Travel Blogs from London
We made it to the Wake Up hostel in Paddington, after we had got back from our afternoon expedition I discovered that I had stupidly locked the key to my padlock inside my bag .... good one Anne, one of the Wake up people had to saw the padlock off, I have since got a new one which has 3 keys so that wont be happening again! The sleep was was …
... 10 gum leafed smelling Aussies around to which platform which train and are you all here!!!! We all survived and surprisingly enough we arrived where we were supposed to. London is very busy on a Friday afternoon at 5pm !!! We arrived at our accommodation at Red Lion Square - all of us are staying in same set of units. Leigh checked out these units last year for us and has ...
... topped it off with a trip to London to see the Volleyball Final. We arrived Saturday lunchtime, met up with Alex and Val...and Vanessa. Had a sensational shredded duck lunch then sadly watched Brazil fail in the football again :-( Today we were very hopeful that we'd see a Brazilian gold medal. When the boys were 2 sets up and had 3 match points.....I thought they were home. Unfortunately it was a bit like that ...
... sorts of people representing different countries show up showing their pride. But the games unite a mass of bodies together into one single purpose, and although everyone wants to see their own country win, there is still a feeling of single identity that permeates the crowd. Its like we all know our individual identity, but there is another identity that covers us all; firmly securing our pride in country but simultaneously confirming our foremost identity as humanity. ...
... Park, which I really enjoyed. The lake was still brown though, and it wasn't quite the central park that I'm used to, but it was still nice. The sun was shining and the grass green, I made out with some very nice photographs! Then we decided to trek it to Abbey Road, which wound up taking forever, because there is an Abbey Road train stop that is on the opposite side of the city. We stepped onto the platform a bit confused as to why the Beatles would ever be here. This wasnt ...
Historical Traveler Reviews Wake up! London
Oh My God
I wouldn't let my doig sleep here. True, you get what you pay for - most of the time. The room had thin wooden partitions with other guests rooms. The bedroom and bathroom in total was about 9 feet square. It must of been 25 degrees. window does not open. Tap dripped all night. Stained sheets. Plug on TV in a dangerous state - hardly any TV reception.
Numerous fire alarms caused by idiots.
All in all the very wworst hovel I ever stayed in.
(Oh, and did I mention the 6 inch gap between the bottom of the insecure bderoom door and the hall way.... anyone could see in....)
I have stayed in cabins at State Parks that were better than this hotel.
The review was right on, Expedia should be ashamed of putting this on thier web site. Iarrived at 9am, as usual I did not expect a room that early. They promised one at noon so I went out to do some sight seeing. I got back at 1pm and they said it woild be ready at 3pm. When I did finally get into my beer soaked cubicle I tried to get some rest. Bad idea, it sounded like the local high school was on spring break out side of my door. I checked out the next morning and luckily found a nice place a couple blocks away. To thier credit, Expedia did refund the remainder of the stay. Avoid this dump.
Yes. we too survived.
The place was somewhat clean. Otherwise I would not recommend it at all ! Like an old, rundown 50's motel. A real dive. Yes, we can laugh & learn. Do NOT stay here unless you like dumps. We wanted to check out and find another place, but would have lost the entire amount-as they make you pay upfront. I can see why. After seeing it most people would leave. There are better hotels I have stayed at, in London for only 20 pounds or so more & will from now on! Expedia should be ashamed to even carry this hotel on it's site.
Avoide like the Plague
I have stayed in a couple of hostels all over the world and this was the worst I have ever stayed in. I do not agree at all with the reviewer who says that this is ok for younger people and you pay for what you get. Every other hostel I have ever been to has been of a much better standard and I have never been scared in a hostel before.
This place is falling to pieces and I would not be surprised in the slightest if it failed health and safety checks. I dread to think what would happen if there was a fire. The bathroom are disgusting, the staff are ignorant and unfriendly and as another reviewer said - plenty of shady types hanging around with easy access to the hostel.
The location is very good but thats all it has going for it. I really think the whole place ought to be knocked down.
We survived, now we can laugh
My friend and I took a trip to London for spring break this year,
(April 1-8) during which time we stayed at the New Atlantic Paddington
in Bayswater. Being high school students, we were determined to find
affordable accomodations. We reserved at twin en-suite room at
myhostelworld.com, aware of the spartan conditions.
The hotel really isn't that bad despite some off-kilter décor and a bed consisting of springs and fabric to cover them over. I would suggest an air mattress (which I acquired at Argos, Edgware Rd.); however, my friend did just fine with a couple extra duvets on request from the front desk. I never tried the bar. I only ate breakfast once. The bathroom was clean, there were no bugs to be seen, and I could see no reason that we might have been in danger of our lives (or privacy for that matter). The New Atlantic is for younger people, so I would never expect an adult to be happy their.
