Garden View Hotel
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... I had lost my Nike long sleeve top whilst we were shopping the day before and being Sunday the shops don't open until 11am, 'the Queen says you have to go to church before doing business' (or so we've been told), so it was only right that I do the cliche tourist thing (after much convincing from Den) & buy an I love London jumper to keep myself warm. Hyde Park is gorgeous, we walked and jogged through some of the gardens/park, I wish we ...
This is our last full day in London. We need to be
booking in at the airport tomorrow by 6.00pm.
So, after we had our great day with my cousins, Hilary and Ken, we
decided to walk down to the embankment and do a river cruise, up to the Thames
Flood Barrier and back, getting off at the London Eye. A bit of a walk back,
... around and settled into our bunk beds. We at dinner at a
conveyor Japanese restaurant. Here, the food is on a conveyor belt and you are
charged based on how much food you eat.
We walked around the Oxford Circus Tube Station to check out the neighborhood. There is A LOT of shopping here.
Overall, things have been great so far and I am pretty sure
they are going to get better. Until next time!
-- Ryan L.
... you turn) and found the cutest little garden keepers house. The walk to Buckingham Palace took a lot longer than I expect, but we finally made it. It was cool to see, but slightly less spectacular than I had imagined. The guards no longer stand outside, so you cannot mess with them. They are standing well beyond the gate. We were there for only a few moments, and then headed towards the closets tube station.
We took the tube to St. Pauls and wondered around for a ...
... the bus trip, and finally arrived in Catania in the dark at 6am. Waited until daylight before we went searching for our hostel, which fortunately was quite close to the bus station. Catania is just a largish city with no significant monuments or sights we wanted to see, but it made a good base to visit the surrounding area.
Took a bus to Taormina, a small medieval town about 1 hour north of ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Garden View Hotel London
We booked a really unbelievable cheap internet package to London that included 6 days air + hotel for about $500 per person and we got this hotel.
For sleep ok,
we a checkin in this Hotel a Oktober 2004.
Very small Rooms,very little badroom,small Breakfast.Personal friendly.
You get what you pay for
A truly terrible hotel (now named The Garden Court). We booked a double, but were offered a room with two twin beds. The room was so small that you couldn't sit at the desk (the chair was blocked by the bed) and there was room for only one suitcase on the floor. The only available double was in the basement and had a strong odor of mold. We looked at four rooms before settling for one with two twins on the front of the building.
As someone else mentioned, we were kept awake one night due to an all-night party down the block. The lift is a one person unit that is slow-w-w. The front desk people were indifferent and actually refused to give a fax to another guest because they found him annoying. He probably was annoying, but so is everything about this place.
The hotel changed name into garden court hotel recently. (The voucher of the travel agent still showed Terstan hotel, this was a bit confusing upon arrival)
We were a party of 4, and had a large room which has been recently renovated.
The room had 4 separate "real" beds (no folding bed, which was great) We noticed that a lot of painting and redecorating was going on, and the rooms really look nice, especially since we only booked a 2* hotel. Good value for money!
Definitely a budget hotel
Our experience was very similar to the review from the WV people in May 2003. We were there in June 2003, and were also "upgraded" to the Mayflower for one night, due to water problems. When we returned to the Terstan for our second night in London, we immediately attempted to switch back to the Mayflower. Our room was hot, with no ventilation.
There was a window in the shower, through which we could see into neighboring rooms (and presumably they could see us showering). The carpet was spotty, as was the ceiling, and I don't think the bathroom was cleaned more than once in the week we were there.
A fair room for a fair price
Terstan hotel is well placed near Earl's Court tube station. It has 24hr reception and heated rooms. The room was not particullary appealing, with very little furniture, and a TV, but my friends' room was better.
It was clean, but there were some tenis shoes marks on the wall, and some bottle caps under the bed. The sheets and bathroom were very clean. Breakfast (continental) is basic.
For a price of 60 Euro per couple in a double room, it was well worth the money. I've stayed in more expensive hotels in London with worse conditions. For those who like me use the hotel for sleeping and little elsey, it is a good choice.
Hugo Rosa - Portugal
We had the displeasure of staying at the Terstan Hotel in March 2003. When we first arrived, we were "upgraded" to the Mayflower Hotel for two nights, about 2-3 blocks away. We didn't realize how lucky we were! After the two days we returned to the Terstan to get our room and boy, what a room we received. The Terstan is by no means "clean". The room we received had unknown splatters and stains on the walls, dirty carpet, the bathroom floor was dirty & sticky (we laid towels down to keep from walking on the floor), the window was wide open and the room was blistering hot. There was a ladder propped up on the wall outside of our wide open window which would allow anyone access to your belongings & room at any time. There was no deadbolt or lock of any kind on the door besides the door knob lock which you open from the outside. When we complained to the staff they were not helpful or accommodating. Budget hotels are fine, dirty hotels are not. Needless to say, we will never book a room at the Terstan again and would advise anyone against staying there.
In March 2003 I along with my daughter and daughter-in-law were booked at the Terstan Hotel in Nevern Square, Earls Court. First we were told our room on 3rd or 4th floors had water problems and we were upgraded at another hotel. When we returned to the Terstan our "1st floor" room was dirty. The bathroom was the size of a closet and had not been clean, the floor around the commode was even sticky. The carpet had not been vacuumed, this we know because there were toe or fingernail clippings on the floor. The walls were splattered with who knows what. The sheets on the beds were clean. We stayed the one night and went back to the other hotel. We would never stay at the Terstan Hotel. Staff very unfriendly and cared less about our room. We travel budget because we get to travel more often and this is the first time we have encountered a dirty room. As long as our room are clean, we are satisfied.
Getting your money's worth
a pleasent surprise indeed!! we stayed at this hotel and felt very comfortable and safe. granted we didn't ask for much but we got more than we expected. the room was fairly large and clean and everthing worked as promised. were not talking about the ritz here. but for the frugal type this was the ticket. this hotel is in the earl's court section of london in the west end and just a stones throw away from all the sites of londontown. it's about a block and a half from the subway, and it's off the main street in a nice little square overlooking a nice little park. anyone on a budget and want's to get a little bang for the buck would do well to check this hotel out!!