Corus Hotel Hyde Park

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Corus Hotel Hyde Park

, London
4 star

Rooms: 390

1 Lancaster Gate - London - England - W2 3LG - United Kingdom Hotel Website | | (0)870 609 6161
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4/10
A luxury cupboard!
Submitted by: Sarah in 17/03/07
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
Reception and front of house was lovely, good reception staff and very polite.

Got to the room and it was extremely small and badly laid out. The TV wasn't visible from the bed because it had a wardrobe in front of it. The Bathroom was extremely small and if you're of an ample size then you may have difficulty getting through the door to it.

The bath had a nice shower over it and also a large ledge so you couldn't shower without moving your head to the left. We couldn't open the window in the lounge.

Then there was the breakfast. Why cram 390 small bedrooms into a hotel and only seat for a few at breakfast time? The food was nice but the staff had no form of organisation and left tables standing with empty stuff on for quite a while. We had to wait for our self-serve breakfast for about 20 mins and that was due to the staff being sloppy.

I'm glad we got this room cheap. I would have been a bit miffed if I'd paid full rate for it.
8/10
Pleasantly suprised
Submitted by: Steve in 15/05/06
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
After reading some poor reviews i was pleasently surprised by the standard of the hotel, great location opposite Hyde Park and a couple of minutes walk to the tube,the hotel was clean and tidy and the staff really friendly and helpful,hearty english breakfast set us up for the day, nice to be able to have a lie in without having to rush with breakfast going on till 10am. We had a triple room which was a bit small for 3 adults but plenty big enough for a couple,the room and bathroom were clean and tidy and the service great. Will be coming back again
1/10
I wish I hadn't!
Submitted by: David Miller in 07/10/05
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
My daughter and I had the dubious pleasure of staying at the Corus Hotel, Hyde Park from Oct. 3rd. to Oct. 5th. 2005. The first thing that became evident was that although this is advertised and propmoted as a four star hotel, this is blatently not the case. By the duty manager's own admission this was only a 3 to 3½ star hotel. Had I known this I would definitely not have booked. The standard room that I had booked was reminiscent of not much more than a cell. No wardrobe (just a chrome hanging rail), no drawer space, no chairs and above all no space! Given that it was a twin room, occupants would find it necessary to move around one at a time.

The room was extremely claustrophobic, so after a long conversation with the receptionist, who admitted that she frequently got complaints about the rooms, and the duty manager I was offered a so called superior room. The only obvious difference from the standard room was that it actually had a small wardrobe. Further discussion followed, after which I had no alternative but to pay for an upgrade to an Executive room. What a joke that was!

The " Executive" room offered little more than the standard room, apart fom a few more square feet of floorspace. There were no bathrobes, no flannels, no mini bar, no refridgerator, no toiletries (apart from some horrid liquid soap), no heated towel rails, and still no table & chairs to eat a room service meal from. The one dining type chair that was provided in front of the shelf that passed for a dressing table had what appeared to be blood stained upholstery! It was poorly furnished and decorated with an awful mish mash of various checks which even extended to the wardrobe doors and window shutters.

What passed for a restaraunt had all the ambience of a coffee bar, it was just a sectioned off corner of the main reception area. Not what one would expect of a quality establishment, particularly after reading the prices on the menu. Breakfast was another revelation, with even the full english breakfast being a self service buffet. The chef also obviously had a chopped parsley fetish, as potato, tomato, scrambled egg and even baked beans were liberally sprinkled with the revolting stuff. I usually enjoy a good breakfast at a good hotel, but this lot looked so unapetizing that i couldn't bring myself to eat any of it, making do instead with some cereal and stale croissants. Sevice was sullen and of the absolute minimum.

To sum up, in my humble opinion the Corus Hotel, Hyde Park has managed to redefine minimalism. It offers minimal facilities, minimal service and minimal space. The decor comes over as a homage to the great god Ikea and the layout of the rooms leaves everything to be desired. There are many better London hotels offering far higher quality at around the same cost. Believe me, our stay there was certainly not cheap. Needless to say that I will be avoiding all Corus Hotels in the future.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Corus Hotel Hyde Park

Small but convenient

from Forgetfulgoldfish
My boyfriend and I spent a weekend here in the Spring when we decided to take in a musical. We both found it well located, with the nearby tube stations able to take us quickly wherever we wanted to go.

