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We headed downtown this morning, again taking the underground. It was easier getting the all-day pass today since I now had cash to put in the automated teller. We got off at the Westminster stop to see Winston Churchill's Underground War Rooms. I gotta tell you, to me the underground rooms were not all that thrilling, but admission also included …
We arrived at Heathrow about 12:40 pm, made our way through immigration control, and customs was non-existent. As we stepped out of customs a guy was selling tickets for the Heathrow Express. Well, that sounded pretty close to the Heathrow Connection I had planned to take, so I bought the tickets. OK, they were 18 pounds each instead of about 6 …
... time. We learnt how they measured their latitude and longitude using the sun and stars.
We went to St Paul's Cathedral and was awestruck by its beauty and admired the design of Sir Christopher Wren in building the dome. We climbed the steps to the Whispering Gallery and then up to the roof top. The view was fantastic. We then trundled off to the Tate Modern Art museum using a variety of buses and then discovered it was just a walk over the Millenium ...
... and functional systems of public transport. From trams to buses, taxis and metros, these vastly different types of vehicles can get you anywhere you want to go. Fortunately enough for me, not once did I have to catch a taxi in order to get to my destination due to the proficiency of the other formerly mentioned modes of transport and also the somewhat vicious rumour of local taxi drivers fabricating the price of a lift when dealing with foreigners (something to keep in mind). ...
... Wow!!!!! This was a big day, 2 hour drive out to Bath to tour the roman baths then back on the bus to Lacock.......(did you giggle...aussies seem to giggle when theres cock in a word!!) back on to the bus to stop at a pub at Amesbury for dinner ( food very disappointing here) then back onto bus for a private viewing of Stonehenge. This was amazing it was 7.30pm the sun was starting to go down & only our bus group there as ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Falcon Hotel London
My husband and I stayed at the Falcon Hotel with some Friends for a few days in November. The location was great, a couple minutes walk from Paddington Station. The first room was stayed in on the top floor was less than desirable. The bed was uncomfortable and the pressure in the shower was terrible. The next night we moved down to room 2 which was much better and cleaner. Overall, the hotel is decent, the price is reasonable for London and the staff is friendly. Although, I wish the rooms were a bit cleaner. Also, they are stingy with their towels, only 2 bath towels per day and that's it, no hand towels or face cloths!
The best I ever seen
I stayed at this hotel in October 2004 for 4 nights with my wife and found the place a reasonable place and very convenient location particularly with the tour buses just outside. Staff are nice too and the hotel feels secure with their security camera and monitors in everybody's view. We will be back realy Recommended!
We stayed there for 4 nights in 2003 and just loved it. The managers were very helpful - gave us breakfast on arrival at 6 am. Location was perfect - 2 minutes from Paddington Station and 30 meters from the Hop-on Hop-off bus stop. We had an ensuite room, so no going down floors to get to the loo. Couldn't do better value for money.
Warm friendly budget place
Little friendly budget place.. nicely located a short ride on comfortable train from the airport and then you are simply located on top of hyde park 3 minutes away, below average prices, seem to be busy all year round so they upgraded me to a double at no extra charge.. recommended
Went there in March and stayed 4 nites. Rooms and loo were small but what do you expect in London for less than 100 GBP per nite?? Breakfast was adequate and the location was great. 2 minute walk to Paddington thus touring London was a breeze. Hard to beat for a budget traveler.
Not the best
Quite freindly but also quite run down which I found dissapointing when their web site said recently refurbished. The rooms are very small and tatty but reasonably clean. Breakfast was very good but no sausages. One thing that did annoy me was they had a surcharge for using credit cards, again the website site said something about no hidden extras! The location was very good if you want to see the sites but unless you are used to a city be warned no double glazing and hence noisy at night also quite warm in the rooms. Overall OK but I would not go back.
Solid for budget travellers
I stayed at the Falcon for two nights in January '04. It is very close to Paddington Station, in a cluster of smallish hotels and B&Bs, thus convenient for express trains to Heathrow. I was traveling alone, and thus more flexible (and accommodating about hotel amenities, or lack thereof) than I would have been with the family. Indeed, I had (admittedly for a rock bottom price) the top floor single -- minute, and two floors down to a loo. But it was clean, everything worked, breakfast was OK (not great (no sausage!)), it was easy to get to and away from, into the City. In similar circs I'd stay there again; it suited my purposes fine. With the family I would probably go a little more upscale.
Okay rooms in London are very $$ and they are small. The Falcon had nice rooms and they were always cleaned very well. Breakfast was great! We were very happy with our stay and would stay again in a heartbeat!! Nothing fancy but the price was great even with the exchange rate. Also the location could not be better being 2 mins from Paddington you can catch train, tube, or bus anytime to anywhere!!! Go to their website for the best deal I found. --------------------------------
Not so good
In 1998 I was sent to the Falcon when the room I had reserved at the Repton was not available. (See my review of the Repton.) The room they offered me was not very clean or well maintained.
Admittedly, the price is low.
Good Value & Friendly
I spent one night here in May, 2002. It has a lovely location, situated on a small park very near Paddington Station.
My room was fair sized (by European standards) for a single, with a sink & tiny shower. Unfortunately, the toilet was down 3 floors (I was on the top floor). Everything was clean. The desk staff was extremely friendly & helpful.
Nothing special, but a fair value. Especially considering the great location. I recommend it for budget travelers like myself, who spend more time out of their room than in it.