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The Columbia
Ranked #520 of 1,089 Hotels in London
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“Great value for money”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2010

Just back from another visit to this hotel. lovely stay - friendly staff - good breakfast - great location. Stayed for four days walked to Oxford Street , Portobello Road Market and Knightsbridge together with strolls through Hyde Park. 10minutes walk from Paddington. Went with another couple that have also stayed before. We call it shabby chic! Good value for money - we've always found it clean and ideal for use as a good base. We spend most of our time out and about. Maybe some like frills and up to the minute fittings etc. and paying over the odds for it! I rather have the extra to spend on meals out etc. We already planning another trip after Christmas! We also like the fact that the rates are per room not per person!!

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with friends
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2010

Charming, big hotel. We had a three-person room. So quite big for two persons. Two other friends stayed at a room next to us, and we actually had a door between the rooms - FUN. The bathroom smelled cigarette smoke when we turned the fan on.. The room was charming, but quite "weary" and old..

  • Stayed January 2009, travelled with friends
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Bury St Eds
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2010

I can't see how people can have any complaint about this hotel. It is exactly what you would expect for the money you would pay.. if not better. I was pleasantly surprised!
We were greeted by friendly staff and luckily there was one of the limited parking spaces available so my car remained there for the weekend for FREE!
Our room was clean and tidy and had tea and coffee making facilities. The room was a smoking room although it didn't smell of stale smoke at all which was good. It got quite hot in the room at night but we left the windows open all night without being disturbed so not really a problem. The bathroom was clean, white and looked new, not old and green like some of the pics I saw in other peoples reviews on here.
The continental breakfast was basically a basket a of bread rolls and some slices of toast with jam and butter. It would be good if you could upgrade without paying the full charge for a 'proper' breakfast.. maybe add ons of fruit or beans or some sausages, eggs and bacon.
The hotel was quiet considering the location which is excellent for everything. We went for a festival in Hyde park and it took us no time at all to get where we wanted to be. Its also very close to the museums and a lot of the roads in the area are only permit parking mon-sat so good if you check out on a sunday but want to see more sights before going home. Don't use NCPs in the area unless you have to as they are very expensive.
Check out was very easy and hassle free.
I would recommend this hotel to friends and family for definite and will be going back again soon.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with friends
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2010

First, I would like to mention that I had no choice in staying at this hotel. I went with a school group and the school picked the hotel. We were a group of 30 and they spread us apart all over the hotel instead of putting us together like the school requested.

The website claims this is a family hotel. I do not recommend bringing your kids here, unless you want them to be around rude, loud, and drunk hotel guests AND staff.

Pros: Location - Close to Lancaster Gate and Queensway stations, close to shops and resturants on Queensway.

Cons: Everything else! Look at the pics!
Service/Staff: One word: rude. The staff actually would ignore us and when we did ask for anything, would yell and scream at us and try to get us in trouble with our professor. We had to remind them several times that we were guests and not their children (we are all over 18). I accidently locked myself out of the room and they told me there was no extra key to let me in. Most of the yelling nad screaming came from the night manager, who I believe has anger management issues and is not mentally stable. The resturant staff was also very rude.
No amenities: no microwaves or no fridges (might be expected for the price), breakfast made me throw up twice, some of the students thought it was ok
Noisy: Everything creeks - floors, doors, plumbing, beds, and elevators when they are working, walls are paper thin so you can hear everything going on in the near rooms, you will not get a good night's sleep
Cleanliness: Look at the pics. It speaks for itself. The beds are hard, the sheets and towels are stiff, the rooms are moldy. None of the linen or towels smelled clean.
Rooms: beds were hard, room was cold, and the bathroom did not have any hot water on certain days, toilets worked whenever, (this was a problem for many hotels, has something to do with the Thames river pump)

  • Stayed March 2010
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Mariehamn, Finland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2010

There is absolutely nothing special with the Columbia hotel in London, it is exactly what you expect from any British hotel: the rooms are small and dirty, the beds are hard and old, the reception is huge as well as the library and there is a decent pub with a tele on. This is what you normally pay 80-150 pounds per night for in London or elsewhere in UK, but here you only pay 50-70 pounds, and breakfast is included (!), which is really (compared to the rest of the world) what this type of hotel is worth.
The hotel is situated in a calm spot by Hyde Park, just a couple of minutes walk from the Lancaster gate tube station.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled on business
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Copenhagen
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2010

The hotel has a great location, so in that sense it was perfect. It however bugged me that they had this beautiful old building, and spent money on e.g. chandeliers whilst the rugs on the main staircase were completely worn down and in some places fixed with duct tape. Breakfast was rather boring and our room was very hot, because you couldn't regulate the heating. But I guess it is quite okay considering the price; just be aware that it is more of a hostel than hotel. Go there if all you plan on doing there is sleep.

  • Stayed March 2010
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Somerset, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2010

This hotel is in an excellent location, a few minutes walk to the Lancaster Gate undergound station. The staff were helpful and the reception area, lounge, bar and breakfast dining room were much above average for a 2 star hotel. However, this was all spoilt by our dated and tired room. The bathroom was one of the worst we had experienced in many years travelling with mould between the green cracked and missing tiles. This bathroom had the original 1960's advocado sanitary ware and needs the most urgent renovation, no guest should have to endure this in 2010 ! For this reason alone we will stay elswhere when next in London.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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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 #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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