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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.
Great Location, Fantastic Value, Helpful Staff
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.
As almost every review has mentioned, the rooms in this hotel are not big but as size goes in London, they are probably bigger than an average 3 star hotel. The hotel has only recently been refurbished and the decor of the room appealed to my taste. Modern, clean and practical. I will agree that the bathroom placement was a little interesting but if that is enough to make you avoid staying at this hotel, then I am not sure you will ever be satisfied in London. The shower (which is always an important consideration for me) was nice and powerful and steaming hot! The bathrooms were cleaned daily and fresh towels provided. I know the heated towel rack has caused some issues for other guests but I found it an invaluable source for clothes drying!
It would be irresponsible to write a review of this hotel without including one important word ... LOCATION! You can't beat the location of this hotel which is about equal distance from two London Underground stations (Earls Court and Gloucester Road) as well as easy walking distance to many fantastic London attractions (Science Museum, Kensington Gardens, Royal Albert Hall, Natural History Museum, V&A... we even walked to Buckingham Palace from here).
The hotel is manned 24 hours a day and the staff on duty made every effort to help me during my stay. The continental breakfast (which is included in the room rate) cannot be beaten in this city. There was plenty to eat and it was of really good quality. Previous reviews mentioned having to wait for toast to be cooked and a lack of replenishment at the breakfast bar. This was not my experience at all. Yes, I had to wait for another guest to finish cooking her toast once, but I would rather wait a few moments extra for fresh hot toast than have pre-cooked soggy, cold toast instantly.
After spending a rather horrible night in my pre-booked accomodation, I made a desperate return to the Avni for the final 3 nights of my stay in London. I booked through Wotif.com again and this time had to pay 60 pounds for a double room. More than worth the money!
Most impressive about this hotel was their efforts to help my travel partner and I resolve an accomodation crisis we had. They went the extra mile for us and it was extremely impressive.
We will be back in April and I would certainly try to book the Avni Hotel whenever in London in the future.
Great value for the price :)
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.
Our room was on the small side, but very clean, and the bathroom although small was comfortable. Honestly, who travels to go stay in a hotel room in all day. For the price, location, and just a place to sleep, it was great.
My sister also asked me to add that the beds were very comfortable.
Literally a 3 minute walk from the Gloucester Tube Station, and a few decent places to eat in the area, well worth the value.
(Organic Pizza across the street from the Tube station was very good).
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.
If spacious, richly-appointed, concierge-driven accommodations are important to you, please seek out a large or boutique hotel for which you are willing to pay the requisite fee. If there are two of you, and you need copious square footage to work around each other, do not engage a small room.
If you plan to spend most of your time out of your room and most of your money in restaurants and pubs and amazing locales, choose a sensible value such as the Avni Hotel, particularly if you are single. My friend and I could each afford a room at the Avni at 39 GBP.
1.Engaged management. Mr. Zafar, Manager, follows Trip Advisor and expressed his bewilderment at some of the reviews of the Avni. He seems genuinely interested in making your stay as comfortable and worry-free as possible. Mention you are a Trip Advisor traveler when you book (or write him at [--] after you book), arrive with reasonable expectations, be a courteous and friendly guest, politely point out any problems so that staff have an opportunity to correct them, and you are sure to have a wonderful stay.
2.Friendly (if somewhat shy) staff. The seven staffers at the Avni I encountered were consistently eager to be helpful if not 100% task-perfect (but then again, neither can I be, I'm sorry to say).
3.Clean, simply stylish, functional rooms. Built-in drawers and shelves make unpacking easy. Small table with chair holds coffee & tea supplies as well as a Brita water filter and glasses but still leaves room for writing postcards. A large opening window and two radiators with adjustable thermostats made temperature control flexible. (Air conditioning is apparently available but I was there at the end of November and so didn't need it.)
4.Great mattresses and pillows. These are important to me!
5.Flat-screen TV with remote.
6.Hair dryer. As noted in other reviews, there is no adjacent mirror but perhaps Mr. Zafar will be able to solve this small problem over time. The entire hotel has been undergoing a renovation in 2006 so minor solutions will eventually come to the fore.
7.En suite bathrooms. Though small, they are completely functional with shower stall, pedestal sink, and toilet. I particularly liked the radiator/towel warmer - I could wash out small bits of clothing and they would dry overnight draped on its pipes. Two people and all their toiletries will not fit in these bathrooms at one time but again, at 39-50 GBP, either get two rooms, get creative, or choose a more spacious and expensive hotel.
