St. Ermin'S Hotel - Autograph Collection
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We left for London this a.m., and on the way stopped at Blenheim Castle, birthplace to Winston Churchill.
My first impression was that it was grand, huge, and had this air of importance. When we began to walk around the grounds, I couldn't decide if it was pretty or ugly. As we were escorted around the interior, or should I say the …
Another glorious summer day. We took the train to The British Museum - The train system is so superior to ours. We had to change lines once one way and twice the other but zero wait for trains -- they are constant. Some have no doors between carriages and you can see and walk through from front to back . Some stations have these glass barriers that …
... Something I'll just have to work on I guess. I spent 3 hours there as well. It didn't feel like it, but when I looked at my watch as I was walking to the bus I realized just how long I had been in there, not including the queue for the women's washroom. When I left I wasn't going to make the walk again, so I found a bus stop and fortunately it had a bus to a station I actually knew. So I took my first bus ride in London. I also finally had good fish and chips, ...
... light, and had heard that the new iPhones had amazing cameras, thus hustling around last week to get one. Well, they would let you take pictures, without flash, but had the rooms so dark that most people couldn't take any pictures. I couldn't believe it, but my phone took a better picture of those ermine robes than my camera. You're welcome, Apple.
I walked back down into Kensington, up Kensington High Street, p************ Foods (don't worry, I'll return) and ...
... along. We see hippos bathing in the sun and then we see 3 crocodiles. It is midday and one of the hottest days of the trip. Even Simon our driver expresses how hot it is...both the hippos and crocodiles are having a midday snooze so there's not much action but it is still nice to see them. We then arrive at the spot for our picnic lunch. As we walk over to our picnic spot we hear a loud shriek from a Chinese lady near by as a monkey steals her ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews St. Ermin'S Hotel - Autograph Collection London
I stayed at this hotel Nov 18,2003 for 4 nights. The location is great!
Undoubtedly the Jolly St. Ermin has a great location, with a tube station and various attractions within walking distance....
We stayed at St. Ermin's in Sept. '03. The hotel is absolutely beautiful. The continental breakfast was excellent and included a big selection of fruits, cereals, yogurt, breads, sliced meats, juices, sweet rolls, coffee. We were originally given a very small room with 2 twin beds, which they exchanged for a much larger room with a king bed(at no additional cost). The staff and concierge were very accommodating. We had a very nice stay, but maybe it depends on what type of room you have as well as how many/what type of other guests are staying there.
Ok, let me qualify this a bit: Ermins is seriously unpleasant if you get the wrong room.
This hotel has a great location, a tube stop is just 1/2 block away - Westiminster Abbey/Parliment/Big Ben is 2 blocks one direction while Buckingham Palace is 2 blocks in the other direction. The hotel is charming, the rooms are VERY small, but since most are there to tour and only return to the room to sleep, they were acceptable. The problem that we had is related to the clientele that frequented the hotel while we were there. Since this is an Italian chain, most of the vacationers were Italian and there to have a great time! While it was sort of charming to see large groups of loud and boisterous folks having a good time - but at 2-3 am the charm quickly wore off. Because the hotel is ancient, the soundproofing left much to be desired. It was near impossible to sleep most nights between about 1-3 am. The lobby is beautiful, but about 99% of the clientele were chain smokers - so when the door to the lobby opened, billows of smoke emerged. It was impossible to sit in the lobby or the lounge area if you are a non-smoker. There were also some "creeps" in the lounge/bar, but heck, that happens all over the world. Be careful when you book to make sure you have a full English breakfast plan (not the continental breakfast).
I was pleasantly surprised by this excellent hotel. It is in a great location ( Westminster ), with subway ( tube ) around the block, major bus lines a block away on Victoria St and many major attractions within walking distance. It is a beautiful hotel that has been nicely restored. The staff is friendly and courteous. Don't miss spending some time in the hotel bar. The bartenders are excellent. The only cautions are that not all of the rooms have AC and the mattress in my room was a bit too soft. Even so, I would certainly stay here again.
Loved th St. Ermins 1st. class
Everything about the hotel & location is 1st. class. The help was super. They went above & beyond to help you out. Location right near the New Scotland Yard, (felt safe) with all their police cars parked near hotel. Was able to walk to the Palace and other attractions lots of restaurants in the neighborhood. Hope to stay again. Highly recommend this hotel.
The highlight of our trip
Earlier this year I picked the Jolly St. Ermin for my very first vacation, and my stay was so wonderful, I couldn't understand why other travellers we spoke to on the plane could dislike London!
The hotel was beautiful, the staff was friendly and helpful, the rooms were quiet and comfortable, the breakfast buffet was beyond belief, but probably the best thing about the hotel was the location. Everything we needed (shops, supermarket, postoffice, tube-station) was a short stroll in a very nice neighborhood.
We're now completely spoiled and will stay at the Jolly St. Ermin during all future trips to London.
Great Value in London (Westminster)
My spouse and I stayed 4 nights in late June 2003. Excellent value for London (just over $100/night) and great location: Tube stop around the corner (Circle Line-St James's), but short/easy walk to Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Parliament/Ben, London Eye, Embarkment (cruises), etc. Pubs/restaurants nearby. Hotel room was quiet, clean, air conditioned, comfortable and had everthing we needed (hair dryer, toothbrush, coffee, etc) on 3rd floor facing inward (hotel is "U" shape). Breakfast (continental..."full" avaliable) was good. Third stay in London but first at Jolly St Ermin's. We will definitely try to stay at St Ermin's next time, even if it costs more then.
This was a great hotel choice for the location. Just around the corner from a tube stop and 5-7 minutes walk to Westminster Abby and Buckingham Palace. We walked to and from the theater one evening and took the tube the next time. Our room(237) was large and lovely. Breakfast was included in a beautiful dining room. The staff were all pleasant and helpful. We would stay there again.