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Hello all! My name is Ashley and thank you for visiting my blog. This was the events of my first day flying and in England. I left from an airport in North Carolina and landed in London, England. When we landed we first visited the British Library. After that we visited the British Library. For dinner that night we stopped at this restauraunt …
London... where do I even start! The red telephone booths, the double-decker buses, the taxies, the old historic buildings and even just the mail boxes! It was seeing the little things like that, that had me jumping around with joy and feeling like a crazed old lady. Well hey, at least I wasn't acting like one. Anyway, I was so excited!
... variety of vegetables; very nice. Also, I was lucky to have made this dinner selection quick because it appears London's weather is what I remember in Chicago. The phrase "if you don't like the weather, wait 10 minutes" seems to ring true here. All afternoon it was sunny and pleasant, then in like 2 minutes a heavy rain with wind blew in soaking everything. Was comforting to watch all dry with my hot beef/potato dinner. I then walked to St. James Park and Buckingham ...
... began with the Beefeaters in their enormous bear skin hats. We had a great view and lovely British ladies as our neighbors. They attend the parade every year and were well equipped with extra Union Jacks to share with us. When we got our first glimpse of Prince Harry and Princess Kate, and then the Queen and Prince Philip, we all waved our flags wildly like proper British subjects. We missed seeing Prince William and Prince Charles who were both in military dress and ...
Today I went to two of London's most famous landmarks. The London Eye and Westminister Abbey! First we went to Westminister Abbey, and then halfway through the day we went on the London Eye. It was amazing. After the ride, we left to have lunch with some of my dad's ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsBayswater Inn London
This hotel was a cute and located in a good area. It was close to a subway. At first I thought the rooms were small compared to American hotels, but then I was informed that's how all the hotels are. So, I was satisfied with the size of the room and bathroom. The workers at the hotel were nice and helpful. In the lobby was a computer that you would put change in to access the internet. If I came back to London, I would totally stay there again!
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With the Bayswater tube station right around the corner, it definitely made my stay a lot more convenient! Breakfast provided, 24/7 service.. Although I did find the staff a little bit rude, unfriendly staff, and a bit noisy at night.. If you can look past all that, it's not a bad place to stay at, at all!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Bayswater Inn London
This hotel is a dump
This hotel is a real dump so I am somewhat surprised by the reviews. We stayed in a triple and the bed sheets and linen were old and not very clean. The room smelled musty but the bathroom was the worst. The bathroom floor was slanted at an angle which meant that when you sit on the toilet you have every chance of falling off. The shower was primitive and you have to be extremely slim to move your way around.
When one member of our group left early we moved to a twin bedroom and it was a little better than the triple but it was still a dump. This room had a bath tub but there was a dead spider inside and it didnt look too clean. Carpets in the room are old and worn.
Dont be fooled by the photos on their web page, the lobby and front entrance looks really nice but the rooms are really shabby.
Breakfast was also poor -reminds me of hostel food. If you want cheap but half decent rooms stay in Russell Square. Bayswater is not very safe at night.
Bayswater Inn-Honeymoon No-N0!!!
My wife and I spent 4 days of our honeymoon here based on the misguided opinion of our travel agent. Boy did she royally screw up! We asked for a double bed, but what we got was not quite a double bed. Something in-between a twin and a double bed was what it was, alongside another twin bed. Also, the bed sagged in the middle...when was the last time this bed was replaced?! Truth is, most rooms seem to accommodate a clientele of groups, with young people and older couples from Europe predominate. Their standards are perhaps lower. The shower/bath mechanisms are confusing, because they were indepently of each other, and if you make a mistake you may be stuck with scalding hot or freezing cold water. Also, the drain plugs are inadequate, and the drains are slow at best. Of course, we especially enjoyed the bath floor mat made of paper(with 2 feet printed on it!). The rug in our room was filthy. The comforter blanket covering bed was old and ratty.