In terms of ammenities, the shower was one of those hose-like devices that you have to hold. There was an odd hole in the bathtub that would randomly spurt water--to get it to stop, you just flush the toilet. That seemed to do the trick... A little alarming at first, but we laughed later. The television is anntennae-equipped, but only receives BBC 4. That's ok, I don't watch too much TV. There was a clock-radio attached to the wall that woke us up faithfully, and that's all we needed.
The staff were a little laid back to say the least but not necessarily lazy. I think that this was a good accomodation for what we paid and considering our youthful, make-do attitudes, we worked things out. It was a little distressing the first night, be we faired just fine. If it's a total disaster, there's a Hilton just up Praed Street, attached to Paddington Station--as well as pleanty of other hotels in central London should a switch need to be made. Also, keep in mind that one doesn't take a trip to London to hang out in his hotel room... We only slept there, really.
Places like this make for great tales as the days, and years, go by. My friends have enjoyed hearing about my trip (not that I brag), and this place has helped to make the stories I bring home more interesting. In the end, I'm glad we stuck with it.
I have stayed at quite a few hotels in London, and this one is definitely the worst one! It can't possibly get worse! The first thing we did when we entered our double room was to cry. We just couldn't believe the terrible state of the room. Limegreen walls, horrible brown curtains, an ever so uncomfortable bed, disgusting bathroom... Need I say more? By the way, the door separating our room from the hallway didn't fit at all, there was a huge gap between the floor and the door, so of course it was very noisy due to the horrible teenagers and drunkards staying there. Those people didn't exactly make us feel safe there either... We were so glad when we checked out of this hotel three days later. I've passed this hotel many times since and it seems to be just as horrible as it used to. If you are wise, do not ignore the bad reviews on this internet-page just because you want to find out for yourself. Trust us! We have been there!
Get what you pay for
My husband and I just returned from london, where we stayed at the atlantic for 8 nights. I was a little nervous about our stay, having read the somewhat ghastly reviews, but our experience was not too bad.
We had a double with a private bathroom on the second floor. The room was spare and tiny, but clean and had a nice, big window which we kept open at night to temper the stuffy heat. A couple of earplugs drowned out the street and hallway noise just fine. Our room was "tidied" daily, though we only got fresh towels/sheets sporadically (ie, not every day). The breakfast was pretty bad, but there are several food marts in the neighborhood and we just brought some of our own food...the management didn't seem to mind and we saw quite a few other guests doing the same. Given the cost of hotels in London, I'm not sure if this is a good value or not...it seemed to be, but there are several other small hotels in the neighborhood advertising similar/lower prices, so maybe worth checking out. Also a warning to guests traveling in the spring - the majority of the other guests at the hotel during our stay were school groups of noisy french and german teenagers.
Didn't bother us, but just an fyi.
It was a terrible hotel. The room was in the basement. It was very dark. Garbage was outside the small windows. To come to the room you had to go through the "bar" that was full of drunks. So: If you need a place to sleep after too many beers and nothing more, then it is ok.
Otherwise do not try to save money. Go somewhere else!
The rooms were disgusting for starters. Blood stain on my sheets, floors I wouldn't put bare feet on, nasty showers. I actually tied garbage bags around my feet to take a shower! They lost our online reservation, then we later had problems with the night manager. He claimed that we hadn't paid (when we in fact had paid) and became extremely rude. He actually yelled and we honestly felt (as a couple of lone females) physically threatened at one point. This is from a staff member! He also demanded that WE apologize for wasting his time! Also, very shady local men were hanging out every night in the hotel, both in the bar and wandering the halls. We saw the same two groups of men both nights....quite unsavory types. Obviously no control over who enters the hotel. Whatever you do, don't stay here!
Worst hotel ever!
I read some mixed reviews on other sites but decided to risk it anyway.
Big mistake! My husband and I made reservations for a double assuming that would actually include a double size bed. We got there and the bed was only a full size and you could see the springs, that's how lumpy the bed was! The staff was horribly rude as well. They charged us twice for the hotel on our credit card and when we asked them to fix their mistake, they started yelling at us. Luckily, our credit card company reversed the charge otherwise I don't know what would have happened.
The breakfast was white bread toast, cornflakes and the worst coffee you've ever tasted. I could go on, but I think you get tht point. It was horrible!
TripAdvisor Reviews Wake up! London
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