Apollo Hotel -- Bayswater

Address: 64 Queensborough Terrace, London, England, W2 3SH, United Kingdom | 2 star hotel
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This 2 star hotel, located in the Bayswater area of London, is near Kensington Gardens, Fat Tire Bike Tours London, Columbia Road Flower Market, and Serpentine Gallery.
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          Historical Traveler Reviews Apollo Hotel -- Bayswater London

          Just fine


          We just returned from our first trip to London and stayed at the Apollo for 3 nights on a vacation package deal. The lobby and breakfast room are completely remodeled. We were in a 4th floor "remodeled" room in tower "A" right next to the new elevator. The bathroom was clean and new and the room had recently been painted. There was a small T.V. (which we used to watch just two shows,) a new phone and numerous electrical outlets(most of which worked,) a small electric water kettle with tea and instant coffee, a built in "armoire" but no other shelves nor drawers for storage, a very firm double bed and a single bed. Our window looked out from the back of the hotel to the alley.

          A little out of center, it is located two blocks from the Bayswater and Queensway stops on the Underground and one block from beautiful Hyde Park. There are numerous, shops, cafes and restaurants on Queensway as well and there is a bus at the end of Queensway which will take you to the Portobello markets in a matter of minutes.

          Our complaints are that the elevator didn't always work, the walls must be very thin as one could hear everything from the rooms surrounding as well as anyone making noise entering or exiting the elevator and there was only a bent push button lock on the doorknob(and no chair in the room to prop against it for added security.) Don't bother with the continental breakfast...there isn't much good about it.

          Overall, we were happy to see that it wasn't nearly as bad as previous reviews stated and their posted price of 89 sterling for a double is relatively inexpensive. If you get a good price, the Apollo is just fine.

          It was not as bad as other reviewers described


          when i read all of the reviews mentioned above i was afraid that it would be a horrible stay but it wasn't at all!.

          my standars for hotels are not that high it only needs to be a clean room and good breakfast and this is what we got in the apollo.

          We stayed there for 3 nigths between the 29 of january and the first of february 2005

          When we checked in there was some sort of problem and the hotel booked us in another hotel, before you panick it was the hotel next door which was beautifull by the way. The second and third night we slept in Apollo. We were with two people and got a five persons bedroom with a very nice bathroom. No mould in our room and nothing was broken.

          Breakfast was excellent you can get, coffee, thee orange juice, milk, bread, croissants, cornflakes, and toasted bread. It was very good but only butter or jam to put on your sandwich. The hotel employees were very friendly to us and we had a very lovely stay. The only thing that i could relate to in the reviews mentioned above, was the strange smell in the hall ways ( but not in our room) and ok there where many stairs but come on be sportive!

          Don't stay here


          I strongly advise all travelers not to stay at this hotel. We arrived in the middle of construction in this hotel to add an elevator. This has apparantly been an on-going project of theirs for some time that is not mentioned to the traveler or travel companies for that matter. We were told that it had been finished quite some time ago. Nope! There is a dirty, musty smell to the entire hotel. Many rooms of the hotel are ridiculously small (we couldn't even open a small suitcase!) and all the furniture is old and poorly put together. We were able to move to a "remodeled" room after much complaining and had a matress that I could feel every spring through. There was no counter space in our bathroom, tiles were broken on the floor and it was dirty and poorly constructed (rotting wood and all). There were vacuum cleaners strewn about the hallways for people to trip over and piles of clean and dirty towels littered the hallways, staircases, etc. You are required to turn your key in every time you leave and they never once vacuumed our room. Their breakfast area is the nicest part of the hotel with a cute decorative theme, but be careful when you sit in the chairs that a screw doesn't poke you in the back. It's only a block or so to the nearest tube stop and Heyde park is just up the street. Close proximity to bus stops also.

          Not worth it!!


