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... bi-sexuals, dykes on bikes, and even just the good old shirtless gay man. Every minority group was represented. Even the polish gay liberation front. Oh, and we taught the kids a valuable lesson about why you need to buy an oyster pass before traveling on a bus. It's a shame it was an expensive lesson for us. Please let me sleep till the sun rises in the country in which I am ...
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We rode down Whitehall street and saw the Horses Guard Parade. There were mounted sentries in the courtyard because we were blessed enough to be riding by when the changing of the Queens Life Guard was taking place. 10 Downing street was next. There is a gate at the entry to the street which surprised us. For some reason we assumed you could just walk by the prime ...
... in London before I left NZ, and found it was easy to get to the starting point at Westminster station from where I am staying. After that it was follow my notes and keep walking. What a lovely fine day it turned out to be and it didn't seem to be too crowded. At 65 years old I have what we used to call a Woolworths bladder, so I was on a constant lookout for public toilets (I drink too much tea and coffee). Anyway my first stop was ...
... the Caldonia Sleeper train about 8:30. Berths are tiny...beds = 6.5' X 2.5'...and only a floor about 6' X 1.5 '....but it was definitely a new experience...no outlets for the CPAP machine so was lulled to sleep by the sound of a braying donkey...most of you know that would be Roy's snoring. But before going to bed we went to the lounge car for a light, late dinner. While we were eating the train came to an abrupt stop. We could tell something was ...
... that impresses me. So, from Kensington Palace, we jumped the bus again to Hyde Corner, and then walked along what I think I saw was a sign saying The Diana Memorial Walk - no indication of why - to Buckingham Place for our 12.30 tour of the 12 "State" rooms. Tours only happen while the Queen is on hols, so with the last day for tours tomorrow, we were very fortunate to pick up a spot. Opulent and confrontingly so. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Tavistock Hotel London
The Tavistock was a good budget choice for us
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.
Since we were living in England at the time and had been traveling extensively in Europe, we were accustomed to the differences between lower-priced American hotels and European hotels of the same price range. The European budget hotels tend to have smaller rooms and be more basic than you would find in the USA. Now, I know this is a sweeping generalization and there are many, many exceptions to this "rule", but this is what my family and I have found.
We found the Tavistock to be very clean and the staff were quite friendly and accommodating. Everything worked (the plumbing, the lights, etc.). We had a room without a view, with two twin beds and a rollaway-type bed brought in for our daughter.
The room was clean, but basic. Aesthetically disappointing. BUT THE PRICE WAS RIGHT AND OVERALL IT WAS A VERY GOOD DEAL. If it is important to you to have a very pretty-looking place to stay, then the Tavistock is not for you since it looks a little shabby. On the other hand, if you want to be reasonably centrally located in London, and have a clean, safe, place to lay your head at night at a very good price compared to most hotels in London, then the Tavistock just might be a very good choice for you.
I would not stay there again, since I really need to have a pretty place to relax in during the day. However, my husband liked it a lot and thought it was a great deal and would definitely stay there again!
A full English breakfast (served cafeteria-style) was included in our room rate. Recent reviews I've just read indicate that perhaps they are now serving only a "continental" type breakfast. We were satisfied with our English breakfast, but it could have been better. If I could afford it, I'd stay at the Millennium Britannia again. But if staying at the Tavistock was the only way I could be in London, I would definitely stay there again. I've seen other "budget" hotels in London, and tthe Tavistock seems to be a notch better than most of them.
You get what you pay for. Again, if you don't mind a little shabbiness, the Tavistock could be a great deal for you!
Nice place, great location, excellent value
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.
Museum five minute walk. Many restaurants,grocery stores, post office, two small parks nearby. Our rooms overlooked Tavistock Park and some trees were blooming already. One day I accidentally left a diamond ring and a gold necklace on the dresser when I went out before the room was made up. Not a good idea but they were there when I returned hours later. Obviously, our maid was the best. The rest of the staff was courteous and helpful throughout. A very happy stay.
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.
A good choice
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)!
The room has enough space for two big suitcases on the floor and a confortable bed. Everything could be newer, I know, but at least the television had a remote control! The bathroom was ok and clean, as well as the bedroom. The service was also ok, like breakfast, as I knew what to expect (toast, butter, jam, milk, coffee and tea) and I don't usually have egg, bacon, cereal in the morning. And there was free newspaper at the front desk! Besides all of that, the hotel was well located. Tips: pizza to go at Ask (Southampton Row) for 4.95 pounds; Sainsbury market at Holborn tube station; the convenience store located at Southampton Row (near the Royal National) is cheaper than the one in front of the Russell Square tube station.
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 it
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.
Good For Cheap Stay
I've stayed at the "The Big Barn" (one of Londons
largest hotels) six times. Each visit was motivated by a) the cost and b) the location.
The Tavistock is the kind of place that you stay at when the expense account isn't covering the cost and you aren't on your dream vacation. The beauty of this hotel is that you don't go home with a financial hangover even though you stayed at a place that is close to much of the London action. The hotel is only 2 blocks from the Russell Square
Tube stop. This is part of the Piccadilly line, which runs to popular places such as Covent Garden, Leicester Square, and Piccadilly Circus.
Here are the caveats:
1) Request a room away from the street. The traffic never stops and the windows seal about as well as a sandwich bag on its thirtieth use,
2) The rooms, while offering most everything that one would require and expect at such a low rate, are utilitarian and sport all the luxury of a Klingon battle cruiser,
3) And finally, check-ins can be hit or miss. You either arrive to a perfectly open and ready front desk or one that is swamped by one of the many tour groups that frequent the hotel.
Overall, Id give Tavistock a wobbly thumbs up. What it lacks in ambiance it tends to make up with price and location.