The breakfast (standard continental of rolls, jelly, butter and teas, coffee and hot chocolate) was adequate, however the powdery, watered down orange juice left a lot to be desired. When we went to complain that to see if we could get what we were supposed to get, we got shifted from one manager to another. And all they really did in response was to put us in a different room that, although cleaner, featured three twin beds!!! This is what you would call a honeymoon nightmare! Don't get me wrong, if you're not on you're not on your honeymoon-lile we were-and you want to save some money, and you really don't care what condition your room is in(after all, you're only sleeping there and most of time to be spent seeing London), god bless you this is the place to stay. It is close to Bayswater and Queensway stations, which will quickly get you to all of London. And the Queensway does have enough eateries and souvenier shops, and does invclude a Catholic Church, a synogue and other religious institions.
Hyde Park(Kensington Gardens side and Kensington Palce) is a short 10-minute walk away...portobella market a short bus ride. BUT I gotta tell ya', igf you've got any standards at all, we could've gotten much for the same price. But our travel agent screwed us, and we foolishly believed in her work... Bottom line, get into one of the other hotels in same location, there are lots there.
Nice place,exellent service
I've stayed at the Bayswater Inn three times....and loved every stay!
It's clean,the people working there are fantastic and it is a cozy place to be!!!
We're going back this November,and are REALLY looking forward to it!
Bayswater Inn..... HERE WE ARE!!!
Shop around if you have time to.
Upon arrival at the Bayswater, we were TOLD that they were putting us in a different hotel for the first night of our 6 night stay there, without explanation, until the manager overheard us demand one. She explained that their new furniture was not delivered yet, so our room wouldn't be ready for another day. I liked the hotel they moved us to for a night better (Leinster Inn around corner). Free breakfast is a roll, jam, juice, coffee, and tea. I've stayed in many hostels and never slept in a bed as uncomfortable as the Bayswater Inn's. Ask them to line your mattress with an extra comforter. The place was clean and close to a tube/subway station and Hyde park. This hotel is on the cusp of Notting Hill (nice), but NOT in the West End as some ads have claimed. Rooms are small and walls are thin. Ignore many old reviews since they've remodeled. Bayswater's staff gave us bad information about London, such as what train station to go to, and where the second hotel they were moving us to is on a map.
The rooms were clean, but the room was very hot and could not control the heat, we had a basement room. They told us they do not give out washcloths, we received 2 clean towels a day. Also the day we were leaving, 2 big black bugs were in the room, I think they were coachroaches.
Great Place at the price
Clean well maintained small hotel. Quiet location. Close to tubes and Kensington park.
Low-frills, but OK for budget travelers
If you just want a clean, well-located place to sleep and don't plan to do much in your room but snooze and shower, the Bayswater Inn will work fine for you.
It's an older hotel in a set of connected buildings. The lobby is nice with an old English look and polished wood everywhere.
The rooms are quite small and bare-bones. (Think dorm room with a desk and its own small bathroom). On my visit, the shower was very tempermental, alternating between scalding hot and freezing cold (It was almost impossible to get it to warm).
Pass on the free continental breakfast in the lobby restaurant. It consists of some hard rolls and alleged orange juice.
The Bayswater Inn is well-located just a few steps from Queensway, a lively, electic street lined with Middle Eastern, Ethiopian, Chinese, Indian, fastfood and Fish and chips restaurants. It's also got lots of funky stores and a carnival atmosphere well into the night.
The hotel is close to the Bayswater and Queensway underground stations, with quick access to the West End and everything else that makes London such a great city. (TIP: Don't use the Bayswater station 'cause its on the District and Circle lines, which are ridiculously slow. Queensway is on the speedy and frequent Central line)
A bargain place to stay
Me and my girlfriend stayed there last Nov 2001. This hotel is situated in a nice quiete neihgborhood in Bayswater area;you have choice of two tube stations at 5 minutes walking,and also the large dining offer of Queensway around the corner.The personnel is well mannered and the structure is an english style building well manteined inside and outside.Yes,room was tiny,but clean and if you use it only to sleep and take a shower is ok.Buffet breakfast was good.And best af all,it was a real bargain at 50GBP per night by internet reservation.