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... to insanity. I could not stop laughing, even after we were finished. Next we bravely ventured to try a two story obstacle course. We made our way through a vibrating room, spinning tubes,strange mirrors ,steps, moving stepping stones, spining circle more stepping stones (these ones with air rockets, mum was wearing a dress so experienced a Marilyn Monroe moment),cobwebs,very fast travelators, and so on until you got to a maze ...
... things we'd done since we'd seen each other last, at Oktoberfest! After a beer, we walked up the street to try find something cheap for lunch, and decided on a sandwich shop called Francesco's, which was cheap and had a line out the door (so it must be good!). Amy and I got a panini, and Darren got a chicken pesto pasta, and we added some delicious spicy sauce to make them even better. After lunch we kept wandering to try find another pub with cheap beer, ...
... but we have enjoyed chatting via email trying out theories and ideas on each other as we tried to piece information about the
family line together. This branch of the family were originally French Huguenots Silk Weavers, and then married amongst the group and over time their occupations became Cordwainers and Tin Plater Workers etc. They all lived and worked in the Spitalfields region of London from the early 1600’s, at least that’s as far back as we ...
... make it on time! Arriving a bit sweaty I managing to pull off another student discount (win). I joined what would be a fantastic tour of Lords cricket ground. Some highlights & interesting things along the way were; The actual “ashes” are burnt bails in an old Victorian style ladies perfume bottle. They represent the death of English cricket when they lost to Australia for the first time on English soil. Lords is the only ground in the ...
... The Mona Lisa and all the other great works that the Louve had available. Next was the Sainte Chapelle church which was used by French Nobility. Norte Dame Cathedral is nearby and was yet another giant church on this trip. Lots of stained glass and sculptures. We strolled up the Champs Élysées past all the big stores (although they didn't have a Costco in sight, so I don't know how great the shopping really was) to the Arc de Triomphe. We climbed to the top of the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Winchester Hotel London
Just returned from a two week holiday in Europe. We started our trip with a three day stay at the Winchester Hotel in London, recommended by Rick Steves' guidebook. It was a very nice, unique experience. Jimmy and Juanita, along with their staff, Andre and Frank and the maids were very friendly and extremely helpful. We had a room on the second floor facing the back and it was very clean and comfortable. The bathroom facilities were fine and one must remember while holidaying, we can't have everything "just like home", otherwise just stay home! The breakfast every morning was an experience in itself, friendly faces with a full English breakfast got us started on the right foot with a full stomach. Our stay was a great start to our holiday and while we went on to other pleasant experiences none were as personal and warm as our stay at the Winchester. I had a couple of early evening chats with Jimmy after a day of touring and before dinner while Andre discussed baseball and politics with me after my return from a night at the theatre.
Great Staff at the Winchester
I chose the Winchester after reading such great reviews on this site. The staff particularly Frank were wonderful and most helpful. As others have said they treat you like a long lost friend. The breakfasts were filling and the rooms clean. My only concern was the size of the room, we had a twin on the first floor over looking the road. When away for an extended time you tend to have a lot of baggage and there was simply no where for them to go. The beds too were not all that comfortable and when I asked for an iron I was told that it was against their fire regulations (??) ...hmm I might try that one at home. There was a telephone in the hall way and no tea making facilities. If these things don't bother you then the price was right at 80 pound per night.
