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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 …
... the seat in perpetuity. (Incidentally, not many of these seats are still owned by the original families, but those that have have been passed down in wills and in family lore--not such a bad heirloom when compared to some of the other things that could, potentially, be passed down!) We're not much for royal-watching, but it was definitely cool just the same. The whole hall has so much royal history tied up into it in fact, it was great to be able to just soak it ...
... century street pattern through which it passes. It is famous, along with Oxford Street, for its shopping and Christmas decorations. Right away, there in front of me was a number 6 bus from Warwick Avenue (pronounced 'warrick'). That was very exciting for me as in the 1970's we lived for six years in a house what Americans would call 'a block' away from Warwick Avenue, and took the number 6 bus all of the time! The word 'block' in England is used in the ...
... the bands that come to mind definitely would include Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Queen, and of course, the amazing Fab Four...the Beatles.
2014 will mark 60 years since the Beatles made their first North American appearance on the Ed Sullivan show and begin the craze we all know now as the British Invasion. The world's music changed and the Beatles were the main reason. The craze circled the globe with millions owning records and hoping one day to come to England and ...
... in musicals and they seem to dominate the west end and the grim weather possibly made a return to "The Woman in Black" less appetising than it might have been. And we were hungry and thirsty so we chose a random direction and went to find a pub.
The Tom Cribb on Oxenden Street looked promising and we were on our way to the door when we noticed The London Comedy Pub next door but one so we had to have a look. Listed as headlining for tonight was ...
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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!!!