Umi London

Address: 16 Leinster Square, Notting Hill - Bayswater, London, England, W2 4PR, United Kingdom | 3 star hotel
 
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This 3 star hotel, located in the Bayswater area of London, is near Notting Hill, Abbey Road Studios, London County Hall, and MCC Cricket Museum.
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      TravelPod Member ReviewsUmi London

      Reviewed by rklemk

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      Reviewed Dec 25, 2013
      by (10 reviews) , Australia Flag of Australia

      The hotel was basic. It was big but petty old. The floors were uneven and it was run down. Okay for a few nights though. No breakfast here.

      This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

      Reviewed by michellegarrett

      London

      Reviewed Aug 26, 2013
      by (2 reviews) , New Zealand Flag of New Zealand

      Very noisy and hard to find

      This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

      Reviewed by allanbe

      Our stay in the Umi London

      Reviewed Jun 11, 2008
      by (28 reviews) Benoni , South Africa Flag of South Africa

      Clean hotel with efficient service. Good location. Rooms are very small but this is normal for most budget accommodation in London, unless you are really prepared to cough up some serious cash.

      This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

      Historical Traveler Reviews Umi London

      Good value

      from

      I stayed at this hotel for 11 days and left completely satisfied with my stay. If you are from America, please keep in mind that you are now in England. Therefore some things that are basic in our hotels aren't customary in London.

      I feel the because of this, some of the criticisms of this hotel was unfair.

      Such as:

      Air Conditioners: Air conditioning in England is very rare as most buildings are very old and it rarely gets hot enough to warrant air conditioning. So why would the lack of air conditioning be an issue?

      Small Rooms: Yes the rooms in the hotel are small by our standards. So are the streets, the cars, the meals, etc. See a pattern developing? The rooms in the hotel are small as were the rooms in most hotels in London (Unless you can afford the Waldoff. Then by all means.....).

      I did have a bit of a problem with the lack of, or rather complete absence of face towel. You have to use a larger towel to wash. But hey, it still gets you clean right?

      The television is also very small but if you go to England to watch reruns of Benny Hill then the hotel is the least of your problems.

      The hotel is in a very good area. It's a short walk to beautiful Hyde Park, Noting Hill & the Bayswater Underground Station. Also, it's a 15 minute bus ride (or a nice long stroll) from central London.

      The Continental Breakfast is very good and the staff was always courteous.

      You will have to keep an open mind when staying in this hotel, or any mid-priced hotel in London in general. By American standards with our modernized structures w/central air, large televisions and high speed internet access, this hotel would be sub par. However if you are looking for a clean hotel in a good area at a reasonable price, I would recommend this hotel.

      Enjoyed the stay

      from

      I read different opinions about this hotel but after a 4 days stay both me and my gf found it quite good concerning the price. Like most of british hotels, a bit shabby, slow elevator, but decent bathroom, nice staff, good location and no problems.

      We stayed in a room facing the street. No aircon made the room a bit hot a few days. Loved the breakfast, lots of fruit, cereals, bread, yoghurt, eggs. Breakfast was much better than other hotels I have stayed at in London.

      However, I once overheard a conversation from a woman complaing about flushing problems at the bathroom and the room being to small. Maybe we were lucky, I don't know.

      However, I would like to stay here again next time in London.

      Loved it - Perfect for student travelers

      from

      This hotel is absolutely perfect (maybe a little too nice) for student travelers or those planning to be on the go. I stayed here for three weeks, along with 30 of my college classmates. When we first arrived, we were a little put off by the small lobby, but the comfy, clean beds and friendly staff more than made up for it. This hotel is in a safe, clean area of London, with easy access to the Tube, grocery stores, pubs, and even a shopping mall. I walked around at night by myself and never felt unsafe. The staff is knowledgeable about the area and always helpful when we didn't know how to get somewhere. They served a very tasty, healthy complimentary breakfast every morning that consisted of fruit, bread, rolls, cereal and fruit. This was especially nice for us budget-minded students because we could grab a roll or an apple for lunch later. The rooms are a bit small, so hopefully you'll like your roommate! Even so, the rooms had plenty of space for our clothes and came with a cable TV, hair dryer, two mirrors, sink, bathroom, and desk. This was a great home away from home, and I was actually sad to leave the friendly staff and uber comfortable beds! If you're looking for luxury, keep looking. But if atmosphere, cleanliness and comfort are your concerns, stay here! You won't regret it.

