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Snowdon Mountain Railway is brilliant - a train trip up the mountain - while we were in the comfort of the train others walked up. The track is steep - very steep. There were amazing views along the way - the weather cleared at the top for a nanosecond so we could enjoy the expansive view to the coast. This is one of the top 10 sites to visit in …
... as it was hard to walk straight). The interactive section was the last part that we did. We met the girls later at Harrods and we split up again with the girls going home (or so we thought) and the boys going to do Park Lane and Mayfair. When we got home we were surprised that the SJ & A were not home yet. When they finally arrived home we caught them out because they sneaked off to the "build-a-bear" shop. The photos will show what ...
... can really take a person's true measure. Ok, people. You know you are going to have to take your shoes, belt, coat, and watches off. You know you cant have liquids in your bag, and you know you have to take your laptops out. Why wait until you are at the front of the line to start doing these things? By the time I have reached the conveyer where you put your bags, I have my sweater and watch in my bag and I have my shoes off. I don't travel anymore ...
... for charities and even working in a children's zoo. She has since secured two casual jobs. One in a small pub where she feels as uncomfortable with the management as I do in my job and also in a cocktail bar not far from where we live. I've already visited her there twice despite the door policy requiring a minimum age of 21 to enter. Both of her jobs are keeping her busy now as she attempts to juggle the different hours they are offering her but its good that she can finally ...
... Tower of London and ending in Westminster in front of Big Ben and parliament. We wandered around the church and parliament then headed to buckingham palace. On our way there we passed through the queens horse guard where I learned the hard way (albeit not the hardest) that these guard you cannot touch... they do not take kindly to anything silly or inappropriate. Lesson learned. Next time I ...
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Our Best Stay in Europe
Novotel Euston was the best hotel we stayed at during our Europe trip. We arrived one day early for a tour in May, 2004 and needed a hotel since our tour hotel (The Imperial Hotel) was already booked full (plus more expensive). We got Novotel at a great deal and it was close to the Imperial. Everything was clean, tastefully decorated and the staff was extremely wonderful! The bed was cozy and the view was gorgeous! The bathrooms were so trendy and the shortbread cookies were divine! The size of the room was decent and the bed, oh so comfy. We didn't want to leave the next day. But we trekked up the street towards the Imperial and were sadly disappointed. We moved on to Paris and Rome later and each hotel we compared to the Novotel Euston and each hotel did not come near to the oh so wonderful Novotel. Next trip to Europe, we will definitely find Novotels to stay at.
Okay as expected
Overall, the hotel was pretty nice. I saw an earlier review saying that the lobby was smoky but that wasn't a problem at all when we were there. Pretty much what one would expect from a marginal 4 star business hotel. Staff was helpful and responsive. There were stains on the carpet in our room though however, and the bathroom had this weird odor (smelled fishy). Another thing is, I don't understand the European shower doors...is that supposed to be functional?!?
I normally stay in Westin/Marriott/Hilton type hotels, so I was a little anxious about Novotel. My fears were entirely unfounded. For less than half the price of one of those, I got a fantastic room -- separate lounge area with own tv, good bed with another tv, shower-only bathroom but very stylish and with phone, great view (asked for a high floor). (I didn't pay any premium for my room -- I think I got a standard room.) The hotel is very close to Euston station (and a whole lot of other tube stations) and is in reasonable walking distance to all the sights if you don't want to use the tube.
This is making me rethink my whole attitude towards London hotels.
Oh, and the room service was excellent -- really delicious club sandwich for under ten pounds, including service.
Great hotel for the price
We just returned from a 2-night stay at the Novotel London Euston, which we reserved at a very reasonable rate on Expedia. Our room was on the 2nd floor, so we did not enjoy the fantastic city views afforded by the higher floors. The room was noticeably larger than comparably priced hotels that we have stayed at in London. The bed was quite comfortable and the bathroom appeared to be recently renovated with a funky modern glass décor. The carpet looked to be a bit worse for wear, however. The concierge was helpful with reservations and airline reconfirmation. The hotel is midway between Euston and Kings Cross - St. Pancras stations, each about a 5-minute walk from the hotel. The latter is undergoing extensive renovation, so expect the usual construction-related diversions. The hotel was approximately a GBP 10.00 cab ride from Paddington station. The British Library, a handsomely constructed building, is next door. Madame Tussauds, Regent Park, and the British Museum are also in the general area.
Good for the price in London
The higher up you go, the better the view of London - either towards the river in the south or Camden in the north. And the view on the inside is pretty good too: the rooms are quite funky, and the bathrooms are especially cool with their solid glass washbasins (if you're lucky, you'll get one that isn't cracked). Round the corner in Drummond Street you can find an excellent selection of Indian restaurants where you can eat well for under a tenner (yes, really) and then waddle back burping happily for the express lift to whisk you back up to your urban eyrie. It's a pretty nice feeling. Just don't slip over on the tiles in the bathroom, otherwise it could be hours before they find you...
