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What a productive day! The scales are balanced once again. Given yesterday's adventures, I was willing to use whatever specific set of skills I had to use in order to see a lot of the things we haven't yet. I feel like all we saw are the pubs and the dry cleaners for Jo's Wine soaked sweater. Wait, that's because that's really all we achieved! …
... otherwise. The Bishop of London then led the crowd in the Lord's Prayer - it was really awesome to hear thousands of people saying it together! The wreaths were laid at the Cenotaph by the royal family, the premier members of Parliament, and several foreign dignitaries. The service concluded with God Save The Queen (I wonder if the Queen sings it too?) and a parade of servicemen and women who walked down Whitehall to the applause of the crowd. It was altogether a ...
... Oxford street and I splurged a little because I just couldn't handle being cold anymore! I bought a pair of gloves, a jacket and another sweater! I was very pleased with my purchases, although I wasn't looking forward to carrying it around (my backpack literally has no extra room in it!)
Our third and final day was spent touring around the city on a hop on-hop off tour double decker tour bus. It was pricey and I didn't find it the greatest tour (where was ...
... showed me where to go. But even then as I headed off in the right direction I was walking for nearly half an hour on the speedy floor things too down corridors that all looked the same and I swear every sign said go straight ahead for baggage collection and connecting flights and arrivals. Even the one over the door that we finally went through to get the plane. Lies. I found my way into a queue of Chinese and german people and felt hugely like the odd ...
... persons. A nice friendly explosive sniffing dog got to do its thing with the long lineup for spectators. Once inside the venue one could watch those competitions that were held near the shore – on this day they were the laser (single person) and 49er (2 person) sailboats. There was a large screen set up in the open, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Rose Park Hotel London
Don't let the BedBugs bite...
This hotel would not have been so bad except my friend had woken up with bugs crawling on her and all over the pillow. Upon closer inspection of the cloth headboards in the room, two of the three headboards clearly had the same bugs with eggs laid in the seams. Appalled by this, we called the manager and they dealt with this as promptly and professionally as they could.
GREAT LITTLE BUDGET HOTEL!
If you don't have a lot of money but want good accomodations this is definitely the place to stay. The location is excellent, only 2 blocks from the Paddington station one of the main lines for train and subway. The hotel is a little rundown but the rooms are clean and well kept. The hotel staff is courteous and helpful and the breakfast is good. I spent two weeks in England and this was the only place I got a king size bed which made me very happy.
OK value for a short stayover
Simple Hotel, typical/simple english breakfast (egg&beans + jam and cheese for sandwiches) but at a good price £55 ( for trippel-room when ordered by ratestogo - normal is £109). Tiny rooms + tiny bad (but thats common for england I guess). If you only want a place to sleep it`s OKay. We had room G02 and it was quite - not much backgroundnoice like some other hotels - perhaps that was the best with this hotel! And the nearby Paddington Underground (with circle line) is just 5 min walk away!
Remember this is a **-star hotel. If you only want a cheap central place to sleep for some days exploring London I can recommand it, if you prefare more facilitys - go somewhere else ...
I would not stay here again!
I stayed at the Rose Court Hotel in April 2004 when traveling Europe with 23 of my high school students. The quality of the room completely depends on which room you are assigned. My single room had windows that had to be propped open with a garbage can, a toilet that would not flush, a dingy and dirty carpet, cobwebs on the ceiling, an uncomfortable bed, many cracked/missing tiles in bathroom, unpredictable water temperature for your morning shower, and a mini-fridge that I would not have put ANY food that I would actually eat into. Thankfully, I travel for free as I would have moved to a different hotel. Some of my students were in quad/triple rooms (normal for student travel) where there was not enough room to put their luggage or move around without stepping on their roommates. My window looked out onto a lovely kind of courtyard, but many windows look out to brick walls or into other rooms.
I agree with another traveler about the lack of security. The staff is very friendly, but luggage storage before check-in means piling it in the lobby with no sort of supervision.
A few good points: breakfast was nice with a variety of choices and very prompt and friendly service. The location near Paddington is very convenient. But I warn you: we were not the only student group staying there, so be forewarned that this is a budget hotel often used by student groups.
My husband and I are going to London in February 2005, and we WILL NOT stay at the Rose Court Hotel. I have chosen elsewhere!
Good stopover in Paddington
Typical of hotels in this area, the decor is dated, but atypically and more importantly, the hotel is clean and the staff are helpful. The mattress was wonderfully firm (or horribly hard if you prefer to sink into your bed). The location is great if you're arriving to or departing from Paddington station, and there are plenty of cheap to medium-priced restaurants nearby. The breakfast is good, though the cooked breakfast is only baked beans and an egg.
I have stayed at the Rose Court many times and have never been disappointed. Although it does not have outstanding facilities, if you want a bed for a couple of nights in London I can recommend it highly, and have done. The staff are friendly and helpful - they gave me a discount on a room which did not have a TV. In summary, a pleasant hotel conveniently situated for Central London and Lords cricket ground.
Nice clean place
Its a nice clean hotel and close to what you need in central london. Will definately return!
A nice place for a few days
We enjoyed our stay at this hotel thanks to the very friendly staff. The first room we got was a disaster : I fell from the bed when I sat on it, The closet had mold in it and the bathroom sink was broken. We asked for another room and the receptionnist gave us a much nicer room but I have to say that both of them were very clean. In the morning the receptionnist saw me and told me to go downstairs to have breakfast. It was delicious : tea, coffee, toast, butter, jam, cheese, cereals, milk , fruit juices, eggs and beans... Everything was perfect. It's a neat budget hotel with a very helpful staff. The only very bad thing was that they told us that they would keep our luggage but they left it at the check-in desk where everybody could have taken them. When I got back to the hotel, 2 other people were at the reception desk and they didn't even ask me my name or anything when I told them that the luggage was mine.
Great Inexpensive Family Hotel
My wife and have have stayed at the Rose Court Hotel 6-8 times since 1998 whenever we had an opportunity to stop over a few days in London while traveling from Asia to USA. The Rose Court has friendly and helpful staff, the rooms are clean more than meet and our accomodation needs. The location is in a nice wooded neighborhood and very close to a underground station. Restaurants and groceries are nearby. For the money, they can't be beat. I already have reservations to return there.
I stayed at the Rose Court in March of 2003. I was on a very tight budget for my 3 week UK trip. After much research I decided on this establishment. The people were kind but it was misadvertised. There was no bar nor restaurant that was open during my stay. The rooms were clean but dingy looking and the room I was assigned had the world's smallest bathroom and even smaller clost not even 1 foot wide. I could not open the window and there was no air conditioning. The pillows were very dusty and I had a few asthma attacks, so bad that I went to Woolworths and bought my own pillows. The mattresses were hard with lumps in them. Yes, I had more than one. After the first night I changed to the room next door which was much smaller. The window worked in that room and the bathroom was a bit larger. No rugs only paper to step out of the shower onto. The mattress and pillow were no better so after the second night I checked out and moved to a nicer place that gave me a great deal just a few blocks away.