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“Small Rooms but Friendly Staff and Great Location”
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Commodore Hotel
Ranked #885 of 1,063 Hotels in London
London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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“Small Rooms but Friendly Staff and Great Location”
Reviewed 24 June 2014

The rooms were well small and AC unit doesn't work and is always fixed to 1 temperature. The room was clean and the staff were very friendly who gave us complementary late check out. Location wise it is situated right next to Hyde Park and a stones throw away from Lancaster Gate Underground Station. The TV in the room was small and hidden away in the cupboard which made the viewing angle quite restrictive. Note that the pictures for the rooms are not accurate and can be misleading onto the room you expect and one you get.

Room Tip: Try to get a room on floors 2 and above, ground floor and basement rooms are rubbish
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 19 June 2014

When you arrive in front of this Hyde Park Victorian mansion-turned-hotel, you know you can be in no other place but London. Stepping inside, the aura of floral patterns, ornate furniture, red leather and general foof can be almost overwhelming to those uninitiated to this style. This isn't dated- this is a place sopping with period-accurate British charm.

This was previously a very large residence, and as such it does not lend itself to easy, neat patterns of rooms all in a row. Instead, the Commodore offers twists, turns, tiny elevators and Tetris-piece-shaped rooms seemingly begging to be the setting of a murder mystery whodunit, one candlestick short of a Mean Mr. Mustard.

The room I stayed in consisted of a foyer just big enough to turn around in, off of which shot a bathroom twice the size of the bathtub which it housed. The bath was quite clean, and water pressure/fixtures were excellent.

Going up a set of stairs (all rooms in the Commodore have some level of uniqueness, this one turned out to be a split-level) led me to a king-sized bed and just enough room to walk around it. These are tiny rooms. The carpet was threadbare in areas, but the room was generally clean, well-lit and offered baseboard heat and a in-wall AC unit. I kept the window open all night to let London creep in and cool things off, but I suspect this room could be a bit difficult and noisy to heat/cool during the less hospitable months.

The TV was computer-monitor sized with a very good-for-UK selection of channels, and the mini-fridge held a nice assortment of Oh-God-Why-Did-I-Pay-That-Much-For-That beverages and snacks. The bed was fine, well made, with no duvet cover to discard with salad tongs.

Out of the large Victorian window, some rooms look onto stunning old London architecture. Other rooms, well, not so much. It's a quiet area for being so close to everything. Room service is offered, and there is a tiny bar in the back of the lobby which is occasionally open.

This mansion used to be owned by music publisher Alfred Littleton and played host to many social gatherings in the 19th and early 20th century. The conversion of this abode to a hotel was done in such a way that you can almost still hear the live quartet playing in the lobby, and feel the vibration of Victorian London oozing from the subtly cracked plaster that joins not quite square walls. I recommend The Commodore Hotel to anyone wishing to embrace something different, yet something that's been around for a very, very long time.

Room Tip: Try to request a room looking out onto the street.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled on business
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New Fairfield, CT
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Reviewed 10 June 2014

The hotel is in a great location right near the Lancaster Gate Station, the 148 bus line, and Kensington Garden right down the street. Paddington Station was about a 10 minute walk so it was easy to get to the trains to Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace. The room was a bit tight and definitely no where as up to date as the picture in the brochure. We had to switch rooms after the 2nd night because the cooling unit did not work and there was no window in the room, only a door to an outdoor deck which we would not leave open at night. The staff was friendly and somewhat accommodating (we had to ask several times to have someone look at the cooling unit and ended up changing rooms, as mentioned above). The breakfast was just right with cereal, fruit (including prunes :)), sliced meats, yogurt, croissants/rolls, juice and coffee. Overall, I would recommend this hotel to a friend.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Israel
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Reviewed 10 June 2014

Our room was really VERY small. The guy at the reception desk said that all the rooms are of the same quality, so I assume that all of them are VERY small. In our case, the window faced a small and ugly inner yard (full of machinery and pipes, a bit noisy).

Room Tip: Ask details about room size and what is behind the window.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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East Grinstead, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 June 2014

Fabulous apartment, Excellent Customer service. Would recommend - particularly for a hen weekend or something similar. Comfy bed, great little kitchen, great location with Kensington Gardens across the road. Continental breakfast included - very good.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Biel, Switzerland
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 June 2014 via mobile

The room wasnt clean and the bath no more!.. we dont really felt accomodate but the staff was friendly even if also TV didnt work!...the breakfast was a laugh! For a 4 stars we expected much more then what they served as breakfast..nothing like eggs and english breakfast included but you could ask for them and pay more...No go! The place was ok and very nice.

Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Philippines
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 18 May 2014

I told my friends that the hotel I booked is four star. They are not expecting much, comfortable bed and good location will be fine. They never set their foot inside , instead we were sent to a sister hotel (which is not true) as they called it with the same standard (again not true - its two star).....One room to have a problem happens but for four rooms at the same time!? the compensation I asked for were obliged but won't suffice...
Moving us to a lousy hotel where checking- in took ages to complete , leaking bathrooms and a staff who enjoys talking to confuse their guests -
They only succeeded in ruining our holiday...a four star dismay....

Room Tip: there are better hotels nearby, I won't recommend this hotel
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Property: Commodore Hotel
Address: 50 Lancaster Gate | Hyde Park, London W2 3NA, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > London
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#398 Luxury Hotel in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Commodore Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 88
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Townhouse Hotel situated in quiet Victorian Square, just steps from Hyde Park and five minutes by bus to Oxford street and Marble Arch. Paddington station is a walk away. Commodore is renowned for it's tranquil setting, offering a homely and welcoming atmosphere in the bustling city. Originally, three Victorian Town houses, Commodore is unique in its combination of styles with traditional Victorian romantic elegance coupled with modern interior design. Its quirky charm and great location see customers returning again and again. There is also a small fitness studio. Room service is available 24 hours. ... more   less 
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