The Trafalgar Hotel

2 Spring Gardens, London, England, SW1A 2TS, United Kingdom | 4 star hotel
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... and I'll be back in a few weeks with my whole study abroad group to visit The Globe Theatre and Tower of London. Weather-wise, it was a sunny day on Friday, but really cold! Before the sun even set my feet and toes were frozen! Saturday was a warmer day, but cloudy. That's just how England rolls.

Currently, I need to get my roll on the rest of the day. I'm headed to The Jolly Sailor later tonight to watch the Bears game!! Super Bowl bound?? GO BEARS!
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Location

This 4 star hotel, located in the Westminster/Belgravia area of London, is near London Bridge and the Monument, Trafalgar Square, Savoy Theatre, and St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church.
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    TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Trafalgar Hotel London

    Reviewed by danasaffel

    In the middle of everything

    Reviewed May 27, 2013
    by (3 reviews) , United States Flag of United States

    This hotel faces a corner of Trafalgar Square and is within easy walking distance of most of the attractions in Westminster, including Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Parliament, the Tower of London, etc... The hotel has an amazing rooftop bar from which you can view everything at night.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Reviewed by psertzel

    Trafalgar

    Reviewed Sep 10, 2012
    by (3 reviews) , United States Flag of United States

    Location, location, location. Right off Trafalgar Square across from the Canadian Embassy one couldn't be in a more convenient London location.
    All the Trafalgar bus stops are right outside the front door and the Charring Cross tube station is 40 yards.
    Around the corner is the mall to Buckingham Palace and 5 blocks down on Whitehall to Parliament & Westminster Abbey.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Reviewed by drtee

    Location

    Reviewed Oct 27, 2008
    by (5 reviews) From the original "OC"--Oak Cliff! (Dallas, TX) , United States Flag of United States

    I love this hotel. It is a Hilton, and though the rooms are small you can't beat the location. And the rooms are well maintained with those scrumptious beds. The homemade granola is to die for!

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Historical Traveler Reviews The Trafalgar Hotel London

    Great location, snobby service

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    As others have written, the location can't be beat. It's just steps from Trafalgar Square and a tube station, as well as Embankment ferry terminal. You can get anywhere in a matter of minutes.The decor of the hotel is very modern and the lobby actually doubles as a night scene. The bathrooms are spacious but there is no counter space. The sink takes up the entire area of what would have been a counter.Also, I found the service to be quite snobby. First, the doorman kept on asking me if I was a hotel guest when I tried entering the hotel at night....even if I'd just exited to go to the convenience store a block away 5 minutes ago! I'm from a large metropolitan city. I think I dressed and acted appropriately, even for this oh so hip hotel. No need to roll out the attitude.Second, the clerk at the front desk refused to give me and my husband a room with a double bed. He gave us a room with 2 twins, claiming that that was all he had left. A quick search on hilton's website revealed that to be a complete lie. When confronted with this, he simply looked sheepish but held his ground. Since we were only staying for 2 nights and we had just had a long journey, we decided to let the matter drop.I've had much more pleasant experiences at the 5-star Langham Hilton across town (one block from Regent Street). Although the Langham does not have the hip factor, the service is much friendlier while still being professional.

    Perfect Location in London

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    My husband & I stayed at the Trafalgar October 10-17 - we had a wonderful time. The hotel was in a perfect location. We were able to walk almost everywhere.

    We asked for a a room on an upper floor and were accommodated. The concierge did their best to help us with all our questions. Our room was large, adequately furnished - although there was no view, except for an office bldg.

    The only negative about the hotel is the extremely loud music in the bar. We love music, but this was a bit much for us!

    All in all, we would definitely stay again.

    Luxury hotel without the amenites

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    Like everyone says, the location of this trendy, upscale "boutique" hotel is great. But, for the money, location wasn't enough for me to recommend this property to others. The VERY noisy, smoky bar in the lobby (virtually the entire lobby IS the bar) did not make for a pleasant entrance to a place where I was planning to make my home for the next 3 days. The music was so loud that the front desk staff could not hear my questions, nor could I understand their answers, when we checked in. After spending one night in a standard room overlooking the alley in back of the hotel, I inquired about the upgraded room which I had originally requested, and we were moved to a much nicer room overlooking the Square. The facilities and amenities that were in the room were fine, certainly up to American luxury hotel standards. But I noticed more what WASN'T there: only two small drawers for storage, no luggage rack (our suitcases had to be left on the floor), no outlets in the bathroom, no iron, no ice available (except by Room Service which took more than 45 minutes to deliver one bucket of ice)....sometimes it's the small things that leave a lasting impression. No assistance given to us to arrange airport transportation because we requested the low-cost option "Hotelink".

    Location, location, location

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    Just returned from a weeks' stay at this hotel. The location can't be beat, near restaurants, theatre, cultural, the tube etc.. The hotel itself is confortable enough with king beds, marble bath, large screened tv. moderate room size with no view other than offices at the least expensive rate. Breakfast was fine, service generally excellent.

    Great location to get out and see a very enjoyable London.

    Expected better for the money

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    I got an internet rate averaging about 200 pounds per night for an upgraded room and breakfast and stayed for a week from the end of Aug.

    to beginning of Sept. 2003. I don't have any major complaints but I didn't feel it was worth the money, especially the service.

