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... into the Classic art. Some of the contemporary art was quite strange but one piece of art that we particularly liked was Monet's Water Lillies which is a quite nice and famous one that I'm sure you've seen the replication of before. Then we went to see Big Ben and the Parliament Building but didn't get very good pictures because the sun was setting but we did find the park that I fell asleep in many years ago on a lay over and Meghan was ...
... then walked around Leicester Square/Chinatown a bit.
The past couple days have not been very interesting...just a lot of essay revision and getting travel plans put together. I am completely done with classes now though which means that my second year of college is complete (yep, definitely getting old). We are having an end-of-term tea party at AHA tomorrow and then I will be spending my last day in London on Friday doing god knows what. Probably crying, to be ...
... to a charity. Good place for a break in the day. Brit food is really nothing to write home about, fish and chips, nice breakfasts and lunches, but dinners, we prefer the pubs, as we like the atmosphere, and when in London go to the pub !!! Tues.6 Rest day, a small stroll in the sun, and Garry took a bus ride to Brixton to turn in our Oyster card, as it's a great card. you put money on and then just use when you go on and off a bus or train or tube, works great, but ...
Today has been yet another incredible day! I took the tube in for my classes again (like I will every day) and I realized how paradisiacal of a place it is to complete last minute readings/assignments. The journey is nearly an hour long so I really do not have anything better to do! I actually thoroughly enjoy the daily commute because it forces me to slow down and relax both before I begin my day and as soon as I am ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsBrown's Hotel London
What a nice bar and restaurant. Enjoyed the Sunday Roast Chicken.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Brown's Hotel London
Overall, the most attractive feature of the Brown's is its minimalist interior design. However, as illustrated on the picture below, the interior designer also seems to have lacked basic skills, when hanging a painting behind the TV screen and desk lamp. Unfortunately, the hotel does not seem to deserve 5 stars as its internal organisation and procedures appear deficient. Just two examples: between 10.00 p.m. and 10.00 a.m., hotel staff knocked on our door three times (!) to prepare the bed (a bit late) and to check the minibar (a bit early) - something I never experienced before in a "leading hotel". Also, when asked for a Lebanese restaurant, the concierge sent us to a Turkish one; close, but not the same! All in all, hotel management and staff seem unexperienced, and hopefully they will one day meet the standards of the hotel's overall design - and maybe the interior designer will take a second look at details in the meantime too. Meanwhile, I will not visit again.
This hotel is pure class. We stayed for two nights.
We felt like celebrities
We loved Browns. We spent Christmas Day and Christmas Evening there. The renovations were one week old when we stayed and we are pretty sure we were using some of their cutlery for the first time ever! The staff were lovely. They knew exactly who we were from the moment we walked in. I highly reccomend room service - such production value!
We stayed at Brown's for 2 nights last weekend. The hotel has just come out of a major refurbishment and is now part of the 5* Rocco Forte collection. At check-in we were upgraded from a Classic Queen to an Executive King. The room was very spacious with a huge comfy bed complete with Frette linen as well as a flat screen TV. The furniture & interiors were beautiful, with a comfy chaise long. The bathroom was almost the same size as the room! The room was adjacent to the front of the hotel in Albemarle Street which made it slightly noisy but not significantly enough to affect sleep.
While the Brown had that quintessential English shabby-chic (I hate that phrase!) there is definitely room for improvment. Good points: We stayed there for our honeymoon in January due to a really great price on a travel package. Great central location and very close to the tube. Our room was a good size, comprised of a small sitting room and bedroom and a large bathroom. I wasn't expecting much from a British hotel bathroom, having stayed at many over a three month period years before, however, I thought the victorian marble bathroom was quaint and inviting--the shower worked well and we had plenty of hot water. The soaps and toiletries were superb (Italian)! Unfortunately we blew a fuse twice in the bathroom which was an annoying inconvienince to have to let in the repair man. The king sized bed was amazing: Frette sheets (again, Italian) are a dream to sleep in, and the matress felt like it was brand new!
Refined, traditional but overlooked the wear and tear
Very lovely, quaint hotel in an upscale area. Serice was very good.
Beds and bath were just fine. It Definitely takes you back to the 19th century. Tea is a highlight for $200 bucks. Rooms and hotel in general need some work but if you don't look real close it is overall a very nice hotel and certainly british.
Tea nice, but needs a facelift
Reasonable post-xmas rate thru expedia booking ($244/night). Salon rooms very cosy, afternoon tea v. good. Central location convenient for shops (Piccadilly, Fortnum's etc). Comfortable beds, but hotel needs renovating, especially the 1950's bathrooms and elevators - I gather the new owners (Rocco Forte) will do this by 2005. Hotel a bit jumbled as made up of five different houses put together. Food is very expensive, only afternoon tea (you need to book) is really worth it. Note that if you're taking a taxi to the airport, taxi driver will pay bellhop 5 GBP for the intro.
Not a 5 star
While the hotel is quite nice in an antique English fashion, the only real high point was afternoon tea. It was very good . However, service in the rest of the hotel was at about a 2 star level, thus removing it from the same rating level as the Dorchester, the Savoy and the Ritz. It was not good value for the money, but it's central lcation is hard to beat. I will definitely stay elsewhere next time.
Lovely & posh, but very traditional & conservative
Very lovely, posh hotel in a beautiful part of London. I stayed in a standard double room, and while it was nice, the room itself was a bit dark. Beds were comfortable and linens crisp and clean. It is very much a traditional English establishment with excellent service, although I felt it a bit "stuffy" at times. Good for the business excecutive or a slightly more conservative traveler.
A really nice hotel
Very nice hotel. Very pricy. Suggest that you not use room service, although server was very nice, the price of the food was outrageous.
Never found the exercise room. Room was very well turned out. Very clean and well stocked. No view. Close to shops and just a short hop to Buckingham Palace. Concierge was very courteous as was the front desk staff. Recieved substantial discount via Expedia.com and was very happy with the stay.