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Never take a picture for granted, the wonderful spread for the continental breakfast on the website picture must have been taken in better times, by 9am the juice had ran out as had the ham, the choice of ceral was one so was the fruit.
Not only did I have a room so small I had to turn sideways to walk between the bed and the desk to get to the loo, the housekeeping staff made a terrible careless mistake which ruined my stay.
Affordable, Clean Hotel in a Great Location
I had a trip to London in March 2004 and I stayed at the Kyriad Princes Hotel in London. The hotel is located within 6 minute walk from the Bayeswater tube station and is in a very quiet street and a lovely neighborhood. Of course, right outside the Bayeswater tube station you have many choices of restaurants (including American fast food chains) and shopping.
The rate was around 50 British pounds ($75 at that time's exchange rate)per night which is very competitive for London. I had a single room which was cozy and well equipped with color TV, private shower and bathroom.
Three friends, my partner and I stayed at the Kyriad for one night at the end of June for a concert at The Royal Albert Hall. After reading lots of reviews on lots of hotels in London, we found a great deal for The Kyriad with Active Hotels and booked two doubles and one single room.
Just like last year we stayed at this hotel with a group of 27 students (and us, 2 teachers). The hotel lies in the nice Bayswater area, where in some streets there are lots of restaurants and shops. But the hotel itself is located in a nice and quiet street.
Semplice, piccolo ma pulito
Camere un pò piccole ma pulite e rinnovate di recente.
Attenzione però a non prendere camere " tipo triple o quadruple" perché sono situate nel seminterrato e sono molto meno confortevoli delle altre.
La prima colazione é un pò carente, viene servita nel seminterrato.
In generale il servizio é buono e il personale é gentile. La sua posizione tranquilla ma nel contempo vicino al centro lo rendono un buon indirizzo.
Clean, lots of space and friendly staff!
We stayed 2 nights in this hotel, and compared to other ones you can find in the same neighborhood, believe me this hotel is great. Double Room was very clean and calm with a lot of space. Bathroom was also very clean. We had nothing to protest during our stay, staff was really nice and helpfull. Maybe we have been lucky compared to the others who posted some complaints, but for the price we paid, I think that we must be satisfied.
I have spent quite a bit of time in London,so I understand that hotel standards are a bit different than are found in the United States...but my experience at this hotel - by any standard, was terrible. To put this review in context, I stayed at the Kyriad in the middle of March so the weather was still quite cool. Anyway, first, it is very difficult to find - our black-cab driver had difficulty finding it and those drivers know where everything is! I found the rate at Londontown (which I normally like!) and contacted the hotel directly to confirm the booking and the price. In his email, the manager of the hotel raved about how the price 50.00 GPB was an amazing rate and stated that it was about half the rack rate. Based on this information and the on-line photos, I felt pretty good about the booking. At check in, I "interupted" the clerk who was on a personal call and was very unhappy to havehad to do so. I had to pay the full price at check in. She directed me to the second floor for my room, but when I got to the second floor...I couldn't find it. I am a relatively smart person and after looking around a little, I discovered that it was through a fire door and down 1/2 a flight of stairs. Normally this would not be an issue but I was carrying two very large suitcases. To get into the room, I had to go through two doors...which both opened opposite each other and was again, very difficult with luggage. The temperature of the room was the same temperatture as the outside air temperature. What was most surprising was the fact that he room was, and I mean this quite literally, the width of a 1.5 twin beds (I know this because the bed was a twin bed) and the length of 1.5 twin beds. The door to the bathroom only opened half way because it bumped into the bed. The t.v. was bolted to the ceiling. When I could not find the remote control or figure out how to warm the room, I tried to call the front desk - only to find that the line was busy for about 20 minutes. When I finally went downstairs, I found that the clerk was still (or again) on the phone and was quite irritated when I made my inquiries. At this point, I just wanted to watch a few minutes of t.v. and go to sleep - thinking that everything looks better in the morning. But first, I wanted to call home and tell my parents that I was safe,etc. I could not do this, because the phone was not working - even with a calling card. I went back downstairs (in my pajamas at this point) and was told first that the phones do not dial out and then when I stated that I had a calling card, was told that even with a calling card, the hotel charged 5 GPB per minute of use! So I was forced outside to a payphone in the middle of the night. While I used the phone, a homeless man peed on the hotel and then cursed at me. The next morning, I went to the breakfast buffet (which looked wonderful in the on-line pictures) only to find that although my room had remained very very cold through the night, the breakfast room was uncomfortably hot. In addition, the "buffet" was ridiculously sparse. Upon checkout, I asked the (new) clerk what the normal rack rate for my room would be...and he stated that I had paid it. The manager of the hotel had basically lied to me. When I returned home, I wrote a letter to the company (which is a French company) stating my concerns and was never even acknowledged. I'm sure that for the money, you can find a much nicer place in a better location.
Not customer service friendly...
Stayed here in the end of March and was rather disappointed by the service. We had to wait until the exact minute before we were "allowed" to check-in, then after being thrown off by the time change in London, we unknowingly tried to get breakfast 15 minutes late... but were harshly scorned for even attempting to take a piece of toast. They did not offer washcloths or at least offer extra small towels instead. On the plus side, the rooms were clean & the bathrooms a decent size.
The Kyriad Princes is ideally located for a London visit. Nice quiet surrounding with a lot of old victorian townhouses. The Kyriad Princes itself consists out of three remodeled victorian houses. It is about 5 walking minutes away from the tube and 7 minutes from Kensingtong Gardens / Hyde Park. Within 3 minutes walk is a small Shopping Mall, including a cinema, Restaurants and a Marks & Spencer Supermarket to buy sandwiches, water etc. (if you do not want to go out every evening of your stay). The known Notting Hill Street is within walking distance, as well as the Portobello Road Market. The rooms are tiny, but equipped with essential needs, such as hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities. The shower has enough water even to rinse the shampoo out of long hair. The complimentary continental breakfast is ok (toast, butter, jelly, cheese, ham, canned slices of peaches, joghurt, cereals)(it gets better if you buy some scones in the nearby Marks & Spencer...) The staff at the reception is friendly, housekeeping a bit inattentive. (But the room is, as measured by UK-standard, quite clean.) So altogether, depending on the price (we got a three-for-two-deal, which was about US$ 65 per nite for the room), its a very good medium-budget-hotel.