      Give this one a miss

      from

      Good Location, Nice exterior. Small, unclean rooms, all rooms are smoking, dissapointing expensive breakfast...Try somewhere else.

      Good breakfast

      from

      The best part of the hotel is the breakfast i think. Even the continental breakfast is pretty nice compared to the others. The dining area is nicely decorated, so is the hotel lobby. However, the room is totally boring. The rooms were okay size (for London). The bathroom though, needs a little upgrade and refurnish, the tiles were clearly cracking up in several places, and became yellowish and stained. We were only given two large bath towels, that's not very convinenent.

      Small but cute

      from

      You need to ask for a room in the front of the hotel and then you might get a balcony (small but it adds character). The men at the front desk were great. We played cards in the bar and met very interesting people.

      Its just a short scenic walk to Notting hill where you can find just about everything. And Hyde Park is about three blocks away!!!! Great salad and toast for breakfast :)

      Definitely tourist class hotel

      from

      The photos definitely looked better than the hotel. We took 2 rooms, one for our 14 year old son, and one for us. When we first checked in, we went into our rooms, which were the size of a large closet. Since we were going to be there all week, I asked for a larger room, at least for the adults. The girl at the front desk shook her head and said all the rooms were exactly the same size. Later on that day, I asked another man that worked behind the front desk, and he said they had larger rooms, but I would have to wait until the next day to ask the girl at the front desk. So I did the next day, only after pleading, threatening to leave, and a combination of both, she got me 2 rooms on another floor, but they were at 2 ends of the building. Our room was larger, but faced an ugly alleyway. The closet door did not close, the walls peeled, the toilets in the hotel did not flush properly, but we were told that was how English toilets work, you have to pump multiple times, and then maybe it would flush. There were no AC, no fan, and the windows did not open all the way. We do not watch much TV, but even for us, the 12 inch TV with no remote was a joke. They had no face cloths at the hotel, when I asked for them, they just gave me another hand towel. The breakfast was OK, came with the room rate, your standard rolls, cheese, cereal, and fruit.I would definitely pay a few more dollars and stay somewhere nicer next time. The location was OK, about 10 minutes walk to the tube in a typical London neighborhood, quite colorful, lots of good restaurants nearby.

      Theme hotel

      from

      We stayed the 3/1-3/2003. Little did we know that this was a theme hotel! Think ocean, think ocean liner, think cruise ship. You can imagine yourself on the ocean as you walk to your room. The building is actually several old townhouses that have been connected together to form a larger building. The halls have a distinctive wave in the floor and a step is appropriately placed between the townhouses to sort of level the floors. Speaking of floors, the room floors were so uneven and creaky, not only did you hear the people above you everytime they walked around their room, but you had to be careful about walking in your room. While standing at the sink, make sure you bend one knee so that you can be level at the mirror. The desk drawers had a tendency to open, so we placed a chair in front to keep them closed. (You had to wonder if the floors weren't about to give way. Was this building structurally sound? Who knows!) The cruise theme was carried through to the bathroom. It was the size of a bathroom on a cruise ship. Shower stall and commode in a 3'x6' space! The sink was in the bedroom. The breakfast room is the best part of the hotel. If the rest of the hotel looked like this room, I'd go back again. Breakfast is typical European continental -- yogurt, cheese, meats, breads, cereal, fruit. Don't believe that other reviews of this one!

      TripAdvisor Reviews Umi London

      3.00 of 5 stars Good
       

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