York House Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews York House Hotel London
It was great!
I really enjoyed my stay at this hotel. The room was small but that's what I expected. It was good value compared with other similar places.
The reception staffer was excellent - friendly and helpful. There were a few minor problems with the room but they were fixed when I mentioned them.
The location is excellent, too. The street is extremely quiet, leafy and pleasant. It is literally two minutes from Earl's Court tube station and something less than a ten minute walk to a large 24-hour supermarket complex; this was great given that the room had a kitchenette with all that was needed (including a microwave) to prepare simple meals.
Breakfast was basic but good and plentiful - eggs, cheese, toast/breads, preserves, juices, coffee and tea.
Perhaps I would choose a slightly larger room if I were there for a longer stay - but I would definitely go back.
well...I went with my family on june 2006.
horrible experience. first, the rooms were definetely not what they appeared to be. yes they were somewhat spacious but the bedlight did not work, the smell was just horrible, you left the hotel smelling like indian food, the wireless is a lie. I had to go to the "lobby" to get online.then the bathroom is a disgrace, I mean a fat person cannot possibly use it, especially the shower, rotating positions is not an option, not even for us the slim ones. moreover, the staff is not helpful at all and rather rude. i definetely would never recommend this hotel to anyone, it's just the worst hotel i've ever been to. no joke
I agree with the recent posts that this hotel was a great bargain (33 British pounds for one night = $66USD) & very clean. The staff was very friendly. My single room was small but had clean towels, a closet sized kitchenette (coffee maker, microwave, mini fridge, sink, countertop), and my own private bathroom in the room, nicely tiled from floor to ceiling. Very close to Earl's Court Tube spot. Would definitely stay here again as I felt very safe, even as a single female traveler. No complaints for a budget traveller!
A good bargain!
Hotel was recently refurbished so facilities is quite clean. Bathroom is small but manageable, have a lift to all floors. Have TV (limited channels), frig, kettle and mini electric stove. Provides towels but no complimentary shampoo, soap etc. Simple breakfast of toast, hard boiled eggs, cheese, cereal, juice and coffee. Card access to rooms, public computer with internet access in main lobby (pay 1 pound for 15 mins usage). The room is on the 3rd floor, faced the street, but the tree-lined street is nice, quiet and residental. 1 block away from the Earls Court tube station and 2 blocks away from restaurants and Tesco supermarket is nearby. Tube is on the district, circle and piccadilly lines - easy access to most tourist sites. A good bargain, will definitely stay again.
Cheap and cheerful
There's always a sense of dread when booking a cheap hotel over the interweb but holding out for two nights at just £33 each via Wotif proved to be a resounding success with the York Hotel.
Situated on a quiet street just around the corner from the human madness that is the hustle and bustle of Earls Court Exhibition Centre (there was something about a Platinum Buyers Club on when I was there), the hotel is as far away from busy London streets as you could imagine.
The very cheerful hello from the chap at the rather swanky reception area started off a nice stay on the right foot, and a trip in a rather smooth elevator down to the basement level exuded confidence. The corridors in the basement level are a rabbit warren, but clearly signposted, and an odd smell of mothballs emanated from a cupbard next to my room....
I was delighted to see I had a double bed despite booking a single room (room 7) and the room was spacious enough for me and my baggage. Plenty of coat hangers, a scary looking room safe, a small but perfectly formed loo/shower area, and a rather swanky microwave/kitchen sink/fridge area hidden behind a door.
Okay, there was an 'unfinished' look to the room, with the odd loose screw fitting here (a chap even came and screwed my toilet lid on for me without asking) and there, but essentially it was clean, smelled nice (helped by the no smoking policy throughout the hotel - a mini ordeal for me as a smoker, but I stuck to their regulations and refrained from smoking throughout my stay), although the view was a little disappointing (a wall...). The TV only got BBC1 and a few obscure foreign channels, but essentially all was well.
Cannot report on breakfast as never made it either morning. Recommendation for light sleepers - take ear plugs as other guests are not as considerate as yourself and will crash around the place like it's on fire and they have to get out quickly.
You may also encounter other guests wandering around with a question mark above their head as they try to find their rooms again.
In summary : safe, clean, comfortable, friendly, smells nice, 24 hour reception, smoke-free. Stay with confidence. There's a massive Tesco's down the road - turn left out of the hotel to the end of the road, turn left again, walk up to the traffic lights and you'll see it - nice store, loads of fresh food
I shall definitely stay again - beats the rather bland environment of a Travelodge, despite their cheap prices if you book ahead.
