Royal Norfolk Hotel
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Weather: Rainy weather predicted. In reality wet in the morning fine and sunny evening We wanted to go for a bike ride around Hyde Park this morning so I jumped up eagerly this morning to check the weather and it wasn't raining! So jumped in our clothes and set off to the bike stand just in Hyde Park. Took as quite awhile to figure out how to use …
Weather: Stunning day - one of the last days of Summer 30 degrees Another day and what to do! Head up through Hyde Park again to our Starbucks on Oxford St to have our daily coffee and WIFI time. Spent a bit of time doing this and not rushing to much. Then we jumped on the bus again and headed out towards Harrods which is quite a way from Oxford …
Weather: hot So Scott was quite hung over this morning when the alarm went off at 7.15am he wasn't moving far...I got up and had breakfast downstairs though and ready to go and with a bit of prodding he finally got I to it so we could be put the door just after 9 to head to the airport. There was not a lot of talking going on I have to say! We had …
Weather: Hot and summery 28 degrees Today was the first day in London and what a day. We were awake pretty early because of the time difference so by 5am we were awake and ready to go! Breakfast wasn't until 7am though so we cooled our heels and got ready before breakfast which was included. Cereal, toast, yogurt, ham and cheese so a good sized …
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The weirdest thing about being back in London is the strange sense I have that I never really left. The familiarity of the tube, the neighborhood I am staying in and the city itself make it feel as if I'm coming home, to my home away from home.
My hostel, a 30 minute tube ride from the airport, allowed me to check in at 11am. Weary, laden with baggage and very eager for a shower and a change of clothes this was much ...
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We did not enjoy this hotel at all. The room was on the top floor, where we had to climb two different sets of 4-5 stories as the whole place is like a labyrinth. When we got to the room, it was the smallest room I have ever seen, the bathroom was the size of a closet and the shower was so small that nobody taller that 5.5 will fit it in. The streets nearby are very noisy because of the many bars and pubs and there were people yelling, breaking bottles and fighting until 5AM. The location is great, just a short walk to transportation and easy access to the rest of the city.
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Overpriced fire trap
One of the worst places I've ever stayed in - overpriced fire hazard with broken smoke alarms, cramped rooms that stink of cigarette smoke and unhelpful staff. A complaint of a burning smell coming from a radiator was dealt with by spraying the room with air freshener! Avoid at all costs.
Avoid at all costs
Avoid. Lift not working. Very difficult to carry bags up 4 stories of narrow, winding staricases. If you were elderly or disabled - forget it. Tiny,tiny, bathroom with little or no hot water. Took one shower and flooded entire bathroom. I didn't bother again. Go elsewhere.
Our short stay in the Royal Norfolk was beset with problems from the beginning.
Booked over the internet at a seemingly reasonable rate, however, on staying here, I paid way too much!
This hotel was very poor. The bathroom was not even big enough to fit my 6 ft boyfriend in, smaller than a wardrobe (Do not even attempt if claustrophobic, i'm not and could not close the door without fear setting in). The lift was about the same size. We used it once, never again. Breakfast - After a 40 minute wait with no apologies or explanations we were eventually seated, a further 30 mins passed before breakfast was served. OK but not much alternative to meat, toast cold and hard. Don't know what the staff were doing because there seemed to be lots of tables free but none of them were being cleared. Very rude germans jumped the queue but i suppose thats not the hotels fault. In bedroom we found pornography in bedside cabinet, very disturbing (makes me wonder who else was using the hotel). Also heating was on full whack. This was over August Bank Holiday weekend. To get some air we had to open window over hearing all the sounds of Paddington. Do not book to go here. Its not even that cheap. I've had better rooms for cheaper in London. I am not really a moaner and am disappointed to do this but i feel that people should have a good idea exactly what to expect from this hotel. Thank You
worst hotel ever it's not even a half-star hotel. It promised complimentary breakfast, bar, concierge, restaurant, none of which existed. After 2.5 hours of waiting after check-in time for the room to be cleaned, we were told we can at least put our bags in the room. The 2 of us could barely fit in the tiny old elevator, then we found the "housekeeper" in jeans just hanging out with her legs kicked up on a table smoking a cigarette. Then the room was a nightmare. We asked for 2 twin beds and got one small double bed that filled up almost the entire room. The bathroom I thought was a shower with a toilet in the shower. The whole bathroom was half the size of a bath tub. There was no place to put our small carry-on luggage! We immediately demanded a cancellation, which we had to argue with the reps from **** on the phone for almost an hour. I'm still disputing the charge they have yet to drop. Don't book this hotel, and don't book with ****.
Stay somewhere else!
3* Joke. Stuck in a little room 111 behind kitchen with a pink barbie doll bathroom inside a cupboard. Everytime you flush the loo, water comes up the basin drain. I read it was refurbished, I don't think so. All the staff spoke strange languages, and the guy on reception was very rude about not returning the key everytime we went out. Not worth staying at any cost, as you will not enjoy. Kids hanging around kitchen, and fire doors wedged open all day. I did not feel like I was in a UK hotel, and I would feel more at home in spain.
Great little hotel, good location!
Great little place!. I stayed here in June 2002, and again in Jan 2003. The room is small, and the shower is smaller but the bed is comfortable, the room is warm, TV ok, and staff were very accomodating. The full English breakfast was a bonus and there are ethnic restaruants nearby, a cyber cafe, and proximity to both Paddington Underground and Paddington Main line station was great. Post office around the corner, and tanning salon. I had a wonderful short visit. I booked on the net thru ... and got a great deal!.........recommended! Joanne
Filthy, overpriced, in disrepair! I've stayed in 3 star hotels in third world countries that had more amenities and were better maintained and cleaned. The accomodations we had reserved were not available and the hotel would not issue credit. I was shown 5 rooms before I found one with bathroom facilities were at least minimally functional. The only redeeming quality was the location convenient to Paddington Station (although noisy through the broken window in my room) .