If you ask the receptionist to call you a cab or a taxi they don't, they call an expensive private hire company called Plaza Chauffeur Cars instead who charge a whole lot more than a cab or taxi.
We travelled one mile from the hotel to the start of Oxford street in less than 10 minutes and it cost £17, thats £10 more than a taxi would have cost, more than double!!!
The car that picked us up was a toyota and the driver was uniformed so I could see no reason why we had to pay more than double what we expected for such a short drive.
The reception staff don't tell you they have called the expensive company instead of a normal Cab or taxi, there is no notice displayed either to that effect and the 'Meter' in the car took the shape of a mobile phone which was not within view.
Upon our return I asked the receptionist to speak to the duty manager about the matter but was told that 'Managers don't work week-ends" The receptionist said that it was company policy to always call th Plaza cars even if the guest asks for a London Taxi.
The room was small.
The bathroom in a poor state of repair, flaking paint in ours and something light brown smeared near the ceiling which looked terrible but was probably just discoloured sealant (I hope)
The cooked breakfast didn't include Bacon.
The main fire exit was blocked on the ground floor with a stack of large cardboard boxes left overnight.
The light switches looked old and had large gaps between the switch and the body.
The Air Con didnt work.
I stayed at the Blakemore hotel next door to the Henry VII just before Christmas and the contrast could not be greater, the Blakemore was excellent.
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- Traditional Hotel in quiet location, a few yards from Hyde Park, convenient to Bayswater & Queensway tube stations. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Henry Viii London
- Hotel Henry Viii
- Henry Viii Hotel London