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Historical Traveler Reviews Crown Moran Hotel London
The Crown actually exceeded my expectations! Hotel was clean and rooms were large. Beds were surprisingly comfy as well! Bathroom has speaker in it so you can hear whatever is on the TV- strange, but cool! The front desk staff was always helpful. Everything closes early in London and one night we just all hung out in the lobby and the porters served us beer until about 4am! There was a small leak for the AC vent in our room (which didn't bother us), but as soon as we told the front desk, they immediately offered to switch our rooms. We opted to stay in our room and they had maintenance come fix it while we were out. The hotel is a bit away from central London, but easy to get to. The 189 bus is right in front of the hotel and can take you down to Kilburn Tube Station (5 mins) or you can walk (15mins). Or, just stay on the bus straight to Picadilly Circus! The breakfast wasn't my thing- I'm not much for runny eggs and blood sausage, but they had a good selection of yogurts and cereals to choose from. There's an excellent Indian restaurant (w/blue awning)across the street and down one block to the right. Overall, i'm glad I made the choice to stay here. If I ever go back to London, I am staying here!
A GREAT HOTEL - WE LOVED TO STAY HERE !!!!!!!!
We used Krest privat transver to get to our hotel.
The driver was very friendly and drived very fast.
The welcome at the reception was very very friendly and the man tried
to speek to us with a few words of german.
The rooms were very big for london and very clean.
Our rooms looked the same like in the hotel folder.
The breakfast was included and very plentifully.
The hole personal of the hotel was always friendly and very helpfull.
The pool was big and and also very clean.
Only one thing was badly: the yakuzie was tempolary out of order.
With the hotel are five Bars handleful irish.
I think the prices there are not expensively.
Direkt near the hotel is a little super market open every day.
Also direktly in front of the hotel is the bus stop.
We mostly took the 189 bus direkt to Bakerstreet or Oxford circus.
Every 15 Minutes comes a new Bus and it tooks about 30 minutes to get to the city.
Overall I would say this is probably the best hotel we have ever stayed in London and it was a very nice stay at this hotel.
If we ever go back to London we will definitely
stay again at this lovely hotel.
Please excuse my bad english, i come from germany and i learned english about 30 years ago!
Best buy in a London hotel and great location
Hotel is only 2+ years old. The staff are great. I got my booking via Expedia and paid $155 per night for my June-July 2005 visit. Hotel posted price for a double was 190GB, so I got a terrific bargain. Breakfast was included with the cost. The Irish Breakfast on the menu was 15GBP and the Continental Breakfast was 10GBP. Both are included with your room price. Breakfast served from 7:00-10:00, so you can pick your time to wake up.
The staff at reception and in the breakfast restaurant crew were friendly and helpful. They are part of what I will remember most about my trip to London.
The Kilburn Park Tube station (Jubilee line) was a 15 minute walk. Buses do stop right outside the hotel as well. We preferred to walk in the morning and then ride the bus back when returning to the hotel. The stop was close to the Kilburn station and a number of them pass by a stop close to the hotel. So it was a very convenient location.
When I booked, I did not have a very good idea of the location - it is in the district of Camden and Brent Council. Cricklewood Broadway is the dividing line for both districts. It is located in Zone 2 of the tube diagrams.
It is possible to take the Heathrow Express from Heathrow airport to the station Green Park and transfer to the Jubilee line. Optionally, you can arrange with the hotel to order a cab to meet you at the airport. Price is roughly 20GB to 30GB. It's not a Black Cab, so the cost is about 1/2. If you are coming from Gatwick, the Thames Expresslink will also take to the Kilburn Park station. Don't know the pricing of a cab from Gatwick. The hotel website does have an email address you can contact to arrange a cab or ask for more info.
The neighbourhood has several cafes that you can eat at a reasonable price. A large enough variety for every tastebud. There is also a McDonalds and Kentucky Fried Chicken for those North American kids who are fussy eaters. There are a couple of cafe that serve pasta as well. Average price about 5GBP for menu items. I paid less for dinner for 2 than I do back in my home town. I didn't try the 5 pubs at the hotel due to the possible smokey conditions there.
The hotel provides a hairdryer and also if you need a power converter, it is also available at the front desk. I found in the in-room safe really handy feature. There is also a TV, small table and chairs in the room as well. There is a fully equipped fitness center, swimming pool, and jacuzzi available on-site without any extra charge. If you want to escape paying high prices for phone calls, there are pay phones in the lobby. I purchased a phone card in London and used it instead of worrying about having change.
