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... were delayed). I had found fresh pumpkin ravioli in the supermarket which I was very excited about since I had been looking for it since Italy but failed until now. I mixed it with some pesto and had pesto carrots and beans as a side. It was delicious. After dinner I chatted to another Jess from Australia who was looking for work in London, a German guy called Chris and an American who was originally from England named Tito. We chatted for ages about the M17 and Gaza and ...
... time as I would have loved to hire a bike and ride around and also take a picnic - maybe we will have to move ;-)
Onto Buckingham Palace, to see the changing of the guards - this was awesome, it took about an hour but we were there earlier to get a good spot and we're so glad we did.
Back to the flat to get ready for the Theatre... LION KING! D & I had decided to get dressed up for the occasion and had planned ...
... stored our luggage while we went exploring. Walked down to Covent Garden and picked up some baguettes to snack on while we strolled. Crossed over Waterloo Bridge and walked along the river. At which point we were ticked we had gotten the baguettes because we found some stellar looking food trucks. Kept walking around and checking out shops and scenery until Miss Krys pulled out the surprise ...
... in last time, in Paddington! So I already kind of had my bearings! We checked in, and dropped off our bags and met a room mate who was sick (and sounded very sick!). We were not happy about that. If we get sick again, I will be very annoyed! So we went back downstairs where we saw a guy on the couch that we recognised. It was Rowan, who we had met in Cesky Krumlov! So random! We had a chat with him for a bit, and it turns out he was catching a plane back ...
After checking into our apartment on Sunday evening we dragged ourselves out to a small Italian place nearby for dinner. Fraser declared his pizza to be the best he has ever eaten and even took the leftovers home for breakfast this morning. That made his father very proud, as it is the first time Fraser has ever eaten leftovers - although he wasn't so happy when he clicked that it meant no leftover pizza for him. We all had a good, much needed sleep ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews New Linden Hotel London
Great Value - Friendly Staff
I tavel to London regularly on business and have used the New Linden on several occassions. A room usually costs between £40-50. The rooms are always spotless and comfortable. The location cannot be beaten. Lots of restaurants in the vicinity which always feels safe at night. Good transport connections. Although the rooms are small they are well furnished. Even the Travel Inn costs around £75 in London. I always feel I'm home away from home when booking into the New Linden and have even taken my wife and daughter to stay on one occassion. I am always disappointed if I can't reserve a room there. Could not expect any more for the price!
New Linden looked cute from the outside. At check-in, the receptionist told me they ran out of singles so I would be upgraded to a double. I thought lucky me. She tells me room 010.. in the basement! I go down but only see a shabby diner-ish restaurant and higher numbered rooms. I ask again and discover I have to walk through the dark restaurant then through multiple fire escape doors then past a fire escape door leading to a dark isolated alley which DOESN'T LOCK before reaching my door. The room was tiny but worse was the bathroom. The vinyl floor was ripped and blackened with years of grime. The tub, sink and toilet were just as old and dirty. Nothing was like the cute brochure pictures or claims that all rooms were renovated. Extremely upset I went back up to complain and was basically told tough luck! Needless to say I cancelled the rest of reservation there and left as soon as I found another clean and respectable hotel nearby. I have no idea if the rooms upstairs were in better condition, but I would never risk getting another disgusting room like 010 again.
A very nice (but small) place to stay
I would recommend this hotel to others. The room was very nice, however it should be said that it was very small - the smallest we had in Europe.
We were pleasantly surprised when we arrived at this hotel. We arrived around noon, earlier than standard check-in, but they were able to check us into our room (allowing us to relax a little after our flight over the Atlantic). The room, albeit tiny, was very nice, including a small desk, both UK and Continental European style outlets (even a 110 volt U.S. style outlet in the bathroom for electric razors). It was located on a fairly quiet residential street. The breakfast, included with the room, was not bad - a mix of deli meats, cereals, fruit cocktail, yogurts and breads, served from around 7-9. The stairs and halls were wide enough, and it had a small elevator. Two blocks north on Westbourne Grove, there were dozens of restaurants to choose from, so we frequently took the tube back to Bayswater and ate somewhere along this street.
Great Hotel!! I'll be back...
very inexpensive but impressive too. My boyfriend and I paid 59.00 pounds for a double bed in mid June.
