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“Dated but Decent Location”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of The Columbia

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The Columbia
Ranked #520 of 1,089 Hotels in London
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“Dated but Decent Location”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for one night and found the room to be very dated. Our room was a smoking room, didn't know those still existed. The mattresses were quite uncomfortable, more spring than padding. Continental breakfast was adequate and there was free wifi in the common areas. The best part of this hotel is its location. It's a 10 minute walk to Paddington Station and 5 minute walk to lots of great restaurants.

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2013

Great place to stay, faded grandeur ( thank god ). If it is ever refurbished, will be out of my reach. I will stay here whenever possible. Rooms are a bit dated, but are decently sized, all usual bits and bobs. If you have any preferences / needs when booking, you get them. Rooms are clean as is bedding. Reception staff could not be more helpful and accommodating, marvellous. Great breakfast - bacon cooked properly, which is a miracle to be honest. I would recommend this place to anyone who wants a decent cheap place to stay. If you are in local area and want to eat, nip to the pub up the road, decent food there. Go towards the shopping centre and some acceptable places there too. Great location, ideal for Albert Hall. Cannot praise enough.

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2013

The hotel is in a great location, between two metro stations, with lots of bus stops nearby. It's right in front of Hyde Park and a 20 min walk from the Science Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Albert Hall and the National History Museum. A word of caution to non-smokers, the hotel smells like cigarette, probably because of the carpets. Breakfast is very simple and doens' t have a lot of options.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2013

I was unimpressed by this hotel as my phone was stolen whilst at breakfast. Some of the staff were really helpful however some were the complete opposite and made me feel very vulnerable and the one room in which my phone was stolen, they did not have any cctv cameras. The rooms were ok, however they were not in the 21st century. We spent a lot of the time out exploring London. The breakfast wasn't that good as food was served on side plates therefore if you want value for money then you should go and try some of the local cafés.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2013

Stayed in this hotel a couple of times as it is very near to Hyde park. A bit dated and run down with some of the bedrooms being on the small side. Would still use it again as it is clean,comfortable and the breakfasts are also good. A good price as far as London prices go.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2013

So impressed with this hotel. Spacious room with everything well maintained and clean. Convenient location near tubes and close attractions. Beautiful area to walk around and always felt very safe. We needed car parking which was easily accessible & free. All staff helpful and friendly.

  • Stayed August 2013
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2013

We stayed here for the weekend. Yes rooms were clean but smelt musty, great location but very cheap decor. If your looking for cheap & cheerful great, anything more & really you need to stay elsewhere. The breakfast, although included in our room rate, definitely wasn't worth the price. Just because you're in London doesn't mean you should get ripped off! You'd be better walking up the street & going into subway, or one of the many pubs if you're looking for value for money.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Columbia

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 #520 of 1,089 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):
Hotel overlooks Hyde Park & Kensington Gardens; minutes from Queensway restaurants & shops; easy access to public transportation. ... more   less 
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