Travel Blogs from London
It's Sunday night now, and I haven't done an update in two and a half days.
I actually see that as a good sign. It's not that I haven't had anything to say, it's that I've been too tired at the end of the day to sit down & write.
So I guess chronological order would suit most people as I describe London, rather than experiential …
... them home from London?! We traveled for the first time on a double decker bus today to St. Paul's Cathedral. St. Paul's was beautiful. I have realized that the only problem with me living in London is the mixture of me being a klutz and the uneven sidewalks. I have fallen / almost fallen more than 13 times (I don't know the exact number because Jamie, the one who has made sure to keep track, is taking a shower now. Thanks ...
... and cheese baguette for breakfast before heading to our gate. We have to go through passport control again before getting to the gate - no problem, no one here! At the gate, we have a short wait before boarding the plane. The plane departs on time... we do our best to sleep and rest on this flight.
We arrive at Gatwick Airport, which is the airport south of London. After getting off the plane, we walk to passport control and then onto baggage claim. ...
... career in concerned or get settled into London life. Shortly after that, I will be heading to Liverpool and Brighton for music conferences.
Amongst all of these things I've been job hunting and doing interviews, and driving myself crazy making decisions about bed linen. Next week ...
... but the rooms are great, as is the view. But we are so disorientated and tired we don't know what to do, there seems to be so many important and conflicting priorities to be mastered. Jane tries to sleep but is too wired and becomes overwhelmed by the need to communicate and then fails to get the Kindle working. It seems to me my first priority is to make a film clip of the suite and am unsuccessful until my third attempt. Finally we sleep through our free ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe California London
Nice hotel, but room rather small.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews The California London
myself and my husband stayed here in october and found the rooms to be clean, with everything we needed for our stay.
the staff were friendly and helpful. we didnt have problem with niose at all. we are going back in december.
Watched by 'the man'
Hotel California was the second hotel I stayed at in the Argyle Square area. Based on internet research Hotel California, and it's sister hotels, had seemed clean, friendly, and well priced. While the hotel was generally clean, the staff were terribly rude to me and my guests. When two old friends attempted to follow me to my room to help me with baggage and retrieve personal items. It seems that the hotel staff actually might have believed that I was prostituting out of the hotel!!!!!! I still can't believe that they felt it was o.k. to make me so uncomfortable and embarrassed when actually paying for a service!!! Their handling of any questionablity was completely inappropriate. Generally I am a proponent of a businesses desire to make accomodations safer, but it seems that they don't understand that as a result of high exchange rates they might be receiving a higher calaber of international guest. As a result my stay was only one night, and I will never return or recommend any of their businesses.
Please Stop The Noise!
The location close to Kings Cross Station is convenient, and the wireless Internet access is a blessing, but the noise made this one of the worst hotel experiences of my life. A busload of students kept us up late three nights in a row. The staff was sympathetic but did little to enforce any quiet with the students. If that was not enough, construction at the nearby tube station (through 2006) lasted all day and could be heard some nights. I chose the hotel because I was traveling on business, but the lack of sleep made it an awful business decision. Try to get a room with a window off the street, and on a high floor where the students stomping on the ceiling won't keep you awake. As for me, I will never make the mistake of staying here again.
Easy access, heavy noise
In July 2004 I stayed at the Hotel California with my family for four days.
We found the hotel staff friendly.
The rooms are very small and not particularly clean. Our "en-suite" bathroom was in the closet!
Breakfast is OK but plates and cutlery not clean.
The neighbourhood is rough and noisy so we were secure knowing the front door is locked after dark.
We had a great time in London. The hotel is close to the tube with easy access to all attractions.
However, I wouldn´t stay there again.
Well worth the price
The single room was absolutely minuscule but surprisingly clean. The management was courteous and competent, and the English breakfast rather good as English breakfasts go. An excellent value at 35 pounds.
