Hart House Hotel
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... decided to head out for the afternoon. We started with a beer and lunch at our local, The Crown, less than 5 minutes’ walk away. With the tube being limited we figured the bus was a good option plus you get to see more, so we hopped up top and front of a big red double decker towards the city, with no specific destination in mind. We got off around Bank and walked and walked and walked. We hadn't intended doing too much as we were so tired, but London is the kind of city where ...
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... throughout the remainder of the duke's lifetime.
In 1882-3, the arch was moved a short distance to its present location on Hyde Park Corner to facilitate a road widening scheme. In the new location it lost its original relationship to the entrance of Hyde ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hart House Hotel London
We arrived at the Hart House on a Friday. The proprietor was not around that afternoon or either of the next couple of days, and the Czechoslovakian women who work there knew very little of London, the neighborhood, or basic information that most tourists would expect to be able to obtain from the hotel. My child became quite ill one day into our stay in London and had to remain in the hotel room for most of the 5 days we were there. Not once did the staff or proprietor (when he returned on our fourth day) ask about how my son was doing. They were not unpleasant, but they did not offer to help in any way. For example, one evening my sick son was sleeping and I requested a place to be able to play cards with my other child. I was told that the dining area was off limits because it was already set and I would have to find somewhere else. We ended up playing on the floor of the entry to the hotel. The location of the hotel was fine, and the rooms were more than adequate.
We got the room at the top.
Since we booked our room three months ahead of time we thought we would not get the infamous "room at the top". Well, guess what? The hostess handed us the key and merely said the room was "upstairs". Sixty-three steps and five flights of stairs later we came to our room. The room was small but not too small to make a difference. The bathroom was also small but still okay. The shower was another story. It was so small that more than once we both banged the faucet handle and ended up getting a plast of cold or hot water. And we are not big people. The room and bathroom were plain but very clean. Breakfast food and service is good.
Our stay at the Hart House Hotel was quite enjoyable!
Our stay at the Hart House Hotel was quite enjoyable! Our rooms were extremely clean, comfortable & secure. The English breakfast was very good and the service was prompt. Andrew Bowdon, hotel owner, was very helpfull in assisting us with our transportation choices and tourist stops. Our location was fairly good. We were only a few blocks away from the Baker Street Underground & Red Tour Bus stations. We would definitely stay here again!
Small but immaculate
The place is spotless! There's fresh paint, newly renovated bathrooms and immaculate furniture at this place. Don't expect it to be grandiose though. You're in London, silly. The rooms are small (some tiny), and the tiny hotel is a bit of a rabbit warren of rooms. But it is great value. Street facing rooms (our street facing one was nice) are have large windows that are double glazed, and therefore the traffic noise is cut down. Location can't be beat. Easy stroll to Oxford street. and to three tube stations. Breakfast is classic British fare, serves its purpose but not gourmet! Easy walk through the safe streets to restaurants around Oxford Street, and around. We'll go back again.
Feb 25-29 2004- The Hart House is clean and well kept. Some rooms are tiny. The triple in #7 is spacious. We also had room #12 on the top floor. We do not mind stairs (~3 flights) but some people might be put out. Standard English Breakfast included, no bottled water though- not even one in the rooms. Bathrooms are modern by UK Standards. Full bath in triple, shower stall in double. Warning- overweight adults would not be happy with the smaller accomodations. Staff is generally polite. Do not expect too much in the way of service as everyone goes home in the evening around 10 pm and returns the next day around 7 am. As a runner, I enjoyed running down to Hyde Park and up to Regents Circle. The neighborhood seems safe, and the rooms are fairly quiet at night. It was about 35 degrees out and our room kept comfortably warm. We got very good off-season rates. The tube is about a 4 block walk in either direction, Baker St. Tube slightly closer. I will probably try to stay right on the edge of Hyde Park next time, closer to Covent Gardens, or closer to Victoria Station next time. Bottom Line: A good clean place at reasonable prices.
Nice place, very clean
Extremely clean!! Nice hotel, the entire place is spotless! Our rooms were on the top floor so a bit of a hike after breakfast or coming in from long day of seeing the sights. Nice and quiet but if I were to stay in London again, I would stay more near restaurants (it's not that close to the tube or food) or stay out in Windsor (beautiful area, lots of restaurants and shopping, castle and easy 15 - 20 min. train into city).
Room at the Top? -- Say NO!
My sister and I lugged our luggage up a long, steep and twisting staircase. A very kind gentleman helped with some of the trip -- we were worried that he would have a heart attack.
Our room was small, airless, cramped and definitely not quaint. The bathroom was tiny, the shower even tinier (we were constantly banging our elbows). The breakfast room was small and very warm. A bit claustrophobic overall.
Maybe the other rooms were nicer, but ours was the pits. The area left much to be desired and we would not return. I'd go back to South Kensington first.
Excellent location, great service - a real gem
I discovered the Hart House Hotel, when wanting a location near to the Wigmore Hall ( the finest classical chamber music venue in the uk)it's a five minute walk. Andrew Bowden looks after his guests superbly,this is the only hotel I will use in London.I short walk to a tube station and so close to the Oxford St shops. English breakfast sets you up for the day here, quiet rooms, well decorated and appointed.A real gem in the capital city, not many family owned and run hotels left.
I looked long and hard to find an affordable room with 3 single beds for my 2 adult sons (6'4" and 6'8") and myself. I was guaranteed a nice room by Mr. Bowden at Hart House and I was not disappointed. The room was spacious (by London standards) and very clean with a large, completely tiled bathroom. The staff were very courteous and friendly. It's approximately 4-5 mins walk from Marble Arch tube station on Oxford St. The neighbourhood seemed entirely safe and we had a back room which was very quiet. @ 95 GBP I thought it a good deal (the rate is 135 GBP in busier periods) I found this room on "laterooms".
Adequate and Clean
Although the room was basic it was bright and pleasant. The large leaded glass window added to the cheerfulness. The room was adequate in size but the bathroom was rather small. The room was very clean. Staff was helpful and friendly at all times. Location was good with several fine restaurants nearby. The only drawback is there is no air conditioning which could make it uncomfortable during hot weather.