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Reviewed 9 July 2012

Decided to stay at this place after reading Rick Steve's book on London. Honestly, I don't why this place was even recommended. The rooms were bare bones basic, like the other reviewers mentioned. Almost burned by hands after touching the hot lights on the head boards. No shower stalls, so why didn't the staff mention about the hallway bathrooms having shower stalls to use? Found out about those by accident on my last nite there. The continental breakfast was the worst I ever experienced in Europe/London. Served in the basement, it was depressing. Packaged muesli and cheese, some bananas and apples and some yogurt. Eggs, beacon were extra. No baked goods, only brown or white toast. The coffee was just awful. The front desk staff were pleasant enough, but somewhat indifferent. Asked about restaurants, local pubs in the area, and wasn't able to get much info. Found out later after walking around, there were TONS of different places to eat, so why didn't they mention those areas/streets? I gave this 2 stars because of the convenient location to the tubes.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank TWT2
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Reviewed 7 July 2012

We stayed at this hotel for a night.it does not have aircondition,kettle to make tea or coffee,no safe,just bare room.i found the room dusty.the hotel has a very dull feel.the breakfast is ok nothing great.
only thing i particularly disliked was to go down for a cup of tea in the morning.
not convenient.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Thank DIWYA P
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Reviewed 29 May 2012

Just spent 3 nights at the Garden Court Hotel and are very pleased. The room was small but clean, the bed comfortable and the breakfast fine. You can order a cooked breakfast for a small fee if you like. Love the location, close to both Bayswater and Queensway underground. A shoppingmall, Whitleys, nearby and Boots are open until midnight. On Queensway you will find the Chinese restaurant The Four Season, worth a visit.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 May 2012

My partner and I stayed here for one night in May 2012 and it brought back memories of how terrible English hotels can be at their worst.

First, the location was brilliant: a 5 minute walk to Bayswater tube, and plenty of food options, pubs etc along the way. We walked from the hotel through Hyde Park to Knightbridge, and on the the main sights of London. A long walk, but very doable from the hotel.

The checkin experience was great - in fact all our dealings with the front desk were excellent - they were eager to please and very helpful when we asked typical tourist questions. The lobby area was nicely presented with some quite cute lifesize bears dressed in Beefeater and Grenadier Guard outfits. So far so good.

We get to our room in a tiny lift and yes, our room was slap bang next to the lift. Since it was just one night's stay we didn't bother to make a fuss and try for a different room. The room was pretty tiny - very firm double bed (we are used to king sized beds as standard so I guess we're spoiled). The room smelled of stale smoke. There was one window, with a grubby net curtain - I opened the curtain, pulled up the ancient sash window and the outlook was pleasant enough: backing onto other residences of a similar age. The window did have a brass 'lock' fitted but was impossible to engage.

Downsides for the room:

- window that could not be locked and rattled all night long with the moderate wind outside
- no bin
- no safe
- no phone
- no fridge
- musty cigarette smells
- dusty
- WC lid not properly attached
- old, faded and slightly smelly comforter on the bed
- no aircon (but there was a fan)
- no bedside lights: instead there were 2 bare halogen lamps pointing down from a wall mounted light fitting; only one was working
- lift noise
- noise of other guests moving around - none were unreasonably noisy but the constant squeaking of the floors above was hard to ignore

After a pretty terribly night's sleep we went down for breakfast - we had been told it closed at 9:30am so were were there around 9:20. We saw that a continental breakfast was included, but we could add eggs and bacon for an additional fee. We asked for this but the 3 babooshkas sitting on their backsides in the kitchen told me this was impossible since last orders for bacon closed at 9:15am.

So anyway, we checked out, the front desk lady was very nice about directions and leaving our bags there for the day.

All this would have been fine if it has been reasonably priced - but the bill 135 British Pounds ! To put that into perspective that would have paid for a luxurious 4 or 5 star hotel in Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Sydney, or Barcelona. Might have been market rate for London but we felt extremely ripped off.

Not recommended.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 May 2012

My wife and I have just got back from a two night stay at the Gardens Court hotel and had a great weekend.
We were welcomed by the very polite, friendly receptionist who made us feel at home and allowed us into our room well before the check-in time. The hotel is in a lovely area, about 5 minutes walk from Bayswater tube station, just off bustling Queensway and quite safe at night. Breakfast is a mixture of cerial, toast, fruit and yoghurts although you can get bacon and eggs if requested for a small extra fee.

We were also grateful for the comfortable and quiet night's sleep as the hotel is in a little gardened square away from any passing traffic. Rooms were nice and cosy – in need of a little refurb here and there but otherwise fine. We would definitely stay again and thoroughly recommend the hotel.

Room Tip: Our room was at the back of the hotel and was very quiet. If you don't like walking up lots of stairs, avoid the top floor as it is quite a climb.
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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