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 …
... If it hadn't, I might have had to stand at the terminal and eat about 10kg of chocolate before we could board. The flight from Paris to London is about 7 minutes .. give or take. OK, it is a bit longer, but not much. The flight attendant basically gets on as the plane is taxiing out of the terminal in Paris and says "Helloladiesandgentlementodaywe'reflyin gtoLondonsnacksbeingservedthanksforflyi ngpleaseexitthroughtheforwarddoor" and you're there! Of course, being Heathrow means ...
... time we had down at West Wittering with Julia and the kids as well.
After sailing through customs (hooray, always dodgy with so many carry-ons), we boarded our plane for a quick stopover in Frankfurt as we headed off for the final stage of our trip.
I've added a few extra photos from or time in London taken on other cameras which remind me of just how great it has been catching up with family. Happy days :-)
... do I do?
Grabbing my iPhone, I scan the wifi networks and see the airport one. No free wifi, of course, so I sign up for the 15 minutes of free wifi. Hopefully that’ll be enough time. I send my dad a FaceTime request and thankfully, oh-so-thankfully, he and my mom answer.
As soon as I start explaining the situation to my parents, and say that I need their help, I break down. That’s it. My face becomes a tear-strewn mess in the middle of ...
... Southwark station, I hastily bought some cheap tourist postcard and some very tasty Yazoo chocolate milk at the Costcutter near the station. It was getting dark by then and we freaked out a little trying to find our way to the hotel, as it was probably a ten-minute walk with streets and overpasses that looked very similar, but at last, we were greeted by the familiar purple glow of Premier Inn, made ourselves at home in our room, and finished the night by watching Notting Hill on the ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Parkwood at Marble Arch London
An absolute gem!
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.
I found an absolute gem. It must have recently been done up because everything seemed new, particularly the shower room. The young staff were very helpful and friendly and, although I don't usually eat a large breakfast, I justified the one there by missing out on morning coffee. I liked the decor in the breakfast room and all the old enamel advertising signs and other knick-knacks.
The best part was feeling that I was staying right in the center but not paying an arm and a leg for the privilege and I wanted to give them a deserved rap.
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.
Hotel could use some refurbishing - paint peeling in places, and spots on walls that could have been wiped clean or painted over. Family room spacious and included two rooms one with queen bed and the other with two twin beds for the children.
Bathroom/shower did not work properly and was very disappointing.If you have trouble with stairs, do not stay here as there are a lot of stairs.
Full English breakfast was very good.Not sure about a recommendation made by the hotel staff, especially when they insisted on calling a cab company to take us to Victoria Rail Station. We were told it would be cheaper than taking the black cabs - we doubt that what we were charged was cheaper (15 pounds).
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.
Perfect for Us!
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.
I can't say enough about the location... just a short 5 min walk to Marble Arch tube station, and just feet to Hyde Park! The staff at this hotel were really enjoyable. They did everything they could to make our stay pleasent. Overall I would reccomend the Parkwood to someone on a budget who dosen't mind playing a little twister in order to bathe! We will surely stay at the Parkwood on our next visit to London.
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.