I would highly recommend this hotel. I found the hotel better than some hotels that I've stayed at that are 4 star where I paid the full room price. The rooms are spacious and there is a bath/shower in every room. Instant coffee/tea provided along with a kettle and dishes. Just no fridge or microwave.
The neighbour is scheduled for a make over in 2006. So may be the prices won't be quite as good after that. But who knows. I would definitely stay at this hotel again.
Excellent return visit
I had stayed at the Crown before and had a wonderful time but my second stay was even better!! Some of the staff remebered me (and my likes and dislikes!!). The welcome was as warm and friendly as ever
I cannot recommend this hotel highly enough, I will never stay anywhere else when I am visiting London
We stayed at the Crown Moran for two days and loved it. We got a good rate on Expedia. Good sized room, fine reception service, excellent breakfast included in the rate, and a spacious exercise facility. Best of all is the very big and attractive swimming pool, just the thing to get the kinks out after sitting like a pretzel for many hours in an airplaine. We were the only ones I saw using the pool, which is too deep (nearly 5 feet) for children (fortunately)--there is also a Jacuzzi and sauna. The hotel is outside the city center, with a 15-minute walk to the nearest Underground (Kilbourn) station, but the walk is very interesting with many ethnic restaurants, and two cheap Internet cafes just across the street from the hotel. Furthermore, buses to the theater district and to Marble Arch stop right in front of the hotel. Don't miss the Tricycle Theater complex about two blocks past the Kilbourn Underground station--this extremely nice facility includes several foreign films each day, live theater performances, and an art gallery. The only things I would change about this hotel is to prohibit smoking in the lobby lounge, and to move the hairdryer from a hard-to-access drawer to the bathroom wall.
Home away from home
I frequently travel to London for both business and leisure.
I used to stay in the West End, but then I discovered this most amazing place situated just few minutes away from Oxford Street with 5 disco bars, a restaurant, a lounge bar open till late, and if you need to burn calories, then they also a fantastic gym and swimming pool with Jacuzzi and a sauna...I don't think you can ask for much more.
The staff are extremely friendly and very helpful.
Food is great and public transport is well organised.
Most London hotels are dirty, but this hotel is really well looked after and very, very clean.
Definetely the place to be if you are looking for the "home away from home" factor!!
Excellent hotel at really good prices. Great bars (5 in total) and really nice restaurant!!
Forget the west end & head northwest
This hotel is way better than anywhere else I have stayed in London (this is my 4th trip). I usually head to the west end or bloomsbury but by chance I found this new place in Cricklewood. The rooms are a lot bigger than downtown and there is a huge gym and a pool. Next door to hotel is an old fashioned English pub with lots of chracter and cosy fireplaces - it was very relaxing in there. On the downside the neighborhood is not so pretty - just a few grocery stores and fast food places - but the transport links are great. We jumped on the 189 just outside took us straight to Abbey Road in 10 mins - after we did our Beatles thing (photos on the crossing) we jumped back on the 189 to Baker St & did Madam Tussauds and headed into the west end. Theres six bus routes, two tube staions and train station in the vivinity so getting around was a breeze. We ate in the restaurant once - enjoyed a very tasty lamb dish very much - but we ate in the bar a few times - there a daily specials for $5.00.
Overall it was exceptional value for money& the service was just great. Will definitely rebook for our next trip in the fall before heading to Paris.
Fabolous hotel! The staff were so friendly we couldn't believe we were in the middle of a huge cosmo city! The decor is beautiful and the rooms are amazing. Recommended!
I travel quite a bit and stayed here on my 28th trip to London. When I was there. the hotel had recently opened and wasn't full, but the staff was extremely well trained and so very friendly and helpful! That's not typical in London. This is the first English hotel of an Irish chain and truly offers real Irish hospitality. The hotel is very, very clean
and has several lovely public lounge areas. The rooms are quite large and very nice (it's a 4-star hotel), but there are no refrigerators or mini bars (except the suites); important to me: the free gym and indoor pool are excellent! The restaurant is pricey, but breakfast is included and the room rates are extremely reasonable (I paid under 100 GBP/night). The hotel is attached to an historic pub (The Crown) in the Cricklewood area, known for its Irish football fans. The location is about a 20-30 minute easy direct bus ride to Marble Arch (HydePark/beginning of Oxford St), where you can transfer to any tube or bus. You can also get cabs and cheaper mini-cabs any time day or night, and because the hotel is so cheap you can afford cabs! They also have free parking (in London!). The neighborhood may be not what some first-time tourists expect of London, as it's middle /working class with people from many countries living and working there -- just like Queens or Brooklyn in NY
-- but I enjoyed that. I also liked the availability of internet cafes and convenience stores. I'm going back again next week, and feel as though I'm going back to friends!