Travel Blogs from London
... that I leave London, which in my mind remains the
greatest city on the planet. Modern and yet ancient, British and yet
international; London is like nowhere else in the world. Perhaps one day I will
live here, but I will have to start saving up first.
The train is rolling gently through the darkness, the man across from me is coughing up a storm and the conductor just checked my ticket, thanking me in a thick Northern English accent. Next stop – York!
... tomorrow night, once I've had some sleep and had a chance to read back over the drivel I've written so far. I keep remembering things that I meant to write or missed out while riding the next day, so I'll try to recall some of those pearls of wisdom, and hopefully not remember some of the more insane thoughts from the dark recesses of my exhausted, and at times starving, brain. I'm also looking forward to seeing my scales too ...
... bronze head of a king of *****ia.
After coffee and pastries at the museum and since the sun was out, we walked to the Covent Gardens area where the theaters are with performances of The Lion King, Momma Mia, Les Miserables, and other shows. We ate supper at Wellingtons (restaurant above a pub) before taking the underground home about 8:30 p.m. We picked up some fruit for tomorrow’s lunch and headed for our room. It has been a good day in London. ...
My other meals consisted of some kind of pastry or muffin with a latte in the morning and these incredible sandwiches you can buy packaged up at Boots and M&S and other places. They have exotic flavors, they’re fresh, and they don’t have a lot of **** in them, if any. I think they must take the unsold ones to charities every evening, because I saw the shelves being emptied one night.
My favorites are ...
For London I'm just going to upload photos and give them a bit more of a caption rather than day by day so check back here for more photos regularly! Here is a list of things done so far: - Big Ben - Trafalgar Square - Buckingham palace - Shopped in Oxford street - lots of different markets - day trip to Brighton ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Commodore Hotel London
We stayed here on two different occasions: the first night, we had a standard room, which was a bit nicer than the cheaper hotels I've stayed at in this area (near Paddington). The question is whether it was nicer enough to be worth the extra money: it would depend on your personal taste. The room was fine but kind of spartan, the view of an interior courtyard was just allright, and the bathroom was very cramped (though the shower was excellent). The breakfast room and lobby were very pretty, and the breakfast was good: a variety of cereals, fruits, yogurt and breads (English breakfast with eggs, bacon and beans is extra; some deals online include it). The second night we spent a bit more on an "executive" class room, and the difference was remarkable.
I would not recommend this hotel!
I just returned from my trip to London and I would not recommend this hotel to anyone. The room was uncomfortably small. But that wasn't the worst part of it. The service was horrible. They were rude and very unhelpful.
Paid 77 pounds for the townhouse double room with brkf***********. The hotel had a strange smell when we arrived at night, and the same smell was in the room. I though liked the room: nice view, cherry walls with some white, interesting antique furniture. The bed was very comfortable. My wife though was not that impressed. The bathroom was small but had charm: yet the problem was that there was not bathtube- so I asked to be moved to another room. There was no problem with that request - we packed our things and when we returned from the city they moved everything. We were given an executive room - which was smaller and with less charm, it looked more like your upscale Hilton but the bathroom was larger and had a nice bath tube - so I was happy while my wife liked it much more. There was no smell in this room. The brkf was nothing special , rather basic but what they had was good: nice bread, fruits, yougurt etc. There was definitely some nice atmosphere at the bkrf room and also the lobby did not look bad at all. The hotel is only 5 min walk from Lancaster Gate underground station, which is very convinient. All in all it was a nice experience and for this price it was a real steal. Had I paid full price of 150-160 pounds I would not have been very happy. We stayed the previous time at the Royal Housegards by Thistele, next to the Enbankment tube station and it was definitely a much better hotel, true Victorian, posh with really beautiful rooms. Even though both ranked as 4*, the difference is like between the Four Seasons and the Hilton. I would say that the Commodore does qualify for a 4* hotel but not with the highest marks, yet I will stay here again, taking into consideration location and price.
I travel to London for business, and I have come to expect that the rooms are smaller than in North American hotels, so I don't get angry when they are. The Commodore is very clean and tidy, my bed was a wider than average single and comfortable, the bathroom was spotless, carpets were clean. They have elevators which made my trip to the 6th floor with luggage more enjoyable than walking up 6 flights of stairs. If you have experience travelling to London you know that most hotels under 125 ponds/night are NOT purpose built facilities, they are converted homes, therefore, the rooms are small and in most cases have had ensuite bathrooms shoehorned into them. Some of them have been converted better than others. If you have the budget, there are plenty of Hilton's and other "brand name" hotels available. I feel that you miss out on the full London experience by staying at a place which is more typical of a freeway exit in New Jersey than a typical proper Victorian building. The Commodore is one of the better efforts I have experienced. The breakfast was fine, staff were friendly and respectful. I would stay there again and recommend is to anybody provided I knew their expectations beforehand.
Nice Moderate Hotel
The location is very good. Service was nice as well, but we noticed that some people there did not know the area very well. I stayed in a twin room while several of my travel partners stayed in a double room.
If I were to stay here again, I think i'll pay the extra $40 for more comfort. The twin room was way too small, minibar did not work and the noise from outside was very loud. There is no AC so I had to keep the window open all night. My friends that stayed in the double rooms had very nice living arrangements with more room and cute decor. Definitely pay the extra money... The hallways were very tiny and I could hardly get my suitcase and duffel bag through the area. But again, just a minor trade-off for a good location.
We spent 3 night at the Commodore and had a lovely time. It is a five minute walk to Paddington station and the service was lovely. We stayed in a suite and it was fairytale. The service staff was above par and so helpful. I will be going back in March and staying again!
Don't stay in this hotel
Construction across the street - smokey lobby - tiny rooms (door hit the bed when opened) - hotel hallways need sprucing up (dirty and torn wallpaper). Room was dirty - cobwebs everywhere.
My partner and I stayed at the Commodore for several days in March 2003 and enjoyed it very much. The room (#310) was a decent size and had a nice king-size sleigh bed with a down comforter. The bathroom was good-sized and had a full bath with shower. A couple nice surprises were the small deck outside the room and a refrigerator in the room. The only quibble we had about the room was the lack of washcloths ("flannels", I believe the English call them.) Our room was also smoke-free (as we had requested) though it smelled a bit of new paint.We had a decent continental breakfast most days, though one day the cheese platter was obviously left over from the previous day. Service in the hotel and at the restaurant ranged from courteous to very friendly and there were people from many different countries staying there for both business and holiday.The hotel is only a block from the Lanacaster Gate into Hyde park, and a 10-15 minute walk to Queensway, which has tons of restaurants and shops, as well as Whiteley's shooping court. The only difficulty was the temporary closure of the Central Line of the tube (due to a derailment in February 2003). The Central Line is the only line feeding the nearest Tube stop (Lancaster Gate) so we had to walk or bus to the Bayswater station or the Paddington station. All in all the buses were easier to use from this location. In any case, a very nice hotel and a good location. I definitely recommend it.
First off, it's probably best to avoid London hotels in the "moderate" price category. That works fine in Paris or Rome, but in London, it's not even gonna get you Red Roof Inn quality.
The Commodore; the epitome of elegance.
Excellent service. Personally greeted by hotel's very attractive and accomodating owner.
Rooms were gorgeous and fit for a queen! The Edwardian decor was stunning. If you go to London, make sure you stay at the Commodore, they take very good care of you.