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... as I love the Royals - but seriously, they only open it up for 2 months of the year over the summer when the Queen is not in residence (as we found out today and that it is a summer job for all the people who work there). So instead of walking to the front to see the changing of the guard and having the mandatory pictures out the front (which we forgot to do!), we went inside.
Buckingham Palace Tour is divided into 3 components:
The first thing wee saw was ...
... I suppose that's what you get for paying £18 to see a show! It was pretty good though, we were able to hire some binoculars so we could actually see the facial expressions of the actors. It was a pretty good show! The voices were incredible! So good. After that we headed back to the hotel, stopped at a tourist shop and bought some goods to take home :) went back to the room and fell asleep! Boring I know but most nights we have been crashing out pretty early. ...
... a large rainfall shower.
We snooze for 10 then off into London bridge to meet Rob for a few coffees at Brindisa. We sit street side in the sun.
Mum and dad join us and we feast at black and blue steak house, dad opting for salted almonds and beer to start......the mallorcan effect. An early finish for an early night and sleep for the start of the mega ...
... that I wanted to cross the Thames to the north, not go to Thamesmeade. It wasn't until I saw The Shard, far off in the horizon, that I realized my mistake. I exited the bus at the next stop. I was in East London, not the nicest part of town, and completely lost; exhausted, with a dead cell phone, a hangover creeping on, and a frustration already ensuing over my inability to correctly read the bus maps. It was one of those uncomfortable situations that you ...
... Dinner is a high-end restaurant, owned by the gastronomic genius Heston Blumenthal, where the waiters' attire surpasses that worn by Mat to our wedding but where guests are encouraged to 'dress comfortably'. I wondered whether this dress code extended to elastic waisted pants... Probably best not to encourage over-eating, given the prices on the menu.
One of the first things we noticed was the uber attentiveness of the waiting staff. On our way to being seated ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
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.