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Prince William Hotel
Ranked #812 of 1,068 Hotels in London
San Jose, California
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6 reviews
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“Bad choice except for the location!”
Reviewed 16 October 2013

So we were not looking for anything fancy..just a place to crash for the night after a long day in London but this place does not even qualify for that! We got back in the night to our room only to find out that the toilet does not work! So we had to go down to the reception to complain about that and then minutes later, the guy at the front desk comes and tries to fix it and then later tells us that we would have to move to a different room on the top floor. So we relocate in the middle of the night through the stairs as the elevator does not go to the top floor. The beds here are a joke! I wonder how the mattress can even pass as a real one! It is really hard and the room is extremely hot! Again, let me tell you that I was not really hoping for luxury at that price and I was just expecting to have the basics but this hotel has nothing going for it except the location! The second night, we were dead tired but for a moment, we actually dreaded to get back to this hotel to sleep, so we ended up coming back to the room really late! The only reason I have given it 2 stars is because of the location (pretty safe even late night) and its proximity to the Paddington Station, this really helped us as we had to get to Windsor and the Big Bus stop is also within walking distance. But avoid this if you can find a better hotel in the same area!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sandane, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway
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Reviewed 16 October 2013

Having read all these horrific reviews online AFTER we booked a room, I was quite anxious to see if it was as bad as I had imagined. But I must admit, I got positively surprised!
Yes, the room was extremely small, and you could literally hear the person next door opening a bag of chips. But we got fresh towels everyday, the bed was okay (I mean, an okay bed will do, you're only gonna sleep on it anyways). The breakfast was okay, you had two types of bread: White and some kind of whole wheat, and of course a toaster. You had different kinds of tea (of course), coffee, different types of jam and marmelade, cheese, also croissants.
It's kind of central, about a 5 minute walk from the nearest Underground, and then two stops and you're at Oxford St., I think.
The staff was okay, but be aware that they don't give good recommendations, especially not when it comes to restaurants... (PS: Also, the staff won't let anyone else besides whom the room is booked for, enter. So you can't have any visitors...)
So, to sum things up: If you're on a budget, and you want something central and cheap, this might be the place for you.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Maldegem, Belgium
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51 reviews
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Reviewed 12 October 2013

If you're in London, everything is expensive. So this hotel is a nice way to keep your budget low. Small rooms, but clean. Very friendly staff and helpful. A basic breakfast with a small variety in choice of food. But, clean, nice and a good way to start the day.
It's close to Paddington station, so connections to the entire city at the doorstep ! Very good location.
It's not a five star hotel, keep that in mind. But a clean room, a toilet and shower is all I need, and this hotel gives me what I need: the basics.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dhaka City, Bangladesh
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Reviewed 27 September 2013

2 star hotel , small room without air-conditioner but location in the heart of city. small bathroom, short distance to metro/tube. very hot at the end of august. lift was old-fashioned, reception room was good. facilities for laundry was limited.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Limassol, Cyprus
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94 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2013

The staff was friendly and helpful. The room was generally clean. I think the reviews differ depending on the room they were allocated. You can hear the people next door and also those with rooms next to the elevator may suffer. Breakfast was good, though it could have been better.

The location is central and convenient, especially if you travel from Heathrow airport. However, the hotel needs a serious refurbishment! That would improve a lot the impression it gives to visitors.

Room Tip: Rooms away from the elevator and not as high as possible to avoid the noise from the street.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
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London
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Reviewed 9 September 2013

The room and the breakfast were the worst we have experienced, and because of that we would not stay there again!
The tiny basic room was in the basement,, the window looked out on a dumping area, it was a hot night, but we could not have the window open because we were worried about rats. The shower was very poor, just a trickle.The continental breakfast was appalling! We could not wait to get out of there!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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35 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for £80.
Great location.
Nice receptionist booked us in and was helpful.
The room was a bed not much more. What else do you need in London?
Breakfast was toast cereal juice coffee tea croissants and was ok.
The only down side there was food on the walls the fitting were not great.
Was good for a base but I don't think I would like to stay more than 1 night.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Property: Prince William Hotel
Address: 42-44 Gloucester Terrace, London W2 3DA, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > London > Paddington / Maida Vale
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Ranked #812 of 1,068 Hotels in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Prince William Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
18th-century corner period-listed building that combines Victorian and modern design, with all our 49 rooms fully refurbished. Just a few minutes' walk from Paddington tube and train station (with an express service to Heathrow airport), we are less than 5 minutes' walk from Hyde Park and just 2 miles from Buckingham Palace. ... more   less 
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