Travel Blogs from London
The next morning, we set off for the Tower of London. There was an exhibit about the Gunpowder Plot of Guy Fawkes -- very informative. The Tower is a living, breathing place: Some of the warders and other people who work there live there. DH is amazed at this. The Tower isn't the only "historic" building that is still in use: The Ministry of …
Wednesday -- British Museum - WOW! - we'd need four days just for this! There were extra activities for children because of the English half-term holidays. I didn't know about the holiday ahead of time, because I went to school in Scotland and the Scottish break is earlier in the month (or used to be!) This also meant it was VERY busy with kids. …
FossHotel Baron said we could have breakfast early on Tuesday. Since flights leave early in the mornings, this can't be an unusual request. So we were up at 4, after a wake-up call, to be at breakfast at 4:30. We had the same choices as before, just smaller trays for us and the couple of others who must also have early flights. The front desk guy …
... at me, and I wasn't even sure if I was going to make it to baggage claim. After I was finally allowed through, collected my bag, then I got an oyster card to take the tube to the hostel. However, someone didn't tell me right because I ended up on the wrong train, and had to pay 25 pounds to get a ticket on the train while the lady next to me insisted my phone was roaming and I was losing more money by not ...
... top of your hand luggage - it's also a good place to carry a satnav/cradle and other electronic wizardry bits/plugs/etc as it will probably be as safe as any item of luggage can be, also it will save space/weight in your 'hold' luggage.
At the pre-ride brief, please listen carefully to Uncle Dick. He, or the Road Captains (for their respective groups), have the authority to throw people off the ride if they are being a danger to themselves or those ...
Historical Traveler Reviews Scala House London
We rented an apartment based just on web reviews - with some trepidation....but the reviews were so good! Were we ever delighted that we did! Scala House is located on Tottenham Street just off Tottenham Court Road. Just around the corner from the Goodge Street Tube Station, within walking distance of two good groceries (Tesco and Marks and Spencer Foods) and within walking distance of the British Museum. The two-bedroom, one-and-a-half bath apartments are very comfortable, immaculately clean, have super kitchens that even include a clothers washer/dryer. The staff is a definite plus....cordial, helpful and infinitely patient with guest requests (staff is on hand 24 hours a day, too.) Great rates and prompt e-mail response to reservation requests and other questions. We'll go back....again and again.
We stayed at Scala House for 6 nights in January and would highly recommend it. It is a great location, Tesco Supermarket is a 2 minute walk as is Goodge Street Tube station. You are also only a few minute walk from Oxford Street. There is an internet cafe 1 minute away who charge 1 pound for each 30 minutes. The hotel is certainly not fancy, but we had a very comfortable 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom + additional toilet apartment. The kitchen had an oven with cooktop, a microwave, a dishwasher and a washer/dryer. They even provide at no extra charge detergent, dishwashing powder and washing powder. In our apartment one bedroom had 2 single beds, and the other a double bed. The room with the double bed was VERY small. If you only have one child take the apartment with the king bed in the main, and one single in the small room. They will also provide a rollaway in the lounge for an extra child if you want the larger main bedroom. The apartments are roomy, and the heating is good. The foyer may not look special, but the staff are so friendly and helpful, they make your stay there very special. My only minor criticism would be no shampoo is provided in the bathroom, and the television stations are very limited.
I was born and raised on London, so when I visit with my family from New York I have very finicky standards. The Scala House is more than a place to stay, it is truly a home away from home. The high points are the affordable prices, convenient location, friendly staff and space that can't be beat. The Scala provides a very large 2BR/2BA flat, and with a washer and dryer in the kitchen so you can pack lightly and recycle clothes. With London being so expensive, it is a real cost-saver to be able to invite friends or family over for dinner or drinks instead of meeting at a restaurant or hotel lobby. The Scala is located close to everything and all major sightseeing locations are withint the same Zone 1 fare. There are 3 major supermarkets within walking distance and the concierge is most welcoming and friendly. We only have one child yet it is still a no-brainer in terms of space and home comforts. Staying at the Scala has itself become something to look forward to in addition to the visit to London.
