Here in the US we take the supply of quad rooms for granted but there is a dearth of them in the UK and the rest of Europe. The Ormonde House is a happy exception. Mr Alam, the proprietor, showed us the ropes personally when we got there. Even though our flight arrived in the early morning hours they happily stored our bags, offered us refreshments and pointed us to the bus stops and gave us lots of pointers. The Ormonde House is situated in an ideal location, a 10 minute walk to Victoria station and also to Buckingham Palace. Probably a 20 minute walk to Westminster Abbey, The London Eye, and Parliament. It is also close to bus stops and the Tube. Ormonde House also has a lift for those in need of one.
Sylvie, who is on staff there, served us a delightful breakfast consisting of eggs, bacon, tea, and toast with an assortment of marmalades and jams every morning. All of this served with lovely china and the local paper. And breakfast is included in the price of the room! Our room was large, airy, and meticulously cleaned every day, even after one of my three children broke a picture.
One day, while speaking with Mr. Alam, he inquired into our plans for the day. When we told him we were going to Buckingham Palace, his eyes twinkled and he told us he had a surprise for us. He left and then quickly returned with his straw hat and his car keys and drove us personally in his Bentley to the Palace. He also told us delightful and intriguing stories about the house and how the queen herself came there to have part of her wedding trousseau made by Mr. Alam's aunt. He isan excellent host!
The Ormonde House is comfortable, clean, and an excellent value. I highly recommend it!
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