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Greetings from London!
Nine hours and 45 minutes after I left Mumbai I landed in England and into a very different world. My friend Jen was there to meet me at Heathrow and we took the clean and well organized tube to her apartment that she shares with her boyfriend Hansel. Despite the time change, Hansel talked us into going to a loft party and by the time we go home at 2am, 26 hours had elapsed since I woke up in Mumbai. Damn son, I ...
... finally home. Tomorrow we are heading off for four days, up through the Cotswolds toward Warwickshire and the birthplace of William Shakespeare--Stratford-upon-Avon! If we were this bowled over by a 16 year old reconstruction of his original playhouse, I can't imagine the emotional roller coaster tomorrow will bring as we stand in the home where he was born, where he lived and worked, and where he died in 1616. (Might need to pack some Kleenex...)
... a trip and not be in a Cathedral, LOL, but there was no organist at work. Jeremy's boss in NYC had begun his career at this Cathedral, and it's the oldest Cathedral in London, a church on the site going back to 606 AD...there was a monument to Shakespeare; while I didn't linger, I was glad I stopped.
My next stop was the Imperial War Museum...when walking in the Central City, everything is so close together, so I totally misjudged the length of the walk...yikes, ...
... which would have been solved if the salad had been completed by the cheese and then properly dressed. One miss, but not the end of the world. Not to mention that our server gifted us a little soda beverage to make up for the mistake, which was a nice gesture. Our other starter was a salad of cous cous, roast squash, charred cauliflower, kale and pinenuts. It was quite good, and felt very healthy. My favorite part of it was the sweetness that came from charring ...
... Department Store - an amazing store -and more amazingly we did not buy anything. However, Shirley found a cupcake shop in Selfridges - the best cupcakes in the world according to her. We dropped in to the Savoy Hotel on the way home to see how the upper crust lives. They certainly do it tough! Ken and Pat laid on a wonderful seafood dinner. They have certainly looked after ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Raglan Hotel London
ideally located for alexandra palace (less than 10 mins walk). We stayed for just the 1 night but could have stayed longer. Helpful and courteous staff, clean and well kept bedrooms, even with the hotel going through refurbishment. Excellent breakfast. Would re-vist again.
My daughter from the U.S. is a student at London Metropolitan University near North London. I asked her to find a hotel close to where she is living for our visit. She found Raglan Hall and told me it appeared to be a clean hotel. I checked Trip Advisor like I always do and read nothing but negative comments. Dispite my misgivings I went with my daughter's recommendation. My wife and I stayed with our daughter at Raglan Hall April 16,17 and 18. The lobby is spotless. We were greeted by a very friendly desk clerk. While completing our paperwork another employee came out and gathered our luggage taking it to our room. My wife and I stayed in what they call a family room with our daughter. It was a nice size room. The beds were very comfortable with soft comforters and two big pillows. The room has internet access. The bathroom was clean and supplied with linen and soaps. The hallways did not smell. I have attached a couple of pictures of the breakfast area. The full English breakfast was very good. A young blonde female was constantly bringing out fresh food. She also brought as much hot toast as we asked for...........we left the hotel after three nights and stayed with a friend of ours in south England for several days. We returned to the hotel prior to leaving London. They put us in room (219). The room was very small for three people. I called the desk and asked for a larger room. The clerk immediately gave us a larger room and said she would meet us at the door with the key. The room was excellent. (The customer service was outstanding) ...............the hotel apparently has been refurbished since the prior negative comments. The only negative we experienced was creaking footsteps. The building is old like almost everything in London. You can hear people walking up the stairs and people walking in the room above you. Fortunately for us we got in late every night and it was other guests listening to our footsteps. The lounge is very upscale and is not loud............the bus stop is about 2 blocks away. You have to take #144 to the Turnpike Station to access the tube. My wife and I would not hesitate to return.
Reall,y really, awful
Faulty Towers would have made this place look like the Ritz.
Don't be fooled by the plush looking lobby. Behind the doors awaits a hell hole.
Breakfast is either non existent or raw.
The whole hotel is propped up by ignorant staff.
Next time I'm going to stay in the Kings Cross toilets. It's gotta be better.
I stayed in this 'hotel' for one night as i was heading to Ally Pally to see Embrace.
Stayed 9th November 2005 due to attending White Stripes gig at Ally Pally. Check in was fine, the lass at the counter was friendly and helpful above the din of the ongoing refurbishment works. Corridors were ropey, but rooms are fine if a little tired. Big & clean with chairs and a nice bay window to sit in.
The hotel is undergoing refurbishment so the plastic sheeting in the lobby is a little disconcerting as a greeting. Checking in was pleasant enough - but there was no offer of help with our bags. Perhaps I was expecting too much for a three star hotel, but with the rack rate of £154 for the room, perhaps not.
noisy & full of pizza hut staff ?? drinking each other under the table ha ha good on em. if you want a party this is the place to go, I was with mtv crew at alexandra pallace we loved it. night porter (sean) seemed to work day & night & was always helpful, as was max & bryan (breakfast cheff) who we pounced on as he was just getting in to work at 5 am to get him to make 30 of us bacon rolls by 515 am they were in our bellys ! thanks bryan... and vera (lovely lady)
Very expensive for what it is.
Rooms are above a function room so don't expect to get a good night sleep before midnight!
Rooms above the kitchen door can hear it banging until the early hours and then are woken by it at 6.10 am every morning!
You must time when you go to the buffet breakfast if you are to get an egg or toast!
The rooms are much smaller than the image on the net.
Was told the room had satellite TV but it didn't.
Only put the heating on every other day!
Loved the Breakfast
We had the opportunity of staying in this lovely, old but refurbished, spotlessly clean, hotel for about 10 days last month. We found the staff to be not just helpful, but friendly and easy to approach. The breakfasts were fantastic and so was the ambience of this lovely place. All credit to Duncan and his staff, particularly Carmen ( who's been there 20years now) Eric on the Front desk along with Jay and the very nice girls in the breakfast room and room service.
It was a great area to stay in and very easy to get around using the buses and underground.
Landed in England on Sept. 14. Took train to KIng,s Cross and then the underground to Bounds Green and then a bus to our hotel in Muswel HIlls ,which in Northen London ,It was a Best Western on Queens ave. The room turn out to be very small and not that clean,but as we were tried and just want to sleep after the long journey and also we would not be spenting that much time there ,we decided it would be okay. I thought Best Western hotel would be better,as I worked for them a few years ago and their standard were good ,that was why I chose it. I found London to be very dirty and untidy ,they have no reclying in place so there are bottles cans etc. laying everywhere. People just throw to the ground also because there is a lack of garbage bins. Things are expense including meals,hotel rooms and generally just buying anything,but we did except that so we took the bad with the good. It is a great City for culture and things to see and I would not of missed for all the world ,Would I go back in a heart beat