The Hotel California was superb, the art work was amazing, especially that eye in room 106, grreat! Anyway, the breakfast was awesome and the location was super. Boom shanks
Not so bad
I stayed here for 2 nights in November, 2003. I had read the reviews prior to booking, and was somewhat hesitant to try this hotel. It wasn't too bad! The room was very small (single), but having en-suite facilities was a plus. The "shower" is really the bathroom itself with a shower head above - very strange. I didn't have any noise problems, and my room faced the street. The stairwells are narrow and steep, so large luggages would be a problem. The breakfast is buffet style, and was fine. The neighborhood is a bit rough, but being a female traveling alone I had no problems, but I didn't go out alone after dark either.
King's Cross station is within eyesight of the hotel, which is very convenient. Don't arrive expecting much and you will be pleasantly surprised.
Not a repeat
June, 2003 Just returned from a 4 night stay at the Hotel California.
It was hard to rate the hotel, and it actually falls somewhere between 1 dot and 2. We hadn't read the first review before our trip, but it is pretty much right on. The neighborhood is pretty terrible. One evening we returned to see horsemounted police arresting a man just outside the front door and heard it was for crack cocaine use. (The desk clerk admits there are drug addicts all around.) Later in the evening he was back and doing something just outside again. Shouting on the street all night was constant. We know this because the room was stifling, and we kept the windows open. There is also street construction going on at night, and yes, the jackhammers were at it for a long time. The room was not well maintained or particularly clean. The breakfast was only okay with watered down juice and instant coffee. There is no lift, so all luggage must be lugged up stairs if you are on an upper floor. On the plus side, the internet access in the lobby was a nice feature. The desk clerk can sell you cold bottled water which we bought often. There is someone there at all hours, and the door is locked and you must be buzzed in. Also, there is an Italian restaurant nearby, Casa Mamma's, that is very good!
Hotel California is fine
I was pretty horrified when I read the review of the first reviewer as I had already booked for 20 students and myself.However, I found Hotel California to be just fine. Nothing fancy, simple yet decent, clean(!!!), nicely decorated and OK breakfast. The Hotel California people are nice and helpful. Other advantages are its central location and the reasonable rates. The two nights I stayed there it was quiet so perhaps the first reviewer was just unlucky.
California Hotel...Location Issue
I stayed at the California Hotel for a few nights in December 2002. It is a small, friendly hotel with all rooms en-suite, located on Belgrove, very close to the Kings Cross tube. The rate, 35 GBP, including breakfast, is hard to beat.
I had a single, and had asked, and received, a room with a window that opens. (I find London hotels exceptionally hot, no matter what season I go! Turns out, I needed that open window if I didnÂ’t want to fry.)
The room was small, as one would expect, with simple furnishings. The in-room safe was a nice touch. The bed was marginally comfortable. There are no telephones in the rooms, not a big deal to me.
But, unfortunately, this is where the good news ended for me. It was the location of the hotel that, after three nights of a scheduled eight, I said Â“enoughÂ”.
There is a factory across the street that apparently ran 24 hours a day. Whatever they make, it involves a lot of banging. There is construction going on at the nearby corner, and, at 2:00 am, I heard jackhammers. Every night, I was awake for about two hours, waiting for things to settle down.
But those elements werenÂ’t the last straw. Each night, outside my window, was yelling and verbal fighting, the Â“fÂ” word being the most common form of communication, sometimes being said to no one as a drunk spoke to himself at a volume that his friend across the Channel could hear. One night I heard a drug discussion.
That did it for me. The factory and contruction noice may keep me awake, but it's the freaky people that made me uncomfortable.
I know I canÂ’t hold the California Hotel responsible for the noise of the factory, and the construction will eventually finish. Do I hold them responsible for the drug dealing going on, and the yelling going on, literally, in front of their door? In the short term, no. In the long term, absolutely!
If it were MY hotel (or house, or neighborhood) I'd have the police on them on all the time. I donÂ’t mean to sound elitist, but things like that donÂ’t go on in my community because we say Â“Not In My Back Yard!Â”
All that said, the California Hotel isnÂ’t a bad choice if you can be assured of an inside room, and have no plans to come back too late.
P.S. This hotel is also known as Hotel California.