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... preserves shop. We got
some great jam and a bottle of very tasty balsamic vinegar.
Next it was off to enjoy more of the countryside and head to
the Swan Hotel for lunch which was fresh trout and vegetables + apple and berry
crumble with ice cream. The trout was sure fresh it was caught that morning at
the trout farm across from the pub. Back in the bus and we headed towards
... small towns in Japan
Things that didn't work:
Domestic US air travel takes far more energy than it should. The move to "self-service" check-in which has no easy mechanism for sorting problems is a real headache. Baggage charges at every turn, even when paying for unaccompanied minors, left me feeling nickel and dimed.
Other than that the children say it was "a nice trip and perfect and exactly what I wanted it to be"
... to the right stop.
I've heard about Harrod's for years and had to see it. They have great restaurants and rare food finds. It seemed almost like an entire mall crammed into one store to me, and was Packed! We did end up finding some dinner, cheeseburgers and fries. Not quite the dinner we expected, but we weren't about to pay $100 for 3oz of filet. Cole was a little bundle of energy at dinner, I think ...
... to the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and the old Jewel Tower. We ended our day with a short boat cruise down the Thames starting at Westminster Bridge and ending at Tower Bridge.
One of the really good things about London is that there is so much to see that you can really see many attractions in a very short space of time without having to travel very far.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hilton London Islington
Nice modern hotel in great area
The Hilton Islington is located in a courtyard just off the main high street in Islington. It is a modern hotel situated about a 2 minute walk past bars and restaurants from Angel tube station.
On my arrival, I found the staff, although not English, were efficient and courteous. The room was pleasantly furnished in light neutral colours with white bed linen and beige wood furniture. Only the flowery curtains let the side down... The room was equipped with a kettle with complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits. Also provided were an iron and ironing board, TV and aircon. Wireless internet connection was available in the room but cost £15!! The bed was very comfortable with cool white linen and duvet. I was pleased to find no trace of traffic noise in the room even in such a busy area.
The bathroom was spotlessly clean although I did notice that the sink was cracked. The shower was excellent and there were complimentary toiletries and lots of towels.
I ordered the complimentary breakfast with a request that it be delivered at the last possible moment at 10am and this request was indeed fulfilled. A table on wheels was delivered to my room laid out with English breakfast, tea, juice, creal, toast and pastries. It's just a shame that the English breakfast was almost cold. I did not order any other room service as the prices were expensive, but I noted that there was a large choice on the menu.
I was surprised to open my room door at 1 minute past midday as I was leaving only to find a hotel employee in a suit (not the maid) asking me what time I would be checking out. Bearing in mind that the check out time was 12 midday I did think this a little unreasonable and I have never been asked this in any other hotel before. Were it not for this, and the cooked breakfast, I would have given the hotel 5 stars!
Overall though, this is a very pleasant hotel and I would definitely stay here agin, be it for business or pleasure.
I stayed at the Hilton Islington for a weekend break. The hotel itself offers a great location for those who want access to all the main attractions as its only 2 minute walk to Angel Tube station which connects to Kings Cross and from there you can go anywhere!
The rooms were fairly basic, I've stayed in a lot of 4/5 star hotels and if its luxury your after then this isn't the best hotel. There's no mini bar or luxurious furnishings or leisure facilities that you may expect from the Hilton group. However for those just seeking a cheapish (its generally cheaper than the other Hiltons) then this is the hotel for you!
Nice hotel great area 3 stars
Just spent the week in london which is the greatest city in the World (during the attack) and wanted to share my experience at the islington hilton. After the attack, the hotel immediately locked down and checked everyone coming in which added to our comfort and safety.
Great Area..very few tourists and tons of restaurants, pubs and cafes nearby. The front desk /bell /concierge staff was friendly and attentive and the downstairs common area pretty. Once you go up the lift, you are in a three star hotel. nice, adequate, but nothing too special.
Breakfast was free so no complaints and the restaurant staff in the morning were very nice and helpful.
all in all you get what you pay for (under 110gbp) and if you want a posh hotel, stay at the hilton off hyde park with the rest of the tourists and suits.
Stay in angel at the islington hilton and you will be where londoners live, shop, eat and party. a very nice experience overall and cheers
Friendly welcome. Spacious clean room. All in good working order (bar the TV). Very comfortable relaxing stay. Pleasant breakfast. Convenient location.
Good value for London
We had a short break in this hotel last month, and found it suprisingly good value for money. Many hotels in London overcharge for poor quality rooms in noisy locations. This hotel had basic, but good sized functional bedrooms in a great area of London. Despite being in the heart of Islington, noise wasn't an issue either.
The restaurant was very overpriced, but we had a deal where dinner came free. If you want to eat out, there are loads of good places nearby, so this isn't a problem. It's not that far from the tube either (about two minutes walk), so I'd only take a cab if you've got loads of heavy luggage, and can find a willing cabbie!!
