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Well only 3 weeks after arriving home from Australia I find myself in another country yet again. I applied in February for a job with EF UK working as a local leader. Basically a teacher and tour guide combo job. I interviewed in early March and was hired on not long after. I will be teaching and leading foreign students between 11-14 years old in two, three week sessions. I have been placed at a school called Moyles Court in Ringwood which is in the ...
... saw Billy Elliott. It was very good and the dancing was outstanding. Sara: Had a whirl wind day starting with Ben's Cookies for breakfast, the Albert Memorial, the Arsenal Stadium, the Tate Museum for lunch, walked along the south bank to West Minister, took the tube to Bond Street for a little shopping, stopped at a pub for a beer before meeting us at dinner. ...
... tour bus and saw all the famous landmarks. Big Ben, Parliament, The London Eye, Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, and St. Paul's. Then we had sushi for lunch. The cool thing about the sushi place is that a the food is in little containers. Then they go around the restaurant on a conveyer belt all over the restaurant and you grab what you want. We went to ...
... cider before making our way to the West End for another round of proper burgers at Byrons, which was just a short walk from the theatre. The Lion King was playing at the Lyceum Theatre and has been for years. We had seats WAY up the back but the theatre is built is such a way that regardless of how far away the seat is from the stage, patrons are still able to see the performance. The Lion King was very high on Andrew and Bronte's wish list and I had never seen it but ...
I said farewell to cousin Mary in the afternoon of Friday, 6th February, and made my way from Haywards Heath to London via train. Michael Palin convinced me to travel overland via train as much as possible in his travel documentaries, and to be doing it now was a real thrill. He's so right by the way; watching the scenery go by is magnificent, and it genuinely feels as though you're moving from somewhere to somewhere. Flying seems to kill the romance of travel, and ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Thistle Westminster London
OK - but going downhill
Have stayed here fairly regularly in the past. Good location, but little things going wrong start to annoy.
Yesterday, no light over the desk (subsequently fixed); air conditioning/heating didn't work, room service meal was warm, rather than hot (and there was no bottom (or salt) in the salt cellar), some of the dishes in the breakfast room were dirty. Not the first time I have had minor issues, and I would now try and get another hotel in the area in preference to this.
Convenient but worn
Very convenient to Victoria Station and its Gatwick Express. Room was a bit worn, stained wallpaper. The mattress was bowed and I felt the springs through it. I got food poisoning from the breakfast on the day of departure. The room pictured is a deluxe, not the basic one on discount. The staff was quite friendly and helpful. They offered another room upon check-in. However, although they assured that the room was non-smoking, the smell of smoke was overpowering. All in all, not a perfectly maintainted hotel. Upon our return, we paid 40% more at the K+K Hotel George and felt it was well worth the money.
Very Pleasant Stay
Four of us stayed at the Thistle Westminster for 3 nights.We had 2 rooms, both of which were very clean and decent sized with nice bathrooms. All of the staff was very friendly and courteous, especially David, the concierge, who was very helpful . The location was very convenient to the bus and train station, with Buckingham Palace right down the street. My only complaint was that there were no soda or water machines in the hotel. I would recommend this hotel to anyone.
Good moderate airport hotel.
A good moderate airport hotel. We have a pleasant experience at this hotel. The staff were friendly, the rooms very small, however, served out purpose. The hotel was clean and most accommodating, and the Hoppa 4 bus comes by every 30 minutes. Do be aware that the Hoppa Bus fills up quickly, so you might want to allow extra time in the event you have to wait for the next one. Do ask for first floor rooms as there is no elevator. And the White Horse Pub just around the corner is worth a visit.
Thistle Westminster - Absolutely Fabulous!
The Thistle Westminster was wonderful! My mom and I stayed three nights, May 27 -30, 2004. Our non-smoking room was very large with a sitting area, desk, twin beds, large, mirrored closet and a great bathroom. The shower was always hot and very powerful. Our bed linens were clean and neat. The best ammenity of the hotel was their conceirge, Frank. He planned our tours and directed us to all the good pubs in the area. We were only a block from Buckingham Palace! It's location, service and cleanliness are the reasons to return to this great hotel.
We recently stayed at the hotel March 2004 with my wife and two daughters (age 9 and 12) for six nights. We had two rooms next to each other as there are no adjoining rooms. The price was very nice, about $1100 per room (2200 for all four of us) with airfare through American Airlines. My wife and I had a double bed room which was rather small and the bed and furniture were pretty well worn. My two kids had two single beds in a deluxe room which was double the size of our room. Their furniture was not as worn out as ours. The water pressure was very nice. The heat was too high for my wife and I so we had to keep the windows open and the street noise was kind of loud at night. However my wife and I like it cold when we sleep so I'm not sure if everone would find it as hot as we did. The hotel is in a great location. Only a block away from the tube and the train to Gatwick. The rooms were kept clean. The included breakfast was OK. We liked it but it certainly was not gourmet or what you would expect at an American hotel buffet. Overall we had a great time and the kids enjoyed London. We saw several shows with them and they had a blast. I would probably give the hotel 2 to 3 stars. Definitely not 4 stars on a U.S. scale. If the price were right I would stay there again because of the great location and it was a clean place. However, I would probably spend a little more and stay at one of the U.S. chains next time. We usually get one room when we travel but for some reason when you book hotels in Europe they recquire you to get two hotel rooms. This really adds to the cost when you upgrade to a nicer hotel. We used the restroom at a Marriot hotel near Speakers Corner which looked much nicer.
We stayed here only one night in London before bailing out and staying at the Thistle Charing Cross which is great. This place stank of smoke, the "deluxe" rooms were tiny, we couldn't get room service, etc. You couldn't even see the bar through all the smoke. There are plenty of other places to stay that are much nicer for the price.
My husband and I returned last week from a week in London. We stayed at the Thistle Westminster and loved it. The hotel is not a quaint historic building, but the rooms are large, the lobby is very nice and the concierge was great. You couldn't ask for a better location. It is convenient to both the tube and the train. The Queen lives in the neighborhood........what more could you want. We would highly recommend this hotel.
My girlfriend and I just finished our week in London and we stayed at the Thistle Westminster. This hotel is one of the best that I have stayed at in years. I left my bag on the transfer bus to start our stay with a real bang, but the concierge(David) had the bag (with $500 worth of camera equipment) back in my hands within 30 minutes. The hotel is clean and warm. The concierge is very helpful and very knowledgable.
Very decent hotel
Don't let the ugly concrete exterior put you off.. Stayed at the Thistle Westminster in November 2003 and had a pleasant stay. Clean, well-appointed and spacious rooms. A little bit noisy (my room faced the street) but nothing unbearable. Nice breakfast, friendly staff.
Great location. Just a 5 minute walk to Buckingham Palace. Two blocks from the Victoria Tube Station, and three blocks from the Victoria Rail Station so you can get anywhere in London (or beyond) quite easily.