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“Great for much needed R&R” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Windmill Clapham
Ranked #97 of 1,089 Hotels in London
Certificate of Excellence
Zurich, Switzerland
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great for much needed R&R”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2008

Travelling on business but combining seeing friends is sometimes tricky, as many hotels in residential areas can be questionable. The Windmill on the Common is not - its a great place.

The building itself is a big old brick building, with solid, warmth retaining and sound preventing walls. The rooms (I stayed in a superior) are modern and well appointed, tastefully decorated and impeccably clean and tidy. Bathrooms have slate style floors and mine was spotless - even the corners of the bath were free from tell tale little black mold marks, something rare to see in British hotels.

The breakfast was excellent - proper full english, well prepared. The staff were polite, cheerful and helpful throughout. Food in the pub was good - well prepared gastro pub stuff.

The location is idle, on the common, a bit away from the road and associated noise. I certainly didn't hear any noise form the pub in the same building (I was midweek). Its great if you want to go for a run in the evening, or any of the other activities on the common (British Miliatry Finess for instance).

Overall, this represent excellent value. For £11o or £140, you're getting a top quality stay, and its only 25 mins on the tube to the city.

  • Liked — Clean and tidy, warm and cozy
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank skkean
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2008

i stayed for 2 nights i found that the rooms were great but the food was the worst i ever tasted the staff were rude and the head chef named ian was the worst of all plus the manager was arrogant however i do reccomend the hotel stay clear of the resturant

  • Liked — the room was great
  • Disliked — the food and staff
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled with friends
    • 2 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
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank epicer
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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2008

Stayed here as part of a large group for a family wedding.

Thought the bar area was lovely - modern/unusual decor. We had a family room which was fine - the bathroom was to a very high standard.

We ate an evening meal and a lunch in the hotel - both were good. We had two breakfasts - one was excellent, then the 2nd was shocking - obviously a different chef who just didn't care - we ordered the same things as the previous day and the difference in presentation and effort was huge - sent some of it back.

The hotel is just that bit too far to be considered walking distance from the tube, which is a shame as it is a good price for London and has more character than the chain hotels.

It is situated right on Clapham Common, which is ideal for walking off all the food!

  • Liked — decor of the public areas
  • Disliked — the breakfast on the second day!
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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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
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Gill S
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St Albans, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2008

Stayed here last night and was favourably impressed. The reception and corridors looked a bit tired and I was fearing the worst but our room, a superior double, was well appointed and stylishly decorated. The bed was large and comfy and the bathroom, while fairly petite, was modern and spotless. Breakfast, which was included in our room rate, was fair if not outstanding. The price for the room was at the high end of reasonable but fair enough given the quality and location but beware of drinking in the bar which is actually just a pub, albeit rather a good one. £16 for a large and a small glass of fairly OK Pouilly Fume isn't unacceptable but £9 for a pint and a single g&t is verging on insulting.

  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank danw71
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Sydney
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48 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2008

If you are looking for clean, comfortable , spacious and reasonably priced accommodation in London, The Windmill has got to be on your list. The Windmill is a popular pub on Clapham Common, a wonderful big green space close to Central London. The tube station is 4 minutes walk away, and buses stop close by, or if you have a car, there is a special car park on site. The high street has many good eating places and pubs. Rooms are on 3 floors at the rear of the building, which means noise from the pub is not a problem. Rooms appear newly renovated (we stayed here on 2 occasions in different rooms) and are quite spacious with an armchair and writing desk . Like most hotel rooms in Europe, they are well heated, but if too hot, there is air-conditioning to override it.
Breakfast is generous and served in the large conservatory eating area inside the pub. The staff (who seemed to be nearly all Australian) were helpful and if you stay a weekend, you get a special reduced tariff. We loved this hotel!

  • Liked — spacious, clean, newly renovated
  • Disliked — overheated
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank barbrajayne
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Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2008

The Windmill is a long established pub which sits alongside just a few houses in the middle of Clapham common. The position is something of a feature which sits roughly midway between Clapham Common and Clapham South tube stations each of which are around 500m away. I’m guessing that around 15yrs ago, someone had the bright idea of building a three storey extension at the side which is where all the accommodation is located.

The rooms are clean, have good bathrooms, TV and tea and coffee etc, with all meals being taken in the pub itself. I only had one breakfast there which was more than adequate although the stale smell of the pub from the night before was noticeable.

My thoughts are that the whole set up is in my view little different to a Travel Inn or similar. From my perspective the only difference between the two is the fact that the prices here start at £110 for bed and breakfast and I believe that you can get the same for much less, or something significantly better for only a little more expenditure elsewhere.

No real complaints but I feel that this place is only in the region of the £60 - 80 per night bracket and is therefore presently overpriced.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — The cost
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled on business
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank NorthamptonHarry
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auckland
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2007

WE stayed here for four nights in September, it was just fantastic and made our stay in London. The room and ensuite were vvery good the bed comfortable and the towels and toiletries changed every day. There is both bar and restaurant food also very good and breakfast either continental or full english is included. The staff were all excellent,cheerful and nothing was to much trouble. It is only five minutes walk from two tube stations and the same from several restaurants and supermarkets. They gave us a late checkout and we could also have left our bags longer.

  • Liked — room location staff
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed September 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank AucklandSean
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Property: Windmill Clapham
Address: Clapham Common South Side | Clapham, London SW4 9DE, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > London > Clapham / Battersea 
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#97 Best Value Hotel in London
#122 Romantic Hotel in London
#141 Business Hotel in London
#156 Family Hotel in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Windmill Clapham 3.5*
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Windmill is a beautiful 42 bedroom boutique hotel situated right on Clapham Common. All rooms have air-con, mini bar, safe, nespresso coffee machines, full Sky TV package (including movies & sports) hairdryer, iron & ironing board. We are also a historic pub with a lively bar, separate dining areas and a wonderful outside beer garden for those elusive sunny days ... more   less 
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