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TravelPod Member ReviewsLondon House Hotel
Location, cleanliness, very efficient friendly and helpful staff; being able to open windows , trees and park opposite.
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Historical Traveler Reviews London House Hotel
What a piece of crap!
This is by far the worst place I've ever stayed at. It doesn't even warrant the word "hotel" in its title. Ghastly! If you are ever offered room #706, run and run far away. It is terrible! It's disgusting. The service is unfriendly. The rooms are dirty (dirty laundry from months ago lying around, porno mags, pealing paint, dirty ripping carpet). It's only upside is that it's in London and is affordable, but I'd rather pay the few extra bucks and stay somewhere else. This is the worst.
Nice and rennovated hotel now than before
It was indeed a great pleasure staying and it has really changed than before and free internet and nice reception and rooms now.
Find somewhere else
Don't stay here. Pay a few extra dollars and stay somewhere else. We arrived after a long 8 hour overnight flight from Toronto and the London House Hotel was our first stop. The bed was extremely hard. I woke up feeling extremely sore. The bathrooms were gross. Barely any privacy in the public showers. The walls were paper thin. We could barely sleep from all the noise from the people down the halls. We had guaranteed a double bed on the first floor but they said they didn't have one, and only had twin beds left.
The breakfast was so lame. Thin white toast and jam. That's it.
Don't stay here even though it's cheap. It's well worth the extra cash to avoid crappy rooms and bad service.
Bad, bad and.....bad
Cheap but horrible only situation can save the worst hotel of the world
The cheapest Hotel In London
The London House Hotel, their booking system is a farce, their continental breakfast is toast, jam and tea (If you're lucky). The Staff are all foreigners who turned up and never left, the rooms are small but clean (After a fashion) and chances are you'll be sharing with people from all over Europe and America. It's amenities are a telly in a shared room and some very very old arcade machines.. Take some reading matter.
So why do I give this place four stars? Quite simply it is THE CHEAPEST HOTEL IN LONDON. I stayed here for a month on £10 a night, (Shared Room) that's £70 a week, as opposed to £70 a night at least in any other hotel in London bar a homeless sanctuary. To see London on a budget this should be your first stop, it isn't luxury, its not even homely, but it is a bed for the night, and stay long enough you'll meet some really friendly and interesting people. The staff are eccentric to say the least but decent people. While I was there, the hotel was taken over by a new company, I think prices have risen a bit but some improvements did appear.
If your priority is money, and you're travelling alone or in a small group, or working, this place is great, tho you'll spend a lot on eating out. I recommend the Vietnamese Restaurant on the far side of Bayswater, up some steps. Their soups are divine, but Bayswater has restaurants for all tastes. Also avoid the cinema, at £7 a ticket it's a bit much.
PS. Always, Always check your internet booking by phone, their system is about as hit and miss as it gets. Book, give it 2 days, ring and check and then rebook by phone if neccesary.
At first, I paid them over ten days, and they gave me a very small room under the ground (-1 floor). I requested to change to another above the ground at the same time. They told me that there is no more rooms for me and I could try again in the latter. In the next day, the same answers are responsed at twice from the different persons. In the last time, I indicated that another room must be provided for me, or I would like to move out immediately. Then, an acceptable room in the first floor is appeared.
After sereral hours later, I found that the door and the windows could not be locked, so that I decided to move out any more. You guess what? Those persons still could not do anything for me until next morning.
In the next morning, I asked three times in thirty minitues, one of them decided to handle that with me. In addition of that, I must pay two more days for their being inconvenient. In this time, I did not want to argue with them any more, and move out as soon as I could.
Nothing but two bed in the small room with a wreck-closet, even without an electric socket. Only lamp on the ceiling (not enough light), but a new and good shower. Minimalistic breakfast. That's all for low cost. One night was one too much.
Really and I mean Really Basic
- This is a convenient location, but that is as good as it gets.
- Make sure you have cash as you will be charged extra for credit card and expect to pay before you see the room.
- If you arrive home at night and discover that cleaning have taken your towels and given you no more do not expect any help. We were told by the reception that "he was not the cleaning" and had to wait until the morning to find more ourselves (in the hallway!).
- The continental breakfast would be more adequately described as white toast, jam, butter, tea and possibly the worst coffee you will ever have. Oh! and plastic knives.
- Don't expect too much. Would a little courtesy be too much to ask though.
Early this year (2004) I went to London with a friend of mine, and we had decided to stay at this fairly cheap hotel. Unfortunately we soon found out why it was a fairly cheap hotel. Our room on the fourth floor, only accessible by the stairs, looked nothing short of a prison cell. Mattresses rock hard and bumpy, and not a chair to sit in. The toilets were barely functional and looked like they haden't been cleaned in a month. And last but not least - the showers were so crappy that neither of us used them the four days we were staying there. If you visit their homepage - don't let the pictures fool you...
Hated this smelly, flea ridden, pit.....
The outside of this hotel is a string of beautiful London townhouses, which is deceiving. The first thing you notice about this hotel is the smell - very damp. The reception looks like a train station, the hotel staff are unhelpful and unfriendly. I booked a twin en-suite room but was only offered a shared facility one when I arrived, even though I had the guaranteed confirmation print out with me. The shared facilities were revolting. The loo had dark purple walls - disguised with mould. The shower room was just that - a shower in a broom cupboard. My stay was cut short, as I could not stand it any longer. I didn't attempt to try breakfast as the hygiene and cleanliness of this 'hotel' was questionable. Across the square/ gardens was a different story, friendly, clean, slightly more expensive (but well worth the extra) hotels on the door step. Stay away from the London House Hotel at all costs - especially your health!!!