    The good things:

    1. The best thing about the hotel is its location, right on Trafalgar Sqaure. Our room even had a view of the square. It is a close walk to lots of restaurants, tourist attractions, and underground stations but a couple of blocks away from the commotion (except that created by the hotel itself as discussed below).

    2. The room was also a decent size and the bathroom (with a separate tub and shower in the upgraded room) was nice and modern and large. I was told by a Londener that the room was pretty big by London standards (but our room didn't have the steps up to a separate seating area by the window like on their web site pictures).

    The disappointments:

    1. The service was snotty and pretty awful.

    a. When I arrived our room wasn't ready yet. (Not a problem) But when I asked to put something in the hotel safe until the room was ready I was told the hotel didn't have a safe. Odd.

    b. They first tried to give us a room on the "first floor" which in British speak means the floor right above the lobby. I said that I had heard that those rooms were noisy because of the loud music in the lobby. The response was a very snooty "Have you ever stayed here because it isn't noisy?" I replied that I knew people who had and had found it too loud (I didn't tell them it was people on this site who had told me that). Then they tried to give me a room with two twin beds instead of two full sized beds. I held out and got a decent sized room with two full sized beds on the 3rd floor.

    c. Extremely loud music in the lobby bar. Blasting so loudly I had to cover my ears when I'd pass through the lobby (and I'm not an old fuddy duddy). I don't know how late it continued but past midnight or so.

    Heard guests at the desk complaining about this and saying they were disturbed by the noise in their room. (Glad I stood my ground in not taking a room right above the lobby.) Couldn't hear the noise on the third floor.

    d. Got locked out of the hotel. A sign said the door would be locked after 1 pm for security and you had to ring the desk for entry. One night the door was locked at 11 pm. The music in the lobby must have been so loud or the staff so inattentive that a group of us was left ringing and pounding on the door for at least 5 minutes before they let us in. No apologies from the staff.

    e. Dense housekeepers. Asked for two extra bath towels upon check in.

    They were delivered, but removed the next day when the room was cleaned. Asked for them again and the same thing happened. Gave up.

    f. Strange restaurant. The wait staff was annoyingly quick about wanting to grab your plate away, even when you weren't done eating. If your utensils were on the plate they'd take those and not give you new ones unless you asked. When they tried to take my friend's plate one time while I was still eating he said "no, he wasn't done" and the waitress looked so disappointed he let her take it anyway! By the way, the breakfast was OK but if you are expecting a lavish buffet it didn't meet that standard. Breads and fruit, eggs, fried potatoes, cooked tomatoes, baked beans, usually bacon or a couple of days fish instead.

    Adequate but nothing to get excited about.

    2. Upkeep

    a. Dirty or stained carpet in the room (couldn't tell which)

    b. Torn and stained sheets

    c. Found a small bottle of something in the bathroom when i first checked in that the last guest had left that the housekeeper apparently hadn't noticed but should have if the room had been cleaned thoroughly.

    This didn't inspire my confidence.

    d. Lots of things missing from the room that should have been there: (1) No description of the phone charges. (2) No emergency evacuation route sign. (3) No tissues. (4) No writing paper. (5) No information about the hotel at all such as meal times, room service menu, etc.

    (just generic Hilton information that didn't pertain to the hotel). (6) No form for submitting comments.

    I'd stay again!

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    Stayed at The Trafalgar for two consecutive weekends in late Aug. As everyone states, the location is excellent! The rooms were nice decorated with a modernist touch and the bathrooms were huge by european standards. My only complaint is that you can tend to hear alot of noise through the walls and door. The service was perfect, with the exception of a disasterous night in the restaurant called Jago.

    However, kudos to the hotel for completly crediting the bill for the wine and appetizers that were already consumed and topping it off with a bottle of champagne upon arrival back to our room...only after going out to scout out a meal to replace the one we waited almost 2 hours for. Be sure to check out the rooftop bar, the view is great!

    What a location

    from

    The location is great and the view even more. But is this a five-star hotel? No handheld shower, minimal toiletries, dirty blinds and stains all over the carpet. Excellent breakfast.

    Excellent Choice/Central Location

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    Stayed at The Trafalgar Hilton over Memorial Day weekend. This new and apparently little known hotel is an excellent choice. Centraly located,within walking distance to museums,theatre,sightseeing buses,etc. The internet rate for a standard room is reasonable. No need to upgrade to a larger room for additional $50 per night. The Hotel and rooms are large,clean and modern with all amenities. I would stay here again.

    Highly Recommend

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    If I travel to London again, this is definately where I will stay. The rooms were large and clean. The hotel staff were helpful and friendly. We were in walking distance to Buckingham Palace, London Eye and Big Ben. The Trafalger Square could be seen from the bedroom. I made a very good choice.

    A great hotel

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    Stayed at the Trafalgar for 8 days recently and was thoroughly satisfied. Very professional service, beautifully done--and spacious--rooms, terriffic location. The food is impressive as well. I will be back.

    TripAdvisor Reviews The Trafalgar Hotel London

    4.00 of 5 stars Excellent

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