Days Inn London Westminster
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Once again, we used the Rick Steve's guide to plan our time. We'd already done his basic walking tour of London during our 12hr layover when we flew to India in December so we didn't repeat that. We spent most of our time during our 2 days there visiting the museums (the British Museum, National Gallery, the British Library), the Tower of London …
I arrived in London and I was soaked. I went for a long walk and returned to the hotel...soaked! My drive to Calais was a quick one. I left the hotel a little later than I wanted to and had to actually drive the speed limit on the highway to make sure I made the 9h45 ferry to Dover. Once I got off the ferry I took the shortest route for about half …
After a restless 8 hour light, my mom and I arrived at London Gatwick Airport around 6am London time. Needless to say, we were exhausted, but powered by coffee and airplane food, we made our way through customs, baggage pickup, and finally the express train to London on Platform 1. The train station was very beautiul, and looked both old and new, …
As of yesterday, Sean received his passport. Woo hoo! In the meantime, I've been planning out the holiday. We'll be staying at the Days Inn, Westminster. The hotel is a strip of historical Victorian houses that have been converted into a hotel. It is located about 1/2 mile from Victoria Station, a central hub for transit to and from Gatwick Airport …
From Westminster it was back to the hotel for 40 winks (or 37 says Rich) before our New Year's Eve adventure. Being the time-conscious Americans we are, we made sure to arrive at the pier early. We should have waited awhile. In any case, we managed to get on board ahead of the masses and secure our own table, which proved to be a luxury. Its …
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Much better than expected
After some of the previous reviews here, our expectations weren't very high. But, the hotel was above average for a London tourist class hotel. The room we had was a good size (again, for London - don't expect big!), with very high ceilings (maybe 20 feet). The room was VERY clean, and kept clean. We were on the second floor, and the noise wasn't very bad at all. The bathroom was also extremely clean, and was thoroughly cleaned every day. The heater was set fairly high, but we finally managed to get it turned down - however, the staff seemed to turn it back up every day. Unlike other hotels we have stayed in, the windows would open, so we could cool the room off at night before bed.
It was apparent that the hotel has recently been remodeled/refurbished, and this may be why it is in better condition than previous remarks may suggest. Overall, I will almost definitely stay in this hotel next visit to London - but I would definitely try for a better rate than they have posted - we payed less than half of their posted rate when we booked (but we booked through Expedia).
Satisfactory with one big caveat
The hotel is very conveniently located, although there are certainly much more interesting areas in London. This stretch of Belgrave Road is a trove of tourist-class hotels, with the Tate Gallery the only major institution nearby, although I would estimate it's almost a fifteen-minute walk from the hotel to the museum.
We did not have terribly high expectations, given the very reasonable rate we received through an online consolidator (Expedia, perhaps) for under $100 per night.
The room was on the first floor, and as others have said, was very clean. I suspect the hotel had had a facelift in the previous year: the hallways were freshly painted and newly carpeted. Being on the ground floor, the room featured a very high ceiling.
Having said that, we discovered that these terrace houses--or at least this one--were built with very little sound insulation and no air space between floors. Although there were no rooms on either side of us, we could hear every pounding footstep of the guest in the room above us, and for some reason, he traipsed heavily when he came in after midnight and again when he rose at 6:00 a.m. I'm a heavy sleeper, but he woke even me up when he came in and when he arose. The last night of his visit he left for the airport at 4:00 a.m., having returned only two hours previously, meaning that he kept me up while he paced back and forth to pack. The poor night clerk wasn't able to do much, since the hotel was sold out. The guest our next and last night was, I was told, a "lady doctor," and we could hear her every step as well, although she was much more graceful than her predecessor.
My suggestions are to request a room on the top floor, if you're at all sensitive to this kind of noise, or to consider another tourist-class hotel, perhaps one in a somewhat more interesting area, such as Bloomsbury.
Not worth it
We spent extra money thinking for our first night we would go a little higher than we usually do. The bed was a fold out couch, rather uncomfortable. No breakfast was included. We then stayed in our regular lower price range hotels for several nights and had comfortable bed and delicious breakfasts provided.
Great small hotel
Great moderate price hotel. The staff was very helpful, especially Mariya at reception, The hotel was very clean and it was convenient and central to most sites. The bus was only a short walk from the hotel and there were many local restaurants in the vicinity. Te people in general were very kind and helpful. We enjoyed our stay in London, it should have been longer.
Plain but Clean
The one thing about the room that was most impressive to me and most important to me: Its cleanlinesss. This hotel has first class housekeeping. The room and bathroom were small, but clean. The bath tub was narrow, but very deep and I enjoyed bathing. Our room was kept spic and span. Breakfast was passable. But, it can stand improvement. Its only 4 pounds if you let staff know the night before ~ otherwise 9 pounds. It is near the center of fun: Parliament, the Tate, Victoria Station.
One step above a dump
This hotel has definitely seen better days--at least I hope it has. There's a very small, depressing lobby, dingy hallways, tiny elevator. My room was the smallest I've ever stayed in anywhere since my pup tent days. It's about a 10 minute walk to Victoria Station, but not especially near any tourism sites of interest. It's passable if you are on a tight bdget, but you should be able to do better than this. The Quality Hotel Eccleston, marketed by the same chain and up the street closer to Victoria Station is much better (though still not great) at a comparable price.