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Historical Traveler Reviews The Barn Sleaford
Felt alright about the Claverley
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.
But, I can say that given what I paid, I was not overly impressed with the hotel. There were lots of "worn" areas of the hotel. The coffee/tea service with cookies really is maybe just barely better than a vending machine.
The breakfast was a decent value, I thought. We liked the location, feeling it was a comfortable, safe neighborhood to stay in. There really were not a lot of restaurants open late at night for dinner, however.
Service was fine overall.
This hotel seems to generate a lot of mixed reviews at this site. Mine, as well.
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!!
Stay somewhere where don't just feel like 'another guest'
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.
More than awful!
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.
On the positive side, the breakfast was pretty good, and it was nice to enjoy the available coffee, tea and biscuits when we arrived back after sightseeing. We also found the staff pleasant. And we loved the location. But we just can't frequent that place again, not until it gets overhauled.
Great Location, Miniscule Room
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.
The Claverly has slipped
We had stayed in the Claverly in 1998, had found it comfortable and the location convenient, and decided to stay again during our latest trip in Sept 2002.
My wife and I were disappointed. The attention to detail which I thought was the hallmark of the Claverly had slipped. It was mostly little things. For example, there is no financial paper in the lounge for the business traveller, a serious oversight. However, our biggest frustration was the size of the room. It was very small, in fact it really didn't have room for our luggage and we had just one suitcase each. The shower control didn't fuction properly and so you were either scalded or frozen and one of the lights was malfunctioning. Attention to detail is lacking. For the price, 130 pounds/night I expected better.
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