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Departed NY at 7:00 PM EST (or 1:00 AM LDN) arrived this morning around 6:30 LDN .. got out of customs around 8:00.. got on the train got to the hotel around 10:00.. Two Worries: 1) Customs. I can only stay in the UK for 6 months. That ends in March. If I do a second study abroad, I may need to return to the US before doing so in order to get entry …
... toy rule - now the proud owners of a 'Cruikshank cat' - obviously a weak moment. Luke bought himself a Gryffindor scarf and hat (thanks for the spending money, Nan-nan).
We had to stop off in Camden on the way home - pretty busy on a Sunday afternoon! Popped into the Dr Martin shop - Eva would really like some...maybe when her feet stop growing.
Supermarket curry for dinner again. Managed to enjoy a beer in the back garden. Nice.
When I had the idea for this blog entry it was originally to help a beginner traveller through the intricate mass of streets, shops, restaurants and monuments of the famed capital of England, London city. However then I realised that the size and magnitude of a metropolis such as London made any tourist, any visitor and perhaps even any local a beginner. Not wanting to attempt to put myself into even an intermediate category with my knowledge of London ...
... things that we had in the backpacks for the airplane. I also discovered that I accidentally left missy's doll on the airplane as well. I think it got lost on the floor with the pillows & blankets that were used during our resting time. Understandably there were tears but I told her the doll would be replace either here or once we got home. :- /
Once we were on the road, I tried to stay awake while Jon drove. ...
... for lunch at Café Fratelli, an Italian Deli in the Duke of York.
When we finished our lunch we went back to the flat and then Papou and I went out on the tube to Piccadilly Circus where we walked around and went up Regent Street. We took the tube back to Sloane Square and that was an interesting tube ride, we were on the district line and there were these two guys one was playing the violin the other was playing the banjo on our tiny train and entertained us for ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Byron Hotel London
We got the Byron as part of a Virgin Vacations package, and we were pleased with our choice! We arrived very early and jet lagged and had been promised an early check in, but our room wasn't available yet. So we came back 2 hours later and the room still wasn't ready, so the woman at reception gave us a triple on the 1st floor since the lift was broken (fixed later that day). Our room (#3) had a double and single bed. Dresser was old, large closet, working TV though we really didn't watch it. Beds were comfortable enough. The bathroom was always cold, that was the only complaint. Plenty of hot water and the room was relatively clean. We were on the back of the hotel so it was dark and quiet at night. Heat for the room was adequate but not as warm as we would have liked. Breakfast was nothing fancy. I actually preferred the continental over the English breakfast. plenty of meats, cheese, bread, cereal, yogurt, milk and OJ, and all the tea and coffee you could drink. Stick with the tea though, it's better in the UK than the USA. I would definitely stay there again, especially if it were summer because it is one of the few budget hotels that actually has central A/C.
First of all, no matter what you may read elsewhere, don't be lulled into thinking that this hotel is anything other than what it really is.
A Delightful Stay
I stayed at the Byron from Jan 14 - 21, 2004. The room was small, as are European rooms, but comfortable. A friendly staff, a pleasant sitting room and atrium, and an above average continental breakfast were all included in the price.
The location was excellent for catching either the tube, the red bus, or the train.
Plenty of shopping and eating opportunities two blocks away on Queensway.
I will stay here again next time in London.
A terrific place to stay
I could not disagree more with the previous negative reviews of this hotel and despite the assurances otherwise, I have no doubt they were submitted by pampered Americans spoiled by 'all suite' hotels in the US. The Byron is a perfectly acceptable 3-star hotel near Kensington Gardens in funky, diverse Bayswater. Near three tube stations. A most helpful and accomodating staff. None of the negative comments previously submitted in any way resemble the hotel where I recently spent 9 nights. The rooms are small and front-facing rooms are vulnerable to street noise, but this is London after all. I would happily stay there again.
I had stayed at the Byron about nine years ago and my memories were good. I returned this year and stayed for a month. My stay there was very pleasant. A friend also stayed for two weeks and was quite satisfied. Rooms in London are smaller than in the US. I met people who had stayed previously in first class hotels (which are much more expensive) and they seemed quite pleased also. The Byron has things that you always find in New York, but not all that common in London,i.e., air conditioning, elevator, etc. The staff is very pleasant and very helpful. The room was kept very clean the entire time I was there. Plenty of hot water for a shower and clean towels each day. The stay included a full English breakfast but having tried it once, I decided my cardiologist would not approve. I look forward to staying there again.
Dirty and run-down
I disagree with the last message posted. I do not come with U.S.-based expectations, but the Byron is still not an acceptable hotel. There were stains on bedding and carpet, very conspicuous debris in the corners, and non-functioning appliances. Having to sign up for a breakfast time was most inconvenient.
I'd stay again
I would disagree with most of the other reviews. You do get what you pay for , but it was a good value. Staff was very friendly and helpful.
Rooms were small with few extras (to be expected in europe), but they were clean and niecly decorated. Great location close to two underground stops and many retail stores, pubs and restaurants. Eat Chinese at the Four Seasons if you get a chance. Overall, it can't be compared to top US hotels, but you have to adjust your cultural expectations when traveling in Europe or pay $300 per night. Good hotel in a great, safe, convienant location.
We stayed here one night, and were happy we weren't booked for more. We had the penthouse suite (not for elegance, but to accomodate kids on a sofabed). The bedding (on the regular beds, not just the sofabed) was less than comfortable, the shower did not work at all (minimal water flow, which turned to scalding as the valve shut off the cold water), nor did the air conditioning system in either room (unfortunately, we were in London during rather warm weather). And my daughter found a long hair on top of the pillowcase when she turned down the sheets (I don't think it had been used, just left when the bed was made up, but it didn't make her happy in any case). The breakfast was pretty regimented (sign-up times, no deviations, such as decaff coffee, etc).
We stayed at the Byron in 2000. The front rooms were very noisy so we asked to be moved to a back room. We had a lovely, but very small room, in the back with a huge window overlooking a tree. It was on an upper floor. It was quiet and we could keep the window open at night. The furniture was sort of period british and we thought it was decorative and fine. The breakfasts were heavy (eggs etc) but my husband liked them and I brought in yogart and kept it in their fridge. The best part of the Byron is the location. It is two blocks from the park and one block from some fantastic reasonably priced ethnic restaurants. We are going to London this summer and are going to stay there again. It's not a luxury hotel but it definitely has character. I must admit though, I am not looking forward to the saggy bed!!!