As mentioned previously, this hotel is located very conveniently to Gloucester Road Station - but it is also 15min walk from the Natural History Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Royal Albert Hall and Kensington Park - with another 5min to Hyde Park. The Hop On Hop Off buses all stop at the Station. There are a couple of pubs across from the station that do good reasonably priced meals
It was our first experience with European sized rooms, so the lack of space was new to us. The room was higher than it was wide - giving it a bit of a Phone Box profile :-) There is not enough room for two large suitcases, but if you travel light it should be OK.
The room had been recently repainted and repaired, but it looks like a DYI job, with overpainting still evident on the tiles, and labels still attached to edging. The tap in the sink doesn't fit the hole ! These don't really impact on your stay but they don't create a good impression.
The good things:
Fast reliable free WiFi
Effective airconditioning - now it has been fixed
Friendly helpful staff - apart from the breakfast supervisor who seems to be watching everything you do.
The not so good things:
Inconsistent supply of milk tea and towels. Two bath towels and two hand towels the first day. After that only three scratchy bath towels - no hand towels, no bath mat, no face washer. Two tea bags and two milk the first day - none after that until we asked the night staff - who were happy to provide however much we wanted :-)
Shower has nowhere to put the soap or shampoo
Our room was very noisy - see room tips.
Other than breakfast, no food service or public areas.
Overall a reasonable place to stay, but probably worth comparing price and facilities with the Holiday Inn next door.
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- Also Known As:
- Abcone Hotel London