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“STAY AT YOUR OWN PERIL” 1 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Sophia
Ranked #1,044 of 1,086 Hotels in London
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2 reviews
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“STAY AT YOUR OWN PERIL”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2011

room very basic. carpet stinking and smelling. shower cracked and mouldy,only 1 shower door. didn't need it anyway as there was no hot water. At breakfast member of staff did nothing but blow his nose and scrape his throat. same dirty t-shirt that he worn the day before. French fella was sleeping in the lobby 9am guy on reception gave him a room someone had just checked out of(NOT SERVICED) just to move him out of sight !!!!!! DISGUSTING

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank snowyowen
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    2 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    1.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    2 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    1.5 of 5 bubbles
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2011

This was probably a bit of a last resort, as the Swiss were in town for the football. Was given a room on the top floor and as usual looked for fire exits, but the exit was the same main staircase we had just come up. The fire cupboard contained a ladder for climbing out through a skylight on to the roof, but the skylight was directly over the stairwell with a direct drop to the ground floor, not much of an option if you are in a panic. I didn't see how they got out from the seconf floor and the first floor was out of a window on to a flat roof, but the window was in the same lone stairwell, so not very much of a confidence booster. The staircase had unsecured carpet causing potential trip hazards, to which I asked the reception to sort out, but they didn't. Things went downhill fast from then, the room was dirty, the carpet was rank, but the sheets were clean. There was no cupboards just a cheap framework in the corner, one curtain, not a pair and it did not cover the window. The bathroom wasn't too appealing, the shower looked as if it hadn't had a decent clean for ages, the toilet seat was loose and had to be held up and as for the cheap pink toilet paper, it was so thin it was virtually see through. So to breakfast, a bit of an affront to the word, it was neither Continental or English and it look self service down to a different level. Tables for four that were so close together that only two could squeeze on to one if the next was full. Diluted juice, the cheapest two cereals on the market, a toaster and a kettle for hot drinks that you had to go to an adjoining wash area to fill up yourself, needless to say, we skipped it on the second morning. How this place is still open I'll never know and would not recommend this to my worst enemy. Awful

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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Stuart J
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Berkshire UK
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25 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2011

Late night drinks in the Paddington Hilton "Steam Bar" with friends meant I just missed my last 2:00 am train and would have had near a 3 hour wait on a cold platform ...

Hilton was resolute on £150 a room (used the hotel at a friend's expense ... and lovely if you check in early enough to use the facilities ... but not at 2:00am) !

So I crossed the road and the Sophia was still open. Negotiated £35 for a room ... ran off to grab a quick take-away ... asleep 3am ...

Woken at 10am to the sound of rumbling tube trains ...

Sheets were clean, bathroom primitive but useable, only for emergency accommodation, sleep two for £45, might be well OK for backpackers.

Most basic hotel, but no bed bugs and offers rooms at the price of a meal ... better than an outdoor sleeping bag ... and negotiable prices as nobody pre-books expecting a proper hotel !

Its a clean bed for the night, that's all.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank laura_eva
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2011

Please avoid this hotel. Extremely untidy, old furniture, dust and dirt everywhere! Furniture is possibly picked up in a dump. Breakfast was terrible. When a cup dropped on the floor the hotel staff just picked it up and put back on table... Very noisy.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Aria91
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2011

The entrance, staircase and bedroom carpets were threadbare and had not seen a hoover this year, the walls in the same areas needed a coat of paint. The room description said there were tea and coffee facilities in the room (not in our room or any of our friends), the curtains just about reached each side of the window. Toilet paper was so thin it was almost transparent and the metal stand for accommodating your personal belongings was totally inadequate and filthy dirty. One of our major concerns was the lack of information in the rooms, on the landings and staircase for the procedure should there be a fire, there were no external fire escapes and the only route down was the main staircase. Finally we have travelled to various places around the world but have never had to make our own tea and coffee at breakfast, even at self service breakfasts you are asked for your preference then this is brought to your table. My husband went up to make a drink and the kettle was empty, he then had to go into the kitchen and fill it himself. Would we stay there again NO NEVER. "Golden Oldies"

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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank GoldenOldies99
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Sydney
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2011

I had to ask for toilet paper and was given tissues .. finally got a roll of toilet paper which was less than 1 ply. Was laying in bed in the afternoon relaxing and a member of staff just walked in .. didnt even knock. The place is untidy and a massive OH&S hazard .. no help offered with the bags and was always stuff i.e. dirty sheets and cleaning equipment in the stairs which were already quite narrow. Bonus was free WIFI. Room was reasonably quiet and a spare television that didnt work seemed to be stored in the room as well. On arrival that member of staff was friendly and polite but nobody else. Also on the last night people were up and about all night partying

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank AussieLady40
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London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2011

Advantages:

* Cheap
* Clean
* Bed comfortable
* Ensuite small but functional
* Friendly staff
* Free wifi
* Reasonably quiet
* Location - good transport and food

Disadvantages:

* Cramped
* Lack of proper furniture - no wardrobe, chest of drawers, dressing table etc
* Room initally very very hot, but managed to turn radiator down
* Window didn't stay open all the way
* Grotty decor

Can't comment:

* Breakfast - didn't try

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank LordCope
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Property: Hotel Sophia
Address: A 5 London Street, London W2 1HL, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > London
Amenities:
Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1,044 of 1,086 Hotels in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Sophia 2*
Number of rooms: 13
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