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Corus Hotel Hyde Park London
Ranked #517 of 1,068 Hotels in London
Lincoln, United Kingdom
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“Suit a short term business person”
Reviewed 15 May 2014

This hotel has improved since the last time I stayed in it.
Arrival - female receptionist was efficient and pleasant though occasionally struggled to understand colloquialisms. She checked me in quickly, whether she changed me from my original allocated room to an alternative I am not sure but she consulted room chart before giving me a swipe card. she did mark no extras on room card before she asked if I wanted to swipe a card for extras.
Whilst there is a lift to the bedroom floor on arrival at the room there were four steps up a small passage to get to bedroom door. At the end of this very short passage are two access doors to separate rooms. For families this would provide a slight level of parental comfort.
The room is slightly smaller than a cabin on a ship and had a definite cabin feel about it. The bed was supposed to be a double but was only queen size and if my wife had been with me it would have been a tight squeeze for us. The room was clean, with some paint work requiring attention. However, no wardrobe just a metal pole fixed to the wall, no drawers for clothing or other items, no armchair (not that there was room for an armchair). Looked basic. The television was small and the sound very tinny but a full range for "freeview" channels. The bathroom very small with a protrusion the length of the bath at head hight when standing in the bath which makes having a shower difficult and potentially dangerous.
On the plus side there was a safe, trouser press, iron, hair dryer, desk and hard chair to work at, tea and coffee, free basic wifi and Laura Ashley complimentary bathroom items. The large towel is of a good size, even for the enlarged person. Air con excellent.
The bed was comfortable. Disturbances from street noise and some hotel guests died down by midnight. The window has sliding wooden slats rather than curtains and these did not quiet seal out the light. Potentially useful in night if trips to bathroom are required.
The bar area is set off from the eatery and is small and functional rather than relaxing. Staff helpful in providing ice.
Breakfast offered a choice of meals and the food was tasty and palatable.
There is no route map to get out of the room in a fire. The instructions say go to "The Mornington Hotel".
Overall this hotel has improved since last time I stayed but still is only really for the business man on a short stay.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 May 2014

I stayed with my husband at the Curus Hotel on April and really loved it.
First the check in - it was fast and efficient, My previous requests were all attended to.
The room was quite large, especially by London standard. Good sofas, writing desk and a big and proper bathroom. There was a complimentary bottle of wine, 2 bottles of water and a box of chocolate. Tea and coffee making facilities were plentiful. All kind of teas, different coffee and even chocolate for you to help yourself. I dont remember seeing this variety in any other hotel. A free safe and iron and board were also provided, and the wifi worked well.
The linen and towels were of high quality.
Breakfast was well served and although some people may complain about the variety, for us it was adequate.
And to top it all - the location. With bus stops and a metro station and Hyde Park at your doorstep, you really cannot ask for more.
The hotel is a little bit on the expensive side, but we got a special deal, so it was very worth it. On my next trip to London, and if I can get a deal on this hotel, I will not hesitate to stay there again. Really recommend the Curus Hotel Hyde Park.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 May 2014

The hotel is well located on the Bayswater road, running along the north side of Hyde park. It is with easy walk of the tube, although we visited during the tube strike. The staff a friendly and helpful and the room was clean and in good maintenance.

The negatives was; the shower was very poor; the tea and coffee was not fully replenished, we only had biscuits on the first night; the restaurant could not cope with the number of guests at breakfast and the standard of cooking at breakfast varied from good to very poor, on one morning the cook tried to give me a fried egg that was more raw than cooked, the bacon was slimy and the sausages dry and hard.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 May 2014

We arrived check-in was excellent ,told about our deal which we booked with Travelzoo ,which included full breakfast and a glass of wine .The room was lovely ,but looking at the web site we were given a up grade . The hotel very close to underground and the Swam Pub great food in the evening

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 May 2014 via mobile

I've stayed at this hotel numerous times previously but never reviewed it, so here goes.

It's on Lancaster Gate, 2 mins walk from the tube station and opposite Hyde Park. You can't get a lot more central than this in London. It's walking distance from Park Lane too so a quick browse around a new Lamborghini is in order at the showroom there :-)

The hotel itself is pretty good with efficient and friendly reception staff so, although it can be very busy, I've never waited long to check-in.

Pet hate alert: the free wifi is time, speed and feature limited (so no VPN etc). I think this is a rip off personally, it should be free. As it is in the Fuller's pub next door (hint, use that instead).

