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TravelPod Member ReviewsElysee Hotel London
Great Hotel. Friendly staff. Buffet breakfast was good sustenance for teh day's sight seeing.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Elysee Hotel London
Kleine saubere Zimmer
Kürzlich verbrachten wir hier vier Nächte. Die Zimmer sind sehr eng und das Hotel müsste renoviert werden. Allerdings sind die Zimmer sauber. Leider gibt es keine Klimaanlage, wodurch die Luft stickig ist. Das Frühstück und gut und zulänglich, könnte jedoch frischer sein. Die Lage ist sehr gut in der Nähe vom Hyde Park und der Paddington Station. Bemerken möchte ich, dass die nahe gelegene U-Bahn Station Lancaster Gate z.Zt zwecks Renovierung geschlossen ist. London ist kein billiges Ziel. Es ist schwierig ein gutes aber preisgünstiges Hotel zu finden.
Too HOT in the Summer!
We booked this hotel on a last-minute booking website. The room rate was 80 pounds a night and the hotel was a disappointment. There was no parking available for less than 22 pounds a day. Also, the nearest working tube station was many blocks away, not just two minutes away as the web site stated. The rooms were fairly clean, but the sheets were a bit scarey....pink stains and holes in them! Also, there was no soap provided for the sink or shower. And, no drain plug for the bath or sink (the chains were there, but the stoppers were gone).
Although the staff was friendly enough, the service was actually quite poor: when we asked if they had any wash cloths available, they said yes and that they would bring one right up. No one ever arrived and they never mentioned it.
Since there was no clock or alarm in the room, we asked for a wake up call. The phone finally rang over an hour after the time we requested!
The biggest problem was the temperature in the room. July is a warm month in London, and the first floor rooms at this un-airconditioned hotel get NO breeze at all. And, since the hotel is directly across from a popular pub, we lay in the heat (on the stained, torn sheets) waiting for the loud pub guests to make their way home each night around 2am.
Overall, although the location is fairly convenient, we would not stay here again unless it is in the winter and we can't find another room elsewhere. It's worth 10 or 20 pounds more for a more enjoyable hotel.
Small Clean Rooms
We recently stayed for 4 nights. The rooms are very small and the hotel is in need of some updates and refurbishment. The rooms are clean however. Note: the rooms do not have AC and tend to get a little stuffy. The breakfast is good and adequate but gets a little old after a few days. The location is great, close to Hyde Park and Paddington Station. Note however that the nearest Underground Station, Lancaster Gate, is now closed for renovations. London is not a cheap destination. You will be hard pressed to find a good hotel value.
Terrible triple room
we spent 12 nites in Europe last month, and the 8th night (1st in London) at this hotel was the most disappointed! The Hotel lobby and breakfast was nice but our room (triple) was like hell, the room was so small even for 1 people ...my bed was set in front of the bathroom ...and the bathroom, i'd never seen any bathroom is such a discomfort bathroom like this before...very very tiny! no place to hang the towel ..and worst of the worst ...the waterwork...they provided only hot and hot water ..we couldn't stand this discomfort and change the hotel as soon as we can....
Great Location for Women Travelling Alone
My friend highly recommended this hotel to me and I couldn't complain about the rate given the location in central London.
However, the room met my bare minimum and I've stayed in hostels in China. I had a private bath (converted from a small closet!) with a towel, it was very clean, it had a hot water kettle and tv. The room itself was quite small with thin walls and curtains. The staff were kind and the free breakfast was decent.
The location is what makes this place a good find. It is quite close to Hyde Park and the underground. The neighborhood is very very very safe, despite the large number of tourists walking about. I'd recommend this place to anyone who is willing to sacrifice some comfort for security/price. But I have the believe there are better places to stay in London at that rate.
A good place to stay
We booked a double room ensuite and we spent there four nights.
The room was very small and not so nice but it was very very clean.
The bathroom had a shower and a water closet inside and a sink was outside in the room.
The breakfast was good and rich: milk, cereals, orange juice, cofee, tea, bread, butter, marmelade...and one egg!!
The staff was very friendly and the reception was opened 24 hours.
The hotel is closed to Lancaster Gate underground station (central line) and it's about 500 metres from Paddington Station; further, Hyde Park is about fifty metres far.
This is not the best hotel you can find in London but if you are looking for a cheap and good solution at the same time, it's OK.
Have a nice trip!!
The staff are very friendly and welcoming. Our room (we asked for a double but actually got an en-suite with a double and two single beds) was tatty. The TV control didn't work (no great loss) and the room needing painting. Nevertheless, it was clean, the beds were comfortable and it was quiet! In the heart of London! Great location for Paddington station and the Heathrow express and Hyde Park. Breakfast was cereal, fruit juice, toast, eggs, jam and marmalade and tea or coffee. We are definitely going back. £49 per room per night, including breakfast.
Loved the hotel and local area
Stayed at the Elysee for four nights. It is a very good hotel for the price charged and the surrounding area was excellent (Hyde Park, Bayswater, Paddington, Marble Arch and Oxford Street all withing walking distance). The service was excellent and rooms were very satisfactory for the price. They are in th process of building a residence bar which is great idea. There is also Wifi internet available free of charge and thats great.
Accomodation was again excellent for the price. Breakfast was continental with boiled egg as a bonus.
I would stay there again.
Excellent value central london accomodation!
Great location facing Hyde park and the catchment had a village feel to it: a pub, news/travel agent, cafe, etc. Three underground stations within a few minutes walk. We paid £59 for a double ensuite room( somewhat small bathrooms): clean and comfortable with basic amenities such as tea coffee facilities, satelite tv, hairdryer.basic continental breakfast with boiled egg.
For the price we believe to be unbeatable value!
Affordable place to sleep
The Elysee provides basic no frills accomodations.
Staff were friendly (but then I had no problems or issues).
The room was very small (paid 55GBP in Dec). The room was a bit dated but things were clean. The bedding was rather thin and worn. The bathroom was very small and there was not a lot of water pressure. The kettle worked fine as did the tv and phone. The maid cleaned the room daily and changed towels.
Breakfast consisted of toast, juice, milk, cereal and a hard boiled egg. All very satisfactory.
When I travel to London I look for a clean place to sleep. I leave my room before 8 am and come back after 11 pm.
There is a nice Victorianesque pub across the street - the Mitre. A fair number of locals fill up the place. The food was okay. It was a nice place to stop in for a night cap. There is a laundry on the same street. There is also a take away that was very popular with the cops in the morning (I never stopped in as I took advantage of my free breakfast) and the police always know a good value.
The room fits the bill for the economy minded.
I have stayed there twice.