8.Elevator. Tiny and slow, it provides a perfect opportunity to practice gratitude that one doesn't have to schlep luggage up many flights of stairs. The glass can indeed be half-full rather than half-empty.
9.Breakfast. Simple yet filling at a great price (included in your room rate), you can choose from four types of cold cereal with milk, juices, at least three or four kinds of fruit, several flavors of yogurt, white or wheat toast, croissants with all manner of jams and butters, and coffee or tea with warm milk. The breakfast area has many tables in a modern setting in the basement café area.
10.Responsiveness. I asked for an extra blanket and received a nice heavy one immediately. We asked for recommendations for a nice Indian restaurant and were directed to Masala Zone (although we misunderstood the directions, we found it later - fabulous and great prices - on Earl's Court Road a block from the tube station). I asked to change rooms from a single to a more spacious corner room like my friend's and was accommodated the very next day.
11.Location. Half-way between Earl's Court and Gloucester Road tube stations, you can get anywhere fast. There are many restaurants and pubs nearby and there's a large Sainsbury's grocery store and a post office just a few blocks away.
1.Single rooms have a confounding number of doors. This is perhaps not the fault of the management as they are forced to keep fire doors to all rooms. But if you can, call ahead to book a corner room or ask to move to one at the earliest opportunity (being a Trip Advisor member may give you an advantage here). Corner rooms generally have much more space and lack the odd configuration that juxtaposes bedroom door and bathroom door in a limiting way.
2.Noise. Street noise and passers-by in the hallways are audible. If you require absolute silence in a cocoon-like room, small hotels such as the Avni are not for you. Me, I take Melatonin, put a pillow on my head, and I'm off.
3.Smoking hotel. I must say that it appears the staff does a good job of airing out rooms in between occupants but I expect they also have dedicated non-smoking rooms. In the week I was there, I only noticed tobacco odor a couple of times in the basement hallway and once in a hallway near the elevator.
Suggestions to the management:
1.Install mirrors accessible to hair dryers.
2.Add several more toasters in the breakfast room.
3.Post no smoking signs in hallways and remove ash trays there. Require that staff (and renovation contractors) smoke outside.
4.If possible, remove the third door in single rooms. Since there is a fire door into the room from the hallway, why is another necessary into the bedroom from the bathroom hallway?
5.Check all the Brita water filters to ensure they have been washed and filters changed on a regular basis.
I hope this review has been helpful to both the Avni and to potential visitors.
Great Location, not so great a hotel
Stayed for 3 nights from 24th - 26th Nov.
Location is excellent, between 2 underground stations and a short walk to Old Brompton Rd and Fulham Rd where there are plenty of bars and restaurants, although the receptionist was unable to tell us what direction to walk to them, fortunately there are maps available in reception.
We had booked a double room, but there was none available when we arrived due to a leak, so we were given a twin room with the two beds pushed together but no double linen! Access to the bathroom was hysterical! As per the previous post - you had to manoeuvre two doors and the light switch was in the worst position. Bathroom was compact and the shower was good, but the shower cubicle was leaking from two sides, so two big puddles appeared on the small floor. Cheap toilet paper too!
Breakfast was unimpressive. Only one toaster and a queue of people waiting to use it.
On the second night we returned to our room at 5pm and it hadn't been made up yet.
Overall - it's an old building in a fantastic location. The facade is nice, but there are lots of cracks underneath. You might want to pay a little more for somewhere else.
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.
Can't swing a cat!
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.
Served the purpose
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.
Not too bad....honest!
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.
I travel to London for work purposes each week and stay in hotels 3-4 days per week. The Avni was very comfortable and is to a much better standard for the price you pay than other hotels that I have stayed at in Cental London.
We did have a problem with the room on our first night in that there was very heavy rain which eventually started to leak through the fire alarm in our room and set it off. All of the rooms were evacuated and the fire service arrived shortly afterwards and found that there was no fire and that leak was, as we thought, the cause of the alarms being set off. I do not however believe that the hotel was necessarily at fault for this as it was just one of those things - the rest of our stay was fine.
My worst hotel experience ever
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.
The room which had apparently been refurbished only this year was already in a state of disrepair and someone had clearly spilled rather a lot of liquid all over the settee. what it may have been I do not know. The staff were very unhelpful and on occassion extremely rude to both myself and my colleague. There appeared to be a general lack of organisation and motivation at the hotel. I have since tried to complain and management have proved to be elusive. Nobody seems to know who awarded the hotel its stars. Their website also claims to have a bar and restaurant. This is not the case. I was extremely unimpressed with the service and due to lack of co-operation from the staff I was late for a presentation I was to make in front of 60 people at Earls court 2.