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Historical Traveler Reviews Grange Wellington Hotel London
For London, this is a good deal
I stayed at the Wellington for 1 week at the end of June. It is in a great location; Vincent Square is a very quiet area that is very close to major sights. I was travelling by myself, and felt very safe walking to and from the hotel at night. The room was very small, with a single bed, small TV, telephone, desk, sink, and cupboard. It was clean, with daily cleaning service. No air conditioning, so it could be hot in the middle of summer, but I was comfortable at the end of June. Depending on what side of the hotel your room is, the street noise may be bothersome, but I returned to the hotel so tired that I fell asleep instantly! The bathroom down the hall was OK, but the shower could have been cleaner. Breakfast was served from 8 - 10 am, and consisted of ham, cheese, cold toast, croissants, tea, coffee, juice, canned fruit salad, and cereal. Get there close to 8:00, because things (croissants especially) run out fast and the line-up gets long. My main complaint is about a particular front desk clerk, who was sarcastic and snarky when I asked a question about local calling in London. Otherwise, the staff were friendly and helpful. Overall, a great value hotel for London if you just need a place to lay your head.
Dirty carpet and toilet, noisy and hot
I and my wife stayed in wellington in late June 2006, we booked through British Hotel Reseervation Centre (BHRC) in Paddinton Railway Station, 40 pounds/night . I was told that the bathroom, though outside our room, belongs to our room and will be used by us. In fact, it wrong and the staff in BHRC lied to us!!! All guests need to share the toilet and bathroom with others. The toilets were dirty and terrible. You can see yellowish stool still sticking on toilet even in morning. Very scary!!! The carpet is very dirty. TV is old. NO air-conditioning, will be very hot in summer. The receptionists were not very helpful. I requestes hot water from the reception at night (9 pm), the male receptionist told me that hot water is not available as the kitch is closed (only open in morning). Could you imagine that??? Next night when I requested hot water again from another receptionist, then hot water was supplied (though little amount)!! It is quiet noisy because people keep walking in and out and closing the door forcible.
Need to borrow the hair dryer fromt he reception (could only use for 15 min) because they have only one), Adaptor available.
The only thing that is OK is breakfast (ham, bread, milk, orange juice, jam), from 8-10 am only. Not good for those leave early. Usually a long queue in morning.
My impession is not very good, but it is relatively cheap. Still OK for budget traveller.
The room was in need of renovation.
Filthy showers, intermittent hot water.
Breakfast - ha what a joke.
& the rooms were hotter than hell - it was impossible to sleep.
Myself and my boyfriend stayed at The Wellinton in February, 2006. We stayed one night and it cost £53, booking through the Hotels desk at Victoria station. I think this is cheap, though we didn't check anywhere else. We booked at very short notice.
The location is excellent: about a 7 minute walk to Victoria Station, which gives great access to everywhere in London. The place looks nice on the outside - a big old boarding school. The room was adequate, although there was a problem with the heating. It was roasting all day and night. The staff ignored us when we said there was a problem with it.
I had to go upstairs to get to the ladies' bathroom, but it was clean and the showers were hot.
The main complaint I would have is that the staff were extremely rude. On the day we were leaving, we overslept. The front desk called our room 5 mintues before check-out time and simply said "When are you leaving your room?" - no "Good morning" or "Excuse me". My boyfriend has a policy of being polite no matter how rude someone is to him, but no matter how many times he apologised and assured her we'd be straight down, the lady simply ignored it and repeated over and over that the check-out time was 11:00 and that we would have to pay again if we weren't down in 5 minutes. When we got to the lobby a frantic 3 minutes later, we were greeted with gruff grunts and snootiness. Extremely rude.
Other than that, the place did its job, albeit without any flair or atmosphere. Its location and price make it worthwhile for a short stay. However, I wouldn't have stayed any longer.
Value for Money
I spent 8 days at the Wellington, 5 in late May and returned from touring and spent another 3. Staff was extremely helpful and met all my requests. Stored my luggage whilst I was away. Rooms were clean, showers down the hall were always hot, brealfast was plentiful. I met people there who had stayed there on many ocassions and standards were consistantly good. Close to many good pubs, 10 minutes walk to Victoria Station.
Think of the good old day
I stayed there with my daughter 13 years ago when it was still under the management of the university(KCL). My daughter gradulated from university and is practising medicine in London. At that time the English breakfast served at the basement dinning hall kept my stomach full till late afternoon. The bathroom was so big and there is never any competition even in the morning rush.
As we stayed there for two whole weeks there then. I developed a liking for the place. I failed to book the place in the past years for I mistook that I was still an university hostel and would only open to visitors during summer.
I will stay there next month after finding the information from the tripadvisor site. Is the room converted to en-suite now and the pantry demolished?
I will write again after my stay.
Lawrence from Hong Kong.
Cheap n cheerful!
Visited London Thursday8th April 2004 to Sunday 11th April 2004,staying at the Wellington Hall. Booked over the phone having seen it on t'internet.
The building is imposing but set in a quiet location just a few minutes walk from the Victoria coach and train stations. Believe it used to be some kind of boarding school. The rooms are basic but clean and warm,with everything you need. Food at breakfast time is continental style which probably suits the majority of clients because we were the only English people there! Showers could have been better but plenty of toilets and the staff were very helpful and accomodating of our needs,requests etc. Location is ideal for pedestrian viewing of the capital and there are a number of friendly pubs and places to eat nearby. Okay so it's not the Ritz but for the money it's a bargain in central London and who goes to London to stay at their hotel all day? We can wholeheartedly recommend the Wellie and we'll certainly go back when we next visit London.
The hotel wasn't bad. It served it's purpose. The beds were clean. The rooms were spartan but OK, even having satellite TV! The room I was in was big so we had four people in there. Some of the rooms were so tiny, it was tricky to get 2 beds in! The toilets and showers were not appealing, there was lots limescale and some algae here and there. They didn't seem to be cleaned regularly. Breakfast was mediocre and they didn't give us dinner. The staff were nonetheless very helpful. If you're looking for somewhere cheap and cheerful, this is perfect. Its also very close to attractions and railway and tube stations. St. James's is about 10 minutes away and the Abbey and the Palace of Westminster are even closer. I recommend the Green Coat Boy pub!
More a Hostel than a hotel
My Sister and I visited London last weekend, upon arrival at Gatwick airport we had no were to stay for the night, so we booked it at the hotel booking desk. The room cost us a total of £40 for the night, it was about a 10 minute walk from Victoria Station (it was easy to find on the map) Check in was simple and the place seemed huge. The walk up the stairs to the 2nd floor was a bit eary it reminded me of boarding school !! our room was really basic just two beds a sink and a tv it was extremley dated but it was clean and they did provide towels. We had to share the toilets and showers with the whole floor and they were right at the other end of the corridor !!! it was a big corridor !! The toilets were ok but the showers were not the cleanest, i basically dived in and straight out again!! Continental breakfast was included in the price it was cereal, toast and coffee, that was fine. the dinning room was in the basement and it was one big room with long tables and ypu just had to grab a seat anywere, but it was clean. I would overall say that this was more of a hostel type place than a hotel but you get your own room !! but then what do you want for £20 eh !!! If you are travelling or just staying in London for a few nights on a budget then this place is ok.