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Great Weekend Value
We stayed at Devonport House for 3 nights in mid-February 2005. Weekend rates were excellent value and though the hotel itself was not exactly exciting, our room was bright, clean, and spacious with an unusually comfortable bed - all very nice after tramping round exhibitions all day. Set just a bit off the main drag, it has the advantage of being unusually quiet for London while being really well located for the local sights, a range of eating opportunities and transport into Docklands or central London.
Apart from a fiddly arrangement with the TV and a remote which only worked if we werent (remote that is!), facilities in-room were fine and we particularly liked the lockable wardrobe idea for your valuables.
Reception service was brisk and efficient on check-in (though a touch on the `chilly' side) but took a little too long on checking out but they were training a new member of staff.
Being exceptionally lazy, we never took breakfast and there were far too many other options locally for us to bother with the hotel bar/dining, so can't comment on these. If you like Thai, nearby Kum Luang gets a big thumbs up from us!
Overall, an excellent value base for exploring London.
We have just returned from a weekend break staying at Devonport House. The location in Greenwich is perfect with easy access on public transport into London for sightseeing. The hotel was very comfortable and the food was excellent. We could not find any faults at all with the standard of accomodation and friendliness of the staff. We will definitely be returning to this hotel for our next visit to London.
Really enjoyed my relaxing stay here once I found the place ( or rather once I found the entrance, which is not that easy under cover of darkness!).
Everthing was top class- breakfast, rooms, staff.
Great weekend value and I hope to return.
Location, location, location!
Although primarily used as a conference centre, my boyfriend and I spent the weekend at Devonport House to fully explore Greenwich and found it to be a clean, friendly and very pleasant hotel. The rooms are comfortable, well-equiped and decorated to a high standard, much nicer than the usual 'chain hotel' garish carpet and curtain prints! Location-wise, Devonport House cannot be beaten... very close to everything you would want to visit (Greenwich park, Cutty Sark, Maritime museum, observatory, market, shops, restaurants etc.) but noise isn't a concern as when we returned to the hotel late on Saturday night we didn't hear a peep out of the local revellers! (Of which we were two...) My only tip would be to ask for a fan in the room on a hot day as the windows didn't open more than a crack.
Nice place, excellent location but.....
.......there might be a problem.
I tend to judge any Hotel against my favourite Hotel chain, Travel Inn. For easy booking, spacious clean rooms, ease of parking and no mini bar hassle checkout the no frills chain takes some beating.
I used Devonport House when on business in central London and wanted to try it for possible use for a later leisure trip when I would be coming by car with my family.
It is actually a conference centre where you can book their surplus rooms as a hotel. It is situated in the old Seaman's Hospital nurses home next to the old Naval school, adjacent to the centre of Greenwich.
The old building has been well refurbished and the rooms are bright, modern and the one I had was spacious enough with a lovely bathroom. The situation was excellent being yards from the Greenwich Park ( I walked up to the Observatory before breakfast) and within an easy walk to the Docklands light railway which connects to the tube -it took me 35 minutes into Holborn in London. Opposite there is a real ale pub and plenty of restaurants a few yards away. Outside they have parking for 60 cars.
Devonport House was quiet, comfortable, clean well situated. I was particularly impressed with how they has completely modernised the old building and was delighted find free internet access in the coffee room and a proper table and chair to work at in my room.
If I had to pay the rack rate I would be back at the Travel Inn but at £79 including breakfast for one through Active Hotels it passed the Travel Inn test. Had I booked through laterooms the week before I could have got it for £59!
So what of the sourhead who wrote the negative review. Well I looked at the 24 hour conference rates (which is obviously their core business) and they were a little pricey, but it is obviously a smart place and someone has invested a lot of money in it. The breakfast room wasn't large and the tables were mostly (but not exclusively) laid out in rows to accommodate a lot of people who which to talk together as you would get at a conference. The buffet breakfast set up was typical of a 4* hotel, I liked the fact that you could help yourself to the coffee, but I could imagine that if a whole conference of people descended to breakfast at the same time there could be a queue. When I was there it was quite pleasant with people taking their breakfast eat at the tables outside.
So full marks to Devonport House. So what might the problem be ?
Well Shhhh.... don't tell anyone about it or it will get fully booked, the deals through Active Hotels and Laterooms will go and I will have to go back to the Travel Inn.
Loved the devonport
excellent hotel. stayed here august, 2003
only one problem no air conditioning.
Great weekend rates!
We have visited the Devonport House a number of times and found it fantastic value for money at weekends. We have always found the rooms clean, spacious and bright, with good facilities. The staff have been polite and friendly and the breakfast perfectly adequate. It has provided a great base for exploring Greenwich but we have also used it for central London as well. Highly recommended!
Absolutely average for a conference centre
If you want to stay in a conference centre with canteen style breakfast and offhand staff but pay the price of a 4 star hotel (which is what it claims to be on the website), then Devonport House is for you.
Overpriced for the standard of room and service, although the location is good, central in Greenwich and a stone's throw from the park.
A winner in Greenwich!
This gets my vote for best new hotel in 2003! The Devonport opened in January 2003 as a conference center located in the old Naval College in Greenwich. However, it also offers B&B in high quality rooms for as low as £59 per room per night! It's location in Greenwich can't be beat: about three blocks from the light rail (10 minutes to Canary Wharf and 20 to the City) and only a stone's throw (literally) from the Maratime Museum. Greenwich is a tourist magnet by itself and it is very convenient by rail to London Bridge Station( 15 minutes). So I can't recommend highly enough this location (and hotel) as an alternative base for London. Just to round things out I have some downsides: No airconditioning in the otherwise all-mod-cons room can be a disadantage in the summer and the check out is posted as 9am (though I don't think they're tight about it.)
Perfect in every way
the devonport house hotel was perfect from walking through the door,reception was clean and spacious and manned by some very nice polite staff, the rooms were absolutly spotless,with enough space to loose a small country, the breakfast menu was extensive with a wide range of food to satisfy all tastes,polite,helpful waiting staff combined to make a very pleasent atmosphere, the admirals bar was excellent with a wide range of drinks and an even wider range of whiskeys,quiet surroundings and a beer garden in which to wind down after taking in londons vast attractions,so many infact i would not have known where to start if it was not for the help of Tash,the bar maid,whose intimate knowledge of london and underground made for a grade A holiday,highly recommended hotel!!
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