The Sanctuary House Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Sanctuary House Hotel London
Great location, great price, just please do something with that pub!
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.
There is a pub downstairs, sandwhich shops next door, and a good greasy spoon and a restaurant round the corner. We tended to eat out of the hotel - breakfast is not served in rooms, and we found the lighting in the pub atrocious - it hurts your eyes of you stay longer than half a pint and is not conducive to cosy and intimate chats.
The rooms were newly refurbished, spacious, and had effective air conditioning (which is essential in London in the height of summer).
Our only complaint was being woken up at 7.30 the Monday morning by an army of workmen decorating the corridor. We were given no notice of this and were looking forward to a rare 'lie in'.
On the whole the location and price of this hotel are hard to beat.
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!
Great location, large rooms
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.
PROS - Bathroom was also much larger than we expected. Speakers were installed so you could hear the tv in the bathroom, which we thought was cute. Also the tv channels included some radio stations. There is an elevator. The rooms are air-conditioned. The hotel was very clean. ice can be requested, room service is available (which we got, its all from the pub downstairs, but the food was very good) until 9 pm,
CONS - our view was of an alley, staff is mostly foriegn and very young so I imagine they can't help out as much with directions/ recommendations, not a whole lot of food/store options in the immediate area.
The only real problem we had was when we checked out we noticed a charge on our card from the previous night from the pub, which we didn't make. Apparently all they do when you drink/eat at the pub is ask your room numbr then charge it. Someone had charged their bill to our account, and the receipt was there and everything the name just wasn't ours (and wasn't legible) The kid at the desk said it would be removed once the manager got there a few hours later and we wouldn't be charged. This was 2 days ago so I'm not sure about the status yet. Other than that, everything was smooth.
I would recommend this hotel, we were happy with the larger size of everthing, the proximity to everything. For the price we paid, it was a steal.
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.
GREAT deal - will stay there again!
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.
Location simply cannot be beaten. Literally steps away from Westminster, Parliament (w/ Big Ben) and the River Thames in one direction and a short walk from Buckingham Palace in the other direction. Also close to two tube stops.
The pub/ restaurant downstairs was nice and we spent one night down there. I was concerned that the noise would carry upstairs but it doesn't at all.
There was a minor problem w/ the sink being stopped up and while they were supposed to fix it, it was still stopped up. They simply trasferred us to another room. I can tell you, though, that the two rooms we stayed in on diff't floors were equally nice.
Perhaps the best part are the deals you can find online if you look for them. We spent one night in a not so great place and switched to this one. What a great find! I will recommend this to anyone I know going to London!
Fine hotel at a reasonable price for London
We had an excellent experience staying at Sanctuary House in the fall of 2002. It's very conveniently located right next to Westminster Abbey, within steps from one tube stop and within 3 blocks of another.
Because it's a business area, it's quiet but safe at night; not much adjacent nightlife, except for the very pleasant pub on the first floor, but nothing to keep you awake all night either, and the West End is 3 easy tube stops away anyway. Our standard room was smallish but very comfortable (good bed although double instead of queen, good bath with both tub and shower, even a heated towel rack which was a nice touch in November). Again probably because of the business area, the weekend rate of 66 pounds, including a nice breakfast, was a real deal.
To top it off the staff was efficient and helpful. what's not to like??
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