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“Good Hotel - Great Location.”
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The Columbia
Ranked #527 of 1,067 Hotels in London
Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Good Hotel - Great Location.”
Reviewed 3 July 2012

The Columbia Hotel, at Lancaster Gate, is my regular hotel in London, it is situated close to Hyde Park and within walking distance of Marble Arch / Oxford Street and central London. The rooms are clean and well furnished, with ensuite facilities. Even though the busy Bayswater Road passes the Columbia, the rooms are reasonably quiet at night. I would undoubtedly recommend the Columbia Hotel to my friends, family, and business partners.

Room Tip: Most rooms are fine, yet as the Columbia Hotel is quite an old building, some room floors tend to ma...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled on business
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 June 2012

I used this hotel after the me I had booked into conveniently didn't have a record of my booking!

Overall, it was a beautiful building, spotlessly clean with great staff. The rooms and bathrooms and very old fashioned but the location out weights this.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 2012

I stayed at this hotel a few weeks ago and found it to be spacious, pleasant and good value for money with pleasant staff and in a really good area too! I've stayed in a lot worse places for a lot more money

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 2012

Having tried several 3 and 4 star hotels in central London for my business trips I have now found a 2 star that I will be returning to time and time again. The rooms may be old fashioned, (especially the bathrooms), but the room rates are extremely attractive, especially considering many have views of Hyde Park, and if you prize clean and charming over high class, modern and expensive then try this hotel. The staff are also very friendly and helpful. The clientele seemed to be a real mix, lots of tourists, families as well as business travellers. Even a couple of rock bands on tour! The only thing I can say against it is that it would be nice to have internet access in the bedrooms, but there is WIFI in the downstairs public areas and they don't charge for it so I happily completed my work in the bar. Lancaster Gate tube station is just a 3 minute walk, and Paddington took me about 6 minutes. One of the ladies on Reception also advised they were on a bus route that runs between Oxford Street one way and Westfield SHopping Centre the other.. the perfect location for my next London shopping trip!

Room Tip: I like a quiet room, I was located on the 3rd floor with a view of a quiet road. The front has love...
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled on business
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 June 2012 via mobile

The Columbia is an average budget hotel situated in the convenient and relatively pleasant area of Bayswater.

Don't expect a high standard of decor or facilities but, if you're looking for a basic, functional place to spend a couple of nights, then this hotel will probably suffice.

Rooms have clearly been squeezed into this hotel wherever there was a little spare space. I had a single room on the 2nd floor and this was in the centre of the building up a small, narrow flight of stairs to a sort of mezzanine level. The room itself was also on two levels with a narrow staircase down from the bathroom to the small sleeping area. This was fine for me but access would be impractical for anyone who couldn't easily climb stairs. If you do struggle with stairs then I would definitely check this before booking.

The decor throughout the hotel was tired and faded and the bedroom was no exception. That said, everywhere seemed clean and functional. The bathroom was dated and basic but sufficient, although the shower was fixed at a height of around 5'6", making it rather awkward to use for anyone taller.

Staff were reasonably efficient - although not especially friendly - and there was no WiFi in the bedrooms (although limited coverage was provided in the public lounges).

This hotel's biggest asset is its location. Situated just a 3 minute walk from Lancaster Gate underground station, it takes only a few minutes to travel in the heart of London's West End.

All in all, a basic but serviceable hotel in a decent location and at a sensible price.

Stayed June 2012, travelled on business
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Torquay, England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 June 2012

Stayed for one night. I Will book again when I am back in London. Dont book expecting a corporate type hotel, but for the price it is in a good location and nice enough.
If you are arriving at paddington railway station the hotel is a 8 to 10 minute walk through pleasent streets. The hotel is situated opposite Hyde Park, if you dont want to walk (Marble Arch is only 10 minutes walk away) bus stops are outside, giving easy access to central shops and attractions. An underground (tube) station is 5 minutes away at Lancaster Gate. The hotel has a large foyer with reception area, staff were friendly and helpful. plenty of rooms across 4 floors. some of the decor and carpets are showing their age but dont let that put you off. Rooms are clean and large enough to have either a twin / double bed, dresser, chair, wardrobe TV, tea and coffee making facilities and ensuite bathrooms. Hotel also has a nice lounge, a small bar which also serves snacks and a spacious breakfast room. Tea, coffee, fruit juice, breads and toast are all included in the price, if you require more it can be purchased per individually priced items. A large secure luggage room can be used to leave cases if required. Good food, beer, wines and atmosphere is available at the nearby Mitre pub in Craven Terrace. I did not notice any air conditioning. Ideal budget hotel, better than many in the area.

Room Tip: Ask for a room overlooking Hyde Park and on a higher floor. you will get a view through the trees.
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Carlsbad, CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2012

We chose this hotel due to price, after reviewing similar cheaper hotels in the area.
It worked great for us for one night. The room on the 4th floor was not somewhere to spend a long time. It was clean and had an ensuite bathroom, coffee and tea maker, and a small TV.
The previous reviews say the hotel is tired, and this is correct. The rooms and corridors are not modern.
Our rate included full English breakfast. This had many choices including poached haddock or smoked mackerel! The breakfast room and bar are probably the nicest parts of the hotel.
I found the staff very friendly. I would stay here again.

Room Tip: Our roof room on the 4th floor had a small round window without a view.,
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Property: The Columbia
Address: 95-99 Lancaster Gate, London W2 3NS, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > London
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #527 of 1,067 Hotels in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Columbia 2.5*
Number of rooms: 102
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Columbia Hotel is an independent, family-run budget hotel in Lancaster Gate, London. We aim to provide guests with modern day comforts whilst ensuring that the character, elegance and charm of the original Victorian property is retained. The Columbia Hotel is in an ideal location for visitors looking to explore London. The hotel overlooks Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens providing guests with instant access to two of London's greatest open spaces. Situated less than one mile from Marble Arch, there is quick and easy access by several bus routes and underground stations to city business centres, theatres, shopping and tourist attractions. Paddington Railway Station with the Heathrow Express train service is a short walk away. ... more   less 
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