Travel Blogs from London
... feeling. Still, I'm enjoying home comforts and have got some epic meals planned which I haven't had since I left. Good to be back. This really has been the trip of a lifetime. I've seen and done so many amazing things and feel very lucky to be able to have done that. Also met some awesome people and now I can't wait to go travelling again. It really does broaden the mind. I've been making a few lists of the places I've been and the people I've met. Thought ...
... Oh well! Off we went to St. Paul's Cathedral. Again no pics were allowed, but suffice it say that it is massive, decorative, opulent and breathtaking! Like a smaller version of the Vatican! Because the current building is not the original ( destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666), St. Paul's does not have the same fascination for me as Westminster Abbey does. Nonetheless, it was worth the visit to the crypt just to see Wellington's ...
... from our time in Canberra), we discovered culture, entertainment and beauty.
There were times of bar hoping as we jumped from one place to another trying different types of brews, the quintessencial fuel of night time conversation. There were times of culinary delights where we tried the most varied of dishes from almost anywhere in the known world (ahhh, we do remember the Japanese restaurant close to Trafalgar square). There were times of culture, whether in ...
... down the stairs...running as fast I can it 'granny shoes' and hit the side of the train as the doors closed. At this time of night, they don't come as often.
I think what happened next could only be described as a "Sliding Doors" moment.
I don't think I was meant to catch that first train.
As the second train approached, I was just bouncing on my feet to keep them from hurting and I was just wanting to get ...
... a bit more...English. The English countryside is not noted for its lions, so you'd think they'd have chosen the red deer or the Yorkshire pudding.
Just behind Nelson on his column is the National Gallery...I almost got sidetracked there and had to argue with myself about sticking to my itinerary. In this case, I really wanted to see the Joseph Turner collection at Tate Britain, so I dragged myself away from temptation and set off for ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Westbury Kensington London
Given the other reviews we had seen, we were a little anxious about our stay here a few weeks ago. We arrived and had no trouble finding the hotel. The neighborhood was just fine. We were never worried about walking in the area.
Wonderful Hotel..one of the best I've ever stayed in!
My mother and I stayed 5 days at the Westbury on a trip to London. We were extremely pleased with this hotel. It is very elegant, yet the prices are not unreasonable. The staff was wonderful, and the room was very clean. We were so impressed with this hotel, we vow to come back and stay at the Westbury on our next London vacation.
We booked this hotel as part of a package. It was the cheapest listed and we felt we could save on the hotel since we would only be there to sleep. We had a double room and en suite bathroom with just enough room for the bed and a small table. It was very hard to maneuver around the luggage with two people in the double room. Very small TV (deposit for remote and we didn't have a volume control). There was no lift, so you had to carry your luggage up several steep flights of stairs. I don't think there was a porter either, certainly no one offered to help with the luggage.
I booked at this economy hotel based on a lack of bad reviews. First, I took the Underground to Earls Court station (closest), bought a map of London and tried to located Collingham Place. After an hour later of walking, I learned that there is also a Collingham Road and Collingham Gardens. Collingham Place wasn't listed on my map and I finally had to ask some workmen. The lady at the front desk Catherine is a very pleasant Polish immigrant who speaks excellent English. She was perhaps the most pleasant aspect to the hotel. Check-in was fine until she mentioned that I would be on the third floor. No elevator! That was lame as there were many stairs in extremely narrow conditions. Anyway, I had booked a single, but she gave me a double for my 40 pounds per night. When I entered my "room", I was shocked. I entered into a 7'x6' space that contained a nite table and double bed. There was no room for my suitcase except standing up. There was also a cupboard where you could hang your shirts, pants, etc. Otherwise, just a tiny bathroom on the way out. It was clean though and the housecleaning was excellent... done every day. In summary, while the hotel wasn't bad (besides the absence of elevators), a person was not meant to stay in such a tiny space regardless of whether it was just a place to flop. I found myself dreading the prospect of returning there every night and actually became depressed when I did. Next time, I'll spend the money and get something better. It just isn't worth it.
the hotel was conveniently located i would say, about 5 min from earls court, which was good for me because i was lugging a 35kg luggage. i think the price was very reasonable given the area it is situated in.
I stayed here in August of 2004 for two nights on my arrival to London, and one night on my return two weeks later. This is a 2 star hotel, so don't expect anything other than that. Decent location near the Earls Ct. and Glouchester Rd. tube stops with plenty of restaurants and shops nearby.
Good choice for budget travellers
Clean, no frills and good value hotel, we choose it for the excellent location.
The rate was very competive, and the hotel had a good quality. Honest 2* hotel.
Good hotel, excellent location.
We stayed here in December 03. This is the dirtiest worn out dump of a hotel we have every stayed in.
Decent, convenient budget hotel
We stayed in January 2004 and found the Westbury to be a decent, clean, quiet, friendly and convenient (near Earl's Court station) place. Our room was rather worn, but had good beds, a nice bathroom and coffee/tea maker with supplies. They stored our luggage for us until our late evening departure.
Not luxury, not awful
I stayed here in March of 2003 and had problems with certain aspects of the hotel but a wonderful vacation overall. The price is great and the location is good - near a tube stop and plenty of take-away restaurants. The first room we were given was very small and the TV did not work. It took a few days for them to assign us a room with a working TV. The staff was pleasant but not entirely helpful in this matter. The second room was huge but was on the fourth floor (no elevator). I'd advise this hotel only for those who can be happy with the bare necessities.