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... of a turnpike gate at this point had led, in the 18th century, to a strong perception that this was the beginning of London (reflected in the nickname for Apsley House as "No 1, London") and the arch was intended to reflect the importance of the position.
... Something I'll just have to work on I guess. I spent 3 hours there as well. It didn't feel like it, but when I looked at my watch as I was walking to the bus I realized just how long I had been in there, not including the queue for the women's washroom. When I left I wasn't going to make the walk again, so I found a bus stop and fortunately it had a bus to a station I actually knew. So I took my first bus ride in London. I also finally had good fish and chips, ...
... me to be London's version of Central Park or Golden Gate Park. It was absolutely massive, and while a long walk through the park would have been fun, we decided to head back east and go to Westminster. First off, the Westminster train station is the largest I have ever seen. There were trains coming and going on what must have been at least five levels...it was crazy! Coming off the train, we navigated the labyrinth of walkways and emerged from below the Houses ...
... so maybe they will be able to tell me. I don't see me climbing the fence as Hugh and Julia did in "Notting Hill"...:-)
I knew I didn't want to go far yesterday, so headed to Notting Hill, every bit as charming as you would expect from the movie. I had a FABULOUS Americano (I love Starbucks, but this was a whole 'nuther class....). It turns out the hot coffee drink I will have to try is called a Flat White, ...
... walk to Westminster. En route there was the Guards Museum which is included on our London Pass, so we headed in there. It was interesting, particular seeing the Queen's military uniform. From there we headed to Westminster, but we decided, that having put the kids through St Paul's yesterday, that another big historic church was going to be too much for them. So instead we headed straight for the river cruise, which was also included on our pass. It seems ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Reem Hotel London
The Reem is great. It's clean, attractive, on a quiet street, very well located in a cool district, near a tube stop (see below), and it's only around $50 GBP a night! In London, this is an amazing deal for a double room. Also, you are within walking distance of Kensington Gardens/Hyde Park, and the Notting Hill neighborhood.
Nice and quite hotel near the Hyde park.
Rooms are very small, but everything else were OK. The stuff was very kindly all the time.
I forgot 2 shirts in the room. After phone call they send me it by mail to SLOVENIA. Great. Thank you very much again. The stuff got mark: excellent.
My Fiance's birthday was coming up and I thought a surprise trip to London would be just the thing. After a browse on the web, I decided the best deals were at the Reem Hotel in Bayswater, London. I went ahead and booked it. In the week leading up to our weekend away I came across this web site and excitedly opened up the reviews on this hotel.
I stayed at the Reem last year also in the basement room 3a, no view. I was meant to be upstairs but they wouldn't let me have my room although it was ready because I was too early. At 12 they let me have the downstairs room only because I said I would have to sleep in the office because I hadn't slept since leaving Australia and couldn't stay awake any longer. I stayed there 18 nights and the sheets were changed only twice although the room was tidied and the bed made daily. The cleaners left my window open everyday after they finished, my passport/ticket etc could have easily been stolen as the gate at the head of the steps leading down to the tiny yard where my window was, in open view to all passersby, never closed. The room was tiny about the size of a bathroom, only about 2 feet walking space between the bed and the wall and no room for luggage. The bathroom was adequate and looked like it was recently renovated. The bedding was thin and cheap and the walls were painted a tacky orange. Poor TV reception with just one cable channel - European sports. No radio. Breakfast was included but it was the cheapest quality - powdered milk etc. Eggs were the only hot food on offer and they charged an extra 5 pounds for this. Staff were uncaring and arrogant and sometimes pretended not to speak English if problems arose. Common responses to being asked for help were 'it's not my job' (help with luggage etc) or 'it's not my problem' if the food/room/service were not up to scratch.
I was very unhappy with this hotel. The room I was given was in the basement level with a window you couldn't see out of and right underneath the reception desk. I could not get any quiet with all the upstairs noise let alone any sleep. I complained to the staff who laughed at me and told me firstly there wasn't anyone walking around the hotel was empty then told me the hotel was full when I wanted another room. Another guest came in to complain that his room wasnt big enough for one person and didnt have a private bathroom, kettle, tv.. etc all the things it was supposed too. As for it being 3 star, its a 2 star hotel with superficial refurbishments. If you book it through lastminute or want a single you will be given a bad room.