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TravelPod Member ReviewsRhodes Hotel London
Room small, however neat clean and very comfortable. Lady in kitchen lovely and breakfast was good
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Historical Traveler Reviews Rhodes Hotel London
Good family value
Our family of four stayed in rooms 227 and 228 for a week at the end of November. Yes, the rooms are small and showing signs of wear. There was some peeling paint in the bathroom, and the beds and pillows were not very comfortable. We had a problem in the mornings with the shower alternating between hot and cold. On the positive side, there is plenty of storage space for unpacking, and because we had a mini-refrigerator/freezer we were able to save some money on food. When we checked in to the Rhodes, Maria told us that we would get the full English breakfast for no extra cost (it's usually an additional 3 pounds per person). It was a very good and filling hot breakfast of eggs and meat. The owners are excellent hosts who helped us out with problems and even let us make a free phone call. We felt like we were staying in someone's home instead of in a hotel. This was a 3-star hotel with 4-star service. The location is convenient for tube/train travel and for restaurants. Be sure to stroll in nearby Hyde Park. For 70 pounds per room per night, we felt we got a good deal. By the way, we recommend taking the tube from Heathrow to Paddington. You will save lots of money and see more of the London area, but you will have to haul your luggage up some steps.
Nice owners make this a good stay
Travelling to London for the first time with 4 teenaged girls, I was looking for a hotel that was reasonably priced and would accomodate five women in one room. Rhodes Hotel was one of the very few that would sleep 5 in a reasonable price range. The room was a decent size, especially considering it had a double bed, a single bed and a set of bunk beds in it. There was a mid-sized armoire and desk, as well as a refridgerator and coffee maker. The bathroom was quite small, and rather old, but clean. There wasn't much room for the large amount of luggage we had, but we made do. We travelled in August and it was warm, but at night we would put the air on and the room would cool off within a reasonable amount of time. There was a bit of street noise in the early night, but it was generally quiet thoughout the night. We were on the third floor and there were ALOT of stairs and no elevator, but honestly, we weren't in the room much so we avoided extra trips by thinking ahead. The breakfast room was in the basement, so it was a bit of a hike up and down in the morning to breakfast, but the food was very good and the owner made for interesting conversation. There was also a computer available for guests next to the breakfast room which was a nice bonus.
The owners were very helpful and watchful. Maria offered alot of suggestions on buses and tube routes, as well as general info on nice places to visit. We travelled to London 4 weeks after the first tube bombing in July of 2005, so safety was a big concern for us, but the hotel itself offered a nice safe atmosphere. The neighborhood also seemed safe, any crime in the area may have been attributed to all the police being on the subway. The tubes were VERY well guarded, and while I had originally thought of avoiding them, we ended up riding them every day and we felt quite safe. While I wouldn't say this was a fancy hotel, it was decent and it did house the five of us at a reasonable rate.
Based on Tripadvisor popularity, we stayed here for 2 nights prior to a trip to Greece and then 4 nights on return. Early check-in was fine. Good features: location is excellent, 1 block from Paddington tube station, air conditioning in room, small refridgerator, good water pressure, quiet (at back of building, second floor), internet-access on computer adjacent to breakfast area, breakfast average (extra 3 pounds sterling for cooked/English), affable proprietor/owner/house staff. No elevator, a usual characteristic at the price. We checked out a couple of hotels in the immediate vicinity who quoted lower rates than we were paying and we were given the same rate on request at The Rhodes. Seems there was an oversupply of rooms in the area at the time we visited. This was our first time staying in Paddington which is a better area than Earl's Court and hotel more accessible than Bayswater (from tube perspective). Paddington Express from Heathrow is highly efficient but more than double the cost of a day pass on the tube from Heathrow. We like getting the 1-Day Pass on the tube so that we can take a look around during the arrival day before collapsing into bed to get over the jetlag. However, there is a change of tube lines required to get to Paddington from Heathrow Airport and there was no escalator where we transferred causing me to have to struggle with the luggage! On our return to Heathrow, we chose "Paddington Cabs" which is a private hire company: for 25 pounds + tip, you get hotel pickup, and drop-off at Terminal 3 (rather than Heathrow Tube station and walking "miles" to the airline checkin); Paddington Cabs is 1 pound cheaper than it would be for 2 people using the Paddington Express, and you get the bonus of hotel pickup/terminal 3 drop-off. If you use Paddington Cans, make sure you get the price confirmed in advance including the fact that you have 2 pieces of luggage + 2 hand luggage - otherwise you risk getting dinged for extra luggage. They have an "office" (downstairs from street level) <20 yards from the Paddington tube station exit on the same of Praed Street ie opposite the Main Railway Station. We would stay at The Rhodes again.
