Edward Lear Hotel
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Our home in London
I was absolutely shocked to read the review about the bed bugs in the Edward Lear. My family and I have been coming to this lovely hotel for the past 8 years and never found any reason to complain. The staff is always kind and available, the rooms are clean and all have a personal touch (not like the cold hotels that look all the same all over the world). Besides, the location is absolutely fabulous (about two minutes from Oxford street). I would recommend the Edward Lear without hesitation, it has truly become our home in London.
Bed bugs do bite here
We stayed here at the beginning and tail end of our trip to England. The first visit (2 nights) was uneventful tho our family of 4 was given a room on the 4th floor with no elevator to transport our luggage. On our return we were put on the 3rd floor (facing the street). I awoke the next morning with SEVERAL BUGS in my bed and bloodstains on the sheets--Textbook case of bedbugs after looking them up on the internet. We hot footed it out of there, giving them a plastic bottle with all the bugs I collected at the desk. No offer of free stay--still cost us 85 pounds for this!! And now I am suffering an allergic reaction to the bites requiring a doctor visit and prescription medication! It is costing us way more than the 85 pounds!
I'd go back !!
My family stayed at the E.L. in July 2003. You gets what you pays for. We found the hotel very good value for money. The breakfast was hardly refined, but it was filling and plentiful. The beds were clean. We were a couple of minutes from Oxford Street - what more do you want in a budget holiday?
I read all tripadvisors advice on the Edward Lear Hotel before my trip in April. I never did submit a report upon returning. Decided to do so this morning.
Don't let the bed bugs...
All I can say is that we should have known. Ripped wallpaper, dirty bathroom, smelly hallways. The Edward Lear was kind enough to send us home with a real treat of a souvenir...bed bugs!! They bit us while we were there and traveled home and infested our house. Six months later we still battle these horrible pests from London. UGH! Stay away from this filthy hotel!!
Fine place to stay
Stayed at Edward Lear in January, 2004. It's a basic but very decent place. Had a sink in room, with toilet and bath shared by a few rooms. Never had to wait to use either toilet or bath. Breakfast was good and plentiful. Place was quiet. While computer was on a slow link, one could always go to a nearby place and have high speed access cheaply. Location is very convenient. Staff was helpful. For 35 pounds it was a great deal.
Edward Lear - A Fine Little Hotel
I read the other reviews and I guess you all were expecting a Holiday Inn. I found the hotel, a small economy bed and breakfast (41 pounds per night), a little down at the heels, but clean with friendly staff, an even friendlier clientele, excellent breakfasts. If you feel like you want to spend 100 pounds a night, by all means do so, but if you want comfort, safety, a good meal and in a central location, the Edward Lear is for you. We were there just after some of the reviewers and the internet was down. Frankly, after a week in the hotel, I would lay the blame for the internet problems to an over-enthusiastic guest, not the hosts. I will continue to use the Edward Lear whenever I'm in London and to recommend it to my friends.
We originally booked 4 nights based on the web site. Upon arrival, we found our room, which was 2 steps from the lobby, had a shower in the bedroom - not the bathroom - the bathroom had a rusty toilet and sink. We changed rooms to a triple w/out a bath - the floors are all uneven, nasty red carpet w/ ground in dirt, no tissue in the rooms - the whole hotel STINKS - one ironing board set up downstairs for the whole hotel and the Internet is dial up that continually crashes - as we found out as we booked our new hotel - Best Western Paddington for 15 pounds LESS per night w/ all the amenities - it's GREAT! We're so happy we left the Edward Drear - It's DISGUSTING!!!!!!!!
Dread the Ed
There's a lot wrong with the Ed Lear. The only thing that stopped me from giving it 1 star is the fact that it is at least a real hotel, with professional staff. Beyond that, it's an awful shambles. Our family of 4 stayed there in Sept 2003 and would not return under any circumstances. It's terribly rundown, the breakfast is awful and the free Internet access requires rebooting every few minutes. On the plus side, it's very well located, just behind Oxford St and the Marble Arch tube station. The best thing I can say about the Ed is that it made us see a lot of London, because we didn't want to spend any time in our room.
There was an hotel in london
there was an hotel in london,where the breakfast they served was a good one,the staff were attentive.location was central and our stay there was quite enjoyable.