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“Great location but a bit cramped”

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44 Curzon Street by Mansley
Ranked #370 of 1,067 Hotels in London
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Perth
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“Great location but a bit cramped”
Reviewed 9 February 2012

We thought this 2 bdrm. apartment at 10 Curzon Street was in a great location but the rooms were tiny and with two teenage children sharing a room with twin beds it got a bit claustrophobic, also our bed was uncomfortable and the pillows weren't very plump, I had a restless sleep most nights.
The kitchen was also small but very clean and well equipped with good quality appliances.
There is also a washing machine which was a pleasant surprise as the laundry service is expensive, we managed to wash all our clothes and we dried them overnight in the living room.
The living room is cosy and pleasant and we spent most of our time together as a family here.
The heating was playing up during our stay, we complained about this several times but it got fixed one day and then went off on the other, and it went like that for the rest of our stay. Also the key card didn't work on several occasions, we were in a panic one night when the key wouldn't work and the office was closed, make sure you know their emergency number if you ever stay here. The internet is free but stopped working over Christmas which was so annoying as we wanted to contact our relatives and friends in Australia.
Apart from the above mentioned set backs we thought it was relatively comfortable and clean, it fitted into our budget and the position is really the best thing about it, there is a Tesco store (where you can buy alcohol cheaper than the liquor store) right across the road and also the Shepherd's Market where there is a variety of places to have a meal, the best breakfast is at The Old Express. Piccadilly Road is minutes away on foot where there is a Marks & Spencer food store with great ready to go meals, and Green Park tube station is also nearby.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 January 2012

Would have to confirm that Steve D previous review is extremely accurate and very comprehensive. I just learned something about the history of the apartments reading Steve's comments. My wife and I stayed at 44 Curzon late July and found it a great alternative to a hotel. We stayed for 3 nights and found that it was an easy walk to Buckingham Palace through the parks and the Green Park station provided access to most other areas. After walking around London all day it was great to be able to come back to this location and know that 30 seconds around the corner was Shepherds market with several restaurants catering to most tastes and a couple of traditional English pubs if you wanted a drink. The accomodation is well kept, clean and provides a more comfortable feel, having a separate lounge area is a major plus and having a kitchen provides the opportunity to have snacks or substantial meals available

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Evanston, IL
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Reviewed 21 December 2011

Note that reviews for several different properties appear under the single entry for 44 Curzon St. They are 44 Curzon St., 10 Curzon St. and 33 Charles St. The properties are all managed by the same company, but have different features. Not all the reviewers have indicated clearly which property they stayed at, and it makes a difference.

For example, one reviewer rated the property terrible, in part because it didn't have a lift (elevator), and her family had to carry their luggage to the fourth floor. That must have been 10 Curzon St., as 44 has a lift.

My review is for 44 Curzon St.

We've visited London regularly since 1985, staying at hotels ranging from the genteelly shabby at 50 pounds a night (Eyrie Mansions, now pulled down) to the elegant and expensive (Dukes Hotel) and everything in between. Then we discovered 44 Curzon St., and doubt that we'll every go back to a hotel.

This flat gives us many of the features of a central London hotel -- maid service, crisply laundered linens, bathrobes, soaps and shampoos -- and far more space and flexibility. The price is comparable to many of the mid-range hotels we've stayed at in London.

The Green Park tube stop is a five minute walk. This is one of the better tube stops because three lines pass through it, Piccadilly, Jubilee and Victoria, which means you can reach many places in the city from here without having to change lines. Shopping, theaterland and some major sights are within walking distance.

For cooking, there is a Tesco's express store two blocks away, a larger Sainsbury's about a six or seven minute walk, and a Marks&Spencer food hall at the Green Park tube stop. For dining, you'll find several restaurants and pubs in the Shepherds Market right behind the flat, and of course you have all of the rest of London at your feet.

We've stayed here twice, in December 2010 and again in December 2011, each time for about a week. We were in different apartments for each visit, although both were on the same floor (each floor appears to have only two apartments). The apartments were identical in nearly every way.

