Travel Blogs from London
So far, so good. We departed a bit late, slept a tiny bit on the way over and are now in the star alliance lounge at LHR airport, awaiting our departure for Brussels. Hugo has now had his first European meal - free breakfast in the lounge. And, we are not yet desperately ...
... by the London Aquarium and the London Eye before crossing back again on the Waterloo bridge. We saw the home of Charles Dickens as well as the London School of Politics and Economics where Michael Jagger attended before he changed his mind about politics, changed his name to Mick, and became the lead singer of the Rolling Stones. Cathedral was our first stop. We got a few pics in the rain then hurried inside so we wouldn't get soaked.
... it was impressive, however I must admit that everything I saw today seemed smaller and more ordinary than my memories of seeing the same sights were as a 14 year old boy. Funny that.
When I got to St James park I stopped to eat a couple of sandwiches I had packed with a can of orange, and then of course had to find another toilet. I had to walk to the palace first and take a few photos, and then I saw a sign showing toilets on ...
... They were, of course, delicious. We then grabbed our pregame supplies and began getting ready for the night back at her house. Several bottles of wine and selfies later, we were on our way to Tiger Tiger in Manchester for what is commonly called "Koosdays". Obviously that's a play on the word Tuesday, but I am unsure about the nomenclature of the Koo portion.
Let's just say I behaved in a way that would secure me a spot on an MTV show. I'll leave it to your ...
... next. We saw the guard and the balcony where the Royals stand and wave to the commoners. The ironwork and masonry details were awesome!! Also, gained a better perspective of just how many flowers were brought here when Diana died....mind boggling! On our way to St. Paul's Cathedral we rode around Trafalgar Square and past Westminster Abbey and other landmarks too numerous to name. Our next stop was the London ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Thanet Hotel London
Great place to stay
This is a great little hotel. The room was very small, but that is to be expected. The place was very nice, clean and well kept. The staff was very friendly and helpful. It takes only a couple of minutes to walk to the nearest tube stop. I would certainly stay here again on my next trip to London.
Only good things to say!
Me and my boyfriend went to London this year for a romantic Valntines weekend. We actually booked the hotel next door, which turned out to be awful (beware the Lonsdale!!) so we tried Thanet next door. The staff were extremely helpful, the room clean and comfortable. The location is brilliant, and the prices very reasonable. I would recommend this lovely little hotel to anyone.
My 3rd stay.
Just retunred from my 3rd stay - a full 2 weeks - and I find the owners, location, hospitality top drawer. Nearby locations to fine restaurants, tube and bus tours, direct tube to Heathrow and walking distance to British Museum, West End, Trafalger Square. Recent interior improvements while the rooms remain rather small, I don't stay for the creature comforts but the other ammenities. A tour book a few years listed them as the best value in London and I have found it to be true. Great for couples and singles, not large families. A solid recommendation.
Nice stay in October 2003
Just returned from six nights at the Thanet, a small, clean and well maintained B&B with good breakfast and a wonderful location. Though we booked a double, we got a good-sized triple (#4 on the second floor - first floor in Britain) with a huge window overlooking the quiet street. Bath was small, but clean (nice blue tile floor) and useable.
Floors and beds are creaky (kind of like visiting Grandma's old house), but the staff was nice and friendly. Two blocks to Holborn or Russel Square tube, 1/2 block to British Museum, grocery, drug store, eateries close by, but quiet at night. 15 - 20 minute walk to Covent Garden/Leicester Square/Theaters. If you want space and luxury look elsewhere, but if you are like us and prefer a clean, safe, affordable, and well located place to stay for the few hours you are sleeping and showering or eating a nice English breakfast (the rest of the time you should be out soaking up London!), this is a good option.