After much planning and researching my family stayed for six days at the Winchester Hotel. Initial contacts were very friendly. However we were unlucky enough to have our visit coincide with a heat wave with temps of 90 degreees every day. We were told originally that our two rooms would be on the same floor, but on arrival they were on separate floors only accessible to each other by two different staircases. One room faced the busy street very noisy at night and the other faced an alley with no breeze at all. The one on the alley must have been 100 degrees in the evening and the other was about 85 derees each night. We tried to ask for a different room for the one that faced the allley, but we were told that the only other available room was up four floors and it would only be available for two nights. We did at least receive a fan to use for that room. I told the clerk I was concerned because my daughter has asthma and I am diabetic. Still no change. The first morning after a very hot night my children and I went down to breakfast just before the cut off time. We were running late because we could not sleep, too hot. That same morning my husband was scalded while taking a shower when the building ran out of cold water. I asked for a meal for him since he was having touble bathing. The owner then came out and asked about the plate sitting there. I told him quietly that my husband was late coming to breakfast because he was burned in the shower. The owner said to me that the guests were taking too long of showers and that is why they ran out of cool water. He then picked up the plate and said that he would put in in the oven, but no appology. After my husband came to eat the owner came back out again and I thought here comes tht appology, but no such luck he just looked at my husband and said if everyone at your house took hour long showers you would run out of water too. It only got worse after that, the toilet backed up almost every day, other guests complained about water, my son also got scalded, and we lost all power in one room when my daughter turned on a lamp. I realize the weather was unusal and I understand about busy cities and old hotel buildings. We had just stayed before that in Paris where it was just as hot. The hotel there was quite different. To the Winchester's defence the location was great and the maids very pleasant. I'm sure if you never have a problem or complaint the owners are pleasnt to you however we did and so the rest of the week they were cold and bordering on being rude to us. Oh and of course no appology or I'm sorry for any inconvience and no compensation whatsoever. I would have written this review sooner, but I have been too angry to write one this pleasant. If you travel to London in the summer pay the extra and stay with air conditioning. Needless to say I would never recommend this hotel.
My stay at the Winchester Hotel was mid-September. I had originally booked with Premier Travel Inn, but after picking up a copy of Rick Steves' London 2005, I checked out the Winchester Hotel. First of all I was impressed with the design of their website and all the information it provided. Secondly, I began to consider the value of having a breakfast included with my stay. Third, I liked the close proximity to Victoria Station, which provided several underground lines making it easy to get around the City; and fourth, the review, although only one review at the time it was very favorable and worth a chance.
Finding an economical London hotel where the staff welcome you like long lost friends is like winning the lottery. The Winchester is clean, comfortable, and convenient for Victoria train and bus stations. But best of all, friendly staff who go out of their way to help you.
Great service at the Winchester
The Winchester and it's staff were fantastic. The hotel was very clean and relaxing. The owners, Jimmy and Juanita made us feel very welcome, and the staff, Andre and Paul, gave excellent suggestions for getting around London. The hotel is located about a five minute walk from Victoria train station. We can't wait to return.
Given the state of the dollar, this is your best bet
What a shock to visit England and pay $2.00 for every pound. The hotel bill could spoil your trip. We found a great price at the Winchester Hotel, near Victoria Station. Rooms are small and there's no lobby but everything is very clean, breakfast is huge and excellent, and the staff super friendly.
It's not the Ritz, but you'll return home with some money in your pocket.
This hotel was difficult for us to find. They do need to put better directions on their website. The hotel was nice with a good size room and bathroom and in the terrific area called Belgravia near Victoria Station. It was close to Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and the Parliament and many restaurants.The included breakfast was delicious, but we felt rushed since there were many people staying at the hotel who wanted breakfast at the same time and not enough tables. The tables were fitted with crisp, white cloths, nice dishes and silver..a very pleasing room and the servers were excellent.
A good value for those seeking a clean, good sized room and fine breakfast while keeping your budget in check.
After researching London hotels for weeks and being unable to book the ones I wanted, I happened across the Winchester Hotel. Even though there weren't many reviews, in desperation I contacted the owner and decided to book it for a week in March. My husband and I were not disappointed.
Cannot say enough good about the wonderful, wonderful owners and staff at the friendly Winchester Hotel on Belgrave Road. Beginning each day with a substantial and delicious breakfast (I'm still craving the roasted tomatoes!) and owner, Jimmy's insightful recommendations, of "What to do and how," made us always feel so well cared for.