Grange White Hall Hotel
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TravelPod Member ReviewsGrange White Hall Hotel London
Great room, has everything we want and the hotel is in a convenient location. On the downside, because of its age, everything creaks!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Grange White Hall Hotel London
Good location, shame about the rest!
Let's be clear. This is NOT a 4 star hotel. Business travellers should note there are no safes for laptops even at recption. The hotel had no record of my booking on arrival and the receptionist had difficulty with english. The upgraded room which I received as a result of the lost booking was small but clean. Had booked at a siscount rate but definitely not worth the £240 rack rate. The window was cracked and the shower controls were very stiff. The TV had bad reception and was only a 14" portable. Breakfast was poor and the bread had seen better days. Good location but tries to be what it is not.
The worst deal in all of London
To preface this review, I originally booked the Grange Holborn Hotel and when they were overbooked, they sent me to this hotel. I would never have booked this personally.
To begin, the staff was friendly and courteous. The facilities, however, are horrible. The bar is very tiny and does not seat very many people. The room are the worst I have have ever paid USD $250 a night for. I got - a double bed that wasn't big enough to sleep two people. The windows would not close completely and the street noise was incredible. I couldn't get a good night sleep. On the other side, all of the noise from the hallway filters into the room. I mean ALL the noise. It is like sleeping in a paper box. The room wasn't big enough for two suitcases. No internet. I didn't even stop for breakfast - I just wanted to get out of there. I have stayed in Motel 6's that were quieter and bigger.
Avoid this hotel, at all costs. Believe me - the costs are high. I would have paid USD$40 for this room. Not $250. Complete rip off. Grange Holborn is probably the best deal in London.
The hotel is rated as a 4 star on Expedia, which is totally inaccurate; it is barely a 2 star. The rooms are tiny (even for London), they decor is dark and dreary which makes it feel even smaler, there is absolutely no sound proofing so we had a dreadful nights sleep, I booked a double room but the bed was barely bigger than a single and there was no hot water for a shower the next morning. However tempting the location is take my advice and DONT DO IT
Never Again !
We had booked a room at Blooms Town House Hotel but on arrival we were shunted into the sister property - the White Hall with no explanation. although i cannot fault the staff the carpets desperately need to be replace and the smell is nearly unbearable. The bed was tiny, and the red wallpaper made the room seem even smaller and somewhat claustrophobic.
The breakfast was downright disgusting, cheap sliced meat, eggs that had been boiled for at least half and hour, terrible pastries and croissants but worst of all. Two women from the street came into the hotel, helped themselves to the buffet and left before anyone had even noticed - one of them even tasted the fruit salad from the serving spoon before replacing the spoon in the fruit. Needless to say we felt somewhat queasy after witnessing this.
Good hotel and location, very small rooms & beds
Stayed here in December 2003 and thought the hotel was very nice and in a good location but the room was small even by London standards. I had booked a double room but ended up there on my own and to be honest there would have been no room for my husband in the bed! It was adequate for me - I would call it a queen size bed, slightly larger than a single and no way coudl accomodate two people, so beware when booking. The staff and location however I can not fault, they were great.
What a great location and nice boutique hotel!
My nine year old son and I visited London during April 2004 and stayed at the Grange White Hall. The location of the hotel is outstanding - right next to the British museum, right on Russell Square and 2 blocks from the Picadilly Line. We took the Underground right from Heathrow to the hotel for $10 - no switching . It was easy to walk everywhere from the hotel and the neighborhood was really lovely and relaxing to be in.
Our room was nicely sized for London, with a very pretty marble bath and nice appointments. Our room faced Montague St, which can be somewhat noisy with cars, but there were insulated windows which muffled the street sounds very well. There was a delightful absence of cigarette smoke throughout the hotel.
Breakfast was typically European (e.g. tried to be nice but was YUCKY), but the ambience of the breakfast room is lovely. Next time, we'll just have coffee in the breakfast room and then have breakfast in one of the nice local coffee shops. We would return to the hotel and recommend it to anyone.
Wonderful place to stay
This place was wonderful! You get a beautiful room, nice location, curteous staff, and breakfast!! If you are looking for a wonderful cozy place to stay that's extremely close to anywhere you'd want to go in London - listen to me and stay at this wonderful place!!
Good service and clean
My husband and I stayed in this hotel for 4 nights since 31Dec03. It is situated in a convenient location near to the tube across the park. We were given a room at the end of the coridor. It is spacious, clean and well decorated with the bed comes with 4 posts. The facilities are good and we find the staff are friendly and helpful. The breakfast is excellent. The normal rate is expensive. However, we managed to get a special deal for the winter. Overall, we are very satisfied with our stay there.
Great botique luxury hotel
I recently stayed (June 2003) at this hotel with my new wife and can thoroughly recommend the executive rooms overlooking the garden area. Traditional furnishings in above average size rooms (for London CBD) and with high quality fittings. The buffet breakfast was excellent. The staff were reserved but helpful. The three night weekend rate was a bargin and the hotel is wonderfully situated for the west end theatre and shopping on oxford street.
Will never return, except in emergency situation.
If this is the same White Hall Hotel that is backed up to a museum; My son and I stayed at the White Hall in the summer of 2001. It was a good example of rich old architechture with very tall ceilings, rich tapestry and much smaller than twin beds. The rooms were very small, but had a nicely appointed tea cabinet with an electric pot, real china, and instant coffee, dry creamer, and tea bags. It was in a very convenient section of town, close to museums and the tube, but I would not recommend it, nor would I return there unless there was a big change in staff. They did, however, allow us to check in just a little early. The rooms were stuffy with a lot of noise. The building was dark, but basically clean; although our room had no wash cloth, no access to the mini bar (locked refridgerator), and not very helpful staff. In fact, they were down right rude...and seemed to take the attitude that we were some sort of thieves or something. They hid (not very well) behind walls and watched us, then questioned us and followed us to our room when we took the stairs instead of the ancient elevator: They never at any time offered assistance for anything, and if asked, for instance where to catch a taxi, they were very curt and not very helpful. We went to the downstairs resturant and waited for what seemed about 15-20 minutes, but the only sign of life was a blaring T.V.. When we returned later that night, we were watched out of the hotel window and a rude man ran down and let us know that the resturant was closed and we were not to be there. The hotel lobby bar was still open for snacks, but no one suggested it. Breakfast was included in a lovely, but cramped dining area, but except for the cheese was not very good. It did include cold lunchmeat and cold fish. As I said, It was basically clean and in a good location, but I would never go there again. The rate we paid seemed very steep for such a small, dark, stuffy room with tiny beds, but I had nothing to compare it to.