The Grosvenor, London
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The flight was pretty uneventful, other than making at least 3 laps and adding an extra 20 minutes or so to the flight before we landed. After picking up our bags, we headed to the hotel, but our room wasn't ready yet. It wasn't much of a surprise since it was ~10 AM, so we left our bags with the registration desk and headed out to see some of the …
A late start this morning with some loose plans that did not eventuate, but new surprises took their place.
Bit unnerving when we went down to breakfast - there was some sort of medical incident in the breakfast room. Ambulance paramedics were in attendance and they worked for a long time on a woman. Don't know the outcome but they were …
A leisurely start to the morning finishing breakfast after 10am.
Caught the tube to Monument and walked across London Bridge to the Borough Market. Dominating the skyline here is a new building called The Shard.
Down the steps to Borough Market, the one they call London's Larder. It sure is, there are some weird and wonderful …
Back onto the motorway, we are stuck in a traffic jam, roadworks it seems. Into London with the afternoon traffic in Knightsbridge. Arrive at our drop off point at 3:30 and our 2 travellers who left the tour in Chester due to illness are waiting to greet us. We say our goodbyes and head off in a taxi to the Grosvenor at Victoria. We have made some …
... to follow Peter Pan’s adventures unless you are familiar with Kensington Gardens”. Well, this should clear up any misgivings one would have in taking the time to find the timeless boy! So, a little foot weary, the roomie and I continued along the path on the right of the Italian Gardens which runs next to Long Water pond. A few minutes march along this path and off ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Grosvenor, London
Great location, classic hotel
We stayed for a week at the Thistle Victoria in March, 2003. It is difficult to beat the location for the Thistle Victoria; adjacent to Victoria station, easy access to tube stops and Gatwick Express. There is an entrance to the hotel directly from the station. There are a lot of good things about the hotel: breakfasts are nice (either continental or full English breakfast). Lobby area is very nice,and hallways are wide. Our room (410) was large with high ceilings and a very large bathroom. However, our friends stayed next door (411) and their room was smaller, with a tiny bath. If you can abandon the idea of American chain hotels, you'll probably enjoy the Victoria. It reminded me of the Palmer House in Chicago, if the Palmer House hadn't been remodeled for 40 years. We liked the size of our room, large windows; even though it overlooked the train station, it was quiet. However, it's an old hotel; the carpeting was worn and fixtures are old. We liked it and would stay there again, but it's probably not for everybody. I have seen other reviews which said elevators didn't work, etc., but we had no problems with any of that. Also, be aware that some parts of the hotel are not air conditioned, so if you have a summer trip, be sure to insist on the air conditioned parts. Overall, this is a good hotel for tourists who consider location to be important. If you need luxury (for which you'll probably pay $300+ per night), then this probably isn't the place for you.
Good value, great location, but worn
The location is very convenient and has great access to bus and underground lines, as well as easy train access to southeastern Britain, including Gatwick Airport. The service was reasonably efficient and friendly and the rooms comfortable. However, the hotel is badly in need of redecoration (paint, carpets, furniture, etc.), at least on my floor (the 5th) where the rooms and hallways were a bit shabby and worn. The clientele is mostly tourists, with few business persons. I got a great rate, so I was pleased overall.
Just returned from a visit to a truly beautiful city! The Thistle Victoria was nice, old but nice. It's location was ideal, with easy access to the Underground at Victoria Station. Continental breakfast was pretty basic, staff nice, except the guy seating us needs to smile! When we we there, 02/16-21, one of the elevators (lifts) was out-of-order, and that was a pain. Rooms were small but clean, and single beds were comfortable. Our room was overlooking the roof for the train station and we could hear the train announcements all night long, ugh! I would advise asking when checking in if you could have a room away from that location. Would we stay there again, no. Oh yes, no facecloths in the room, maybe thats UK standard, just in case your interested.
Stayed in July 2002. Absolutely the most comfortable bed of any hotel I've ever stayed at: big fluffy pillows (2 on each twin bed), oversized comforter and just-firm-enough mattress covered by high-thread-count sheets. Very quiet rooms, even ours which overlooked Victoria Station. Rooms are a little small, but average-sized for London. The large, cavernous hallways reminded me of the grand history of the hotel. The staff was very friendly. The location is excellent: Victoria Station is accessible through the hotel (during the daytime) and Buckingham Palace, Parliament within walking distance. I would definitely stay here again.
An Amazing Hotel
This hotel is amazing! The lobby is the most beautiful I have seen in any hotel! The food is wonderful, and the whole place feels rather cozy yet elegant. Rooms are a bit small, but I had a wonderful view above Victoria Station where I could see some of the old buildings dotting the city. If you are going to London, you will not find a hotel like this anywhere else in the city.
Clean room, well furnished, large. Bathroom was nice. Staff could be friendlier, but they were helpful. Beautiful building, inside and out. Breakfast was great. Lifts need improvement. Great (three night) stay overall.
Nice, clean, old hotel, and convienant
We stayed at the Thistle Victoria for 8 days in january 2002 and had a great time! It is a nice, old-style hotel and is convienantly located aside the Victoria train station. Continental breakfast was nice, and the Harvard bar in the Hotel has a nice atmosphere. I didn't care much for the restraunt they have there in the hotel, but there is a GREAT little Italian restraunt a block away and a few pizza places within walking distance. If you are planning on staying for a while and touring London, I would highly recommend getting a Tube pass BEFORE you get there (especially for those in the USA). It is cheaper before you go, you can get it for 4 or 8 days, and the tube is great! It goes everywhere you would want to go!
Grand hotel in every sense...
Spent our last night in Europe here after arriving by Eurostar from Paris. It was grand. We had a huge double room with extremely comfortable double beds (2 of them). It was very nicely decorated and maintained. Even though it was facing the street, it was quiet. The bathroom was very nice. The hotel gives the feeling of being in a grand hotel. It's right at Victoria station which is convenient especially if you're flying out of Gatwick. The location is convenient to the sight-seeing double-decker bus line, quick food options, a major bus station, theaters, the underground, even an internet cafe. The surrounding area is a little rough after dark but there are lots of people around so not too bad. We were able to book in connection with our airline so the price was very reasonable for what we got.
We stayed at the Thistle Victoria for six days in July,2002. We absolutely loved it! The room was very nice, a bit smaller than we're used to in the states, but very clean and nicely decorated. The bathroom was a good size and immaculate with a wonderful power showerhead. The hotel staff was very friendly and helpful. We thought the location was ideal, right next to Victoria Station, where you could easily pick up trains, busses and the tube. The victorian hotel lobby was beautiful.We found the cost to be quite reasonable for London. I highly recommend this hotel!
Good Value - Clean and Comfortable
Stayed at the Thistle Victoria at the end of April. The hotel is a landmark old property (it used to be the Grosvenor Hotel). The staff were friendly and helpful. The rates are quite reasonable for London, and include a full English Breakfast which is good and filling. The rooms are large (by London standards) and are clean and comfortable. This is probably one of the best moderate/budget hotels in all of London. Highly reccommended.