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Today was built into our itinerary to allow for some recovery. After a late breakfast we decided to go for a walk to try to get our bearrings for the city. The streets of London are non stop busy, whether it is 11am or 11pm, you are constantly dodging traffic and people. I have also noticed that people will walk where they please and I can already …
After a slight sleep in to 8.30am (not my usual 10am Sunday lay in!) we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast. It was a real treat to have an omelette made to my preference rather than the usual scrambled or poached eggs on offer at the Strand Palace Hotel.
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We traveled to London and stayed at the Strand Palace hotel for two nights prior to traveling back to Melton Mowbray. The hotel is ideally located in the Strand convenient for the theatres. Just around the corner was Covent Garden and within easy walking distance to the embankment, Trafalgar Square. Slightly further was St James Park, Houses of …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsStrand Palace Hotel London
Excellent central location. Just across from theatres. Covent garden just around the corner. Great walks along the Strand to Trafalgar square, houses of Parliament and the Embankment. Leicester Square easy walk and for the fitter strollers Tower Bridge and the Southbank are all good walks to enjoy the ambiance of a great capital city. We also walked to St James Park and Buckingham Palace but took a ferry past the Tower of London to Greenwich and a train back. Good hotel as HQ and well looked after
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First off, I would recommend booking through a travel agent, not directly from their website. You'll get much cheaper rates as a rule. We paid about $270CAD (2008) a night for a twin on weeknights and slightly higher for a double on the Easter Weekend. The Strand Palace isn't a budget hotel but it's not hugely expensive either. It worked ok for the two of us sharing the cost for the room.
This location is an excellent one, right on the edge of Covent Garden with excellent transportation links. It's on a main bus line with Aldwych near by for more busses and several tube stations within very short walking distance.
The hotel is about 100 years old so some of the rooms are a bit small. Our twin room had the door open right into the hallway without any entryway so no noise buffer zone. We noticed the noise clearly from the hallway.
The double room I had over Easter was fairly large and bright and faced the Strand so there was some traffic noise even on the 7th floor. My mother's single room was small but bright and cozy. The double and single here both had little hallways between the door and room so were quieter aside from street noise.
The hotel hallways, carpeting and doorways on the room floors can be a bit worn down looking though inside the rooms themselves, the decor is nice and fresh. The lobby and restaurants are very nice. Food very good. Carvery restaurant does good full breakfasts and a nice carvery meal as well. Staff were always very nice and helpful and cheerful to us. Concierge was excellent.
You can get some good deals at various times but overall the hotel is a little expensive but worth it for the location.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Strand Palace Hotel London
Go for location not looks...
Stayed several nights with a university group - I had researched and this place is nothing like their website! I think we lucked out and had a bit larger room than everyone else and it wasn't that big. The staff is efficient but waste nothing on being helpful or warm. (I guess they save that for the conceierge so he can work on a tip!) Also, beware the included continental breakfast. Again, efficient, it has cereal, croissants, and fruit from a can, but not warm or inviting by any means. The one saving grace, it has a great location by the underground and Coventry Garden and several shows.
Horrible - Dump
I have never been so horrified in my life. Walking down long smelly corridors with swinging doors, I felt my heart sink as I opened the door to our "room" (questionable term). The wallpaper was falling off, strange odors, mildew collecting on the bathroom ceiling. The bedding was stained, smelly blanket from the 1960's and a buzzing TV. I am a seasoned traveler and this has to be the worst place I have ever stayed. We left early the next morning - I would have rather slept in the train station but luckily, I found a lovely hotel in Covent Garden with a marble bathroom and all of the modern amenities for the same exact price as the Flea Bag Strand (Palace???) Hotel! Funny though - the staff was very cordial almost purposefully oblivious to the horror looming above!STAY AWAY - VERY FAR AWAY!
Not so great
We stayed at The Strand Palace, and were not very impressed. Our room was so tiny, and didn't look ANYTHING like what is on their website. Not to mention that We had to go through 3 sets of swinging double doors to get to our room through a maze of hallways, and past the laundry room. And to make ANY phone call, just picking up the phone and dialing, was 2lbs a minute! Luckily there are pay phones off of the lobby. The staff wasn't very friendly either. The location is very good though, easy to get to the tube station.
Wouldn't go back
I stayed in the Strand Palace in December 2001 and was given the smallest room possible in the world. I know that some people say that London hotel rooms are small but I didn't have room to swing a rat, never mind a cat! The bed covers were old and ratty and the carpets worn. The bathroom was so small and definintely needed some refurbishment. To top it off we had a fire alarm at 3:00 in the morning and had to walk down 6 flights of stairs, to stand in the freezing cold, only to come back in 30 minutes later, with no apology from the hotel staff whatsoever.