Ask for Room 404- comfy bed, large bath (for Europe), the staff mentioned it's one of their larger rooms. The staff recognized me by room number at the front desk even when I couldn't remember seeing them before. Very friendly too.
safe and trendy neighborhood in between the Bayswater and Queensways stops. superclose to Notting Hill (it may be part of NH, I couldn't tell, that's how close it was). Lots of good restaurants, bars and shops right down the street. I could not believe what we paid considering the neighborhood was so fantastic.
I would avoid the continental breakfast. The basement cafe has a certain stench and the food not so good. Fine for grabbing a quikc coffee and croissant in the morning, but I couldn't get over the smell.
No noise from other rooms either, it was very quiet! I wouldn't eveb consider another budget London hotel!
Nice, clean and friendly
I've stayed here two years in a row. The first time we were there was in 2003...they were very accomodating and helpful. Arranged taxis for us...gave us ideas on what to do. The rooms were small but for the price we paid...it was great! There was 3 of us sharing and it cost us 60GBP for the night. The best part is...it has an elevator/lift....a rarity in some of the hotels in that area. I actually thought the area was quiet as it was away from the main street and it was quite pretty as well. Not far from Portobello Market...and one of London's most historic restauarant's is just down the road.
I was there again last year for 3 nights...price was a little higher but again, very very accomodating. They actually recognized us from the year before and when u think about how many people walk thru that building every day, it's amazing :-) I had a friend who wanted to visit me and when he called for me, i wasn't available. The receptionist knew who i was and told my friend to come down anyway and that i wud be back soon. she gave him directions to the hotel and called him too to make sure he wasn't lost.
I like it there...and really, you just need a bed to sleep in. My biggest concern was and always will be the cleanliness of a room...esp the bed and the bathroom! I don't really care then how fancy it is...
It's a good price, great neighborhood, very accessible (2 tube stations), pubs, laundromat...all in the area. Enjoy!
Exceeded my expectations
As a solo traveler, what I was looking for was a safe, clean, en-suit room in a central location. The hotel had all these qualities. There was shower and WC in the bathroom. The room was very small with 2 beds, a wardrobe, tea & coffee making facilities, a TV with remote control, phone, efficient heating, and even a hair dryer!.. Everything was in good, clean, working condition. The staff were helpful, reception was quick and helpful. There was juice, coffee, tea, croissant, bread, slices of meat, slices of cheese, butter and jam in the breakfast.
The hotel is close to Bayswater and Queen's way tube stations, around 10 minutes' walk.
The thing I did not like is the very thin walls. I could hear the guy next door snoring or the people on the upper floor walking!...
But overall, I recommend the hotel, since it exceeded my expectations.. A good value for money.
If you're on a budget, consider this hotel. Otherwise, steer clear of this place. I almost broke my leg trying to maneuver around this utterly tiny room. We had 4 pieces of luggage which basically took up the whole room. I could take 3 steps and be across the room. One double bed pushed up against the wall, a small desk smashed next to the bed, a bathroom that had been updated but had no shower curtain and soaked half the floor. TV worked. Bed actually was comfortable. There was tea and coffee in the room. One tiny closet that you couldn't open all the way because the luggage had to be there. Breakfast was fantastic with lots of choices.
I'd say if you are a married couple in their 30s like us I'd stear clear of this place. Wife wasn't too happy with my "thriftiness" on this one (I paid 57 BPS per night which was about $110). If I had to do it again I would have stayed in a travel inn. The neighborhood actually is great. Lots of ethnic places to eat and of course pubs. Close to Bayswater tube stop.
Hotel is neat and tidy, and the breakfast is above average for continental.
However, the rooms are absolutely tiny even by London standards. In a twin room, there was no more than six inches between the beds when pushed hard against opposite walls, and very little room for luggage.
Also, the hotel is very noisy, with both internal and external noise a problem until very late at night.
Good for the price
I booked the New Linden using the londontown website. The hotel has a great location and looks really nice from the outside and in the inside.The room was clean and bright. Also, the staff was extremly helpful.The only things that i dont like about the Hotel are the TINY rooms and the very very thin walls that let you hear anything somebody else says or does (:-) ) next door.
Arrived at 10pm to find there was a 'problem' with our room and we were being transferred to their sister hotel - the Mayflower. Was rather annoyed at first because of the late hour and I'd done a lot of research to choose a hotel and knew nothing about the Mayflower, however we were very pleasantly surprised with the alternative.