I had a one day stop over in London, so a colleague and I stayed one night in The George Hotel.
Check-in: We rented a double room which came with two twin beds and an "in suite bath". Flight from Nigeria arrived at about 5:30am, we then took the Tube from Heathrow to Russell square station, about 45 min. It gets quite crowded, but a fine ride although you would not want to wrestle large, or heavy luggage on this route. From the station, it is about a 10 minute walk to a quiet little street lined with similar hotels to the George. We arrived just after 7:00, and checked in, although we could not go to the room, they allowed us to leave our luggage in a corner of the lobby. Receptionist recommended the Big Bus Tour [Double Decker], and sold us tickets. The closest pickup point is a pleasant 10 minute walk.
The Room: Our room was on the third floor, up a series of very narrow, very steep stairs. It overlooked the park/tennis courts [which closed about 10pm] across the street. There were two windows that opened to the street, but the neighborhood was quiet, and the breeze was pleasant. There wasn't much in the way of decor, but that was fine, we weren't there to hang out in the room.
The Bath: Here in America, you can buy a fiberglass enclosure for a tub/shower that is all one unit, just drop it in and connect the plumbing. Well, this was an entire fiberglass bathroom! I guess in these old London buildings bathrooms were at a minimum and to add an in suite bath, you can buy the unit, run some water and presto, you've got an instant bath. As you might imagine, it was TINY, the sink actually hangs over the toilet. BUT, it is fully functional, just not what I was expecting in a B & B.
Location: We walked a couple of blocks down and chose a breakfast cafe. Then walked to the Big Bus pickup spot. We ended up walking to the avenue A3211 which runs along the Thames to catch a bus on a different route. The George is about a 2 mile walk from the London Eye, & Cleopatra's Needle. After spending the day sightseeing, we returned to The George that evening about 9:00pm. We were directed to the room, our bags had been moved, but were intact. The Receptionist directed us to a fish & chips place about 2 blocks away and we brought our supper back and sat on the porch as we ate. There were lots of small restaurants around, but they all seemed crowded and we had an early plane the next morning.
1) They lock the lobby at 10pm, but they do have a 2nd entrance for late night/early morning arrivals-departures. 2) They advertise internet, and give you an access code when you check in, along with a paper that admonishes you not to stream, or download anything, but it seemed to work fine for email. I didn't try to download anything. 3) We had to leave before they opened breakfast, we were told that if we could wait until they opened we could take a banana or something with us, but nothing was available until then. 4) They wouldn't charge my CC in USD, only in BPS, so expect a foreign transaction fee (mine was 3%) on your card unless you have a card without it. 5) Overall they were friendly and helpful. The price is based primarily on location, so don't expect too much from the room, just enjoy the experience of being close to central London.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The perfect location for a stay in central London - quiet and peaceful facing central gardens but within walking distance of the British Museum, Covent Garden, Soho and the West End, ideal for both theaters and shopping. If you prefer to use the tube, the hotel is only 2 stops from Oxford Circus and Covent Garden and only 3 stops from Leicester Square. All bedrooms in the George have TV, direct-dial phone, tea/coffee making facilities, safe, etc., and the prices include a traditional English breakfast and tax – no more to pay. The hotel now has Wi-Fi in all rooms and a computer in the lounge with free internet access for guests to keep in touch with friends and family while traveling. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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