We expected to stay in a somewhat inexpensive hotel in London as it was our first stop in long, expensive vacation throughout Europe. Our reservation was for Holly House, but on arrival we were told our room was actually in a different hotel called "cedar" something. It was quite confusing.
The pros of this place are as follows: close proximity to the Victoria tube and train station.
The cons; however: Extremely small rooms with no space for a single suitcase if you hope to walk to the en suite bathroom, beds as hard as rocks, pillows offered absolutely no support, sheets were itchy, no elevator for the 4-5 floor hotel, extremely narrow staircase with plastic tarps strewn throughout the stair wells, en suite bathroom facilities were disturbingly tiny with absolutely zero space between the toilet, sink & shower head (seriously, it was a 2x5' tiled closet with no shower stall--just a toilet, sink & shower head thrown into the closet together without any sort of separation between each!). There is no ventilation or air conditioning system whatsoever, so the room was miserably hot the entire time. There was a single, old fan provided, but it was so small and ineffective with exposed fan blades because the protective barrier had broken off--It really offered no relief.
We considered leaving and finding another hotel, but as our days during our brief stay in London were jam packed, we decided to stick it out. The staff seemed to be aware of the sad conditions, and I felt empathy for them as I believe they were trying their best with what they have. Regardless of this, it truly was miserable to wake up in this dismal room, explore the wondrous city and return--totally tired at the end of each day--to such a dismal and hot room which offered no comfort.
Nex time, we will pay for a proper hotel in the beautiful city of London. Lesson learned.
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