Travel Blogs from London
After our late night we all slept (i.e. passed out) really well. Today we went to the Tower of London, which we all found fascinating. We started off with a Yeoman tour guide, but he was more interested in mocking the French and ribbing the Australians in the group about the cricket, than talking about the Tower. So we decided to go off on our own. The ...
... get over th jet-lag before the boys start school in three days!
Things that worked:
Flexible packing -- we had a couple of bigs bags we could leave behind that held various location specific things like tennis rackets when we didn't need them. We could then pack and travel more lightly in our north face duffle bags. These worked well as carry-ons for US domestic flights as well as getting on and off of trains for two weeks in Japan. They can ...
... family, including Prince William and Kate and brand new baby George. They're off at her parents' house at the moment, but Kensington Palace will be their family home for the foreseeable future.
The public areas are set up with four 'trails' - the King's Apartments, the Queen's Apartments, Victoria Revealed and the Modern Royals. The Modern Royals was primarily about fashion, and featured dresses and coats worn by the Queen in the 50s, Princess Margaret in the ...
... want to be at the front you have to get there early. It went for half an hour and it was good. As we were walking to the palace we saw police women on horses going there too and they led the guards as they were marching into the palace grounds and out again. As the guards walked in the left gate they stopped in the centre and played their instruments then marched out the main gate and down the street. When we left we walked to ...
... his domain, The National Portrait Gallery was next on the list. OMG! I have looked at pictures of these portraits for over 30 years; I could not believe how vibrant and detailed thy were. The painting of Anne Boleyn was so alive that I could almost believe that she would speak! I looked long and hard at many of them. Why have I had a 46 year obsession with these people? I wish I knew. The portraits of Elizabeth I showed clearly that she had her father's ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Malmaison London
Stayed at Malmaison during the week of Sept. 12th. It is a lovely hotel that, while it caters to the business-trip visitors, is also centrally located to various tourist attractions in London. We stayed in 318, a nice size room with a king-size bed. Our room overlooked a beautiful courtyard.
Just back from my second stay at the Malmaison and thought I'd write another review to balance my previous one which was not too complimentary. In my previous review ("Lovely building, Stylish Lobby, Shame about the rooms"), I stated that I would only ever go back to the Malmaison if I could get a larger room, and that it be at the front of the building. So, true to my word, this time round I shelled out an extra £40 and booked myself into a superior double (for £205 normal rate - but I suspect there is a weekend rate as well, which would be cheaper), and requested a room at the front.
Great Hotel, in a quiet location
I have stayed at many Malmaison Hotels in the UK on business and leisure. When I am in London, I normally will stay at the Mal, especially on Business. It is close to the tube station, rooms are quite small, so i normally book a deluxe room or a Junior Suite.
The rooms have climate control air conditioning, CD players, Sky TV, high speed free internet access and cheerful staff, the hotel shines -it is spotless and the rooms are stylish.
Stayed at Malmaison on a Saturday night in March. Lovely room overlooking the sqaure. On booking, we had requested a large room as we heard they could be small. The room was large with a lovely bathroom.Our one complaint would be the service. There were several people trying to check in with only one receptionist, hence we waited for at least fifteen minutes, only to be told our room would not be ready for another hour (we arrived mid-afternoon). We went in the bar in the evening and waited a good ten minutes to be served, in the end we gave up and drank from the highly priced mini-bar instead. The bill for the breakfat was put on the table before the breakfast actually arrived!
A lovely stay
We stayed here on the first night of our honeymoon and had excellent service. The rooms are very clean and stylishly decorated. The bed was comfy and the room was quite spacious. Very quiet peaceful location.
We had brunch so were able to check out at 3pm for no extra charge. The restaurant is in the basement and serves delicious breakfast food - not too expensive either, I recommend the eggs benedict!
It is quite handy to the tube station - easy walking distance.
I haven't stayed at any other Malmaison so cannot compare.
I have stayed at the Malmaison London on business on several occasions in 2003 and 2004 and it has become my favourite London hotel (unfortunately, it also tends to be very heavily booked up!)
hotel is ideally situated so that all central london attractions are within easy walking distance.
our bedroom was superb and there was a great atmosphere in the bar and brasserie.
all staff were courteous and could not do enough to ensure that your stay at the hotel was relaxing and pleasurable.
wonderful value for money - highly recommended.
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A bit like a W only smaller. No business center, but they let us know, after we got there, that if you bring your own laptop you can plug it in to the web for free in your room. Like the other user said, great if you have business in downtown London, but if your a city tourist this location is not for you. Service was a bit lacking.
This is a lovely small hotel in a lovely quiet square near the Barbican - not central enough if you are a traditional tourist, but great if you have business to do in the City of London. Service was pleasant, decor very much to my taste. However my (double) room was small (and I am told they have even smaller ones!), with nowhere much to go except the bed. It overlooked a brick wall at the back of the hotel and therefore was very dark and gloomy. The bathroom was designed in such a way that each time I had a shower the floor got completely flooded and I had to use several towels to mop it up. I appreciated the wide screen tv but the contents of the minibar were unimaginative. Basically the hotel reminded me of a much lesser copy of the W Hotels chain (which are my favourite hotels whenever I am in the US).
Not bad - but not a patch on other Malmaison's!
Hi - my wife and I spent a weekend at the Malmaison in London. As veterans of the chain we expected the same high standard as say the Leeds or Manchester Mal but we came away disappointed.
The lobby lacks the chic of the other Mal hotels and the restaurant does not seem to have the Brasserie atmosphere. The service in the restaurant was a huge letdown. Rooms were pretty small too.
On the plus side - it's location is great and it is really quiet there, you will get a good night's sleep!