I've travelled a lot and stayed in hundreds of hotels but this is the first time I checked myself out before even spending a night. I arrived before my room was ready - common for travelers from NYC and asked if I could leave my bags while I went out for a walk. The staff, who appear to have been recruited from local gypsy settlements said that there would a £10 charge to keep my bags in a cupboard for 2 hours. The room actually wasn't ready for 4 hours by which time I was so tired I could have slept in a traffic roundabout. It took another hour, so it seemed for the elevator to go 4 floors to the shabby and warren-like hallway where I had to drag my own bags through about 3 fire doors to find my room. As for the room, it was so small I had to lift my suitcase over the bed to put it on the only patch of floor big enough to fit it. But first I had to move a random piece of furniture that looked like it had been found on a street corner. My window looked out over a hogarthian alleyway where it seems neighbors dump their rubbish - but that was the only choice to cool the room as there was NO A/C. The bathroom was bizarrely tiny - the minuscule shower was practically in the toilet, or maybe it was the toilet - hard to tell them apart. There was a fingerbowl which I suppose was meant to double as a sink. I tried to nap in the bed which creaked and was shoved up against a grubby wall but the cleaning staff were banging around so much it was impossible. So I got my stuff together, dragged my bags back down to reception and said I wanted to check out ( I has reserved for a full week). Without even taking her eyes off her computer screen or even asking me why, the front desk woman simply took my card key and said, "we have to charge for one night because you used the room." Avoid this place at all costs.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Modern hotel with multilingual staff, restaurant and bar, comfortable rooms; situated close to Gloucester Road. ... more less
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- Ambassadors Hotel London