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Historical Traveler Reviews Astor Court Hotel London
Since 1997 I have stayed at the Astor Court at least 6 times, alone, with my wife or with one of my semi-adult children. I have also stayed elsewhere in London but I always try to get into the Astor Court. The major reason is the location which is fantastic - you can walk anywhere, including theatre land, Oxford Street, Marylebone High Street and the British Museum; or have the choice of tube stations, or a close-by Bus. Even a park (Regent's) is close-by - and the choice of pubs in the area is fantastic, including one next door.
Good value in central London
Yes, you get what you pay for, but finding a better located hotel for this price in London is impossible. Room was large and clean with comfortable bed. Bathroom adequate and clean. We booked via the internet and paid 61 Pound per night. Staff are friendly and helpful and looked after our luggage until checkin time. The hotel is located midway between Oxford Circus and Great Portland St tube stations, with access to 6 different lines. Only 5 minute walk to Oxford St and either station. I have no hesitation in staying here again.
Felt I had to stick up for this hotel! Reviews I read before I went to London made me wonder if I'd done the right thing booking the Astor Court but on arrival the hotel looked nice, reception staff were as helpful as any other hotel I've been to and the room was great. Definately different from norm as it was like a lovely little apartment. Clean, tidy and I didn't notice any smells as some reviews state! Breakfast was nice, continental style (same as we got in Bonnington and paid more for!)toast, cereal, pain au raisin, coissants tea coffee etc. If you like cooked breakfasts though you'll be disappointed coz no sign of that.
You get what you pay for
Myself and my partner stayed there for 3 nights last year. Although we re-christened it the musty-or court, it was ok for such a good location. The furniture was old, cleanliness of the room/bath ok, bedclothes fine but what do you expect for the price? It was 5 mins walk to oxford street (still pretty quiet though), we left early and got back late every night so a place to rest was all that was required. The breakfast was adequate but you have central london literally on your doorstep if its not enough. Basically if the hotel will be the focal point of your trip, dont skimp on the money. We had better things to spend money on and would therefore stay there again.
Last Hotel Remodel = 1962
Only a hipster with an unreasonable love of retro would appreciate this place. You get the feeling that the owner wouldn't replace anything unless it was in complete tatters. The chairs in the room were falling apart, as was the "coffee" table (it was so wobbly I was afraid to put my travel book on it for fear it would tip over). No hot breakfast, and the rooms are ridiculously overpriced. Location is OK, but there's got to be something of better value nearby.
Was expecting it to be a lot worse!
Having read the reviews on here before I stayed for a weekend with a friend in this hotel, I have to say I was worried. But we left our luggage in the left-luggage room whilst we went shopping on Oxford Street and it was still there when we got back, and although our room more resembled a Victorian appartment than a normal hotel room, it had a certain charm, and was clean and tidy (till we got there at least!).
It's well situated, only a 5 minute stroll from Oxford Street, and we had no complaints. It was quite weird though, sitting in breakfast in the basement, feeling the tube go underneath us, but you couldn't hear/feel that from the rooms.
A good base for a weekend break in the city I thought, just a little tired.
We know that the hotel should be old-fashioned. Entering the room was still a shock.
Absolutely disgusting. Stay away.
We asked for a double bed and got a room with two twins which every night we pushed together and every morning they pushed apart. The lampshade fell on our head when we turned on the light. There is no shower curtain so the whole bathroom fills up with water when you take a shower. Since there is no breakfast room, breakfast is brought to your room. Although every night we would ask for breakfast to be brought at nine, they kept bringing it at 7:00. A dump. Stay away.
It is a dangerous place. Our passports and some money were stolen from the hotels safe (Yes from their SAFE). We left it there to be calm and it disappeared. The hotels manager said he could do nothing and sent us to the police. We had to fly home without a passport or money. Terrible experience.
Overbooked and lied to
We arrived for our reserved room to find that they had given our room to somebody else. They told us that they had another hotel in their group that we could go to instead. They organised a taxi for us to go to the other hotel, but it was NOT part of their group, and we had to pay substantially more money than Astor Court Hotel had said. They assured us that they knew we were coming, and that we would pay the same amount that we would have paid with them. It cost us CONSIDERABLY more money. TERRIBLE!!!!!!