Although we knew all accomodation in London is usually small, we were both surprised by the narrow accomodations- the nautical decor in our room really did make it feel like we were staying on a cruise ship! The window did not open and that was unfortunate as the room can get steamy. Small but well laid out bathroom, with a full bath/shower. A treat for budget hotels.

Very comfortable bed and our room was quite clean. Adequate breakfast. I would consider staying here again, if we found the right internet deal.

Not bad at all

from Adamspaceman
Although the Corus would not have been my first choice to stay in, I have a friend who works for the hotel chain and he managed to get me a deal I couldn't turn down, so off we went.
My wife and I stayed there for two nights over the 8th and 9th October as we were visiting London for my 40th birthday, and I must say I was pleasantly suprised.
The hotel was very bright and clean, not in the least bit grubby like some hotels you visit, and the staff were friendly and informative.
We'd flown down early, but even at 9.30am, the staff allowed us into our room, which was a real bonus.
If you're getting the train, then Paddington is less than half a mile away, but Lancaster Gate tube station is only 200 yards away. Get on here for the Central Line, which takes you right into London where you can change lines for wherever you want to go.
Getting, back to the hotel, the room was spotless, everything worked and there was no sign of wear or tear. What I would say though, was the standard room was very small and this may put a lot of people off unless you want to upgrade, which I think was £30.00 per night. Saying that, most of the time we were out and about touring the city and only came back to shower, change or sleep, so for us it was no great hassle. If you were intending spending a great deal of time in the room, then it might be a different matter.
At night, the bar in the lounge was open well after midnight for anybody wanting a late drink and the surroundings were very pleasant.
To summarise, as long as you don't mind a particularly small room, then the Corus was a very pleasant hotel, in a good location across from the parks, handy for the tube and a lot brighter than some 4 star hotels I've been in.

We all liked the hotel, except...

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed at Corus with my family in August for six nights. We all loved it! The twin rooms are clean, the bathroom is fine, and the Japanese futon-style blanket is very comfortable. Everyday there's a supply of tea bags, milk, sugar and cookies, plus a plug-in tea kettle for us to enjoy a nice cup of English tea. Hyde Park and Kensington Park across the street provides wonderful space for a walk and my daughter loved feeding ducks and swans there. It's convenient to get around, aside from a near-by tube station, bus routes 12 and 94 go directly to the center of the city.

But while we were there, every morning around 6:30 or 7:00, there would be trucks unloading (or loading) right below our windows, and it's incredibly noisy! I was seriously sleep-deprived. Three days later when we returned from Edinburgh and checked in another room on the 6th floor, the noise level was much better. However, this time the weird faucet above the bathtub didn't work and we had to ask the housekeeping for help. Plus the blankets are not futon-style.

All in all, our experience with Corus is nice. I will go back to it should we have another chance to travel to London.

Lovely hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed with my two daughters ages 12 and 15 at the Corus for 6 days. I was told that the room would nt be air-conditioned but it was and it was great. The room was an excellent size but we did have a problem finding place to store our clothes so some of them remained in the suitcase which bothered us. In general we had a good experience at the hotel. No complaints. Everything was clean and the Concierge was very helpful when we needed advice how to travel. In truth, I may not stay there again - instead, might find something a bit more central with more underground line access(although waking up and seeing Hyde Park every morning was lovely).

Nice A/C Hotel, okay location

from GoLondon
Just returned from London where I stayed at the Corus Hyde Park. Location is just north of Hyde Park, 1 block west of Lancaster Gate Tube (Central Line only), 3 blocks east of Queensway. It was only a 10 minute walk to Paddington Station where we could get Central, District, Circle, Bakerloo tube lines to anywhere in town. Best thing about the hotel was the air conditioning. London can be very hot in the summer and the a/c was much appreciated after a long day. The continental breakfast provided was very basic: croissants, hard rolls, and cold cereal. For a few pounds more, you could have a full English breakfast but we never did. The hotel lobby is very nice, lots of seating and places to hold a quick meeting, if needed. The bar was small but fully stocked. Rooms varied quite a bit. My single room was small, one of the triple rooms was enormous, the double rooms were also on the small side. All rooms were clean and housekeeping was friendly and helpful. The hotel would, of course, exchange currency but had a rather high fee. There was a no-commission currency exchange half a block from the front of the hotel. The Swan pub was just behind the hotel, there were plenty of restaurants near the hotel, including the Concordia Italian Restaurant (very good). Having Hyde Park just across the street was nice and made it possible for those interested in (additional) exercise to run each morning. I'm not sure I would stay there again, not because there was anything wrong with the hotel, I just prefer different areas of town.

