I was prepared to hate this hotel, particularly when my idiot taxi driver left me at the other Thistle hotel about 300 yards down the road. I'd booked it because it was so much cheaper than the other choices from the corporate travel agent that it was pretty much the only hotel I was able to book without breaking policy.
Having had a poor experience at the Thistle Euston some months ago I was wary, but check-in was efficient and quick and my room, much to my surprise, was actually quite nice. It was on the first floor looking onto a quiet side street, a generous size and not too shabby, although some furniture was looking a bit worn.
It being late and I being tired, I opted for the bar menu. The bar was quiet but the service was good and the food was reasonable. The one complaint was £2.75 for a small bottle of mineral water. Many hotels now give you at least one complimentary mineral water in your room and that kind of price is just exploitative - there's no excuse.
Other than that, excellent value for me at £119 for a double room - a good night's sleep and a pleasant stay. I'd certainly stay again if the price is right.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Thistle Hyde Park dates from Victorian times, with a cosy, relaxed atmosphere reminiscent of a Pall Mall private-member's club. A refined, intimate building, it is a comfortable base from which to enjoy the nearby West End, Oxford Street and Mayfair. Within walking distance of Lancaster Gate and Bayswater Underground stations and a literal stone's throw from multiple bus stops, you'll find it easy to get from the hotel to wherever it is you wish to visit in central London. What's more, you have the luxury of two of London's finest public parks just across the road from the hotel entrance - perfect for a morning stroll, weekend picnic, or letting the kids run off all the excitement of a holiday in the City. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Thistle Hyde Park London
- Thistle Hyde Park Hotel London