I stayed at the Thanet Hotel during my London vacation in September,
03. I was very happy with my choice as I found the Thanet staff
friendly and helpful. Richard and his staff assisted with directions
and suggestions to my visit. My room was nice, clean and refreshed
daily. The hotel was well kept and a nice building. Also, breakfast at
the Thanet was excellent. In addition, the hotel was close to bus stops
and the Russel square underground station which was very helpful to
Home from home
Im glad to only have positive things to say about this lovely hotel. My family and I had five days at the Thanet in August. The first thing we noticed was how clean and well maintained the hotel was, its a listed building too which added to its charm.We had a lovely room overlooking the street which was very comfortable and clean. The location is really central, which meant tube use was minimal - handy as our trip was in mid summer!The staff were welcoming and friendly which really did make the Thanet feel like, a home from home.We will definitley stay at the Thanet on our next trips to London.
Perfect location, reasonably priced
I stayed at the Thanet for a week in December of 2003.
My room was a double with a very high ceiling. Inside, the beds were budget, as were most of the in-room ammenities. But as a seasoned traveller, as long as it's safe and clean, I don't care. The heater worked great, which was important in the frigid winter temperatures.
The room had one large window that looked out frontwards towards the street. I enjoyed sitting in the window and watching the world pass by.
The location of the hotel really was better than I ever imagined. I'd never stayed near Russel Square before, but now I believe it's the place to be. Russel Square itself is lovely, but it's surrounded by a number of large hotels. The Thanet is thankfully tucked about a half-block away. It's close enough to enjoy all the restaurants that cater to the tourists, but far enough away that you never notice the bustle.
At the Thanet you are also walking distance from three tube stations and all the busses that run along Oxford st. It is a VERY convenient place to be. Very quiet but also very central. I have usually stayed in west-London, but getting back there (especially late at night) can be a bit expensive.
I think my favorite part about the location was its proximity to the British Museum. It is literally around the corner. As the main exhibition halls are free, it was lovely to just stop in on a whim and have a look around whenever I felt like it.
Lastly, I found the staff very enjoyable. Richard and his wife are very nice, and the staff from top to bottom was quite polite and friendly.
And what you may have read about the breakfast is true. I'm not much of a morning-eater, but I found myself up at the crack of dawn to make it to the breakfast room on time:)
In summary, the Thanet is a very nice, clean, quiet hotel in a perfect location. The accomodations are not 'classy' per se, but they are very comfortable and definately reasonable.
Good location, okay hotel
We stayed here in July, 2003. The front of the hotel was still enclosed
in scaffolding, as the previous reviewer suggested, but no work was
going on while we were there. Our experience was mostly positive: the
floor was level and the beds were comfortable. Readers should be aware
that there is no elevator, which could problematic if you have mobility
problems and are on the top floor. You should also request a room in
back: rooms in front get a lot of street noise, despite the fact that
Beford Place is only one very long block long--cars really zoom down
The positives are twofold. First is an excellent location, just a block and a half from the British Museum, and halfway between the Russell Square and Holborn tube stops. The second is an extremely helpful staff. The owners really go out of their way to provide advice on how to get to different places by bus, etc. I've stayed in better places in London for the same price, but also places that are significantly worse.
We stayed at the Thanet Hotel in June, 2003 for 6 nights. The entire front of the hotel was encased in scaffolding. The room we were given was spacious by London standards but the floor was slanted to such a degree that we were dizzy. The head of the bed was lower than the foot of the bed! - just like the Frommer's Guide said. I had asked them about this on the phone when we made reservations but they told me it was nonsense. We immediately asked if we could have another room and to their credit they did try to help us but the other room they showed us was slanted even more! We were not able to open the windows or the curtains or relax in our room during the day because of the workmen standing right outside our room on the scaffolding and pounding on the walls and window frames. Once a workman even opened our window from outside as I was changing during the day! The staff did try to get another room for us but they never did acknowledge that the situation was unacceptable. They should have informed the guests of these problems up front. Finally we were moved to another room at the back of the hotel for the final 3 nights. This room was better but had a skylight that let in the full sun at 4:30 A.M.! We advise that you see the room you will be staying in before you commit to it. Better yet, don't risk it!
Loved the Thanet
I stayed at the Thanet Hotel in January 1996. It was a single (for one) room on I believe the second floor facing out onto the street. The hotel was straight out of Mary Poppins, and I loved my stay. It was exactly what you want to find when looking for the British Bed and Breakfast experience.