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The Grapevine Hotel
Ranked #439 of 566 London B&B and Inns
Reviewed 20 September 2010

I stayed here for two nights, had a single room with toilet and shower on the ground floor. The room was very small, but clean and had everything I needed. It didn't have any bad smell or anything that I have encountered in other cheap hotels. It was quiet at night, other guests seemed to be mainly middle aged or older. Breakfast was very simple but ok. Location was excellent, once you learned how to get out of Victoria station at the right exit it took only a five minute walk. Lots of nice restaurants in the area, plus a large Sainsbury's.

Of course it is always nicer to be able to stay in a luxury hotel, but for someone travelling on a budget this is absolutely ok for the price (GBP 35 a night for a single ensuite, quite unbeatable). I have stayed in much worse places in the UK, and payed more.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 22 August 2010

I stayed here with my mrs and in laws....Had the worst experience of my life.. we stayed for 3 nights counting the list of bad things
1 - we paid and had requested a room with private WC and Shower which we did not get and had to share the bathroom with 4 other people went to the reception and told them about this they said the hotel was fully booked and refunded us 10% which we were not happy with
2 - the second morning I woke with my whole body covered with BED BUGS BITES, informed one of the staff and all they could do is say sorry about this
3 - shower very dirty and toilet as well and most of the things broken
4 - At breakfast the waiters are a snob and serve you as if they are doing a big favour on you.
Overall not at all worth staying still sufering from the bites and had to chance my bed in the house as well and get pest control to sort it out
would never go even near to the hotel again
even if they let me stay there for free

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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1  Thank Darshak
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Reviewed 13 August 2010

DO NOT STAY HERE!! first we arrived to have the staff that did not understand english try and tell us that are room we had booked had been flooded (triple room with ensuit) and that they had a alternative which we agreed to being tired and fed up of dragging suitcases big mistake! we had to share a dirty yellow bathroom with the room next door the bed sheets were dirty i plugged the kettle in which blew up all the electric in the bedroom when i went to tell the staff they said i had to pay for it as I broke it which i was obviosly not happy about!! the people in the room above us were soooo loud that we did not sleep at all and the breakfast was a joke then after the weekend of hell a week later they took money out of my bank unautharised which i eventually got back after many complaints. THIS PLACE SHOULD BE KNOCKED DOWN

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled with friends
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1  Thank angelsxi
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Reviewed 5 August 2010

Chose this hotel for the location..10-15min walk from Victoria train station but £350 for 4 nights was a total waste of money & not worth it at all. Room was dark & very basic, (sheets were clean though), some sockets did not work & ceiling fan did not work. Our room was right next to fire exit which people went out of to smoke & left off latch which meant it banged through the night. Down very steep narrow stairs, not ideal for elderly, children or anyone carrying luggage for that matter. The continental buffet breakfast was cornflakes or weetabix, apple or orange juice with a croissant & toast, tea or coffee planted in front of you!! Bathroom?? what bathroom?! U cannot slip & fall coming out of shower as the basin & toilet would save your fall! It's so small you have to carefully reverse out & get dried & changed by the bed if you don't actually fall over the bed in the process. The biggest negative point of this hotel was that the room & dining room were "crawling" with ants!! They were even in the kettle in the morning when we went to make a cup of tea!
Def would not book this hotel again...very expensive for what you are getting.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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1  Thank visitor1Scotland
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Reviewed 15 July 2010

First the room looks ok. Then we slept. The worst night we ever had is to wake up at 3am &found lots of bed bugs under my pillow, the blankets and the whole bed!They are in all sort of sizes, crawling creepyly and worst of all, everyone that you squeeze, the blood just squirt out. Can you imagine the whole bed in white bed sheet w red blood spots all over. Me and my friend stayed up whole night cant wait to get out of the place. The toilet is dirty and mouldy, lights not working and lock is damaged. How to bathe? The night before we came back around 9pm and there was a drunken man greeted us at the reception. Remember, the room we stayed is 39. Stairways is narrow and steep. Dont expect to carry luggage up the stairs even on 3rd storey. This is a nightmare hotel. Even for £50 is not worth it. Need to send in a complaint to the tourist board about this hotel. Altho it is suppose to be near victoria, still have to walk at least 25 to 30 mins ! TERRIBLE hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with friends
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1  Thank BudgetSGTraveller
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Reviewed 5 June 2010

well what can i say came with my familly for my uncles wedding and i woke up in the middle of the night with bites all ova my body got out of bed to find these bugs in the bed they were big it was dirty and toilet didnt flush and toilet was tooo small service was well disgracefull never coming bk !!!!!

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled with family
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1  Thank bbyblue1986
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Reviewed 4 May 2010

I really could tell many details on this stay, but sometimes images are better than any words.
Check the photo attached.
Considering the neighbourhood (quite and pretty nice) and the nearness of Victoria station (which means thousand of tourist coming in easily by foot each day) it is really incomprehensible how an Hotel can offer such a bad service and amenities.
Anyway here are some details and commentaries
First: my girlfriend book, damn her :-) , this room via Internet to the Sheriff Hotel. Well actually we had to check in at the Grapevine Hotel,. The reception is shared. We got key for the Grapevine. Therefore pay attention. They're both the same. I'll post the same review for Grapevine.
Second: we booked a “Double Suite with private WC”. The room was in a separate building (40th Cambridge Street) and incredibly tiny (no wardrobe). We discovered shortly after that the actual room was a bit bigger, but then divided using rudimentary wall in order to fit in the restroom (WC and a shower). Up on these rudimentary walls you can check what was left. That is how you call it a job well done.
Second: heating did not work at any time. We discovered this during the first night. We asked the guy. Nothing. Second night still freezing. Told the guy again. At the end he just joked with us, telling he would send someone who obviously never came.
Third: cleaning. The first two towel we gotten were disgusting with some spot on it. Floor was not better. Windows neither and check pictures of the shower. Least but not last the entrance.
The final surprise came while looking around, when we have found where the cleaned sheets and towels were sheltered: simply laying on the ground of the main stairs, at the upper floor. These was not an exception.
Well finally we were in London just for three days, it was Mayday week-end, many hotel around were fully booked and therefore we did not wanted to lose one entire day to find a new accommodation. We survived of course, but this was really irritating.
If this reviews can help someone to avoid this place it would make us a bit happier.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Grapevine Hotel

Address: 117 Warwick Way | Victoria, Westminster, London SW1V 4HT, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > London > Pimlico
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #439 of 566 B&Bs / Inns in London
Price Range: £49 - £129 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — The Grapevine Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 46
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a family owned boutique bed and breakfast hotel located in the heart of London within walking distance of major sightseeing attractions including Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the London Eye, Tate Britain and Harrods to name a few. We are located within 3 minute walking distance from the Victoria Coach Station and within 5 minute walking distance from the Victoria Train/Underground/Bus.We have undergone major refurbishment and modernisation, completed in June 2012. With imaginative planning we have updated all our rooms to provide private shower and WC facilities (either en-suite or exclusive suite) and offer a great choice of standard, superior and deluxe rooms. ... more   less 
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