Thistle Trafalgar Square, The Royal Trafalgar
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... Two missed coaches later and we find our way. Here's some friendly advice though, phones don't charge in half an hour, or those locker phone charger things don't work. Either way we were still stuck with no phones and waiting for a coach that would get us home at 12:30. We also thought in that our coach would have plug sockets. We were also wrong there. Nevertheless, it was a great day out and a learning experience in every way, will definitely be doing it ...
... and my seat 25f.
Naturally I could not refuse the glass of pre-take off fizzy, it would have been rude to.
The glass of c******nay before dinner and the large glass of red with the meal did not take any persuasion either.
So this is the first leg of 6, destination Dubai, for a 3.5 hour stopover. Shower manicure and head massage to look forward to. Hopefully sleep will come ...
... Anyways though I was headed for a stop I've never been before and I forgot my map (I should really retract that expert statement
already) so I had a little trouble finding it but getting lost is also a good learning experience. It makes you more comfortable and forces you to deal with an unnerving situation. So I finally
found it around 2pm and the Museum closed at 5:30 so I got straight to work. I paid 3 pounds for an audio guide on which they had self guided tours. ...
... he was doing his little guard march, so funny. If it wasn't for the thousands of people trying to push past our front row seat, the coolness factor would have been much higher. But it was something we always wanted to see and now we have.
We walked the half a mile back to the hotel and got all checked in before heading back for a 2 mile walk to Shakespeare's Globe Theater for ...
... of them being quite successful. A few looked like they were ready to throw their plates at the waitress after many unsuccessful attempts at getting the noodles into their mouths. One girl looked like she wanted to stab someone with her chopsticks. Kelly and I giggled. Eventually the students who were struggling realized all they had to do was ask for a fork and their struggles would be over. Everyone was so excited and pumped to finally be in London until ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Thistle Trafalgar Square, The Royal Trafalgar London
great location, right in the middle of all the action. The price to be paid is the noise. 2 tube stations nearby (Leicester Sq. & charring cross). Room was what we had expected for a london hotel (smallish but adquate). Great breakfast buffet. Staff is extremely friendly and accomodating. We arrived 3 hours before check in and were provided a room on the spot.
This hotel is clean and the room comfortable.We thought the location was terrific because everything was a short stroll away . The tube was right there too. It was easy to get to from Heathrow by Heathrow Express (15 mins) to Paddington then direct by tube( 10 mins) . National Gallery is next door, London eye a 10 minute walk and Buckingham Palace 10 minutes walk also. From the hotel door, if you walk left, Trafalgar Square is right around the corner and if you go right at hotel door you are on Leicester Square which we found had a good selection of restaurants. Theatres and TKTS ticket booth very closeby. Covent Grden 6 min walk. Hotel staff were Pleasant . Would stay there again.
My wife and I are from California, USA. We stayed at the London Thistle Trafalgar Square Hotel April 30 through May 7, 2004. We give this hotel high marks. First, our daily rate was less than quoted: quote £99, checkout £96. Without asking, we were upgraded to a recently-redecorated, larger room. The personnel at the front desk, restaurant, and bar were absolutely delightful and helpful at all times. Our room included breakfast in the hotel restaurant; the food was fresh, satisfying, plentiful, and varied in selection. This hotel is located dead center of just about everything. The National Gallery, the Portrait Gallery, and St. Martin-in-the-Fields are right next door! We could walk to many of London's/Westminster's other famous attractions. At dusk, we would step out the front door and sit in Trafalgar Sq. and watch all the activity. Don't miss the wonderful sandwich shops across the street from the hotel! They make fresh sandwiches while you wait for about half the price of many of the hundreds of restaurants in the surrounding areas.
My sister and myself stayed at the Thistle Hotel in Trafalgar Square for 5 nights, the room that we had on the first night was very small even though it was the twin deluxe, the following morning I asked to be moved to a larger room, this was done straight away, the room was much better. Apart from one person all the staff were very helpful and polite. The location of the hotel was excellent, and we will definitely be staying there again in October. Looking forward to it.
I must have stayed at another hotel!!!!!
