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We walked to town one last time after our breakfast. Our host Michael will meet us at the train station at 12:45 With our luggage!! So footloose we wander the shops and buy some snacks. We heard Meagan singing so went to listen to her again and then it was time to get the train to London. It took a couple hours and then 2 subways later ... Our …
This morning we caught the No. 94 bus to Piccadilly Circus then No. 15 to the Tower of London where we joined many other tourists to explore the Tower. We started with a tour by one of the beefeaters, a funny man with lots of very old jokes. Then we joined the queue to see the crown jewels, learning that the Royals sometimes rented jewels for their …
A day at Kew Gardens - and we saw only a small part of them. Michael in particular was in Heaven. He admits to having taken about 500 photos. It was fortunate he had taken his spare battery because he needed it. The weather started out like our previous two days; cool to cold and overcast but it warmed up and became mainly sunny. A delightful day …
After a ride from Heathrow into London in a Range Rover we arrived at the Royal Lancaster Hotel at 7:00 am and were able to check into one of our rooms! Michael put his luggage in our room and we headed out to explore - working on the adage of immediately adapting to the local time. Ruth set a mean schedule - catching a bus to Piccadilly Circus, …
After some searching we ate a leisurely breakfast at the Paddington Railway station where we able to buy cereal rather than the ubiquitous English breakfast which, as served in cafes in the area, looks a great way to OD on fats and cholesterol. Then we caught two trains and a ferry to reach Greenwich. The longest we had to wait for each transport …
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Expensive, needs some renovation
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Rude, noisy - avoid this place
Room was comfortable but noisy, and no fresh air ventilation. Noisy internally - could hear people speaking in next room, doors banging all night, staff cleaning in the morning. Upon checkout, the duty manager reconciling a billing error for fixed-price internet access (GBP15 per day) was the rudest man I've met. Raised his voice, embarrassed me & other guests. The check-in staff were friendly but terrified of him. Additionally, there are renovations happening on the restaurant and I ate breakfast to the sound of drills operating. I'll avoid this hotel at all costs. It was dreadful.
...came back from our weeklong London trip last weekend and stayed at Royal Lancaster Hotel. Although not impressive from the outside, the interior of this hotel is a different story! It is elegantly furnished and decorated.
Don't stay here if your goals are site seeing in London and good value. I have visited England many times and in my opinion this hotel is pretentious, over priced, and not well run for the most part. Last year I stayed at the Marriott in Trafalgar Square which is a far better hotel in a far better location and a much better value. The Royal Lancaster is well situated only if you want to spend your time looking at Hyde park and touring Paddington Station. For any other attractions it's a tube or taxi ride. While I agree that this hotel is nicely appointed it does have problems. Everything in the hotel is very expensive, i.e., room service, restaurants, 2 GBP surcharge for each calling card call, etc. During our visit, there was a tour group of several buses staying at the hotel. The staff was obviously unable to handle the volume. There was a consistently long wait to speak with the Concierge who was charmingly condesending but more fluff than help. Upon our 1 am arrival, the hotel informed us that they were terribly sorry but they had overbooked. Meaning that even though we had pre-paid for a room they sold it to someone else. They sent us to a Ramada. It was time consuming and inconvenient dealing with the logistics of checking in and out and moving back and forth but my real disappointment is that we didn't just stay at the Ramada which had a much better breakfast, more helpful staff and didn't add a surcharge on my phone calls. My advice is to stay closer to the attractions of London so that every time you leave the hotel it's not a time consuming excursion. With so many London hotels to choose from, there is no reason to stay at the Royal Lancaster.
My boyfriend and I stayed at this hotel from 3/18-3/28/04.
My friend and I stayed at the Royal Lancaster in July 2003 and March 2004. On both occasions we had a suite which was fabulous. One large living area with two sofas, coffee table, TV, dining table, mini bar and desk with seperate bedroom and marble bathroom. All stocked extremely well and replenished each morning. We had a great panoramic view of London including the london eye(which looked great lit up at night). We had breakfast in our room each morning at no extra charge and was bought up at the time requested and they literally bring you anything on the menu, full breakfast, toast, pastries, fruit salad, beverages, cereal!!! The staff were all very helpful, especially the two girls on reception(both called Marta), one who remembered me from our previous stay 7 months previous. the concierge and porters always had a welcoming smile and greeted us (as with all guests!!). I did find the drinks in the bar very expensive, but withing easy reach of leicester square and china town and about a 5 min walk away from a few pubs and restaurants. Overall, I cant fault the hotel, restaurant,location or superb customer service. I'll be happy to answer any queries if you want to email me.
We stayed at this hotel on March 2004. It is placed just on the top of Lancaster Gate (central line) and there are some pubs close to the hotel. Staff was very polite and helped us about anything. Breakfast is not huge, but enough for the price, and the rooms were not big (as most of London hotels) but they are clean. We reccomend the pub "The Mitre", a very nice pub very close to the hotel.
Very good hotel
Recently returned from a stay at the Royal Lancaster and would stay again. Staff very helpful, room on the small side, but good views of Hyde Park. Rooms have hair dryers, safes, TV. Very clean. Large lobby area with doorman. Conceirge desk in center of the lobby. Hotel is on the A2 Bus line from Heathrow which stops outside and practically sits on top of tube station Lancaster Gate, so is in a great location on the central line. Pubs nearby and a couple of other restaurants and a little store like a 7/11.
We had a lovely stay in this hotel, the man on reception wasnt exactly the smiley type but the hotel itself was great. Our room was very nice and clean and had everything we needed for our weekend stay. With a fabulous location, just across the road from Hyde Park and the tube station, we will stay there again.
This hotel is situated very well, its right next to an underground station at the heart of London, between Paddington and the West End.
Nice hotel, a bit stuffy though and the restaraunts need to be looked after. The food is a bit dirty and I wouldn't eat there. Nevertheless, the rooms are clean and its a convenient stay.
We stayed in the least expensive room choice and admittedly the room was small for the two of us & the cost at 195 pounds was not inexpensive but the hotel was clean, quiet- a Bon Jovi concert in Hyde Park was not even heard- and comfortable. The location-literally across the street from Hyde Park, around the corner from some great local restaurants and pubs, beside the tube entrance and within walking distance of Harrods through the park-all made it ideal for us. If you are an equestrian you are also just beside the Hyde Park stables and we saw lots of kids & adults riding through the park. The staff was helpful-checking us in at 7:30 am instead of 2:00 pm after we flew all night and getting us great tickets to see Chicago. Enjoy!