Comfortable, Affordable and a Great Location
I have now stayed at the Scala House on three yearly trips to London, and my only disappointment is that it took me until 2002 to discover it. The rooms are large, clean, and comfortable -- all at a moderate price by London standards. The staff is exceptionally nice, and will gladly assist you both before and during your trip. Mind you, these are by no means deluxe accomodations, and you would not mistake Tottenham Street for Mayfair. But the location is quite central and you can't find better value for the money.
Great value for money and comfortable!
I've stayed at Scala house many times over the last 15 years. I answered a very small advert in the Economist magazine and was very pleasantly surprised when I arrived. I have stayed in many hotels in England and Scotland and Scala House is more comfortable than any of the others - many of which cost considerably more.
The whole Palos family has been exceptionally friendly and helpful and they grow more so with each visit. Unlike the personel of larger and often more expensive hotels their friendliness seems genuine and not forced.
Scala House is not the fanciest accomodation I've stayed in and it is not the least expensive but it is far and away the most comfortable - both physically and mentaly. I recomend Scala House if you want good value for your money in London.
Five of us stayed at Scala House for 5 nights last month. The location was very good for the Northern line of the Underground. There was a grocery store nearby as well. Scala House sent a car to Gatwick for us at a reasonable cost (59 pounds). Since we had five people and luggage that was a real bargain. The washer/dryer was very useful and the extra half bath came in very handy for getting ready for outings. The neighborhood was fairly quiet, tho the pub on the corner could be very noisy and we were on a high floor. For five people the price was a real bargain. We had been very concerned about staying in small hotel rooms and the apartment was roomy and clean. The staff was extremely helpful in suggesting restaurants, arranging transportation, and any other of the myriad questions that we threw at them. I would stay there again. One caution to Americans: If you are expecting the type of nicer accommodations that you would find in the US this might not be the place for you. It is clean and comfortable, but in no way luxurious. The online brochure shows the building in the best possible light. The actual rooms of a non penthouse apartment, and the lobby, don't look exactly like the photos. This should not put you off from staying at Scala House; just revise your expectations of hotels in the UK based on the price that one is paying.
My wife, 3 daughters and I spent 9 days at Scala House last week. We found our apartment to be everything that their website had promised and more. The location of the building was perfect for our needs, being very close to Goodge St. station, Marks & Spencers, Tesco, and the British Museum. Scala House made a great base for all of our journeys in and around London. The apartment was very clean and comfortable.
For the third time, my family and I stayed at Scala House for a week-long visit to London. Located around the corner and a block away from the Goodge Street station and on a bus line, it is convenient to a pub (100' away), a couple or three restaurants--nothing pretentious, but adequate--around the corner from the Toy Museum, and a block away from supermarkets and an excellent fruit stand. Solicitous, more-or-less efficient desk, clean rooms -- kitchen with appliances, bath-and-a-half, sitting room with TV, 2 bedrooms (one with twin beds, the other with a double). Quiet and safe. Mostly an older clientele. You have to book well in advance. Most reasonable.
Love the Scala House
We have stayed at the Scala House twice and are booked into it again for our third trip to London. It is clean, warm, plenty of hot water and so convenient to the tube, grocery, news stands, and you can walk to the theatre and whitehall if you want.
It may be a little pricy for two people, but once you throw the third person it is worth the extra for the space, and the washing machine.
Ken and his staff couldn't be more helpful both before and during your stay in London. You can't miss!
Penthouse at the Scala
We stayed at the Scala House in June of 2003. Because there were 2 couples and we could split the expense, we rented the penthouse. Not only did we have a living room, dining room, kitchen, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, and a powder room, we had 120 feet of balcony running around 3 sides of the building. It was fabulous. The cost was roughly $1000/wk per couple, more than what we initially wanted to spend. The hotel was DEAD QUIET and the neighborhood was quiet. It is located around the corner fro the Goodge Street station. We felt that we had the best of all worlds. We had the convenience of an apartment but we still had desk staff who mail our letters and made phone calls for us. We would stay there again.