DoubleTree by Hilton London Victoria
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Yes, we heard about the royal baby. We heard about it in Kenya, on the day we were leaving. A Ghanian man staying in the same hostel as us came into the room excitedly proclaiming "the British woman, she had the baby." I wish I could have said I didn't know what he was talking about, but we had spent the day watching Al Jazeera report about other …
... the essence of a city simultaneously defined by both its reverence for the past and its appetite for progress.
Tomorrow we will get down to the nitty gritty of dissecting a few of the icons - the Tower of London and the National Gallery, with a walk along the Thames weather permitting...
But now...it's off to sleep in that cozy little bed in the cozy little room in the cozy little hotel.
Vive la tour!
... continued to stroll past famous landmarks in London like Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, Downing Street (home to the English Prime Minister) and the infamous roundabout from National Lampoons European Vacation movie fame. The traffic at roundabout was so chaotic I can see why Chevy Chase's character lost his marbles. There is no way I would even attempt to drive in London, thankfully the public transport is excellent. I take my hat off to those busdrivers.
... who had finished his shift for the day but was sitting enjoying a plate of snails and had obviously been drinking a while, who was doing a great job of marketing and convincing passers-by this was the place to eat! We weren’t disappointed and shared a delicious duo special of cheeses, cold meats, breads, and tapenade, whilst being entertained chatting with the characterful French off duty waiter. The O2 was a great little venue, similar size to the Enmore in Sydney. We were in ...
... and I'm going to take advantage of my time here. I'm going to do London my way.
No classes until the 13th, as far as I know, so my schedule is fairly open next week. I will have to unpack eventually, but I plan to do that after I collect my other bag (it apparently was delivered several days ago to the London Center of my study abroad program). It's different. But eventually I think I'll settle in and it will be all that I wanted it to be.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsDoubleTree by Hilton London Victoria
It was a good hotel, but I don't like it when a hotel tries to nickel and dime you by charging for things like the Internet or local calls. If it is that much of an issue, the should just raise their prices.
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Historical Traveler Reviews DoubleTree by Hilton London Victoria
facing the train station it was very noisy. you could hear the street noise and the trains. our daughter slept in a very lumpy cot and it uncomfortable for her with hardly any room. i would recommend another hotel unless you wanted close to a train station. the breadfast was excellent though.
Stayed overnight on business. Had booked a standard room but I got an upgrade to a jacuzzi suite and my colleague a junior suite.
We stayed here for one night on May 7. The hotel looked lovely, but the woman who checked us in was nasty (not even a "hello" or "welcome" or anything), and wouldn't let us check in at 1:00 p.m., but told us to come back at 2:00 p.m (unlike the experience of another reviewer). All of the other employees were very kind to us (we must have been unlucky enough to get the one horrible one). Lovely, modern room, very comfortable, and relatively quiet, although the dumpster-emptying across the street did wake us up and keep us up for a while. We got an excellent price on Holiday Inn's website of 72 pounds a night without breakfast. One can easily find a very inexpensive breakfast in the station across the street. This is the first place I have ever stayed in London for what I consider a low price that was nice. I have already recommended it to friends.
One could not ask for a better location in London than right across the street from Victoria Station at the Holiday Inn. Immediatly after getting off the Gatwick Express, the hotel is just a short walk to the station exit (where Starbucks is). Check-in staff were no-nonsense and professional. Even though I arrived early (8:15am), they allowed me to check-in to my room for some much needed rest. I did not really care that the standard room was on the small side, what really mattered to me was the fact that it was clean, comfortable and very quiet. Bed was great with a thick and comfortable duvet cover. The good thing about the hotel being across the street is that you hear no train noise or announcements (as opposed to some rooms at the Thistle Victoria which is connected to the station). I heard no street noise and sounds from the hallway were minimal. Bathroom was well-maintained with adequate water pressure, hairdrier, soaps and plenty of towels. The room also featured complimentary coffee and tea as well as a trouser press. My only criticism is that there is no way to check your hotel folio on the TV. I will be returning to this hotel on my next trip to London for the comfort, quietness and convenient location.
We stayed here for 2 nights in April, 2004.This hotel is very much like any you would find in the US or Canada. It is a bit smaller, but that's London for you. The location is good, one block away from the underground, and it's in quite a busy area (we had to shut the window at night from noise from people walking below and the noise from the train station across the street).This hotel seemed to be mainly directed at business travelers, which perhaps shouldn't surprise me, but it has that feel to it. We stayed in 2 other 3 star hotels that suited are needs quite well- if you're looking for better deals try out the Bonnington in Bloomsbury or the Kensington Close Hotel. Otherwise, this hotel is a fairly straight forward American hotel, except with slightly smaller rooms, much higher rates and a 4 star rating (which would be 3 in N.A.). Overall, however, the hotel is nice and in a good location. Recommended.
Just what you need
Excellent location, can get tube anywhere from Victoria station. Easy yo turn wrong way out of Victoria station which means a 20 min walk around the back rather than a 30 second walk around the front, remeber to turn right! looks like that what the man complaining about the car park did! Would stay again.
there is no parking at the hotel to which i was assured there was, they have struck up a deal with NCP carparks to pay half of the ticket full price being £29.00 the night, the car park is approx 20/25 min walking from the hotel or approx a £14.00 round trip by taxi so in fact you dont get any discount. when this was brought to their attention they just politely smiled and said nothing i have stayed at a few hotels never have i had to pick up the parking bill
No bargains in London
Everything you would expect from the Holiday Inn in north america but be warned the executive rooms are small by our standards. Everything brand new.\Excellent quiet locations just behindVictoria Station. 112 pounds a night kingsize exec.London is just plain expensive
A superb hotel
This hotel was great. It had recently been refurbished into a contemporary and stylish style. The staff were great and the rooms spotless. The leisure club was refreshing and the breakfast was endless. I really want to go back. It is in a great location too!
Got skin rash from swimming pool
My son and I spent six nights here in April 2003. The rates and the location were good, but the hotel appears to be cutting corners with maintenance. My son and I both caught an itchy rash, we believe, from swimming in the pool. (I have since learned that such rashes can be caused by bacteria formation in improperly maintained pools.) The elevator appeared to be having its own technical difficulties. And Holiday Inn tried to do a switch-and-bait on me -- confirming my room at a price different than that posted on the Internet. But they made good... The staff tried to do the best they could under these conditions, but it's clear that upkeep is not the hotel's first priority.