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I wouldn't normally write a blog entry about being at home. But today was a bit more touristy than normal! I caught my usual train (the same route I take every day to work!) into London Waterloo. And from there, to Bond Street. Not somewhere I would normally want to go on a weekend - far, far too many people for my liking. But we went for a wander around a few shops - looking at a couple of things I have been wanting, but wanted to check out before buying. And no successful ...
... the perfect time to go! I woke up one day and was like if you don't do it now you never will. So I started researching and went and booked my flight for a couple weeks away! Nothing like short notice! (Standard Hogan) Aberdeen is a very small place everyone knows everyone and I like it that way I'm in my comfort zone and have all my family and friends around me! I think getting away from that for a while will allow me to mature ...
... in Bayswater. In fact, I am still to see much water in Bayswater as well.
4. A very nice Welsh lad on the train informed us that the Underground doesn't always go underground. Quite a bit of the track is also overground. Then he went on to inform us that there also is an Overground. But it doesn't always run over the ground. Hmmm, so much to learn is so little time.
5. I enjoy the challenge of figuring ...
... pretty much ruled out any alcohol consumption).
Anyway the day went on.. no suggestions for fun things to do so I thought to myself what would be halloweeny, cheap and wouldn't involve liquor? Well why not a Jack the Ripper walking tour (cause you know how much I love those!)
So off to Tower Hill with Kristy and Suzie and let the blood and gore begin. There were what felt like 200 people who turned up for this tour (I guess other people had the same idea as ...
... too so we went out together to explore! Walked all the way down to oxford street and being amazed by all the beautiful architecture, found a cute little pub with the most amazing paintings on the ceiling on oxford st where we enjoyed a cider. Then kept walking around and somehow made our way back to the hotel!! Haha (after this my feet were killing me) then went to the pub at the hotel for dinner then off to bed for my first nights sleep in London ...
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.