Bar service and surroundings very good (a bit pricey but, hey, it's London).

The only downside is that the rooms are tiny. Like cupboards really. If you're only in the room for sleeping purposes, as I am, then it's fine.

Other than that, they're clean and fairly modern. Bathroom obviously small too. The room I was in today even had sloping walls, making the ceiling a lot smaller than the floor. Good job I'd not been out drinking last night as this could have been very disconcerting.

I would estimate that the gap between sloping wall and shower curtain at 6ft above the bath was less than a foot wide. Really very odd, and difficult to take a shower edit hour flooding the bathroom. Presumably a bath would be fine as you're closer to the floor!

Summary: A really good hotel in Central London, albeit one with small rooms. Good food, drink and service. I will definitely be back next time I'm in town.

Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 May 2014

This hotel sounded lovely in the description 'Overlooking Hyde Park'. That certainly wasn't the view that we had from our room. I go to London for a girlie weekend every year and this is by far the worst hotel that we have stayed in thinking after reading the description that we had chosen well and we had booked well in advance.
On arrival the hotel lobby was quite impressive. Music playing and marble floors and a nice atmosphere. The good feel stopped there as soon as we went to our room. We booked a standard twin and when we walked in it wasn't much bigger than a broom cupboard. The 2 beds were pinned against each wall with a narrow walkway in between. The room was quite long with a metal frame on the wall to hang clothes from. The bathroom was tiny and very dated. There weren't even any curtains. There was a sliding door to close at night which made the room look like a prison cell. The carpet was old and worn and very basic bedding and decorating. I immediately rang reception and told them that we really weren't happy with the room. At first they said that they had no other room but we made it clear that we were not going to stay in there. We were told if we waited they would try to find us another room. They kindly did that but it wasted much of the afternoon.
This room was better but was still not our usual standard. The view from the window overlooked a dirty back yard and backed onto a pub which had a noisy air ventilator running all night. There was also a lot of noise and people were running in and out and up and down the corridor for the first 2 nights up to 3.00am.
Next morning we went down to breakfast and we were shown to the downstairs restaurant. We were shown to a table.
Nothing was explained about how the buffet service ran and after ten minutes waiting to be offered a hot drink we decided to go for our fruit and juice. We finished that and still hadn't been offered a hot drink. Nobody came near us so we went to get our hot breakfast. There were no clean plates so we had to wait for them to be washed. By the time we got back the waiter had just finished clearing our table. I pointed out that he had taken our cutlery etc and he handed it back to us off the tray. We had no napkins spoons or side plates. We had to go and collect them ourselves. Just as we finished eating somebody eventually asked us if we would like tea or coffee.
We then went to go back to our room to find that the lifts had broken down. We asked where the stairs were to get to room 462 and were pointed in the direction of a staircase. We wandered around many corridors passing lots of people trying to get their luggage up or down to reception it was total chaos. We ended up at a dead end each time. We went back to reception to be told by a grumpy concierge that we had taken the wrong stairs.
The next day we were shown to a table for breakfast upstairs and it was much better service.
The staff were more attentive and more organised. The one good point is that the breakfast was very good and a great selection to choose from.
I was very disappointed with this hotel and will certainly never stay there again.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 May 2014

Like all the reviews say the location was the best thing this hotel has to offer. The room was small especially the bathroom, but you do get used to it. My husband & i stayed for 7 nights. Staff were very helpful, never ate at the restaurants so I can not comment.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Corus Hotel Hyde Park London
Address: 1-7 Lancaster Gate, London W2 3LG, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > London
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#323 Luxury Hotel in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Corus Hotel Hyde Park London 4*
Number of rooms: 389
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Corus Hyde Park is a 4 star, 389 air conditioned bedroom hotel for business and leisure guests and is in a spacious location overlooking Hyde Park. Corus is 50 metres from Lancaster Gate tube on the central line, only 8 minutes walk to Paddington station and the Heathrow Express and 15 minutes walk to Oxford Street, Kensington, Notting Hill, Albert Hall and so close to all the major attractions including the new Westfield shopping centre and the Paddington Basin. The hotel features 4 meeting rooms up to 90 guests, free powerful WiFi in all areas, a fitness studio, large air conditioned lounge with an all day menu. The hotel has three restaurant concepts - seasonal and quality British dishes, an authentic Malaysian menu and Bel Canto Opera dining where opera students act as waiters and sing a wide range of Operatic classics whilst you dine. ... more   less 
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