Avni Hotel At Courtfield
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Historical Traveler Reviews Avni Hotel At Courtfield London
Great Value for the Money
My husband and I booked a room through wotif.com and stayed at the Avni for a week. We were a little nervous based on some of the much earlier reviews but we've had a good laugh at some of those complaints. We found the rooms to be very nice and actually fairly spacious for big cities around the world (we've had smaller in London and New York). The breakfast is also nicer than some we've paid for and it's included in the room rate. It includes toast, croissant, juices, cereals, fruit, coffee and tea. The staff is friendly and helpful. The beds are comfortable and the shower has good pressure. Plus, there's free wifi that you can access in the lobby and in some of the rooms.
We've already booked a room for our return to London in a couple of months.
I orginally booked into the Anvi Hotel through Wotif.com for one night in early January because I was short one night of accomodation on a business trip. I had stayed in a similar hotel in this area earlier in my trip though at a much more expensive hotel and picked the Avni because it had been recently refurbished and was in this area. I got a fantastic deal through Wotif.com - 45 pounds for a single room.
My sister and I were more than happy with our stay at the Avni. Our flight arrived very early, and by the time we made it to the hotel, it was still only 10:30am...too early for the 2:00pm check-in. The receptionist though did have an available room ready at the time and did let us check in early, at no additional cost.
The key to an outstanding journey is a set of reasonable expectations. The choices we make in planning the journey (or the choice not to plan) are best made on rational criteria of what is important to us and our fellow travelers.
Stayed for 3 nights from 24th - 26th Nov.
Some people are too picky!
After reading some of the reviews posted on this site concerning the Avni we were concerned. Now I realise that some people are too picky! you want more, you pay more.
The hotel is less than 5 minutes from the tube so very handy for exploring the city. The staff were very helpful and for the price our room was well furnished. Yes the bathroom was compact but more than adequate for it's purpose.
We have stayed in many hotels in London and this is one of the few we would recommend, we would be more than happy to stay here again.
My partner and I stayed for 3 nights at the Avni hotel in London. We booked this on line and arrived at the hotel to be greeted by 2 very strange front desk staff. The female staff member just glanced up from typing on the computer and said nothing until we had to say: 'Excuse me". The staff are rude and are very unfriendly and just stare at you when you come in and out. The hotel itself I must admit is clean, however the size of the room was a joke! Honestly you could not swing a kitten in there let alone a cat. The bed was comfy and the LCD tv was good, however the bathroom was cramped, the shower dfoor could only open half way and theer was no carpet on the floor. The noise was unbareable, I got probaly 8 hours sleep all up over the 3 nights as the walls are so paper thin. The second night some people arrived about 1am to the room next door and for hours all we got was them throwing around suitcases, turning the tv up which I could hear every word, laughing and rummaging through the closet. The lift has to be seen to be believed as it is too small for a midget! Only 2 people at a time can fit in and if you have suitcases, then that is a feat in itself as well! It is in a close proximity of the Glouster st Tube station, but if you are a light sleeper and want any tourist info off the staff then this is DEFINITLY not the place fo you. The other bad thing is that you are given a swipe card for your room which has to be dropped off to reception every time you go out and when you come back to retrieve it, the staff get annoyed that you are wanting something from them. Not once did I see ANYBODY smile from the staff they had there. I would NEVER stay at this hotel again and waste my precious cash on a place like this. Thumbs down from me, just do your homework to stay somewhere better.
The Avni Hotel was comfotable and clean but didn't offer much more considering it has 3*'s. The layout of the doors in our room led to much laughter and ligisical negotiating, especially getting from the bedroom to the bathroom. However the adjacent room wasn't as bed. The bed were very comfortable. There is tea and coffee making facilities but these were not replenished during our 4 day stay and upon request for more tea bags were asked to return to reception in half an hour to collect them. Water filters are provided for your use but they didn't fit under the tap. Little niggles like the hairdryer not reaching the mirror and plugs that were difficult to reach also made this far from a 3* hotel. The breakfast was basic but there was plenty of it. The hotel however was a nice walk from Gloucester Street underground and is in walking distance to some nice shops, restaurants and bars. For a reasonable priced, clean stay the Avni is OK.
The flat-panel monitors are a nice touch and the hotel itself is very well presented. The hotel has only recently opened and I think that any problems that may be experienced are simply teething problems and you should not be put off with one-off poor reviews.
We arrived at 7.10pm and upon checking in were asked to sit down. We filled out a form and after waiting quarter of an hour until 7.30pm were concerned that we did not yet have a room. Having asked a couple who were there when we arrived how long they had been waiting, they replied they had been waiting over an hour and only 20 minutes before found out they were to be moved to another hotel at bayswater. This was worrying as we had been offered no explanation as to why we must wait so long for a room. When we finally got a room at 7.50pm after asking twice how long it would be, we found the room dirty and untidy. The receptionist had to finish the room for us. The next morning I went to reception to ask for some more towels as we had not been provided with sufficient. I had to ask three times and also get quite annoyed before i got any towels. I asked for them at 8am and it was 8.55am before i got any. I was given towels not by housekeeping or any other member of hotel staff but by another guest. The continental breakfast left much to be desired. There were no danish pastries or fresh fruit, there was a limited variety of anything else too. It was set out in canteen style and very uncomfortable. I also had to use a plastic disposable cup to drink from.