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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Meridiana London
Great location, bad hotel
Cheap hotel only 2 blocks from King's Cross Station and the location is really the only nice thing about the Hotel Meridiana (anywhere of interest in London is a tube ride away). The hotel wasn't awful but I WOULD NOT stay there again. We asked for a double room ensuite. Because we weren't paying for a 4 star hotel, my husband and I weren't expecting much. On first glance, the hotel exceeded our expectations. The room looked nice, had a toilet & shower, appeared clean, and was in a good location. The room came with a full english breakfast included in the price. We started to notice problems with the room as we went to sleep the first night. The bed was ancient and the metal springs poking our backs all night made for an EXTREMELY uncomfortable and fitful night's sleep. The scratchy sheets didn't help. Because of the age of the bed, the duvet, and the down pillows, they were full of dust mites. I didn't see any as they are microscopic, but I have a severe allergy to dust mites and could tell there were millions of them in the bedding by the extreme swelling of my eyes upon awakening each morning. The extremely dusty lamp shades next to the bed made my allergies worse as well. So anyway, back to the first night and the uncomfortable bed... when we awoke in the morning, my eyes were swollen, my husband's nose was stuffy (he discovered he has a very mild allergy to dust mites), and we we both had backaches from the bed. However, we were excited about our complimentary English breakfast and shrugged off the problems, quickly hurrying for our breakfast at 7am. The breakfast was the worst breakfast I have ever experienced. Only two people were staffing the kitchen and breakfast room. There were four tables full of guests and the staff could not keep up. It took 15 minutes for the server to acknowledge our presence and then another 10 for her to bring us our coffee/tea and thimble-sized glass of orange juice. We ordered breakfast and were by now, absolutely ravenous. She didn't ask how we wanted our english breakfast) but I figured I was hungry enough to eat anything. I was wrong. Typically, english breakfasts consist of 2 eggs fried or scrambled, canadian bacon, sausage, maybe black pudding, fried tomatoes and/or mushrooms, beans, and toast. To our dismay, we received one runny, greasy fried egg, a teaspoon of beans, 2 very fatty & very small pieces of canadian bacon, and 2 slices of toast. It wasn't enough to feed a child, let alone two hungry adults who had been looking forward to this breakfast our entire holiday (my husband is English and has been craving an english breakfast since coming to the US). Several of the other hotel guests asked for more coffee or food and it took the staff nearly 20 minutes to accommodate their requests. We asked for more beans because it was really a meager amount and got more toast instead. Heinz baked beans are not that expensive so there is really no excuse for the extremely small portions. After our bad breakfast experience, my husband and I decided to skip the breakfast and sleep longer the next day. More swollen eyes and allergies. When we returned from our day's activities, housekeeping had straightened our room and left the window wide open for anyone to enter and steal our belongings. Our room was on the ground floor and the area right near King's Cross Station is not that great of an area (as we could tell by the various drunks and addicts yelling from the park in front of the hotel). When we closed the window, we discovered it would not lock anyway. Finally, when we checked out, we had to pay 5% extra because we used a credit card. We knew about the fee beforehand, but after our not-so-nice stay, it felt like adding insult to injury. If you don't like english breakfasts and have absolutely no dust mite allergies, then the hotel might not be that bad for you. However, the very uncomfortable bed and non-locking wondow might be enough to make it worth staying elsewhere.
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... why we weren't here yesterday and Grant just told them of the confusion with the accommodation. It must happen a lot. No problem and here is an upgrade to Business Class. He thinks my lack of hair may have aided in our upgrade. Crisis averted. So now we are on the Eurostar travelling to Paris. 12 hours in Paris lost but a whole day in London gained. An upgrade on the Eurostar and an extra pair of trousers in Grant's shopping bag, ...
... occasionally on Facebook and included some pictures there – it seems quicker and easier than doing a blog. At the end of my trip, I might type a list of the places I’ve been – for my own memory – and add some photo highlights. With hundreds or thousands of photos, it will take time just to sift through them. I know I should have been doing that as I went along.
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Our last week in Europe was spent in good old London, spending quality time with friends, doing a bit of sightseeing, too much drinking and eating and quite frankly, a LOT of sleeping, after all the adrenaline from the Swiss departure and quitting work had finally left our bodies. Daily lie ins till 11am and afternoon naps had become the norm. It's a tough life.
... which allows us unlimited bus/train rides in metro London.
Caught the bus to Camden, and had a look at Marks/Phoenix/Tims place - quite nice.
From there, it was a short walk to Camden markets. This place was massive, much bigger than anything we have in Sydney- selling the same sort of stuff though - Teresa thought it was fantastic.
... Looked like rain was coming so took the tube back to our hotel arriving at about 3pm. Grabbed a quick drink at the local pub - Still no bags, but had word that they would be at our hotel at 7.00pm tonight.
Back at the hotel. Decided to have an in house party to wait for our bags. Pizza, cheese, biccys, pate, bread, wine and beer.
7.00pm came and went - no bags yet. 8.00pm came ...