I was there beginning of Sept. I got a single room in the hotel basement. It was so humid that my bed sheets and towel were always WET. Even my clothes, in my bag, were humid when I left the hotel.
Every 10 minutes you could hear a loud noise. It was the undergroud, you could hear and feel. Very annoying at night. On hotel website, you could see a nice room with kitchen. Forget kitchen in single room. All you get is a toaster and a coffee maker.
However, staff were friendly and breakfast ok. it was also very clean.
Cheap but very cheerful
Couldn't believe th eprice i got this hotel for £38 a night including breakfast
quiet location, friendly staff, clean rooms
few complaints would be the noise of other guests, but thats outside the managements control
also some of the stuff looks new and hurried, plugs not properly screwed into the wall etc
but overall i would thoroughly recommend this hotel to those looking a budget break in london
Great little hotel
We arrived at Heathrow at 5.00am and found an internet site at the airport. Searched the internet and with a map of London that we had downloaded before we left, found this hotel. We knew from the map that Earls Court was easy to get to on the Underground and it was. We were only in London for one night and the York Hotel was perfect for this.
The price was cheap and we got a confirmation number immediately. Wondered what sort of area we had walked into when we got off the train but we followed the great directions from the website when we booked the hotel and walked into a lovely street.
Found the hotel easily, book in went well. Our room was pretty small but more than adequate. There was a small fridge & kitchen setting inside a cupboard. Bathroom was miniature but the shower was nice.
We'd left our suitcases at Heathrow in the Left Luggage department, just as well as the bed would have been the only place to put them. The bed was comfortable. Breakfast was included next morning in a rather cramped room, but it was a nice continental breakfast.
It was easy to hop back onto the train and into London for more sightseeing. Recommend the Big Bus for seeing lots and getting great info. Must go on the London Eye for an amazing view of the city. Get there by 9.00am to avoid the queues.
Great value, clean, quiet & convenient
We booked to stay in London for 3 nights, 22-24 June 2006, and were fearing the worst, as the prepaid charge was only 42 pounds per night, inc breakfast. What a pleasant surprise we had !
The rooms have recently been refurbished, and everything listed on the hotel website was clean & working. The room was an architectural triumph; fitting everything into such a small space, but for the price paid we won't complain that access to the bed is from one side only, and there is only room for one person to move around at a time. The hotel is on a quiet road, but only 3 minutes walk to Earls Court underground station. What more does a tourist need.
Convenient but Small
Stayed at York Hotel 1st weekend July. Overall OK. Location very convenient. Staff pleasant & generally helpful. Arrived early & room not ready which was fine but there was no luggage storage facility. Man at desk did offer to look after bags but leaving them in a lobby which is usually though not always occupied did not seem very secure. In any event nothing went missing thankfully.
We returned after 1pm & given key cards to room. This not cleaned so had to wait while alternative room was cleaned for us. Another couple had similar difficulties. Eventually room ready.
Bedroom was small but ok. Rather bizarrely there was no lightswitch located near the door which was interesting coming back at night! Flat screen TV suspended on wall but reception terrible. There was also a fan which many hotels do not provide. This hotel advertises having a safe in the room & indeed there is. There were no instructions however & even if there were we would not have used it as the safe was not secured to anything. I can see no point in locking passports etc. into a "safe" that can be easily picked up & transported out of the room!
The bathroom was tiny, having barely room for a shower (poor water pressure), toilet & washhand basin. There was no room for luxuries like a towel rail. The door into the bathroom was a flimsy accordion folding door that didn't really close properly.
We booked this hotel through needahotel where it stated that everything was new, however our room had a number of maintainence issues:
One bedside light not working.
Dreadfull TV reception.
Handle broken on bathroom door.
Toilet roll holder loose.
Toilet seat shaky.
Room safe transportable.
The breakfast room was also very squashed with too many tables crammed into small space. Breakfast was fine though very limited, tea, coffee, orange juice, cornflakes & toast.
On the plus side the location is great, literally 3 minutes walk from Earls Court tube station which gives direct links to Heathrow Airport & the West End/Central London. There are lots of restaurants, bars etc in the area. The street the hotel itself is located on is quiet so noise not a problem. The room may have been small but was clean & bright. Also the staff generally were pleasant & tried to be helpful.
It certainly was not the worst hotel experiance I have had & whilst it would not be my 1st choice London hotel, I would be willing to stay there again.