Parkwood at Marble Arch
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Day 15-16 - London
Did the National Gallery on Saturday - Michelangelo, diVinci, Rubins, Picasso, Rembrant, Constable and on and on ... but still no... enough of that joke. After so many art galleries and I am Madonna & Childed out!
Saw two shows, Pricilla,Queen of the Desert in the afternoon and Yes …
... quick and nothing like the modern horror of doing the same thing for an international flight abroad. We're impressed by the Stena Britannia Ferry...it's big...very big..and we head to deck 9....where all needs are catered. The sea looks choppy enough to make the journey interesting. We set sail and spend the time walking the outdoor decks, playing the slot machines, generally exploring the ship......and have some grub. It's fun and the ...
... I have surprisingly enjoyed riding the buses in London. London has an amazing public transport system, and although many here may grumble about it at times, it really is pretty impressive (Melbourne take note!). The underground (Tube) is great, but the buses impress me most. They are so frequent (longest I've waited for a bus is 10 minutes but average is 3-5 minutes), there is an announcement and sign for each stop so you don't have to panic about where ...
... for crowds so we walked parallel one block away and there was no one about, such a relief. We found the Duke of York again for an afternoon beverage to while away a bit of time and for me to start on the blog.
We have effectively ticked off everything we wanted to do in London except for the Show we are going to on Tuesday and a Day Trip we are doing on Wednesday, so we are now scratching our heads for things to do. Maybe we'll have to finish the Monopoly Board???
... card. After praying we'd get on the plane at all and we ended up in great seats with extra leg room.
The flight was 11 hours long and we were supposed to have individual TVs with lots of choice. From the entertainment brochure Ollie picked the films he planned to watch, but the TVs never ended up working just for a few of us (after 5 hours of trying the cabin crew gave up and when ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Parkwood at Marble Arch London
The last time I was in London I hadn't realised how far away some of the tube stops are from the center so this time I looked for somewhere that was within a reasonablee walking distance from the theatre area and the main shops. I picked out the Parkwwood because it was the only one that I could afford that was so close to everything.
Home away from home
For a small B&B hotel right in the centre of London this hotel provides outstanding value and help.Situated across Bayswater Rd from Hyde Park and 2 minutes walk to Marble Arch location is hard to match.We have stayed in this hotel whenever in London for the last 16 years and our welcome has always been warm.The substantial breakfasts always set us up for the day around London!
My stay at the Parkwood Hotel
I recently stayed at the Parkwood hotel again this summer and was pleasantly surprised that the rooms have been refurbished and had new bathrooms fitted (not before time). As usual the staff were friendly and helpful. The reason I return to Parkwood its because of its location. Its very central, quiet and safe which is important to me as i travel on my own. The breakfast is the best breakfast and fills you up for a day. If you want a clean, friendly and well located hotel i recommend you stay here.
You'll Be Crazy to Stay Here !!!!
Looks Nice in the website, i arrived and was extremely dissapointed, so much so i started looking for another hotel. It's just ummm Grotty, completely grotty. My room was a fair size but old and tatty, the shower dribbled and only had one of the two doors fitted, the other was leaning against the wall. It kinda looked as if they were trying to tart the place up, there was rolls of carpet causing obstruction on the stairs and a strong smell of paint. I think a bulldozer would be the best thing. on the plus side, breakfast was quite nice. I booked for two nights but checked out after one, would have checked out on arrival if i could have found another hotel. The sign outside said AA2*, i wouldn't give it a Half a star.
We stayed at the Parkwood Hotel, Marble Arch, Hyde Park, for two nights in August.
Shabby but good value
Our party of three stayed in the triple room in 2002. Rooms are small and furnished in "early rec-room". The stairs are narrow and steep (no elevator). The breakfast room is in the basement (and you know you're in a basement.) Everything is slightly shabby. However, the hotel was as spotlessly clean as a 200 year old building can be (our bathroom was bleached within an inch of its life every day), the (free) breakfast was cooked to order, the location was fabulous, the staff wonderfully helpful and the price was very, very reasonable considering the usual London hotel prices. I have since recommended this hotel to friends, and I would stay there again without hesitation (unless I win the lottery, then I will stay someplace wildly expensive).
This is a B&B, not really an hotel.
For first time visitors to London, be warned....Georgian town houses have been converted into hotels and B&B's, lovely places but they are tall buildings without elevators......travel light because you can break your back lugging heavy cases up all the stairs!
Having said that, the Parkwood is a normal example of this type of building but the staff are lovely (Australian girls in 2002) and the young lady who cleans the rooms is also your breakfast cook (excellent food).
The rooms are small but comfortable and you can get a discount if you book online.
The hotel is very close to Oxford Street and it's easy to catch taxis if you walk down to Bayswater road, a minute away.
I would recommend this hotel if you want basic bed and breakfast accommodation.
My husband and I had the pleasure of staying at the Parkwood this past January. This hotel is not luxury by any means, but it was just what we were looking for...clean, reasonable price, central location, and breakfast included. You can expect the rooms to be very small, and not at all modern, but we felt that this gave the Parkwood its charm. The bed was quite comfortable, and fresh towels were provided daily. The tv had a variety of interesting channels, including a movie channel. I would say that the most dissapointing thing about the Parkwood was the bathroom/shower setup. Thre is NO shower, only a tub with a handheld shower sprayer. There is no standing up to bathe, and for tall people like my husband and I this was trickey at first. I will say that by the end of the week we were getting use to the setup! My husband really enjoyed the free internet acess, and it made our stay easier because we could look up local activities and events each day before heading out.
Our family of four stayed five nights in April 2003. We knew we were not getting luxury at 95 pounds per night. The location is fine: a few minutes walk from Marble Arch on a quiet side street fifty feet north of Hyde Park. The area is safe. The front desk staff was friendly.
Hallway carpet is old and worn. There is no lift/elevator. Our room was a big disappointment with college dorm quality beds and furniture, and a really old and dark bathroom without hot water. Breakfast was made to order- no complaints. We spent very little time in the hotel so it was tolerable, but we will not return.
Don't stay here, no matter what!
We stayed at the Parkwood in October 2000. Research online showed that it was an 'ok' hotel. When we arrived we were shocked to find the room was dirty, plaster was cracked on the walls, the bathroom was flithy and the shower was a tub with a hand held sprayer. We had to call the front desk to have them turn on the heat! The one positive thing I can say is the front desk staff was very understanding when we told them the accomodations were substandard. They gave us a full refund, less the one night that we had to stay there.