Royal Court Apartments
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Eurostar to England. After carrying these tickets all around Europe with us it was time to validate them. Very casual check in after filling out the disembarkment forms. It did feel quite strange taking our suitcases with us though.
Boarded the Eurostar train and the short journey of only 2 hours began. It was a late afternoon trip so …
I should mention that the Queen I am referring to is my friend Leo!!
Anyways, we took the tube to Westminster and took the requisite photo shots of Big Ben and Parliament. The views from the bridge are very photogenic and you could stand there for hours taking it all in. Did we? No. It was a little chilly as we were so close to the water. …
Landed in London without a delay. No problems going through customs and getting our bags. Caught the Heathrow Connect to Paddington Station that was very close to our hotel. Note about the hotel:it is a dump! Rated quite high on Trip Advisor and reasonably priced for London standards. But it was old, falling apart and smells bad. I wonder what …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Royal Court Apartments London
Hyde park would me more comfortable
Really dirty place, it will ruin your stay in london, rooms freezing and bathroom filthy- AVOID!
This place is horroble
This "hotel" was filthy, the service was terrible. The showers did not work. Don't stay there!
Avoid like the plague!!
I so wish that I had found this site before I went to this dump. OK, it was cheap, but spend an extra tenner or so and get somewhere habitable.
The room was freezing, the curtains were hanging off and inoperable; a hole in the ceiling was plugged with a yellowing old tissue; the complimentary tea and coffee was all very well but there was no kettle; in the bathroom you had the interesting 'benefit' of being able to 'do your business', run the bath and have a wash without having to move a muscle, if indeed it were possible (not enough room to swing a premature kitten).
The 'double' bed was the very smallest they can legally call double, and the TV didn't work
Royal Court was OK
After reading some reviews on the Royal Courts, I was a little worried about what accommodations I had locked us into. Anyway, the room was clean, a little worn and somewhat "tacky" but actually fit nicely into our budget. It is in a convenient safe location (near a tube station and close to Paddington Station for train travel. It is definitely not a 3 star place (by US standards) but if you want a studio arrangement it will do. Lots of restaurants nearby and loads of students, travelers, etc. You good do worse!
Purchased a room for the nite of a popular standby site. This site promised air conditioning...which turned out to be the least of my problems. The room was absolutely filthy, after pulling back the sheets there were a plethora of pubic hair lurking on the supposedly clean sheets! Dust everywhere, mold in the toilets, and the window wouldn't stay open, (not good in 35C+ heat!). After a horrible nite sleeping on top of the bed (too disgusting to get into), I would definately never advise anyone to stay there. Like the other reviewer, I am also very well travelled, and this would be lucky to be a one star!! I'm surprised I didn't get fleas.....I wouldn't let my dog stay there!!
I've been to this hotel twice, once in May 2000 & again in November 2002 and there was a huge difference! In May 2000 it was clean, the staff was great, I said that I would definitely go back. I did, in Nov 2002 and it changed a great deal, the furniture was well worn, everything looked like it needed updates and renovations and it was dirty. This time I had brought my 20 month old son and I wanted to vomit when I saw the "crib", it was actually a playpen that looked like it was never ever ever cleaned! When we returned home all three of us were deathly sick for a month. The only way I would go back is if they totally gutted the place and redid it. I was so disappointed the second time around. The only reason why I stayed was for the close proximity to Paddington and the fact that my toddler had more room to move around. What a mistake, since we all got sick.
I stayed at this hole in the wall the last week of July, 2003. It was sold to me as a 3 star by a major on line travel site that I will not name but they are expeditious to a lot of travel. It was filthy; there was dust on top of the dirt, which covered the mold and mildew. And that was the entire place, not just my room. The remains of a dead pigeon were on the outside window ledge with our open, screenless window-opened by somebody prior to our arrival. The kitchen counter electrical outlet was pulled half way out of the wall. The white window curtains were a dismal grey color from having flapped outside in the breeze, as curtains will do when no screens are present. The bathroom, oh the horror of the bathroom. I've seen better in rural Mexico. The decor was so outdated that it might have been retro had they not been in such poor condition. I could go on, but as you can see I was less than impressed with this sub one star hovel. I should also state that I am well traveled and understand what a 3 star hotel in London is supposed to be. This was not it.
Would stay there again
Excellent location (safe and very close to tube and bus stops. Moderate price. Friendly staff, tries to please. Needs reconditioning, though: the furniture looks old and very used. The rooms are well equipped and clean. The tvs have terrible reception, but that's not a priority. No problems with personal property. Apparently no two rooms are alike, some more comfortable/better arranged than others. The street side can be noisy; since there is no air cond you have to sleep with the window open. My stay was in May, 2003.
Careful with your belongings!
Clean building. Hand-me-down furniture. Nice staff. Or so I thought until our last day! Since my digital camera was full, I left it in the bottom dresser drawer. Upon arriving back to the room, we found door ajar! (maid had been in -room straightened) My camera was gone! I'm more heart-sick over the loss of my pictures than I am the camera. Informed manager, but nothing came of it, and of course we had to leave early the next morning!