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Historical Traveler Reviews Henry VIII Hotel London
Stayed for 3 nights and really enjoyed it. The only problem was that the heat couldnt be turned down and even though it was the middle of winter I had to have the fan on. Apart from that, breakfast was great, the people were friendly, and the pool and sauna were fantastic. And its nice having Kensington Gardens at the end of your street to go for a morning jog! A great place to base yourself, especially if you can get a good internet deal (like I did).
I stayed at the Henry VIII Hotel from November 19th - 28th, 2003 and I was very happy that I did! I chose this hotel by researching a zillion hotels on the internet and then reading these reviews. This was the only hotel in my price range that consistently got great reviews and now I know why! When I arrived at the airport, I simply took the Heathrow Express to Paddington and then took the tube. It was then just a short 3 block walk to the hotel. NOW, First of all, the service at the hotel is just wonderful, all the employees are friendly and helpful, from the reception desk to the food servers to the maids. I needed another room when I got there, as a friend had decided to join me at the last minute and the whole town was booked .. Somehow, John, the Manager, managed to get me accomodated. He went out of his way to make my stay pleasurable and easy!! The hotel is just a few blocks from 2 tube stations, so you can get anywhere fast and easy. There is a huge, 3 story shopping center and a busy street with lots of shops and resturants within this same distance. Hyde Park is virtually across the street! I suggest that you do walk around the park, as even in the rain, it was absolutely beautiful. You can walk to the V & A Museum or Kengington Palace easily also. But back to the hotel ... The rooms are very small, as all European rooms are, but so clean and freshly decorated, you 'll be very pleased. Hot tea and cookies provided in your room every day. The Bathroom is shiny and totally new. The TV is small but the morning news programs are different from ours and fun to watch. There is a super pool and sauna in the basement, don't forget your swimsuit. After a long day, it felt really great. The morning breakfast is terrific and has plenty of variety. (Be sure to read their morning paper provided ... I was there when Bush visited and Micheal Jackson got arrested. They have quite a different opinion) The hotel lobby was decorated for the Christmas Holidays and felt extra welcoming and cheery. I highly recommend this hotel and will definitely stay there again.
Great Base For London
This is a great hotel and should be a 4 *!Just a few mins walk to the nearest tube made it a great base for London.We were there over Bonfire Night and were able to see all the fireworks over Hyde Park.
This was our first trip to Europe ever. We were there in September luckily we had just missed the heat wave! It was a present from me to my sister for graduation. Henry VIII was the first hotel we stayed at and our only regret of our stay is that we didn't stay there for the whole trip. We stayed at 2 different hotels and let me tell you what a difference! Everything people have posted here is absolutely true. It was as beautiful outside as in the staff was very nice (not too good with their english but managed) the neighborhood felt very safe and everyone we met was polite. Yes, the rooms are small but by no way miniscule! They are soooo much bigger than our second hotel, now those were miniscule. The room was pretty, very comfortable, the bathroom was gorgeous and so big (which is uncommon there) we had a great view and they had a great movie selection, the german music channel was our favorite (couldn't understand everything, but the videos and music we don't hear in U.S.A were great!) There is only 10-12 channels but thats really all you needed they play alot of american t.v. there so you don't really miss anything from home. The pool was fun, and we even had it to ourselves one night (but there was a bit too much chlorene that day) Breakfast was great! I recommend you have the English breakfast at least once while you stay there (only 3p) and dinner came in handy quite a few nights when we were too tired to go out, but when we did go out all you had to do was walk two blocks and you had a huge array of choices. First you had Queensway and Bayswater (underground tube stations) just 3 blocks apart from each other! which came in reallly handy with all our luggage! and on the same street you could find a huge mall (Whiteleys), an arcade and skating rink, Mcdonalds, Pizza Hut, Burger King, KFC, a Laundry Mat, ....and countless small stores and restaurants anything and I mean anything you needed you could find here! A Definate MUSt...Take a day and ride on the Big Bus Tour just a Block and a half from the hotel. Takes you all over London and its sights for a affordable (17p) All in all it was the best trip ever and the Best Hotel ever We are staying here for our trip back next year, but take it from me and my sister Don't stay at the Berjaya Eden Hotel....That one was HORRIBLe!
We stayed there from friday till tuesday in mid September, after reading lots of reviews and comparing the numerous Bayswater hotels.
With Henry VIII you can't go wrong - the rooms are clean and tidy, the breakfast is good and the staff is helpful. Just 2 minutes walk from the underground station. We found the best price at Activehotels.
Another advice I could give is to call and make sure your reservation is OK, and to politely ask for a room in the non-smoking section of the hotel.
If you are American and not used to English hotels, you might be disappointed with the size of the room, but the rooms are actually a bit larger and looks better than most London hotel rooms.
Four thumbs up!
Nice Hotel,clean room, friendly staff
Stayed here for a weekend. The room was clean and the staff were very friendly. The room was also large for London standards. The only negative point was that the room was slightly too hot, it had an overhead fan as the air conditioning for the room which only seem to circulate the warm air rather then cool the room. I would definately recommend this hotel and would stay there again.
A Good Deal
For the money, this hotel was a great deal. The hotel was clean and nicely appointed. The rooms were small, but a pleasant surprise for a three-star hotel. We had stayed previously in a higher priced four star hotel and found them to be pretty similar. The staff was courteous and helpful. The breakfasts were a nice perk, although it was pretty much the same food each morning. The pool was nice, although we were there during the heat wave and the pool water was lukewarm, rather than refreshing. (No air conditioning in the rooms, by the way -- only the common areas.) We'd definately stay here again.
This was our first trip to London and first impressions do count.
Clean, Friendly, and convenient
Nice place to stay in London, clean and well kept - compared to others in it's price range (with internet booking discounts). We were lucky, checking in on a Monday morning, and got one of the large rooms, with a huge bathroom and fan on the wall. Continental breakfast was very good (fruit, cheeses, cereals, meats and pastries). Only eight minutes walk from Queensway station, 20.00-25.00 pounds BS for taxi to/from airport if booked by hotel. 3 minutes walk to park. Only drawback was the noise of the trains, which you get mostly anywhere in London - but the fan drowned it out.
Very Nice Hotel
Very nice Hotel. Staff is friendly and hellpfull. Located in the nice area near Kensington Gardens. Nearest tube station is 5 min walk.
Nearest "Big Bus" tourist bus stop just around the corner, so its good for first time visitors. Rooms are small but clean. Shower is the best.
Hotel has a pool - looks nice , but I didn't use it. Breakfast is good.
Would stay there again without a doubts.