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 …
... of the only New Zealander playing at Wimbledon - Eravakovic who lost her mixed doubles match and a Mens - oops a Gentleman's Doubles Match and headed home at 8 ish. R, L & A went off together to grab sone food and S & S also grabbed some food before returning to the apartment.(IF) Article in paper of Phillip Morris Ltd, the owners of Marlboro cigarettes have brought an electronic cigarette company and profits had fallen - they must be worried!! ...
... a one that grabbed hold of your tongue, and the torturer would then twist it round and finally yank your tongue right out. Lovely. Another one would go into your mouth, and then by twisting a mechanism, it would expand inside your mouth until your teeth shattered, and eventually your jaw. Another room was devoted to Jack the Ripper, and another still to the plague. That was fun. We went into the doctor's office only to find that ...
... of Buckingham Palace. The palace itself I thought would be much larger... not that it was small by any means and the statues were amazing. What was not amazing was the sheer mass of humanity that would pile in and get in our personal space. I almost came to blows with an 80 year old woman who spoke no English and literally shoved me out of the way after I stood at the gate for 2 ...
... Palace, walking down The Mall, stopped to take a few happy snaps of the guards and saw the change of shift. We were right at the front. Obviously not as big a deal as the one at the Palace, but we were impressed anyway. We walked along Regent Street and took the kids to Hamleys Toy store. 6 floors of floor to ceiling toys. Their staff are amazing and actually encourage you to play, they have toys and games out ...
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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.
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.
June, 2003 Just returned from a 4 night stay at the Hotel California.
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.