          This hotel was not as represented by our British travel company. Our room was on the fifth floor and was quite a climb up small stairs and through doors that opened outward. With luggage, this was quite a challenge. Our room was tiny and smelled like mold. Our bathroom had been redone, but smelled like moldy dirt. We were moved to another room in the basement that was bigger, but still smelled dank and musty. This room was very dirty and not once got vaccumed. The sheets never got changed during our six night stay. Towels did seem to get changed, though. Both our rooms were heated by only a small space heater, no ventilation. This hotel had no elevator. This hotel was definitely not worth the money. You could find a better hotel for less money. The only positive thing was that the hotel staff was pleasant and the location was great. It was close to two tube stations and Hyde Park. The continental breakfast was o.k. Only offered one kind of cereal, croissants, toast, orange juice, and tea. Not much of a variety. We would not stay at this hotel again.

          OK but oculd be better


          The Apollo is slightly better than other hotrels in the same category in the same area. However, it's little things that annoyed me, like there not being a bedside light and having to get up to switch on/off light, BUT I appreciated that it is a non-smoking hotel, the clean towels (could have been slightly bigger...) and general friendliness (more than in other hotels I have stayed in in the same area of London)

          Overbooking in Hotel!


          The ingenious management of Apollo Hotel now invented the Hotel overbooking! We reserved and payed in advance two rooms; when we arrived (11p.m.) the director said me we must go in a different Hotel because this hotel was full. Owing to be a late hour, we accepted.The new Hotel is far of city centre and, obiously, minus expensive that Apollo! I thought the problem be solved...no!!!! The last night of my sojourn (at 11p.m.) the director of Apollo claimed to come back to previous hotel... surreal!!!!

          Good for the price


          I stayed in this hotel for 6 nights in September 2003 as part of a package from a british based airline. I found it to be clean and comfortable enough considering that the whole package including airfare from Newark cost under $600. The room was clean and the bed was comfortable. The only thing I would suggest is booking a lower level room. I was on the top floor, which is up five flights of stairs, and while it wasn't a problem for me someone thats not in the best of shape or older than myself might not be happy with it. I will also note that this hotel seems to be used frequently with high school tour groups, since we had 3 in the hotel during our stay and it did get loud occasionally. But for the price and the location, right near Hyde park and 2 tube lines, you can't beat it.



          This hotel was horrible. We had a room next to the check-in counter. The front desk was open 24 hours which was a nice convenience, but the employees invited friends in, had parties almost every night, and were extrmely loud. Our room was tiny, maybe 10 by 10, and had a bed that was like a volcano. There was mold in the bathroom (everywhere), and I know I saw someone bring a vacum into our room, but there was a hairball (we named it) that moved from one end of the room to the other each day. In addition, the little bits of nail that littered the ground were never picked up. The towels were not changed out, until our last night when they took one towel away, but left us with one used towel.The included breakfast was terrible. I thought there were raisins, or currants in my muffin, but as it turns out it was mold. The place settings were filthy, as were the hands of the employees serving us. Please avoid this hotel.

          Not again


          Minuses: bottom floor access through very narrow stairs, very low ceiling at one point in stairway. Hostile serving staff at breakfast, shouting, whining, berating us and other guests. Unbelievable noise from room above, apparently owner/guests spent nights regularly MOVING HEAVY FURNITURE Plus: close to Bayswater tube stop, quiet street. They won't get my business again. Relocated here when chosen hotel had rooms flooded out.

          Comfortable budget hotel


          At the end of November, 2002, I stayed at the Apollo Hotel as part of an internet travel package from ... The hotel was a comfortable budget hotel. Our room was on the second floor, with minimal steps. However, rooms on upper floors were accessible only by numerous steps. This would be a consideration for anyone with mobility problems. Our room was clean and well-tended. The hotel'slocation was great and transportation using 1 of the 2 nearby tube stops made travel to any site in London relatively easy. I would definitely stay at the Apollo again.

          TripAdvisor Reviews Apollo Hotel -- Bayswater London

          2.00 of 5 stars Fair

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