Travel Blogs from London
The long awaited honeymoon has begun! Our wedding "hangover" is finally worn off and now we are sitting in our cute little London hotel room, wide awake at 4 AM. It seems like there is no better time than to write about our trip thus far.
We left Mom's & Dad's house on Wednesday at 2 in the afternoon, checking in at the airport was a …
Yesterday I arrived in London to beautiful blue skies & lovely weather. I arrived at Stansted airport, so there was an hour train ride into the city for me. Thankfully you get a few more hours of daylight here, so I got to have a quick wander around and see what was in my neighbourhood. There were lots of shops, cafés, parks, small stores …
... much desired male heir, the future Edward VI, was born at the palace and the child's mother, Jane Seymour, died there two weeks later. Four years afterwards, whilst attending Mass in the palace's chapel, the King was informed of his fifth wife's adultery. The Queen, Catherine Howard, was then confined to her room for a few days before being sent to Syon House and then on to the Tower of London. Legend claims she briefly escaped her guards and ran through The Haunted Gallery to beg ...
... we got home, our houseguest arrived! My very good friend Shellie lives in Paris and managed to swing a business trip to London while we are here ... so great to see her! We had a raucous good time, drinking beer and wine and eating random food items while discussing Richard III; Shellie may even know more monarch trivia than Carrie!
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... but we did see the sketches and water colours of them. We bought Oyster cards at the Marble Arch tube station and promptly set off to Oxford circus where we changed to the Elephant & Castle tube, leaving it at Lambeth North to walk to the Imperial War Museum which is mostly closed for renovation. We did see an exhibition of family life during the blitz including an Anderson Shelter. From there onto the SOE, MI5 & ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsWardonia Hotel London
This hotel is located in a fairly good spot. Kings cross station is not too far away, there are parks, cafés, shops and restaurants all within walking distance. The room was small, but was expected. It was clean, refurbished. & the staff were very helpful. I had a great view from my room :)
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Historical Traveler Reviews Wardonia Hotel London
ho soggiornato in questo hotel con due amiche, e rispetto alle nostre previsioni siamo rimaste piacevolmente colpite.
My girlfriend and I booked the Wardonia as a special treat weekend away in London, we have been to London before and have felt slightly ripped off by other hotels thanks to extortionate prices and shoddy interiors. We booked the Wardonia because its was very honest on the website and told us actually how big the rooms were going to be and that it was a budget hotel so we were under no allusions what to expect. The staff were friendly and the hotel was clean and very compact, no lifts due to the age of the building but still nothing to complain about. For fifty pounds per room per night in central London you can't complain about any thing, but if there are two of you sharing a room and you both happen to be a little vain then take another mirror!! We stayed for two nights and even had our beds remade and were given a fresh towel each, this again was totally unexpected for fifty quid a night! The exterior was nicely painted and the hotel was located on a quiet stereotypical London back street which was a stones through from King Cross and also popular bus routes. We both thoroughly recommend this hotel and would defiantly return and stay there again.
Great location and value
Wardonia is a relatively clean and well maintained hotel in convenient location near Kings Cross. It's easy access to, from and throughout London. No lift and the stairs are steep, but the staff was very good about moving luggage upstairs and later provided a ground floor room when possible. The rooms were small but tidy and beds very comfortable. Very reasonable price, even with no breakfast. I tend to be picky but would stay here again.
Ideal Budget Hotel for Solo Traveller
This is the first budget hotel I booked which looked exactly as it did on their website. While the rooms are compact, it is a perfect choice for someone looking to stay in a central location, save some money and not spend a lot of time in their room. It is just a short walk to Kings Cross/St. Pancras underground which puts the entire city within easy reach. Lots of cheap places to eat nearby as well. The walls are a little thin and one night the couple next door became so amorous, I was concerned their bed would come crashing through my wall. Other than that this is a great place to stay and would recommend it to others.
This is a very good value (for London) basic property in a convenient location - the rooms are among the smallest I have ever seen in a hotel, and the bathrooms are definitely the smallest I have ever seen (it looks like they were converted from closets) but at the price, to get a clean room in a modern hotel with an en-suite bathroom, it is a pretty good deal. Its great as a place to sleep and take a shower; I would not recommend it to anyone who plans to spend a lot of time in the hotel, but why would you come to London and sit in your hotel all day? There is way too much to see and do in this amazing city. There are no food or beverages available inside the hotel, but a good selection close by. Its about a 30 minute walk to Soho, 10 minutes on the bus, or 5 minutes on the subway train. I would not hesitate to stay here again. I have rated the hotel a 4 based on the value, cleanliness and location, in comparison to other similar hotels in London.
Good budget place to shower and sleep - no amenities
I'm giving the Wardonia an above average rating based on price and location, which was key to me and the hotel delivered on.
The rooms are so tiny you will barely have space to put down your suitcase so don't expect even a chair in the room. The beds had nice mattresses but were basically on the foundations of a cot - think basic people, essentially a hostel with a private bath (which is equally tiny by the way).
The place seems to have been recently renovated though and was for the most part clean. The rooms had a small wall-mounted TV, but that's arguably about the only 'amenity' I can think of.
Good basic lodging for singles but I wouldn't plan a romantic escape here.
Great for the price! After searching for weeks for a good hotel in a prime location but one that won't destroy my budget, I finally found it. This hotel is literally a one minute walk from the King's Cross/St, Pancras tube stop which has all the major tube lines going through it.
Good Budget Option
I had a single room which was very small - single bed, TV and ensuite with barely enough room for my suitcase - but it was great value for the price.
The hotel and rooms were spotless.
Location was great - just 5mins from British Library and opposite Kings Cross Station.
An excellent budget option!
Very Good Value in a Central Location
I stayed at the Wardonia in January. I chose it because having been to London before I knew that transport is extremely expensive and I wanted somewhere within walking distance of the West End and Soho (5-10 mins by foot). The rooms are smallish but really clean and the beds were fantastic. The showers were even better (unusual for England). Breakfast was not included but they did have cable. The staff were friendly too especially the wonderfully eccentric proprietor. Overall if you are looking for a budget hotel in London I do not think that you will do much better. Definitely recommend.
Very handy recommendation
I have just stayed 2 nights at the Wardonia Hotel, situated in King's Cross in London, England. I was looking for a very reasonably priced hotel in a central location and was initially concerned that anywhere around the £50 per night range may be unsuitable. However the Wardonia was more than I could have hoped for on my tight Christmas budget! The rooms, although compact, are very clean and have excellent amenities. The beds are comfortable, clean and of a decent size. I can only guess that the hotel is able to keep the prices down by keeping add-ons to a minimum (i.e. breakfast is not provided).
All in all the hotel's location, price and high standards make it a great find for anyone visiting London on a budget.