Best quality/price ratio ever experienced in London
I stayed at the Novotel in early March before any of the other reviews were written. I was so content with the stay that I have come back to write this review over a month later, having meant to do it right after returning to Toronto. Since 1984, I have either lived in London, had to find hotels for parents in London or had to stay here in hotels myself on a number of occasions. I know London hotels in the mid-range price bracket quite well. The Novotel Euston was by far the best value, and, even with a rate above the very decent price I got through Expedia (averaged to 80 pounds or 200 $Canadian per night for a very large double), I would say it would still be excellent value -- this being in comparison to the ridiculously expensive, small, and usually tired and poorly decorated hotels that dominate the mid-lower to mid-range hotel market in London. My assessment also reflects the fact I am a university academic; the location of the Novotel right beside the British Library -- with commanding views over the Library building and courtyard from the eastside alcove lobbies just in front of the elevator doors on each floor (best floors would be 8-11, I think) -- and within a very short stroll from the University of London colleges notably UCL (with LSE also being easily walkable) made this the perfect location. This was enhanced by the hotel's location right between two Tube sttaions (Euston and King's Cross), each only 2-3 minutes walk from the front door, and thus very quick access to all points whether Hampstead to the north, London Paddington to the west or central London and the various theatre districts only a few stops away. For book hounds, this hotel is also superbly located for a number of Bloomsbury used and rare book shops, and only slightly further away from the Charing Cross Road strip of bookstores. As to the very large open-concept lobby (mnerging with dining room and bar) mentioned in the other reviews, I found it to be a pleasing enough lay-out: a kind of uncluttered spareness with some warmth and considerable style but not a sterile 'chic.' The middle elevator is the one to take; once you are above a few floors, look southward to the City and see St Paul's Cathedral and Canary Wharf towers in the distance. I am used to rooms in London you almost have to sidle into, they tend to be so cramped, but this one (queen-size) bed room was both large and well-appointed.
Cherry-like veneer on the furniture on the main room, and tasteful bedclothes, drapes and wall pictures; warm hues -- not run-of-the-mill aesthetics in London. For an academic or simply anyone who likes a decent desk to write/work on, there was a great oval desk that had a Scandanvian feel to it. The bathroom was spacious and attractive, with tempered glass, marble and tile. The room was perfectly quiet, with the only complaint being that the ventilator fan in the bathroom seemed not to be adjustable by the guest and generated a low background hum all the time (blockable by shutting bathroom door). Apart from a beer a couple of nights, I did not eat at the hotel, as, here, the prices soared to standard unduly high London rates, but the hotel is within 30 seconds of no fewer than 5 quality pubs, each with its own distinct character and a couple of resturants as well; in the mornings, there are three cafes for quite cheap English breakfast in one of the small streets running beside the hotel. Complimentary morning newspaper at front desk -- The Guardian no less. Highly efficient check-in and check-out. Staff in hotel area were very pleasant and knew what they were doing. No real experience with restaurant staff. The French consortium running Novotels (if I am right) seems to have succeeded in transplanting a sharply run and still welcoming style to London. I will be back, subject to one caveat: as I said, I got a very good Expedia rate and my delight at the hotel is predicated on the combination of very decent price in relation to excellent quality. The hotel might simply soar out of my price bracket as it becomes better known -- it only opened this winter -- in which case I will not be staying despite knowing how pleasant a stay it would be. On that score, some special pleading for academics who need to come to London on 'business' but without business expense accounts, especially those who would love the convenience of this hotel's location in relation to the British Library: an Expedia-like rate for researchers who have come to use the British Library, and who have the library card to prove it could generate a decent stream of regular traffic Novotel's way.
Great Locale in Bloomsbury
We stayed at the Novotel Euston in November of 2003 and we had a great experience. The modern decor was to our liking and the location near King's Cross was great. The hotel is literally right next door to the British Library for anyone interested in scholarship or the great exhibits. The hotel is also within walking distance (albeit a moderate stroll) of the British Museum. Across the street is a Pizza Express (a chain restaurant in London, but rivals a Pizza Hut like you wouldn't believe). This place has gourmet pizzas, a nice wine selection, and an unbelievable homemade pesto. It's open late and very convenient if you don't want to pay for overly priced room service (this isn't a knock on the Novotel, since in our experience all room service is overly priced). Also within walking distance are quaint shops and bookstores (it's located in the Bloomsbury district after all), as well as pubs and eateries including a great organic food shop/cafe and some good Indian cuisine. King's Cross station provides convenient access to all of the major sites. If you can get a room on the 10th floor or higher so you can enjoy the great view of the city. We would stay here again if we could afford another trip to London! Our rate was extremely fair since we went in the off season, so we're not sure if it's as good of value in high season. Enjoy your trip.
Nice hotel. I did not find the lobby unduly smoky / windy as previous review suggested. Handy location between Euston and King's Cross, room service was quick and the food was good.
My only complaint was the room was overly warm despite a temperature adjustment switch. This made for an uncomfortable night.
Does what it said on the tin
Stayed at the hotel with my partner on the night of the England v Ireland six nations game (6 March 2004). Got the best deal via expedia of Â£79 for the room.The hotel is well positioned for Kings Cross and is situated between Euston and King Cross tube. Contemporay in design the room provided us with all we required. I especially like the modern bathroom with glass sink. Room service was promt and of a good quality. All in all very happy.
Don't have high expectations
The lobby of the hotel was open and nice looking, however, just as I came through the door, I was hit in the face with a cloud of cigarette smoke. Their lounge area is right beside the front door and the smoke blow into the dinning area and check-in everytime the door opens. Also, when I made it up to the room which was of a nice size, the carpets were incredibly dirty with stains, smudges and marks all over them. Not something to leave a good first impression. The bathroom in the room was nicely appointed and very contemporary with tiles on the backsplash, a glass counter and was basin and stainless steel fixtures.
The food was average at best and the wait staff in the dinning area were quite inattentive and slow.