the Claverley is a great value for the area. I have not stayed at other places w/in London, so I suppose I am not the best judge.
Delightful home away from home!
I recently spent nine days at the Claverley, and found it to be the perfect home away from home in London. My single room with a shower on the hall was small, but a great value for expensive London! Next visit I would opt for one of their larger rooms with bath or shower. The included breakfast was the best I have ever experienced in London! The young staff was friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. While there are a few well loved (worn!) areas, all and all The Claverley represents the best value I have ever found in London!!
This is the first time I stayed at the Claverly Hotel. Having looked at their website I booked directly from the US by calling their toll free number, the receptionist at the other end was extremely helpful and gave me all the details I needed about the room. It sounded really great and when I got there it was exactly the way he described it, a nice room with a very English decor, not too big but I wasn't expecting that. I was quite concerned about the noise knowing the area pretty well but the room was extremely quiet and had a nice view of the trees on the street, I could actually hear the birds in the morning. The breakfast is excellent, the dinning room is brand new and whilst the hotel is not trendy or modern it was exactly what I was looking for: charming, quaint, small, quiet and run by very friendly staff who treat you like a human being and greet you like you would be an old friend. If you want to stay somewhere where don't just feel like 'another guest' I definitely recommend it, and I know where I'll be staying next time.
Worth The Wait
I travel to London regularly and I have previously been unable to stay at the Claverley because they were full. This time I was able to stay in a standard single room. The room was very clean and adequately sized. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Breakfast is fantastic, so much food that you don't know what to choose. I found the Claverley ideally located on a quiet street. This hotel is definetely one of my London favs. I cannot believe the value it represents for this area. I will be back.
Great value for the area
I have stayed at the Claverley many times and continue to enjoy it. The rooms may not be the same sized as rooms back home but hey, this is europe. The rooms are comfortable and extremely clean. With all of the rates and a huge breakfast included the Claverley is great value in this expensive neighbourhood. The hotel next door is double the price but not double the standard.
The hotel has recently refurbished the dining room and it looks wonderful. The staff are really freindly and will go out of their way to assist you.
I cannot speak high enough of this gem of a hotel. I find it hard to understand some of the other reviews.
We stayed at the Claverly in 2000. We're planning another trip to London, so I've been looking into "London" hotels again, and from the reviews I've been reading on various hotel sites, the Claverly has not changed since we were there. We were in a front room, 3rd floor, or their 2nd floor). Sheets, and they were 'short' sheets, weren't changed all week, most of the time the shower just trickled although the staff did try to fix it, and all the hotel walls needed a good painting. The lounge had some furniture with stuffing falling out.
I just returned from the Claverley (this is the correct spelling) yesterday. I had room #47 which was incredibly small, I mean really tiny. I guess I should have realized how small it was going to be when the two desk clerks almost had heart failure when I arrived with my friend who drove me from the airport. They both asked me if I was the only one staying. The room was clean and the bathroom was a good size even though there was a distinct lack of counter space. My main complaints with the room besides the size was the lack of air-conditioning (the weather was warm) and the chest of drawers with several broken handles. Some wear and tear can be charming but outright broken is another thing. The lack of a clock in the room and a 24-hr front desk aren't selling points either. I'm not sure if I would stay here again. For the money I paid, I was expecting a little more space and a few more in room amenities. I really didn't see the personal touch that the Claverley kept talking about on their website. I kind of felt like I was staying in a youth hostel and that's not what I was looking for on vacation. The Knightsbridge Hotel, which is right next door looked about 10 times better and more modern.
Once again, loved the Claverly
In March 2003, the water was working well in my all marble bathroom. I stayed on the 5th floor in a charming room overlooking Beaufort Gardens. The staff was helpful, the breakfasts bountiful, the tea making facility in the comfortable lounge welcome and the location outstanding.
Claverly's water didn't work
We must have stayed in the same room as the previous writer. The water was not functioning properly (shower) and the noise from Harrod's loading dock was bothersome early in the a.m. It is a great location though.