This property originated as an Edwardian gentlemen's pied a tere and has been converted to serviced flats. The high ceilings, wide crown mouldings, leaded glass transoms over the interior doors all reflect the building's early 1900s heritage and provide a charm we find missing from most hotels.

The flat has a large living room furnished with a couch, two overstuffed chairs, a glass and chrome coffee table and matching side table and a dining table that seats four tucked into a bay that overlooks Curzon St. There is a flat-screen TV with DVD player and radio/CD player in the room. The wallpaper, curtains, and furniture fabrics are attractively coordinated in blues and golds. The carpet is a bit worn, and beige was probably not the wisest color for a high-use floor covering, as it always looks a bit dirty. But everything else seems fresh, bright and clean.

There is a large bedroom with king-size bed, bureau, wardrobe, dressing table with mirror, small chair and two bedside tables. It was plenty of storage space for our needs. There is a flat-screen TV on the bureau. Off the bedroom is an ample marble-tiled bathroom with two sinks. The plumbing works fine. Towels, facial tissue, soap, shampoo, etc., are supplied, just as they would be in a hotel.

The original flats were kitchenless, as the gentleman occupants would dine out, or possibly be able to order meals from a central kitchen. To update the flats for tourist use, the owners tucked the kitchen into the entry foyer that separates the bedroom from the living room. It resembles the efficient and tidy kitchens you find in mobile homes (caravans to the Brits) or decent-sized sailboats. It is tiny, but perfectly adequate. There is a two-burner cooktop, combination microwave/convection oven, sink, fridge and small counter space. Electric kettle, toaster, pots, pans, cutlery, dishes and glassware are all provided. We prepared a cooked breakfast every morning and cooked three-course dinners some evenings without any trouble.

Not all the features of the kitchen are obvious at first, so ask reception for a quick tour of the kitchen facilities when you are first brought up to your room. For example, we couldn't figure out how to turn on the vent fan over the stove until shown.

This is a serviced flat, meaning a housekeeper comes in every day except Sunday to make the bed, clean up the bathroom, take out the rubbish, and wash and put away your dishes from the day before.

The lift is a charming throwback to the building's earliest days. It's the old-fashioned cage type, with inner and outer accordion doors. This can cause some hiccups in your stay, if the previous occupant failed to close both doors after use. This locks the lift at its last location. But there are stairs in this eventuality.

Curzon is a busy central London street, so there is a fair amount of traffic noise during business hours. But it gets quiet after 5 p.m. and doesn't pick up again until about 7 a.m. The living room is on the street-side of the flat, so you can hear the street from there, but the bedroom is in the back, so it's quite quiet when you want to sleep.

Staff is friendly and helpful, but this is not a hotel, so reception is on duty only during the day. However, in an emergency, you can always reach someone by phone. If 24-hour staffing is important to you, stick to hotels.

An added luxury -- if you are staying five or more days, they will send a car to Heathrow to pick you up upon arrival at no extra charge. We've always taken the tube from Heathrow, and having a driver waiting for us really has been delightful.

We found this flat perfectly suited to our needs, comfortable, spacious and ideally located. It will likely continue to be our home-away-from home when we are in London.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane
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Reviewed 13 November 2011

We had 2 stays at 44 Curzon St recently in a 1 bedroom apartment - at the beginning (Unit 8 - level 3) and end (Unit 4 - level 1) of a 6+ week trip through the UK. We could not fault the apartments. While the kitchen is certainly small it does have everything you need. Location was brilliant - so many restaurants and pubs literally next door - the Marks and Sparks at Green Square tube is great to pick up food. The bedroom, bathroom and living area were spotlessly clean and so spacious - you do not normally get that amount of space so close to the city. We also felt the property was very safe and secure - there were armed policy guarding an embassy just down the road. The staff were exremely helpful. Yes the lift is small and yes it did not work for part of our stay but the stairs were easy and accessible - no drama at all. We could walk everywhere from this apartment (Green Park close, Buck Palace close, even the Ritz!) so saved lots on Tube fares. However the closest station is only a 5 minute walk. We will definitely be back to stay!