For Me Location Wins
I stayed at the Strand Palace twice - September 2002 and March 2003 (10 days). For me location is key as I may see 10-12 plays, especially at the National Theatre on the South Bank. Just a short walk over Waterloo Bridge. West End theatres also handy and Covent Garden. There's a big new Sainsbury market nearby for snacks and drinks.My rooms - one very small, one bigger after I complained - were clean, comfortable and cheerful. Big English breakfast; breakfast room very crowded at weekends when groups arrive en masse. I visit London every year once or twice and have stayed in hotels of all sizes in all parts of town. Convenience counts for alot if you don't want to wait a long time for the bus or take the tube to Notting Hill! It's nice to be able to stop in for a respite before heading out for the evening when you're centrally located.In my price range there is no ideal London hotel, so location wins.
My family of 3 stayed in a triple for 9 nights in Feb. 2003. The room was clean and efficient, though somewhat small. The continental breakfast was more than adequate for us, and they served the best coffee, with cream, which we didn't find at all places. In addition to the terrific location, the concierge was wonderful. We acquired almost all our entry tickets through them, at the regular price, and avoided the long entrance lines. After being there for so many days, we were greeted by name! We also had some late night dinners in Johnson's Cafe, good food and moderately priced (for London). We would definitely saty here again.
Great Location, So-so Accomodations
I stayed here just after Christmas for a few days. The location can't be beat - it's within walking distance to so many great attractions, shopping areas, tube stations, places to eat, etc.
The accomodations were ok. My room was small for the price and intermittently noisy thanks to room doors that slam shut quite loudly - the walls were also fairly thin. However, the tea setup in the room was nice, the tv was fine (and it had a clock in it and a wakeup call option), things were pretty basic but in ok shape. The twin bed was lacking support and perhaps the worst piece of furniture in the room. I didn't get any street noise however, because I had an interior room overlooking a dreary atrium.
My interactions with the staff were all very pleasant, except when the maid threw out (one assumes) my earplugs that were in a plastic case on the bedside table (!) thankfully I had an extra pair! It just boggles my mind why such a thing would disappear. Ha ha. After that I tucked everything possible into my bags in the closet when I left for the day, and even left the "do not disturb" sign up all day for one day.
Overall, it was reasonably good and I suppose the price for something so basic can be chalked up to the fabulous location in a city that's not cheap. I would probably stay here again, although it wasn't so great that I wouldn't try somewhere else either.
A diamond in the rough -- but a good choice
We just got back from a week long holiday in London. Overall our hotel stay turned out to be just fine. However, we had to take a stand to get a room with which we were satisfied. We booked our vacation through Go Today Travel and had requested a non-smoking room. Upon checking in it was clear from the smell of the room that we were not in a non-smoking room. We had to speak to the staff twice, and needed to use our assertiveness skills to get changed to a suitable room...initially we were given excuses..."the hotel's completely booked" then, low-and-behold...two non-smoking rooms materialized that worked out fine. The hotel is older and somewhat worn, the matresses were soft and unsupportive. But the location is just great walkable to so many sights, the service fine, and the breakfast more than adequate. Also, we saved quite a bit by booking through Go-Today.
Christmas In London
The Strand Palace is ideally located on the Strand, within walking distance of Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross Rail Station, Embankment Tube Station, National Gallery, St. Martin in the Fields, Covent Garden, St. Paul''s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, British Museum, the Temple, West End. You can find cheaper places to stay, but why waste time getting from your hotel to where you really want to be?
The rooms were nice without being fancy, medium size, ice machines on the club room floors. We stayed on the Club Room floor and had a secure .. only Club Room guests had keys .. meeting room for our group. There was a television, VCR, small kitchen, phone, comfortable chairs .. our own living room while we were in London. A couple of evenings, we brought in wine and cheese to consume while we watched a movie together. The Club Room floor is only a few dollars more and well worth it. Continental breakfast included fruit, cereal, rolls, bread, yogurt, coffe, tea, milk, etc. For 3GBPs more, you could get a full, cooked breakfast. Staff is friendly and helpful.
After a long day traipsing around London, I returned to my room to find a gift from the hotel on my bed. Inside a lovely green box was a delicious fruit cake .. totally different from the US idea of a fruit cake. This one was good!
This will be a hotel we'll stay in again.
Standard, Few Frills, Excellent Location
Have stayed on business here many times (totalling several months).
Standard Rooms are clean and basic. Most are adequately sized, though there are some that feel no larger than a cupboard. Executive rooms slightly better, plus have use of a separate lounge area.
Try not to get a room around the rear of the hotel, as night time deliveries/refuse collections can be noisy.
Breakfast is reasonable and evening meals are very nice. Room service selection is not large but suffices for occasional calls. 2 Bars, 1 open late; so expect to have headache in the mornings.
The location is excellent; right in the heart of the entertainment. Lots of restaurants and everything in walking distance.