After reading the reviews posted here I was apprehensive about staying at this hotel. I didn't need to be. The staff were some of the most helpful and polite I've encountered at a hotel and the service was excellent. I've stayed at quite a few London hotel's and this was one of the best experiences. The food was good and the breakfast excellent. The room was spotless and in excellent condition. Why the other people have complained I don't know. Perhaps they are used to staying at the Ritz or the Savoy?! Above all it was the staff's attitude which made it a joy to stay there. With it's location so central to attractions etc. I can thoroughly recommend this hotel.
Good Centrally Located 4* Hotel
Stayed at the Trafalgar Thistle for two nights. Was a bit dubious when I arrived as there was a guest complaining about the standard and wanted to leave. Room was an executive room which was nice and clean. The room furnishings were basic but you had everything you required. The hotel is ideally located and you can walk near enough to all the major attractions. Breakfast was better than most hotels I had been to prior. No problems with cleanliness of tables and staff were attentive. I think the hotel was good but could perhaps do with an upgrade with the furnishings and decor but was pleasant enough. Found no problems really, when we were checking out yet another guest was complaining - I must have got lucky the day we arrived with the room I was given! I would recommend it to others looking for a centrally located hotel - certainly their website is the best way of booking, we paid only Â£95 per room B&B per night - a bargain for a 4* central London hotel!
I stayed here for 6 nights in March. I had an executive double room which included a king size bed, air conditioning, and a nice view over to St.Martin's Church and the London Eye.
The room was large by UK standards, and everything worked. The hotel staff was professional, and room service was quick.
The location cannot be beat for the basic tourist activities in London.
You can walk to Leicester Sq, Trafalgar Sq., Big Ben, The London Eye, Piccadilly, Buckingham Palace, and much more.
The furnishings are basic, and the room is not luxurious by modern standards, but for a few days in town it's fine. The bed was very firm, which was ok for me, but could be a problem for others.
I would stay there again. Be sure to check for internet specials on their website. I paid 99Pounds per night.
Rethink your options!
RETHINK YOUR OPTIONS BEFORE BOOKING AT THIS HOTEL. This hotel is in no way a 4-star hotel. From the minute you enter the scratched glass door,onto the faded and dirty carpet of the reception area, you think "roach motel". We wanted to see the room before we checked in and were told "we'll give you our best room"...what a joke!! The shower/bath was dirty, with rusted fixtures, the room was small, and the breakfast was warmed-over (several times) and stale. If you don't care about where you stay and want a "deal" then stay here, otherwise, good luck and bon apetit! Make sure you pack the alka seltzer, you'll need it.
stayed here last easter was dissapointed as i phoned beforehand and told them it was our silver wedding anniversary and i paid an extra ?20 on top of ?116 per night for a superior room. the room was nice but no way was worth the ?116 let alone the ?20 extra! staff were pleasant enough but there was no nice feeling to the hotel. i think it was pricy because of the location. breakfast was nice with plenty of variety and not too crowded. spotlessly clean as are all the thistles.i stayed at the thistle bloomsbury the year befre and found that to be a much superior hotel and it had a nice feeling to it.
Good Choice at a Discounted Rate
I just spent two nights in a single at the Thistle and must say that, from what I saw, there is no way this is a four star hotel. Having said that, given the value (I paid 40 GBP a night) and the location, I?d definitely recommend the hotel if you can secure a good rate. The hotel is located directly behind the National Gallery which puts you within steps of both Trafalgar and Leicester Squares and in the heart of all of the action. As it is on a side street, it is surprisingly quiet given all the commotion of the area. Transit links are excellent and there are a number of pubs, restaurants, theaters and a new grocery store all within two blocks. The service was very good and the lobby has been remodeled. My single room had a double bed (nice surprise) and, while small by US standards, was decent sized as far as single rooms in London are concerned. The one drawback was that the room had not been remodeled in at least 20 years and was quite drab. The lighting was poor and the TV remote did not work. Still, at the rate I paid, it was an excellent deal. If I had paid the rack rate, I would have been extremely disappointed.