Room Tip: Level 3 unit had a more open aspect from the bathroom otherwise both Unit 8 and 4 were almost identi...
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 21 October 2011

My husband, daughter and I recently stayed at Curzon st Apartments. It was terrible. We were on the fourth floor, without a lift and as we climbed the stairs they became more narrow and winding. The apartment itself was of a reasonable size, however the only decent room was the bathroom. The kitchen was very run down and smelt. The second bedroom was so small that the wardrobe could not be accessed because the second bed was in front of it. Also of great concern was the fire door which was accessed through the ceiling of the bathroom. Yes the location is great but if you decide to book here ask a lot of questions, the web site is very deceiving. Also the staff very unhelpful and curt.
Margaret , Sydney

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 October 2011

We spent 6 nights at No 10 Curzon which is right across the road from No 44. We had a 1 bedroom apartment on the first floor. The apartment was great - everything we (2 adults and an 8 yo child) needed to be comfortable. The location is great for restaurants and to pick up food for other meals. Great location to explore London whether you like to walk or use public transport - so close to Buckingham Palace and other tourist spots.

Only watch out would be that there is no reception on a Sunday so if you plan to arrive on a Sunday then don't expect to be able to get in or store your bags. We were lucky as we took up the complimentary pick up from Heathrow and the driver was able to let us into the buidling to store our bags. If we had not been able to do this I am not quite sure what we would have done as we were not able to get through on the after hours number provided.

Would recommend and will stay again if we go back.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 24 September 2011

We are a family of four who stayed at 10 Curzon Street Apartments for our first trip to London.
We were glad we did , the apartments were clean , cosy, comfortable and secure in a good neighbourhood. We were able to walk to many sights as well as enjoying the restaurants in Shepherd Market across the road .Being a family we like to eat in on occasions so having a kitchen was great and we could readily buy groceries a short walk away at Sainsburys or Tesco. A Laundry Service is available in Shepherd Market which was reasonably priced , I think it was called Soul Man.
It was our first time in London so we were a bit apprehensive but these apartments made us feel comfortable and secure as it were home away from home
We will definitely stay in again when we return in 2013.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Property: 44 Curzon Street by Mansley
Address: 44 Curzon Street, London W1J 7UG, England (Formerly 44 Curzon Street Apartments)
Region: United Kingdom > England > London > Mayfair
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#261 Luxury Hotel in London
#283 Romantic Hotel in London
#361 Family Hotel in London
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Hotel Class:4 star — 44 Curzon Street by Mansley 4*
Number of rooms: 20
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44 Curzon Street by Mansley offers a wide selection of serviced apartments designed to provide comfort, privacy and value for money in an outstanding central London location. Whether you are travelling on business or leisure, our aim is to make you feel at home. We have been the owners of 44 Curzon Street apartments for over fifty years. 44 Curzon Street was the first property of its kind, built in 1908 as a gentlemens' pied-à-terre. Today, we offer a range of distinct serviced apartments in Mayfair with character, space and privacy together with the convenience and flexibility of luxury self catering facilities. Our apartments provide exceptional comfort with a range of layouts and facilities to suit your needs, ranging from studio apartments to elegant three bedroom, two bathroom apartments with a spacious drawing/dining room. Our apartments benefit from complimentary WIFI and digital television including foreign channels. Our Mansley Reception staff at the front desk are at your service and will be able to arrange your personal laundry, dry cleaning and purchase any provisions you may need. They can also book tickets for the theatre, sporting events or concerts, make restaurant reservations, book tours or car hire and offer assistance with other requirements you may have. 44 Curzon Street apartments are situated in the heart of Mayfair, just a short stroll from the luxury brand shopping streets and many of London's famous landmarks and attractions. We offer a great alternative to a hotel giving you more freedom, flexibility and offer great value. ... more   less 
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