I booked a 5 night stay at the Whiteleaf hotel after seeing the pictures on the website. Upon arrival I was greeted by a friendly and courteous fellow, the reception area looked like the pictures and I was told I was given a room with a balcony.
The room was at the front of the hotel overlooking the street and looked NOTHING like the pictures from
Any of the websites I viewed. The room was morbid with a horrible smell and depressing beige colouring all supplemented with 6 lights, all of which made the room have a weird fluorescent feel to it. The bed was horrible, with one sheet and a blanket on top. There was a cabinet in the corner with a kettle and various other sachets of tea and sugar in. There was also a 11 inch TV and video combi on a bracket about 8 foot above the bed. The TV also had the delightful quirk of sounding like there was static on any channel you watched.
To be fair though the bathroom dud save my fears a little bit. Despite the fact it was small and narrow it was reasonably clean. I couldn't however stand directly under the shower as my head would hit the shower head. Furthermore it rained outside, but the water happened to trickle, then pour inside from the ceiling in my bathroom.
The room cleanliness was abysmal, as were the general facilities on offer. I didn't try the breakfast so I can't comment.
The major plus was the location. I was travelling to Westminster so the tube was direct and only took me 20 minutes. Also the friendliness of the man who checked me in. Be aware though he only works in the evening as the man that works in the morning is rude and didn't seem to entirely understand English, for example, "There is a LEAK in my Bathroom."
There is no safe in the room so I recommend not leaving any valuables in there. Also there is no phone, no desk but a very large array of coat hangers.
Essentially the fact of the matter is, this place looks NOTHING like the pictures on any of the websites. If you are looking for cheap and good transport links, in a place that you are literally ONLY going to sleep in, then stay here. If however you are expecting comfort, clean sheets, a working television post 1992 then this is not the place.
Please heed my advice, this is London, if you pay £36 a night your going to get somewhere below basic.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- WHITELEAF HOTEL HAS BEEN COMPLETELY REFURBISHED IN SEPTEMBER 2011. Offering free Wi-Fi, this central London hotel is just 2 minutes’ walk from Hyde Park and 50 yards from Queens Way Bayswater Tube Station. With its own restaurant, it is just a minute's walk from shopping centres, traditional cafes and English pub. Oxford Street and Piccadilly Circus are within a 5-minute tube ride. Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and the shops and theatres of the West End are all a short tube ride away. Each room at this Grade I listed building features a TV, telephone and tea/coffee facilities. All rooms have a private bathroom including a hairdryer. The Whiteleaf Hotel serves a traditional breakfast every morning, and also features a TV lounge, a 24-hour reception and a luggage storage facility. The many shops, restaurants and bars of Queensway and Bayswater are just around the corner, including the well-known Whiteley's shopping mall. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Whiteleaf Hotel London