My family and I stayed with Chris and Maria for 9 nights and were delighted with the clean comfortable room. The location of the hotel is central to everything and we took the tube from Heathrow to Paddington station, which is one block from the hotel, for the grand price of $3.00 US compared to $100.00 for a taxi. Our room had an A/C which was wonderful.
Also, we were able to use the internet for FREE! Chris also seems to have a special deal with the phone company as I made numerous calls to the U.S. and was charged less than $1.00 per call. The breakfast was satisfying and a real time saver. I highly recomend this hotel if you are looking for value.
Great hosts, nice AC, good value
Our family had a great visit at the Rhodes, hosted by ``Chris from Greece'' and ``Maria from Korea.'' This is not a fancy place but is well cared for. The rooms are small, the baths smaller, but it has AC, a rarity in this price range. Chris cooks up a nice breakfast (outstanding bacon) and gave my son all the eggs he wanted (which is a lot). The location is convenient to the tube and you can easily walk to Hyde Park and the museums (Victoria & Albert, others) south of the park. It looked like mostly families use the Rhodes, judging by our fellow guests, and everybody I talked to was happy with it.
We Would Return
Chris and Maria are the owners and are very nice people. Maria checked us in early (around 10:30 a.m.) and we had a very nice conversation with her. Our room wasn't quite ready so Maria brought us some fresh towels and soap so we could freshen up.
In comparison to the other rooms we stayed in this room was large but it featured the smallest bathroom. In this particular bathroom if you're standing in front of the sink, your rear will touch the door when it's closed. If you drop your bar of soap, you will need to bend at the knees to retrieve it. They made soap and hand towels available along with the requisite bath towels.
Unlike our other rooms this one had an air conditioner which was very welcome.
The bed was comfortable. The refrigerator in the room came in very handy and provided ice cold water in the middle of the night. There was a computer with free Internet access available. This was extremely handy for getting updates on our kids and letting people know how our trip was going. Prior to this we relied on Internet cafes which wasn't a big deal, but it was still nice not to waste additional time and money.
Breakfast was cereal, a selection of cheese and cold cuts, coffee, tea, juice and they brought us a basket of toasted bread and croissants. You could buy an English Breakfast for three pounds if you wanted but the fare that was provided with the cost of you room was plenty.
These are old rooms and you will notice that old room smell, but it's not extreme in the least. Nothing like the aromas we encountered on the Paris Metro.
We would return.
Rhodes Hotel Average
The location of this hotel is convenient with restaurants very close by and the Tube nearby (about an 8 minute walk). Maria was helpful with directions, suggestions on sightseeing and best bets for transportation. Our room was small but arranged in such a way that it was comfortable for 2 adults and 2 kids. However, the room was at the very top of about 4 flights of pretty steep stairs (84 steps - my kids counted). There were even more steps down to the breakfast nook in the basement - the breakfast was only ok - with an extra charge of 3 pounds for a full English breakfast.
Great Place, Individual Attention
Looking back on our stay in London, we are so happy we stayed in the Rhodes Hotel. Chris and Maria were ideal hosts. They are friendly, knowledgable, and accommodating. The hotel is ideally located, quiet and clean. We think it is a great value and highly recommend it.
Great bargain, will stay again!
The Rhodes Hotel was better then I expected. We stayed in the main building and found our room was larger then many tourist hotels with plenty of storage space. An added benefit was a refrigerator in our room allowing us to keep cold water and soda on hand. Breakfast was also good with plenty to eat (not just a roll and tea!).
The hotel location is excellent for those visiting London as there are several tube stops nearby and you are within easy walking distance of Hyde Park and Paddington Station.
The owners Chris and Maria went out of their way to make us feel welcome. Any request we had was met with a smile and quickly handled.
I will definitely recommend this hotel to my friends and family and look forwarding to returning again myself.
Not the Hilton, but I will stay again
Rhodes is a typical English tourist hotel. Rooms are not big, they are clean. Beds are comfortable. Really nice staff. Bathroom was fine. "Air conditioning" was pretty feeble by Texas standards. Who needs ac in London anyway? No lift. Climbing the narrow stairs may be something to talk about when you get home. My grandchildren liked to run up and down them. Central location close to Paddington and tube stations. I believe there is an annex away from the main hotel. I did not stay there.
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