Nice and clean

from A TripAdvisor Member
Although the room and hotel were spotless and staff very friendly, the room was so hot we could not sleep. Room also very small but venue was ideally located for tube station and Hyde Park. Would stay again but not in summer !

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from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I stayed here July 15 - 18, 2004 and found the accomodations to be adequate, although the room was on the small side. The air condintioning supposedly didn't go below 16 C (60 F), but it felt more like 26 C (about 80 F). Granted the temperature was nice, but after long days of touring London and spending time on the Tube, we would have liked a cooler room. Our room overlooked Bayswater Road which is very noisy until about midnight. Lancaster Gate, while located only about five minutes away, isn't the most efficient tube stop as it is on the Central Line with no connections. The staff was extremely helpful and the room was kept absolutely spotless. We chose to eat breakfast in our room every morning instead of going to the dining room. The continental breakfast was more that filling, but we had to ask for a form every morning even though the form was supposed to be left in our room during cleaning. We will most likely skip this hotel on return trips and instead stay at hotels in the Kennsington area. They are located near more attractions, food, internet cafes and a better value for our money and time.

Ok for one night, but not that great

from A TripAdvisor Member
Stayed in this hotel for my sister’s hen night on July 12th 2003. Got a special deal as 8 of us were staying there so only cost us £50 each so pretty good for a central hotel in London. Checked in ok but our rooms weren’t ready when we got there in the morning, check in I think was between 2-4pm so we left our luggage with the Concierge who were nice and helpful, although I don’t think they spoke much English!
When we got to our rooms they just had one single bed in them, they were tiny but clean and just what we were after for one night. Although they were really warm, no air conditioning, and this was in the height of Britain’s heat wave, even opening the window didn’t do anything and it was a bit nosey outside, think my room overlooked the bags of rubbish outside the kitchens or something!
Bed was pretty comfortable but the shower was a bit of a nightmare to get into, the bath was really high and there wasn’t much room for manovere! Breakfast the next day was average but it was self service so you could help yourself.

Basically you couldn’t swing a cat in this room, but for one nights stay its ok, just don’t go in the height of summer, or if you do bring your own fan!

Hot, way too hot!!!!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed in this hotel for 10 days with a friend. Even though the room is somewhat small, we did not have any problems unpacking our staff and managed not to bump into each other. I do not see a problem with a room size, especially when you come to see London, and not the inside of your room. Shower was a different story. Not only the tub was so high that it was uncomfortable to get in, it was also so smal, you were constantly bumping into the wall. However, even that was not the worst thing. The room was unbearably hot, despite of the open window. There is a fan in the room, but it is mounted to the ceilingt so it blows air at one spot only and if you are 10 inches from that spot - tough. The only computer in the hotel was out of order for the entire time we were there. Also this hotel has the weirdest policy I have ever heard of. When you check in they ask you for you credit card info, even if your stay there was prepaid. It is done so they coud charge you 20 pounds a day (about $37.00) deposit in case you make a call, use a restaurant or else. At the end of your stay you are supposed to settle the bill. When we refused, our phone line was cut off and the only calls we could make were to the reception. Once I had to make an emergency call to the US in the middle of the night - it took a lot of arguing to get the lines open, only to be hit with outrageous charges: About $4.00 for connection, and $1.00 per minute. You are much better of buying a Royal Mail phone card and using a pay phone. God forbid you do not pay right away - they will hunt you down! Continental breakfast (included) was awfull and English breakfast, for which they charge about $7.00 upgrade per day is not much better. The only two things that are going for this hotel are its location (close to the city Center) and its cleanliness. I would not stay there again.

Nice, good place

from A TripAdvisor Member
We had some offer through Legal and General to stay in Corus 2 nights and pay for one. The hotel is one excellent place, very near tubes but is not too far for walking through Hyde park and St James park to Big Ben. They offer chipper parking. They gave us one very small room and on the end put us in the basement without lift. The room was big with sofa for our girl and they provide us with cot bed for baby. Nothing was special but nice. Just one thing put me of. The high chair was always dirty! We had one meal there and porcion was very big and nice. Breakfast was standard. It was worth of money, two for one night...

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  • Address: 1 Lancaster Gate - London - England - W2 3LG - United Kingdom
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