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“Noticed Several Improvements”
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Portobello Gold
Ranked #107 of 554 London B&B and Inns
Houston, TX
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Noticed Several Improvements”
Reviewed 31 March 2010

I have been to the Gold once before, but on this trip I noticed new paint and carpet in the room. The maid service is efficient and excellent. Yes, some of the rooms are small, but their website is very clear about no "cat-swinging." The restaurant, located just behind the lively pub, may just be the best part of the Gold, with a widely varied menu of great selections. We had several meals there during our stay, and were never disappointed. Dishes like pheasant, lamb stew, roast pork and Tex-Mex fajitas(!) were all delicious. The staff are lively and eclectic, and between them speak something like 10 languages. We'll visit again.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 February 2010

stayed for 2 nights with my mum on a girls weekend in london.Perfect weekend made so by the quirky and FRIENDLY Portobello Gold!!! On 1st glance rooms were a bit tired but were very clean!!! They don't for one minute pretend to be somthing they are not and their web site is refeshingly honest Atmosphere was great, staff were a charm and the food was lovely. I was dubious that a london pub could do justice to a main of scottish salmon but my clean licked plate did the talking (We are from a scottish fishing village!!)
as the toilet door in the pub says "Bill clinton has relieved himself in these toilets so stop complaining"!!! Classic!!

  • Stayed January 2010
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Scotland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2009

Place really grotty. Good location and staff did their best. Good atmosphere in the pub. However, I would not return and I wouldn't recommend it

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled with friends
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Sydney, NSW
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 3 February 2009

I stayed for 6 nights in a room above the pub. It had a wetroom with a loo and shower, a full length mirror, small bench, chair and lamp, and a double bed, facing a TV complete with Sky. It is a very small room, but ideal for someone who wants a place to sleep in central London, who does not want to hostel it.

The building was quite secure, and the room was cleaned spotlessly each day, with towel and linen changes. Big props to housekeeping. Actually, all of the staff I spoke to were extremely pleasant and helpful. Continental breakfast each day was pretty good, with expresso coffee or a pot of tea.

The downside is that my room, on the left hand side of a corridor, faced an alley way opposite airconditioning units from other buildings and exhaust pipes from various restaurant kitchens in the area, so if the window was left open, the room smelt faintly of burnt chip oil. And the window had to be left open, because of the oppressive heat, with one small portable fan.

But all in all, it was a good experience, and for the price, you are not likely to get better in London.

  • Liked — Location, price, staff
  • Disliked — Room faced odorous chimneys; really needed to be airconditioned.
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled solo
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Cardiff
1 review
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Reviewed 15 September 2008

I've been wanting to stay at this place for a long time, and finally managed to have a visit over the weekend. We asked for a room not on the street (noise) and were booked in number 2. Basically, the room was small, which is FINE. But it faced a noisy generator and the room was boiling hot. The heating was not on so we assume it was related to something outside or over the kitchen. (When I checked out I was told this had never come up, which my partner and I found stunning; it was stuffy and boiling and cool outside!) My main complaint is that the room was very sub-standard. If they had taken the time to make the room feel well cared for - extra nice bedding, a comfy bed (not one with springs sticking into my ribs), decent shower products - then I can overlook the other issues. Instead it was a big dingy and felt like staying in a hostel. for those who don't mind this is fine, but for those who feel spending $140 for a night is a lot, this will feel like a bit of a rip-off (and a bit depressing). The best point of course, is the location - walking out on to Portobello market on a saturday; and the continental breakfast was very nice and the staff very chill and relaxed.

Stayed September 2008
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Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 August 2008

The Gold is pretty close to Notting Hill tube and there are a couple of cafes and day market nearby. I was traveling alone but felt safe to be around the area. The room is small but reasonable, can't ask much with such price. The only downside is the foul smell from the bar downstairs but overall, it's a good choice for singles.

Points that you'd like to know:
1) It's clean
2) Shower area is small but very clean -- There's a daily cleaner
3) Don't expect hotel service but the staff are all nice and helpful
4) No bugs or roaches so nothing scary

I'll stay there again when I'm back to London.

  • Liked — Clean room and shower area
  • Disliked — Foul smell from the bar downstairs
  • Stayed November 2007, travelled solo
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Ireland
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 June 2008

Loved this funky, easy-going pub with rooms on the Portobello Road. It's about ten minutes walk from the tube at Notting Hill Gate and has a fab atmosphere. It's noisy and very laid back, so if you are looking for standard bland and anonymous, best go elsewhere. The rooms are small, some of them even tiny, but the staff warn you about that when you book. If you get the four poster room which we did, it's brilliant! The pub is right in the middle of the Portobello Road and you can either get the tube or pick up a bus from just around the corner.

Breakfast is very basic, but it's included and if you want something more there are loads of cafes in the area. My only criticism is that the rooms are a bit careworn and could do with redecorating, but the place is otherwise very clean and well kept. There's no air con either, but you can always open the original and very rattly windows ( I loved them, but again, if it's souless and perfect you want, go elsewhere!). The wifi internet access was great too and worked fine for me with none of the problems mentioned in other reviews.

I was on my own for a couple of nights until my boyfriend joined me and I felt safe and chilled out by myself. He recommends the olives from the bar, by the way! I found the service amazing, the mostly young staff were wonderful and I can't wait to go back -- which I will!

  • Liked — the staff, the atmosphere and the location
  • Disliked — rooms need redecorating!
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled on business
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Property: Portobello Gold
Address: 95/97 Portobello Road | Notting Hill, London W11 2QB, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > London > Notting Hill
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
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Ranked #107 of 554 B&Bs / Inns in London
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Hotel Class:3 star — Portobello Gold 3*
Number of rooms: 8
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