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... with Sian and Steve for another night we visited the Edinburgh museum of modern art. It was lovely to see Struan and Lily again. Another lovely meal followed by pool and cigars and whiskey for some -On the way down to see the cousins we stopped off to see Hadrian's Wall. We had dinner with Jane, Rodger and Tom at the Blue Cap -We walked around Chester with Jane and Rodger the next day; Roman wall, visited yet another Wetherspoons and had a tea in the ...
... but, again, I digress. We ordered two more desserts in addition to the gifted one. After all, we were at St. John! Bread pudding & butterscotch sauce was amazing; almost the consistency of a soft ginger cake complete with raisins and dried citron inside, served with a scoop of ice cream with butterscotch sauce ALL over it...yum! The second dessert was "Malt burnt cream." Though I had never heard of such a thing, it seemed that this would likely be a creme ...
... They refused to reprint my ticket despite the fact I had just come off the bus. As I was unable to get back on again, we explored the area around Big Ben, the British House of Parliament, and Westminster Abbey. It was late afternoon by this time, so we used our ticket for a free ferry ride on the Thames River. By now I was exhausted, with the effects of my rapidly impending flu well and truly having kicked in. Consequently, most of my time on the ferry was spent ...
... moving walkways. The jewels are not just one crown or chalice but a collection from the different monarchs over time. All in all there would have been about 10 different crown. QEII is the newest and contains a ridiculously large diamond in the centerpiece. After the jewels I headed back on the tube and took some time in the hostel to plan out how I wanted to spend the last day I had in London. As I had the London pass I really wanted to hit as many things that I could get for free ...
... of the free bars which was fun! We got back kind of late, so it was nice I didn't have anything Saturday so I could sleep in! I'm currently waiting on my laundry, because I leave for mini break tomorrow! I'm so excited to be in Scotland tomorrow, but even more excited to travel to Munich, Germany to see Ana on Thursday! It's going to be so nice living Ina house for a bit, hiking the mountains in southern Germany, and just seeing my best friend ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Belgrave London
Much better than expected
After some of the previous reviews here, our expectations weren't very high. But, the hotel was above average for a London tourist class hotel. The room we had was a good size (again, for London - don't expect big!), with very high ceilings (maybe 20 feet). The room was VERY clean, and kept clean. We were on the second floor, and the noise wasn't very bad at all. The bathroom was also extremely clean, and was thoroughly cleaned every day. The heater was set fairly high, but we finally managed to get it turned down - however, the staff seemed to turn it back up every day. Unlike other hotels we have stayed in, the windows would open, so we could cool the room off at night before bed.
It was apparent that the hotel has recently been remodeled/refurbished, and this may be why it is in better condition than previous remarks may suggest. Overall, I will almost definitely stay in this hotel next visit to London - but I would definitely try for a better rate than they have posted - we payed less than half of their posted rate when we booked (but we booked through Expedia).
Satisfactory with one big caveat
The hotel is very conveniently located, although there are certainly much more interesting areas in London. This stretch of Belgrave Road is a trove of tourist-class hotels, with the Tate Gallery the only major institution nearby, although I would estimate it's almost a fifteen-minute walk from the hotel to the museum.
We did not have terribly high expectations, given the very reasonable rate we received through an online consolidator (Expedia, perhaps) for under $100 per night.
The room was on the first floor, and as others have said, was very clean. I suspect the hotel had had a facelift in the previous year: the hallways were freshly painted and newly carpeted. Being on the ground floor, the room featured a very high ceiling.
Having said that, we discovered that these terrace houses--or at least this one--were built with very little sound insulation and no air space between floors. Although there were no rooms on either side of us, we could hear every pounding footstep of the guest in the room above us, and for some reason, he traipsed heavily when he came in after midnight and again when he rose at 6:00 a.m. I'm a heavy sleeper, but he woke even me up when he came in and when he arose. The last night of his visit he left for the airport at 4:00 a.m., having returned only two hours previously, meaning that he kept me up while he paced back and forth to pack. The poor night clerk wasn't able to do much, since the hotel was sold out. The guest our next and last night was, I was told, a "lady doctor," and we could hear her every step as well, although she was much more graceful than her predecessor.
My suggestions are to request a room on the top floor, if you're at all sensitive to this kind of noise, or to consider another tourist-class hotel, perhaps one in a somewhat more interesting area, such as Bloomsbury.
Not worth it
We spent extra money thinking for our first night we would go a little higher than we usually do. The bed was a fold out couch, rather uncomfortable. No breakfast was included. We then stayed in our regular lower price range hotels for several nights and had comfortable bed and delicious breakfasts provided.
Great small hotel
Great moderate price hotel. The staff was very helpful, especially Mariya at reception, The hotel was very clean and it was convenient and central to most sites. The bus was only a short walk from the hotel and there were many local restaurants in the vicinity. Te people in general were very kind and helpful. We enjoyed our stay in London, it should have been longer.
Plain but Clean
The one thing about the room that was most impressive to me and most important to me: Its cleanlinesss. This hotel has first class housekeeping. The room and bathroom were small, but clean. The bath tub was narrow, but very deep and I enjoyed bathing. Our room was kept spic and span. Breakfast was passable. But, it can stand improvement. Its only 4 pounds if you let staff know the night before ~ otherwise 9 pounds. It is near the center of fun: Parliament, the Tate, Victoria Station.
One step above a dump
This hotel has definitely seen better days--at least I hope it has. There's a very small, depressing lobby, dingy hallways, tiny elevator. My room was the smallest I've ever stayed in anywhere since my pup tent days. It's about a 10 minute walk to Victoria Station, but not especially near any tourism sites of interest. It's passable if you are on a tight bdget, but you should be able to do better than this. The Quality Hotel Eccleston, marketed by the same chain and up the street closer to Victoria Station is much better (though still not great) at a comparable price.