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Historical Traveler Reviews The Belgravia Hotel London
Cheap and it shows
I used this hotel on the basis of good reviews on this web site. It was not as good as I expected.
The bed was clean and comfortable but the room was generally a bit tired.
The bathroom was definitely in need of attention.
I arrived at 1030 pm on a Sunday and the reception I received was very offhand. As an example, my request for a car park where I could leave my car the next day was met with a suggestion that there was "Probably somewhere across the road". Also my request for breakfast at 0730 instead of 0800 was met with a point blank "Not possible".
Finally, taking note of a previous reviewer who suggested asking for a room at the rear of the building, I had done just that. I was given a room at the front and yes, it was very noisy in the morning when the traffic started to flow at about 0500.
All in all, I wouldn't use this hotel again.
Horrible staff, bad experience
I have stayed at the Belgravia hotel about 2 weeks ago. They have this very nice web-site with photos and you might think that it's a lovely little place. It's not! The most horrible thing is the staff working there: A group of tired and aggressive people, most of them cannot speak proper English, that also seemed to be living in the basement (!) they are truly unwelcoming and not polite. The two Ukrainian women that work at the reception (a tiny little room under the stair case in the basement!!, that only 1 person can stand inside- you need to stand outside and talk to them) who also have to make the breakfast, clean the toilets and bath and make the laundry, have no idea how to talk to people. You are being attacked from the first encouter, and any request is too much. On the phone they sounded friendly- in reality it's the wives of Frankenstein. On 10 to ten in the morning I saw one of them knocking on the room next to me, shouting: "You have 5 minutes!!! You check out in 5 minutes!!". Check out time is ten o'clock, and the guest staying in that room was nothing short of a very polite person. They are so unfriendly, that after paying in advance for my stay to one of them, she asked if she could write me the receipt tomorrow after breakfast (?!). And than we come to the "Breakfast" issue. Generosity was something I didn't even expect, but what the hell was that??? Instead of giving you the full English breakfast that you are supposed to get, they ask you what part of it you would like, and when you say "The full breakfast" they sure don't look pleased. Than you get the most disgusting food you can imagine and in proportions that reminded me of the miniature meal Edina from AB Fab ate on one episode: you get all the parts of the meal but in sizes that would even make Kate Moss laugh out loud. The tiniest amount of eggs, horrible "sausages" (an obscure meat combination that tastes like death) beans from a can, and 1 little slice of bread. I didn't go again through that experience during my stay. To be honest the hotel was clean, but almost every day the hot water would run out and I would have to wait up to half an hour for it. The bed was so uncomfortable I was considering to sleep on the floor. The covers and curtains seem old and over used (and of course terribly ugly) The walls are so thin you, I could hear every step and conversation from the rooms near me. The location is ok and quiet, very close to the Victoria station, but the area itself is boring with not much to do, although there is a very nice Asian restaurant that offers good prices and good atmosphere, and a good restaurant that has good variety of wine across the street. For what you get, and the insult of being treated like you do in this hotel, the amount that you pay (I paid 49.- pounds for a single) isn't worth it. I should have taken a picture of that breakfast... It's truly unbelievable.
Great location, clean, affordable
I stayed at the Belgravia Hotel in NOV 04. I was there for three nights. The first night was in a room at the front of the hotel and there was street noise. On the return trip, before leaving London, I asked for a room at the rear of the hotel. It was very quiet.
Pros: Great location, very clean, very affordable, friendly and accomodating staff
Cons: Very small rooms, very small towels
I would definitely stay at the Belgravia again.
Decent, modest accommodations
My mother and I stayed in a twin room at the Belgravia Hotel for 4 nights in Sept. The shared bathrooms were always clean and we didn't have any problems with availability. The room was TINY (barely room for the 2 twin beds, which were situated foot-to-foot in the room). Having a sink in the room was nice. We noticed that the hotel hallways were air-conditioned, but as soon as we came into the room, it was hot and there was no A/C vent in the room. So we slept with the window open and were quite warm in the room day and night. If you are one that can't stand sleeping in a warm room, you might want to be careful about choosing this location. We did not have any problems with noise though, as reported by a previous person.
The breakfast was very good, and the on-site personnel was very friendly and helpful. They actually helped make the place more enjoyable.
Free internet access was a big bonus!!
Location was excellent, very close to the tube and walking distance to Buckingham and other local tourist interests.
Overall, I would say that the stay here was acceptable for the price. I think if it weren't for the fact that we were so warm, I would consider staying here again, esp because of the free internet access, maybe during the winter months. But after 4 nights in the warm, tiny room, we were definitely ready to move to our next destination.
Belgravia Hotel in London, excellent value!
Belgravia Hotel is great value for money and the service is excellent. Rooms are spotlessly clean, comfortableand the prices reasonable. The English Breakfast is generous, hot and nicely presented in a nice dining room where you can access the internet. I will certainly recommend this hotel to my friends and colleagues and I will stay there next time we plan to visit london which we do regularly.
Nice but hot & noisy
I stayed at The Belgravia Hotel in June 2004. It was very conveniently located, well run, clean, and newly decorated. Pluses were the very nice breakfast provided, excellent strong coffee, helpful & friendly young staff from Poland, handy internet computer access for email in the breakfast room in the basement. Problems were that my room was in front, and street noises were very loud all night, and it was a hot night, so the window had to be open to let in a breath of air. Ask for a rear room in summer! Also, it would have been very nice if the hotel had some fans for hot nights, but I was told there were none. As a result, I had an uncomfortably sleepless night due to street noises and heat.
The other difficulty is that I was charged on my credit card for two nights on the day that I reserved my room, and I did not actually spend the night until a few days later, so that I was billed for 3 days instead of only the one night that I stayed there. I am hoping to resolve this with the management.
I would stay at the Belgravia again, but not in summer unless they can add some air conditioning or good fans.
A Good Place To Stay
We just returned from a six night stay at the Belgravia. Location is excellent as it is located mid-way between the Victoria and Sloane Square tube stations. A bus runs by the door if you have your visitors pass.
Hotel is neat and clean. Rooms are small but price is low. Furnishings seem to come from Ikea and are in good condition. Heat is uneven as my room was comfortable but other members of our party (back of building) had a colder room.
Breakfast very good and staff very friendly. You have high speed internet access and can use microwave and a few things in the refrigerator.
Only problem was confusion in booking. There seems to be a disconnect between person doing booking and the onsite managers. Our rooms weren't available as reserved (a double with bath and a triple) though an acceptable circumstance was arranged. On the last night we were told one of us had to move to accomodate someone else who had booked earlier than we did. The result was no en suite bath for the last night. The hotel did offer compensation and we managed. But that was an irritating end to an otherwise successful stay.