St Simeon2.0 out of 5.0
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Good sides: Location. Price efficiency. Personnel. Interior design. Breakfast. It is not a high class place and has the minimum of what can be offered. But the personnel is really caring and understanding. This exceeds all aspects of the property. The receptionist (Ivan) was really helpful during and after my stay and he showed personal interest. Breakfast was not eye catching, presented under transparent nylon covers but the taste and extras offered within the price of the room were more than expected. "Bacon and eggs" highly recommenden but not some sweet pastries. Ladies in the breakfast hall are really hardworking and caring. Doing their best for customers. The room had the minimum of its basics. Rather small and tight. It was single occupancy of a double room. More people may not fit there in comfort. I liked it in general, but not to mention the bad smell of smoke in the room... Hotels should care more about this. The thing I liked was the rooftop view of the city. The interior of the hotel looked traditional and classic from old architectural times. Beautiful. You really feel you are in "Royal London". All in all, this place is good with low price, good breakfast and efficient service. You will not be disappointed. Bad sides are: Bad smell of smoke in room. Leaking bathtub. Small room.
OK. So why did I give this self-proclaimed budget hotel a 5* rating? No, it isn't a fabulously chic boutique hotel that has been recently renovated. Yes, it could do with a bit of sprucing up. But it is scrupulously clean. All the staff were amazingly helpful and friendly. Without asking, we were even brought some freshly made tea and croissants to our room on our arrival. The breakfast was great and included a cooked to order English breakfast, or a good selection of fruit, breads etc. My only gripe would be the horrid over-sweetened orange juice! The location is a very smart residential area in the centre with very good transport links. Highly recommended!
I have mixed feelings about this hotel. We were a family of 5 and from the hotel website and booking I expected to stay in the room over two floors giving us some space. Instead we were presented with a tiny room, with 3 singles and 1 double bed. Made teenier by all our luggage! I would urge any large families to confirm the room type before confirming your booking. My second gripe was the tiny bathroom. My third is there were no tea/coffee amenities in the room. However, the location is brilliant within walking distance to central London and tube station. The cooked breakfasts were amazing - a freshly cooked English breakfast every morning and LOTS of it (tea and coffee were a bit sub standard though). The staff were great and very friendly, offering us a place to store our luggage before and after checkout times, making sure we had enough to eat, and providing assistance for us getting around. Would I stay again? Yes, it's good value for London but I'd book 2 rooms for a large family.
We had a family room on the first floor for our family of 5 (all adults or older teens), which was a loft with a double and single upstairs, a double and single downstairs and a tiny bathroom. We were pressed for space, and it was very basic, but plenty of hot water, TV (didn't use it so cannot comment), nice breakfast and good staff. Our room had a very large balcony. Unfortunately summer was hot while we were there and there were no fans or ventilation which made sleeping difficult. The location is terrific, with a private park and upmarket housing in the area. The train station is an easy 5 minutes walk, with direct trains to and from Heathrow airport (takes about half an hour) and 10 minutes ride to the centre of London. There are nice eateries, a chemist, supermarket and newsagency all near the train station.
As most reviews have already stated, this was perfect for a family of four. Where most hotels in London required two rooms to be booked, here we were able to get one room (with a loft and 5 beds) on the first floor, breakfast was included, and location excellent; just a few minutes walk from Gloucester Road underground station. The room we had was on the first floor and included a very small bathroom and very spacious balcony. I doubt that the other levels have any balconies though. It should be noted that this room is 'relatively' great compared to the extremely high prices of London hotels. Only basic cleaning and change of towels are given, and amenities are not included, but knowing this going in, again it is great value for money and highly recommended. It is also in an affluent area of the city, as can be seen from the gorgeous buildings all around. The location is also minutes walk from the Natural History Museum, restaurants, pubs, Hyde Park, etc. It is family run and this is also a great plus, because it gives a good sense of comfort. Right outside the tube station is a supermarket (Waitrose I think) where you can also pick up ready made food and wine, and a Boots pharmacy for a few amenities. it is a great walking area as well. We opted to take a cab from and to the airport, since the kids are still too small to carry their own luggage and we had 4 suitcases, but booked that in advance since it was much cheaper than taking a cab directly from the airport. There are a few websites and they meet you with a name plate at arrival. We used express airport transfer, and got a larger vehicle to accommodate us. it cost about 45 pounds each way.
Great hotel for two weeks in London. Staff was super, especially Ivan. Great central location, 10 minutes to tube. Great breakfast, with more food than you can possibly eat. Owner's father offered us fresh fruit every morning, such as blueberries, strawberries, etc. Full English Breakfast and more. You could go down in the evenings and have fruit and juices. Refrigerator and microwave and filtered water available in the kitchen. Kitchen staff was great and attentive. Bed was one of the most comfortable we have slept in in the 4 months that we have been in Europe. I real thick mattress for a change. Room was clean but needing some maintenance, but no show stoppers. Internet was good most of the time. Recommended for a hotel that is a great value. They supply hair dryers and UK plugs for you to use.
Run by a family who looked after us really well. Great base for exploring London. We have 3 kids and all the London hotels made us reserve two rooms which was well beyond our budget. No frills but fantastic location & hospitality made up for it. Really appreciated management posting back a left-behind stuffed toy to NZ. Would highly recommend.
Cozy charming hotel. The family room has 5 beds which was great. The kids slept in the loft area. The bathroom is tiny but it works for a few days. The wifi is not great I. The room but you can sit in the stairwell and get a great connection. The breakfast is nice. You can have whatever you want basically, from fruits to bacon, eggs, cereal, pancakes. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. We were able to check in early as we arrived from the states after a night on the plane. If you want character and something different than a hotel chain you won't be disappointed :). The location is excellent, lots of restaurants and coffee shops around and the tube 2 blocks away. We even took the subway with all our suitcases from Heathrow and walked here.
From when you first arrive you can't fail to be impressed by how warmly you are welcomed and the efforts to please you. The location is great in close proximity to the museums, the Royal Albert Hall some great restaurants and 5 minutes from Gloucester Road Tube Station. Breakfast was an endless gift of food and drink and the cooked English was as good as places charging three times as much. Yes the rooms are not over big but this is London and not many hotels' are.
The hotel, in my opinion, is a budget hotel in central London. It is located in a quiet street in a busy city. The hotel services are very basic but the atmosphere gives a homely feeling. I had a back room, which was very quite. The room was clean. They have a lift and a free WiFi.
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44% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 362 reviews