The Sanctuary House Hotel
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Sunny skies greeted us this morning on our last day in London. It was stil windy and cool, but no complaints. The staff at our hotel was very helpful in reserving us a spot in this morning's Verger-Guided Tour of Westminster Abbey. It's a 90-minute behind-the-scenes look at some of the places and stories that the general public aren't generally …
Today was our first train trip! We hired another cab to pick us up at the hotel and take us to the train station. We knew we were going to have to make a train switch in Slouth as well so that was getting us a tad nervous. The train station was quite busy and our gate number wasn't showing up on the big board which was a little unnerving, but about …
Another jam packed day today. We left the flat at 10.00am and didn't get back til 7.00 pm ! Lucky for us the forecast weather held off, and we only had one shower of rain, which was whilst were inside. Today we took in the majesty and history of the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. Medieval torture methods, for some reason, captured the boys attention as did the glorious and rather expensive Crown Jewels. The Tower Bridge ...
Well, our last day in lovely london! Some can say I've picked up a slight accent, or maybe I just say things a little differently! I love this place so much I can't wait 12 months before I come back again! Anyway... Day started off with meeting Bee and Brady at our regular little cafe in Leiscter square for breakfast. That place has really proven to be a great affordable place to eat! So glad we found it when we did. We met the guys, had a feed and proceed to head to ...
After our double leg flight from Vancouver, BC to London Heathrow, we made it! It was about 11:30 am London time. After a lengthy wait in the Immigration line, we retrieved out bags and hopped on the super convenient and speedy Heathrow express and were into Paddington Station in about 20 minutes. There was a bit of a mixup over time regarding getting into our rented flat, so we cooled our heals at Paddington, indulged in a cool drink, got some cash and then bought a 7 day ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Sanctuary House Hotel London
We stayed here for a weekend break and had a fantastic time. The hotel is pretty much in a perfect location - within walking distance of a lot of the major sights (b'ham palace, houses of parliament, westminster abbey, the london eye), but also right next to a tube station. The area is upmarket and quiet at night.
A Perfect 10
Spent a friday night here. Great location easy access to parliament and abbey. Located in business area, lots of drinking going on in downstairs pub, spilling over into the sidewalk. Very large rooms by london standards. Bathroom is large with the added touch of a towel warmer. Would stay here again.
Spent 3 nights in the Santuary House Hotel in July 2004. I was very satisfied and will definitely stay there again. Have stayed in the Victoria Station area before and this was a much better location. We could walk to many of the tourist sites, Westminster Abbey, Parliament, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, The Thames, The London Eye, Churchills War Rooms, Downey Street. The tube was only a block away and will take you any where in the city within minutes. Very convenient. It was fun and easy to hop in the tube, go to Leicester Square to see a show, and enjoy the nightlife. But even nicer to get back to our nice quiet hotel when we'd had enough. Also we took the open top bus tour which was great and we picked the bus up just a block from our hotel. We ate several times in the pub downstairs because it was so handy and we were happy with the food. The service was good and the people were friendly, nice atmosphere. Got kind of busy after work but thins out as the evening went on. Area is really quiet during the weekend as it is in a business area. There were other little sandwich shops, and convenience stores nearby. In fact the New Scotland Yard is just a few blocks away and I felt very safe. People aren't in this area unless they have a reason to be. Our room was large and nice, with a big bathroom. Great water pressure in the shower too. The beds were good quality and we could open our windows to get fresh air. The only complaint I would have is that the floors were really creaky. I wasn't bothered by creaks from rooms overhead, but our floors were noisy. I'd wake my son up in the morning when I was trying to tiptoe around quietly. Also, my friend had trouble getting his phone calls through to me because often there wouldn't be anyone at the desk. But those are minor things compared to the overall quality, value and location of this hotel. I would definitely recommend it. I think it's a real find!
The Sanctuary House is Perfect. Terrific location, less than a block from the Tube, a ten minute walk to the Palace, spotless room and tons of charm and character. A lovely sampling of London. And speaking as a food enthusiast, the pub downstairs is outstanding!
My husband and I were shocked when we walked into our room at Sant. house hotel because it was much larger than we had anticipated. It was the average American hotel room size, which is virtually nonexistant in European hotels we've discovered, especially at that price. We stayed on a Friday and Saturday night, which meant a discounted rate. The hotel is literally about 2 blocks away from Westminster Abbey and therefore many major sights so we were very happy about that. We had spent 2 night at a hotel in Bloomsbury prior to Sanct house at a similar rate and this hotel was MUCH better.
An Inn over a Pub
The Santuary House sounds like a refugee center, but it actually is a charming little inn over a pub close to Westminster Abbey. The rooms have been recently remodeled, and are very comfortable. It is within a block of the St. James's Place Tube station, and within walking distance of Parliment, Buckingham Palace, 10 Downing Street, the Tate Britain, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. The activity in the Pub gets somewhat noisy at night, especially when the weather is nice and the patrons spill out into the street. Also, we noticed that garbage pickup is usually around 10:00 at night and they make no effort to be quiet, but other than that, we had no complaints about this Hotel. The rates were really outstanding for the location. We would definitely stay there again.
Fantastic location, clean room.
We stayed for 4 nights and were pleased with the hotel in general, and our room, in particular. A couple of minutes from Westminister Abbey, and an easy, picturesque 30-minute walk from the theatre district. Our room was clean, decent size for London (smallish by American standards) and relatively quiet (expecially given the location). Pretty good value (again, by London standards). The downstairs pub has a nice selection of English ales, and the staff is friendly. Only criticism is the pub's food--pretty lousy. Overall, we would stay here again.
Fantastic location, fantastic rooms
I travel to London regularlyon business and having stayed in many city centre hotels I would strongly recommend the Sanctuary House.A warm welcome, spotless hotel and only 2 minute walk from the Houses of Parliament - you will not find better.Very holmely.
This is a great place to stay in London. The rooms are quite large by London standards (another reviewer said it was small, but considering most rooms in London, this really was pretty big; by American standards, it is small-ish). The bathroom was great - shower/ tub, heated towel rack - really nice (many London hotels have a shared bath, so be careful). The bed was a double, I think, but not bad. The rooms are more tastefully decorated than many other hotels - it isn't your typical white-with-one-print-or-painting room.