The reception staff were a little abrasive though. I was surprised at their unwelcoming manner, even during check in. I see the other comments about staff turnover, so this might be one possible explanation.
I've stayed in 4 other Hiltons in London, and this was the best by far. We're staying here on our next weekend break in the capital.
Good Option for North London
I stay here fairly frequently as it's close to my company's office at the Angel. Facilities here are quite good - modern decor, clean and most rooms are fairly spacious (note: there are some very ""pokey" ones but these tend to get allocated to latecomers so it's a good idea to check in early if poss). The executive level rooms are excellent - usually worth asking at check in. The staff try to be helpful although there does seem to be a fairly hgih turnover - noticeable for a frequent visitor.
Food here is ok although the restaurant, bar and reception areas seem to blur into each other. Anyway why eat hotel food when you have such a wide range of options available just outside - Islington has an excellent choice of eateries - Indian , Italian, Thai ,Continental plus some good traditional British pubs. The area is very safe and there are some lively bars further along Upper St so it's worth getting out for a stroll.
Speaking of which as per a previous review the tube is not as close as it appears on the map -especially if you are carrying luggage etc - grab a taxi. For sight seeing think about using the bus - huge choice from Islington into the City , West End, Covent Garden etc - and you get to ride on a traditional double decker on some routes (just avoid the height of the rush hour - but then that goes for the tube as well!)
Very satisfactory experience, on the high side of "above average". My partner and I stayed for two nights at New Year 2004-5 taking advantage of a special promotion: two nights B&B with dinner on the first night for GBP 179 including tax. We considered this a reasonably fair price overall and very inexpensive for a **** hotel in London.
The location is fairly good; while it's on a very lively street with plenty of eating establishments in a reasonably trendy part of London, it's a little over a quarter of a mile walk away from Angel tube station. Couple that with the fact that Angel tube station, while very simple, takes a while to navigate (it has what was at one point the longest escalator in Europe, escalator fans!) and there's about ten minutes journey from hotel to tube line even when unladen. That's long enough to start to get annoying when you have luggage to carry. (Sneaky local knowledge tip: you're about 200 yards closer to Angel than the small, slightly arty "Screen on the Green" cinema, which has a fantastic Indian restaurant called "Masala Zone" next to it; here, very comprehensive "thali" platefuls of varied curries are served by waiters rushing around at breakneck speeds. Prices are, again, very good for London.)
The room was a decent size by British standards; the bed was comfortable, though our wide double was made of two adjoining singles. (Happily, there was no annoying gap between the two singles!) While the bathroom was functional rather than luxurious, the shower inside the small bath was pleasantly powerful. No complaints at all about cleanliness. Another reviewer has complained about the absence of minibars; there is a vending machine on each floor stocked with the minibar usuals at a considerably less egregious price than most minibars. To me, this is preferable to a minibar.
Check-in and check-out were easy and pleasant for us, though I overheard other people having difficulties. In resolving those difficulties, the staff were pleasant, but not especially proactive or resourceful. In fact, this seemed to be reasonably representative of the service throughout - competent without being instantly "on top of their game". The included dinner was a carvery buffet with a very limited choice, but I regard this as acceptable because we were eating very late on the 31st of December.
Reaching for a negative criticism, the prices of dinner, the bar, Internet access and phone calls were pretty punitive, though probably fairly typical for London hotel rates. A tip of the hat for not wanting to apply a room service charge to us when we requested the included-in-the-rate breakfasts were delivered to our room, though I negotiated that they add those room service charges onto our bill in lieu of a tip...
Nothing excelled, but largely very competent by British standards. An entirely solid choice.
Good location, ok rooms, confused staff, economical
Have stayed here twice. The normal rooms are just that, normal. No minibar, in case you were wondering. The staff is kind of a mess, they're nice but most of them don't speak English well, the lobby always seems a bit chaotic and you find yourself asking for things more than once. The location is good, Upper Street in Islington is a pretty hip area, good restaurants and bars. Can be a bit dodgy after hours. The hotel is very economical for London (where everything seems to cost an arm and a leg). I would recommend the hotel, but I wouldn't do somersaults for it.
Great Hotel. Stayed in Executive Level Suite. Plenty of room, definite upgraded amenities from Starbucks Coffee to luxery bath salts. Have stayed in 5 star accomodations in Jamaica, Beverly Hills ect.. and this is by far the best bathing experience --excluding whirlpools. Temperature and pressure control faucets ensure a customized bath. Breakfast included made to order omlettes or standard fare of sausage bacon and eggs. Many pastries, and wide variety of fruit available. If you stroll around the area, do be careful after hours as traveling a bit too far may result in entering an undesirable area. Otherwise located near Borders, Shopping areas and upscale bars/pubs. We took a day jaunt to Paris and the concierge was very helpful and ensured a relaxing getaway with firstclass accomodations on the Eurotrain and guided tour upon arrival to Paris. Longer trips are available, but as we were leaving for Amsterdam the next day, a day trip was just the thing.