The hotel is located only 5 minutes walk off Oxford street, when standing in front of the hotel and looking down to Oxford Street you see the corner of Primark store. We stayed at Gloucester Place from Thursday to Monday. There are chandeliers in the hallway and big landscape paintings and mirrors.
The hotel made a nice and clean impression on us upon arrival. To check in we had to go to the basement, where the reception as well as the breakfast room is located. The guy at the reception wasn’t the friendliest, it would have been nice, if he’d put a smile on at least. He was polite though. We were half an hour early but our room was just ready for us, which was good. Check in was without any problems. Our room number was 6, which was a room located on the level between ground and 1st floor. It seemed to be an extension the original building and was at the back of the building. The first door we opened was kind of a vestibule, which was like a very small conservatory, with a colored glass window. Here was the wardrobe, an air conditioning machine and tea making facilities located.
Through the second door we entered our room. The door was very heavy, I have to say. A key in only needed for the first door, though.
The room was small but comfortable. We had a double standard en-suite room for 115 pound per night incl. continental breakfast. The room was clean with a very soft red carpet.
Behind the door was a big fridge, which came in handy when we picked up drinks and food from the supermarket. The flatscreen TV was behind the door, too, installed above the fridge on the wall.
The bathroom was newly renovated in a modern style and looked very nice. The shower cabin was very big, which we appreciated, since we’re both 5’10’’. There was a small and a big towel available per person, as well as soap and some shower gel. We would have appreciated an additional towel rack and shelf in the bathroom. Since there was none, we had to store our toiletries on the windowsill in our room and spread the towels across the bathroom and bedroom. Also there was no heating in the bathroom, hence it was always a little cold in there. We could have left the door from our room open but the fan in the bathroom was going directly outside and all the heat would have vanished into thin air.
A plus is that the heating in the main room is not running all day but heats up from 7:00 pm – which is also a minus, because if your are back in the room early it is cold.
The bed was a little soft for our taste, so nights were not as restful as we would have liked but it was still o.k. The room was very quiet, which we really appreciated.
There was also a little crack in the wall beside the bed were some of the plaster and paint had come off, this just didn’t look so nice.
The B&B has a buffet-style continental breakfast, which is included in the price and which offers: boiled eggs, tomato egg omelets, cheese egg omelets, scrambled eggs, 2 different types of cold cuts, 1 type of cheese, nutella, some fruit, tomato and cucumber slices, different jams, cereals, juices, tea, coffee, hot chocolate (some other spreads and bakery products, too). You can chose if you want brown or white toast. It was rather chilly in the breakfast room, which was in the style of a conservatory in the basement and seemed to have been the backyard of the house. It does not offer seats for all of the guests so it can get very busy at times. The staff is friendly and seems mostly from Eastern Europe. Service could have been a little bit quicker, since our omelets were almost cold until the toast arrived. English breakfast would have been an additional 3 pound per person, we did not go for it but we wouldn’t have mind.
For check out we just had to drop off our key and check out time is 11 am, which is very comfortable.
We would have liked out towels to be exchanged halfway through our stay.
There is also a Tesco express nearby, as well as other food-shopping opportunities nearby on Oxford Street.
Overall we had a pleasant stay at Gloucester Place and we’d definitely stay there again if we go back to London. We can honestly recommend this place.
- Also Known As:
- Gloucester Place London
- Hotel Gloucester Place
- Gloucester Place Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Marble Arch - Gloucester Place Hotel is a Georgian Bed and Breakfast hotel in Central London. English Heritage has Listed the building as it was once occupied by members of the French Royal Family who had fled the French Revolution of 1789. The hotel offers a variety of en-suite rooms with private facilities and Discounted Basic rooms with shared facilities to cater for all budgets. All rooms have free Wireless internet, Portable Air conditioner Units, tea/Coffee & Biscuits. Situated in an ideal location in Marble Arch; close to London’s most famous sites such as Oxford Street, Hyde Park, Piccadilly Circus, London West End Theatres. It is a perfect venue for business and leisure. The hotel is also located next to the main Airport Bus stop and several underground stations serving all of London’s major destinations, and within easy reach of St Pancras Eurostar station. Also just a short walk from Madame Tussauds, Regents & Hyde Park and the shops of Oxford Street. The hotel is a Georgian listed building. There is no lift. However, staff will be happy to carry your luggage to your room on request. Alternatively we can try and book you a room on a lower floor if requested well in advance at the time of booking. Discounted NCP Parking is Available next to the hotel. The hotel offers good value central London accommodation with clean, tidy and cozy rooms in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere with many modern comforts needed to make your stay enjoyable. ... more less
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