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So after making an executive decision that it would be a top idea to quit my job, move out of house and leave the country. I quit my job, moved out and booked flights to London. (Not in that order obviously) The first issue that arose from this great decision was a visa. Deciding to fly to England 6 working weeks before you leave is great. But UK visas take five working weeks to come back. So I made an appointment to get a visa. Which, through no ...
... like Macys! There was also a huge Christmas Carnival in Hyde Park that we walked around in for a while that had every delicious wintery food you could want! On our way out we got to see the Queen's Gate and real English soldiers patrolling on horses. Later that afternoon we went and toured The Tower of London which was really neat! Lots of interesting and scary history in that place. ...
I had a huge day today walking, initially set off in search of the Met - for Sean, after tubing to Earls Court from there swapped to the district line to West Brompton - no I didn't get lost, then I had to walk about 500 m to find this tiny little shop/historical museum. So I picked up the police badges, replica bobby hat and some mugs for the boys - eventually getting away from the guy who wanted to natter. As it was such a lovely day I thought I ...
... it now being 10 to 11 I jumped on the tube and got off after a few stops to practically sprinting to Buckingham but I was there with enough time and got a relatively good spot! I also saw Trafalgar square, Tower of London, Tower bridge and Big Ben before venturing to Notting Hill. After a walk in the rain along Portobello Rd with no luck finding the book store or tattoo shop from the movie I used google maps directions to find the blue door, took my photo and ...
... arrived, I went all positively down to the bank and low and behold got rejected again! Apparently that was nowhere near sufficient for the likes of HSBC!! So the Catch 22 persists.
Had to face it.. it was Tuesday which meant that work was due to begin for real at 9.30am the following day. God the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Stanley House London
I with my spouse, could hardly stay in the dark double bed room (about 9" * 10" sized room included double bed, cabin shower of 2" * 2" size, stained toilet, a cabinet and a small tele. Imagine the area you get for standing and luggage...) for about 5 minutes.
It would have given me NO satisfaction for £55/- per night charge (this included breakfast which did not fascinated me after looking at the room); hence moved to a much clean, spacious and decent hotel nearby. I think one really requires a good place to relax at the end of a busy day schedule and need to get refreshed for the next day. I think this place would simply be a FAILURE to provide even normal relaxation and satisfaction of the money spent.
Budget ... as promised
The Stanley Hotel delivers what it promises - a very basic hotel with just beds and a washbasin. Actually, the hotel description I got from bookings.org said that I should be finding a shower in the room while in fact, they were shared. In any case, do not forget the key deposit when checking out.
Even so, there was one particular receptionist who was probably around 50 or older who was very nice, especially to my wife and very very considerate, including bringing her some early breakfast because she had to leave before breakfast. Keep up the good work!
Watch the key deposit!
To be honest I really wanted to give this hotel five stars if the clerk didn't rip off the deposit fee when check out. He gave us the old English notes (5 pounds) that were useless for any shopping.
Accommodation, location, food, and room facility were all nice but the employee..
We have stayed at The Stanley House Hotel twice now; in January 2004 and November 2001, both for two nights.Although our room (en-suite with shower) was basic and rather small, it was also clean, comfortable and warm Â very important as it was the middle of winter both times! The main entrance was locked after a certain time in the evening, but we were given a key and could come and go as we pleased. Reception was manned 24 hours.A full English breakfast was included in the price of Â£45/room/night, which we felt to be very reasonable. However, it was only served until 9am, which we did find a little early, and so didnÂ t get to try it. The absence of a lift did not bother us (60 narrow stairs to our room on the top floor), but it could be something to take into consideration when booking.The location was ideal for our sightseeing trips to London, being just a few minutesÂ walk from Victoria Underground. Access to Gatwick via the Gatwick Express was also very quick and convenient.All in all, a very pleasant, friendly and centrally-located budget hotel. We will definitely be staying here on our next visit to London.
Do not stay here
Stayed there last minute through a booking agency. The room was horrible, dusty, smokey....felt ill the next morning from breathing it all in. Shared toilets are down the stairs, not very practical. Cooked breakfast was nice but did not make up for the room......
I found this hotel through a booking website. It sounded okay... and it was only 30 pounds a night. I figured, I would only be there at night so I shouldn't care about the amenities. I was so wrong. The hotel is located in a shady area of Belgravia ... very close to the huge Victoria station. My room was on the 5th floor and there was NO elevator and I had to lug up my heavy baggages on the steep steps. When I arrived in my room, it was pretty clean and the lights were dingy.
Good for last minute budget hotel
We arrived in London Nov. 7th 2003, with no prior hotel reservation. We stayed at the Stanley House Hotel thanks to the hotel desk at Gatwick, for 45 pounds. The hotel was old and the room was outdated as someone wrote earlier but for the price it was good. Breakfast was tasty and better than the breakfast at the Radisson Edwardian Grafton(we stayed there on a prior visit). The staff was friendly.The hotel was easy to get to, a short walk from Victoria Station. Overall we would say that this hotel was a decent place to stay at the last minute for the price.
Not at all fancy just a good place to rest your head.THE LESSON TO BE LEARNED HERE IS TO MAKE RESERVATIONS PRIOR TO YOUR ARRIVAL IN LONDON.
Excellent price, location not bad, a couple of minutes from Victoria Station. Rooms a little outdated, we particularly found the beds impossible to sleep in, saggy and lumpy mattresses. Frommer's was raving about this hotel and we were naive enough to believe it. Be sure to ask for a Big room, we paid 45 English pounds for one. What bothered me was the following: prior to my joining him, my spouse spent time in London for business, paid 35 pounds per night at Staneley Hotel; I joined him a couple of days later and our rate was increased by 10 pounds per night for staying in that same, extremely SMALL room. We left and returned at the end of our vacation for one night - what a shocker to see that bigger room, double in size, and we were charged the same as for the small, cramped room.
Stanley House is great on a budget
The hotel is an excellent location if flying into Gatwick. Direct train from the airport to Victoria Station and no further connection necessary, just a seven minute walk down the street. Rooms are not fancy but clean and some have bathrooms. To save a few bucks you can opt to use the community facilities. A hot english breakfast is included and served daily 7:30-9:00. The smell of bacon in the morning is a great way to wake up. A lot of other hotels provide continental breakfast only, if any at all. And make sure to negotiate, negotiate, negotiate on any quoted published rate. Rates are often cut during slow periods.