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LONDON Today is May 9 2009 and I arrived at the Royal National Hotel in London at 7pm to check in for the trip. I met a few Aussie people straight away, from all over Australia. It looks like the trip will be pretty packed. I've got everything I need and am ready to go; exciting. Not looking forward to getting up at 5am in the morning though. I'm …
Arrived safely from Seoul (where we stayed in the Hyatt so quite flash!), went to the Contiki basement where we got told we had been ˙pgraded┤┤to the Tavistock hotel. it was okay, tidy and clean but freakin hot! Way too hot for us, ugh. Started out early and got the tube to the Tower of London at 9.30, no lines and walked right in, ssaw the crown …
... br> Monday to Thursday I worked. Nick had Wednesday and Thursday off where he decided to go sightsee and visit some museums lucky for him. Turns out two of those days I was the music teacher and I found out something about myself... I cant teach music! I have no idea what I am doing. The second day they didn't even have a plan for me so I made it up. I did however stick to what I know best. We made an Aussie orchestra where I got the kids to make animal sounds ...
... leave. George IV made a giant golden goblet. It could fit 144 bottles of wine in it . He didn't even get to use it before he died. The tower was used as a palace and as a prison. Only special people were beheaded at the tower over the last 1000 years. One of the most famous Kings to live at the tower was Henry VIII. He ate lots.He had six wives - Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived! ...
... the runway. After a long gruelling 22 hour flight we landed in London; and with only 24 hours before our next flight to Berlin, we did what any tourist would do.... Walk like crazy!! We managed 2 hours sleep in our hotel before setting off on the Tube for our first stop Westminster. The amount of tourists at Big Ben and Westminster is kinda overwhelming. You struggle to get a photo where no one walks in front of the camera or accidentally photo bombs ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Tavistock Hotel London
My husband, 12-year-old daughter, and I stayed at the Tavistock in London in 2001. We were living in Winchester, England at the time, so we didn't need to stay in hotels very much in London. We usually stay at 4-star hotels, such as the Millennium Britannia in Mayfair, however, this time we were looking for something more reasonable. We chose the Tavistock at the recommendation of some other Americans who were looking for a good deal.
I stayed at the Tavistock from Feb. 24 to Feb. 29,2004 and was entirely satisfied-- a good start when, after a long red eye flight , my room was ready when I arrived to a friendly welcome around noon. The lobby is art deco and was always peaceful. Street noises never bothered me (but I have lived in NYC). For a budget two star hotel at a great price (through British Airways), it surpassed expectations. My clean single room was good sized and had plenty of storage and floor space. Good lighting, too. Decor is simple but cheerful. Carpet could do with replacing. TV big and worked well. Plumbing was fine and plenty of hot water for the deep bath/shower. You can borrow a hair dryer or converter plug from housekeeping. Bring your own kleenex.My adult son arrived a few hours after I did and was given an adjoining room with a connecting door, a convenient arrangement that we did not think to request. Included Continental bkfst. with all-you-can-eat fresh rolls,toast, jam, juice and tea or coffee was fine. Location perfect in pleasant Bloomsbury neighborhood close to all major attractions including West End via nearby tube or bus. Airbus a block away. Brit.
Clean, decent, and no problems with service
My husband and I stayed at the Tavistock in October 2004. We've previously stayed at everything from b & bs to budget to 4 star hotels in London and found the Tavistock a decent if not luxurious place to stay. The location is conveniently close to a tube station, small restaurants and stores.Our room was clean and comfortable and everything worked, unlike the experience other reviewers seem to have had. The view was limited to an air shaft, but hey, we were only in the room to sleep.The breakfasts were included with the room and consisted of a buffet with a choice of hot and cold foods. We liked the ham and the porridge especially.Altogether, we found the Tavistock several steps up from the ghastly Royal National Hotel at the other end of the block and worth the money.
When there was no room at the inn !
We had been reccomended to another establishment by friends, but upon our arrival discovered it was completely inadiquate for our young child (18 months). We hot footed it round to the Tavistock, (where we had spent millenium new year as a couple) and were treated like royalty in comparison to our previous abode. The room we were given was specificlly intended for parents with a toddeler, with lots of room for running round !
We had a lovely time.
This review is actually a token of my gratitude, as my hotel choice was made based on some Tripadvisor reviews of London hotels. The one with the most reasonable reviews was Tavistock. So I picked this and... it was a good choice (of course it all depends on what you are used to)!
What a joke!
We stayed at the Tavistick hotel in October for 5 nights. Even though I was aware that it was a 'budget hotel' I was not prepared for the run down quality of the place.
The staff was not too friendly, bordering on rude actually. The room was run down, the lights didn't all work, the toilet didn't flush and my bed broke when I sat on it! Since the toilet didn't flush we changed rooms which seemed to be a bother to the staff! So when we finally found a new room the heat was blasted on (must have been 40 degrees Celsius in the room) and couldn't be turned off. At that point we were so tired we took it and opened the window wide. They had to call a plumber who came in the morning and finally turned it off.
Over all a disappointment.
I spent 4 nights at this hotel in September this year. Contrary to the comments posted by other travellers, I found the hotel service terribly poor. Most of the facilities in the room did not work properly, including the door lock, tap, lightings, etc. When I asked the hotel staff to fix the door lock, I was told that it was "designed" in such a way that it could not be locked for fire precaution purpose!!!!! Just can't believe a staff in the hospitality industry told such a lie to customer.Most of the staff is rude and impolite. Do not choose this hotel unless you want to have some unpleasant experience in London.
We loved staying at the Tavistock! The first thing you see when you arrive is the lovely Tavistock Square across the street. Then you are greeted in the charming deco style lobby. I'll admit, I was a little disappointed when I first saw our room. It seemed so small and had twin beds! But it didn't take long to get over that initial disappointment. We weren't here to hang out in the room, so who cares if it's small? Besides, the view overlooking the square was beautiful. I read another review here that said the street noise was too loud. We didn't have that problem at all. We slept with the windows wide open and our sleep was never disturbed.The location is great, just two blocks from the Russell Square tube station. Of course, if the tube isn't for you, it's very easy to catch a taxicab in front of the hotel. The British Museum is just a short walk away
Convenient and Clean
Just spent 9 days at the Tavistock. It was just what my wife and I wanted--centrally located, clean and quiet, inexpensive hotel. Most of the people staying at the Tavistock were "older" and were not the backpacking hoards we've encountered at other hotels in Bloomsbury. Not as upscale as the Kenilworth and Marlborough where we've stayed before, and certainly a notch above the Royal National where we've also stayed. The Tavistock is perfect if you plan to do a lot of sightseeing during the day and just want a place where you can crash at night. My only complaint? If you forget your room voucher you can forget about getting into breakfast. All in all, the Tavistock exceeded our expectations.