Corus Hotel Hyde Park London
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Historical Traveler Reviews Corus Hotel Hyde Park London
Tiniest Room I Have EVER Seen!!
I was supposed to have been traveling with a companion, however, he could not make the trip at the last second and luckily so, because although I requested a double bed I got a single which no two people could have fit in. After my long trip, I was just too brain-fried to try to complain. When I opened the door to this room, I could not believe what I was seeing--it was absolutely microscopic! There was not one drawer and a feeble open closet with about 5 hangars. I didn't unpack for the entire 6 days because there was nowhere TO unpack. It was clean, I'll say that. The "handicapped accessible" bathtub/shower was so dangerous, if you took a fall out of this thing, you would definitely BE handicapped from that point on. Fire alarms went off for no particular reason (3 times!) and blared for 10 minutes at a time.
The internet service downstairs can only be accessed via credit card (not cash, not debit card) and cost a fortune--I had to go up the street to an internet cafe! The best thing about this hovel were the guys at the concierge desk who were so sweet and helpful. I cannot believe this place is so highly rated. I will never stay there again.
Visited the Corus Hyde Park Hotel week of March 7-13, 2004 with my son during his Spring Break. Booked it through Virgin Vacations; absolutely great experience; no problems. Front desk was very helpful and gave us a courtesy upgrade to an executive corner room overlooking Bayswater Road and Hyde Park. The room was recently renovated and had a great view and had all the amenities we needed after touring London all day.
Although the bathroom was small, it had a great shower and fluffy towels and was very clean and modern. The location was difficult to get to from Heathrow via the Tube since it involved two transfers; but after arriving, traveling by Tube was very easy with Lancaster Tube station just a block away. Continental breakfast was adequate and they have a very pleasant room to sit in. In fact, I liked it better than the upgraded breakfast which we had one morning. Lobby area was always very friendly and had lots of activity. The one time I had a question for the concierge, he wasn't very helpful. Luckily, I had already done my research and didn't need to ask questions. Our maid service was excellent and the room was kept clean and tidy all week. I would definitely stay at the Corus Hyde Park Hotel again.
Renovations in progress
We stayed for a week at the Corus hotel Hyde Park (formerly Plaza on Hyde Park). Hotel renovations seem to be nearing completion. Able to get an upgrade to a non-smoking renovated room at no charge.
Construction crews still working on several floors - so expect noise to begin at 8:30 and run thru 5:30p. Rooms are small, clean, all new carpet, fully tiled bathroom, comfortable bed, modern accents, simple design (white). Service was great, staff helpful including concierge service. Location is across street from Kensignton/Hyde Park, a block from Lancaster Gate tube, and a 10-minute walk to Notting Hill area.
Guests during the week: business + traveler. Guests on weekends: heavily skews to school kid tour groups.
Loved the Location
We stayed here this past September. When we checked in we realized our room was way too small for our standards and there was no A/C (to be expected in most London hotel rooms). We wanted A/C so we paid to upgrade to an executive room. A little bit bigger, not much, but that was fine because we really wanted the A/C. The room was clean and the staff were friendly and helpful. When we booked the trip we wanted something on the less expensive end since we wouldn't be in the room much and we got exactly what we paid for. A clean place to sleep with an OK continental breakfast and a helpful and friendly staff. The best part of this hotel was the location. The nearest tube stop (Lancaster Gate) was literally down the block which made it very easy for us to travel all over London to see all the sights. It's nice after a long day of sightseeing to only have to walk a block to your hotel. I also agree with the previous poster who said the Pub next door, The Swan Pub, is excellent. It was our favorite for fish and chips too and we ended up there all but one or two nights on our 8 day trip!
Tiny, but clean with deep/slippery bathtubs!
Our group spent three nights at The Plaza. The rooms were small (and certainly not Laura Ashley decor as advertised), but clean. We had a lot of street noise the first night and several in our group of older travelers had problems getting in and out of the deep/slippery bathtubs. One lady suffered a rather severe back injury. Our tour included the nicer hot breakfast downstairs, but we were only able to get in once because of the long wait and the time schedule of our tour.
The best thing about staying there was The Swan restaurant next door.
The fish and chips there are superb (although pricey.... about $16 US).
We stayed at the plaza 29to 31th August.. The rooms are small but clean, and if you had a lot of luggage you would need to upgrade if you were staying for a long period.. Ours was couple of nights and it suited our needs. The bathroom is small and clean with very fluffy towels which you are not mean't to keep.. The lobby is large and has a good bar area.. Free morning paper "The Express" can be delivery to your room with continetail breakfast, on request. You can for £3.50 up grade to a full english breakfast which is served down stairs below the lobby.. Staff are friendly.On Hyde minutes away from Central line underground, which connects to Oxford Street, or take the bus to Victoria which can be picked up from Lancaster Gate (148). In other diretion Bayswater with loads of restuarants from all over the world and a great shopping centre called Whitelys, which has a multiplex cinema.. We would stay there again because its clean, and its great location.. Beware if you walk to the hotel from Lancaster Gate Tube station the front of the hotel is not obvious from the main road, Turn right after the Swan Pub.. Overall ideal place for a few days in London... Book rooms via sunvil.com for cheap rates we got half the going rate.
Nice and Quite Cosy
I have just come back from a stay at the Plaza on Hyde Park. I cannot make any complaint about it. One of the most important details in a hotel is whether it is clean or not, and in this matter the Plaza is quite satisfactory. The bedroom was nicely decorated and, although really small, comfortable. The only thing I would change is the carpets, too worn out and with a few stains, especially in the common areas. I found it very conveniently located. I wouldn't mind getting a job just there in order to be able to stay in London longer!
We stayed at the Plaza on the Park over the 4th of July 2003. The staff were nice and the lobby was modern and clean. The price was average.
The room was very small..could hardly turn around and this was not the least expensive room. The shower was an experience. The wall was slanted and I had to hold on to a hand rail and lean sideways in the shower or fall over if I stood up. I would not stay there again.
Good and bad impression
This hotel had a great location right on the beautiful Hyde Park, and two minutes away from the underground. The Hotel's facade and lobby was beautiful, service polite. However the room despite the new paint job the room was tiny and old. We expected the smallness, but did not necessarily care for the faded furnishings and thin blankets. We did however just pay $100 US for the room (after taxes) so it was worth in that we just needed somewhere to sleep. (Plus we were so jet lagged it would not have mattered what the room looked like). A continental breakfast was included in the price which was of course very basic - cold cerals, toast, cheese, croissants, coffee, juice, but it beat having to buy an additional meal in very expensive England. Convient - yes, charming- no.
You get what you pay for
Our room at the Plaza was quite small, but for the price we paid, we didn't mind. The size of the room encourage us to spend very little time in our room!! The lobby, restaurant and bar have all been updated and looked modern. The service was good, too. We only ate one meal at the restaurant (outside of breakfast, which was included). The panini I ordered was terrible, so we never tried the restaurant again. The location is convenient for Kensington Palace, Portobello Road shopping, Oxford St shopping, Harrods and National History Museum. If I go back to London, I doubt if I would stay here again, but I don't have any regrets about staying here.