Historical Traveller Reviews of Crown Moran Hotel
Not so good!
Husband and I just back from a week in London. We spent one night at the Crown Moran Hotel and then decided to check-out and go elsewhere. Yes it is a very beautiful hotel and looks just like the pictures posted on this board. The problem is and I was warned by several people on this very reveiw board - the hotel is just way way way out there. It is not near anything in the city of London. The area I am sorry is really bad, almost depressing to look at it and to walk around. You would never believe your in England. When I travel I don't want to spend my whole day on the train or bus to get to where all the sights are. You will eat up half your day just trying to get to and from this hotel! It is not near anything! Yes I agree the price is ok but it is like the old saying goes...you get what you pay for. The rooms were large and the bathroom nice. We did have a room on the front of the hotel which was impossible to sleep at night as it is very noisy from the street below. I think getting ice cubes in England is a problem. To get a bucket of ice in your room for drinks etc. the hotel charges $5.00 which I found to be a bit tacky! The Staff at the hotel was a bit cold and unfriendly. Maybe a bad day for them - who knows. But new visitors to England they were not very warm and friendly. They have no desk or anything set up in the lobby to tell you about tours to do in England, no maps, no information on the tube, bus, plays - nothing! You are own your own in this hotel. Again a very pretty hotel but if you are first time visitors to England this is not the spot for you. You will spend your day on the tube or bus trying to get anywhere. The hotel is too far out of town and not close to anything. So we checked out and our cab driver took us to a tiny little bed and breakfast place called the Park International Hotel located in Keningston. Wonderful. I will write a review for that hotel on this board. It cost us about $70.00 a night with a full breakfast. Wonderful, clean, bright and a good location where you can walk to almost anything. So if you are thinking about this hotel....remember...you will spend your day on the tube trying to get to and from this hotel. It is a shame as it is really beautiful but location is really bad! Also the breakfast included with the Crown Moran was really sad. No eggs, bacon or sausage. Just a few hard rolls thrown out, had to ask for butter, some cold-cuts, juice - that is is! Big disappointment. So hope this helps. Good luck and happy travels to all!
The best deal in London
I travel to London about 12 times per year and during my travels I have stayed in some big time dumps. London is a fun city but to be honest the hotel standards are way below those of other cities in Europe. Most rooms in London are filthy, small and grossly overpriced. The Crown Moran is a fabulous piece of paradise situated just a few train or tube stops form the heart of London. The rooms are generous in size, extremely clean, and the hotel staff is first rate. In addition, the site has 5 pubs and bars for your entertainment, as well as an excellent restaurant. Don't be put off by the working class neighborhood ... this hotel is first rate, and the prices are fantastic.
Easy to get to from the Luton Airport (the recently upgraded Luton Airport!) .. this hotel is a gem!!
Excellent stylish hotel
This hotel is fab, when you walk in it looks great, the rooms are lovely and the pub is great.
Lovely breakfast. Only stayed here one night but would love to go back.
Would definitely recomeend to anyone staying in London who is happy to stay just outside central london
Great small hotel
My husband & I booked the Crown Moran after comparing prices and reviews on Trip Advisor and were very pleased. It's great value for the money. The breakfast is the best we received while in the UK and the service people were very helpful. We hopped the # 16 bus each morning which took us to the Marble Arch and you can pick up a bus to any city section from there. The neighborhood is almost exclusively Middle Eastern so most of the restaurants are also Middle Eastern, with a few Thai and phony fish and chip shops. We either ate in the hotel, where the food was very good, or ate in London before returning at night. One caution: if you aren't used to very high bathtub sides, be careful. I took a pretty bad fall through misjudging the distance when I got out.
Stayed at the Crown Moran for 3 days in September. Wonderful place. A little bit away from the city center, but very well connected by bus and tube. Getting around is not a problem. Lots of little restaurants around the hotel as well. The staff was very helpful and the rooms were nice and well appointed. Great water pressure in the showers. We had a good deal through hotels and it included a nice breakfast as well. Would definitely stay there again.
s newest, friendliest and most liveliest hotel
On a recent visit in July 2005 to London I decided to check out the new Crown Moran Hotel in northwest of the city at Cricklewood as I heard quite good comments about it. I was delighted to find these assessments very true indeed. The 4 star hotel is very modern, air-conditioned and has spacious bedrooms. The reception area is huge and relaxing. A dip in the clean and warm pool relieved the stresses of my travel. Eating in the restaurant was most enjoyable. Facilities generally were superb accept there was no ironing board in my room, although I believe that it is available in almost all rooms. However, they did provide one on request.
Since this is an Irish managed hotel I had expected the enterainment would be lively. I wasn't disappointed as both the public and resident's bars were packed to capacity on the weekend nights. It attracts all age groups who mingled together. The hotel has a large disco and dance facilities. Whatever your age you will enjoy the experience. The bedroom area is quiet and is unaffected by the entertainment quarters.
Finally, what made the most impression was the hotel's exceptionally friendly staff. I would have no hestitation in recommending the hotel business or pleasure customers.
I share in the praise of this wonderful hotel. Although it's a fifteen minute Tube ride from the sight seeing attractions, it was an ideal location for us. We work in New York City, and London is similar in many ways.
In addition to all the good things said by other reviewers, I would like to say that the pool and sauna were fantastic. We had a lovely departure meal, with live music, in the hotel restaurant, and I can only say good things about the staff. One feature which I thought was cute, but very efficient, was notice of a telephone call on the TV screen in the room. Also, Fabiano, the concierge, was extremely helpful.
The Crown Moran was terrific! We'd love to stay there again.
Crown Moran met all expectations!!
We just returend from staying a week at the Crown Moran. The service and staff were friendly and professional. We had a triple room that was spacious and well decorated and very clean. Although it is not centrally located it was easy to get to into the center of London by taking a bus that stopped just outside the hotel (189,32,16) to the Kilburn Underground station. I would suggest getting a travel card as it was very helpful being able to jump on and of buses and the underground all week. There are not any real nice restaurants in the area but we did enjoy eating in several of the local pubs. We enjoed our stay at the Crown Moran and would return their in the future.
Perfect wedding reception
from A TripAdvisor Member
We had our wedding reception at the Crown Moran Hotel on 29 July, and we can't recommend it highly enough. The staff were excellent. In particular, the events managers and Chef were great in the planning stages, and on the day the whole team worked together with exemplary warmth and professionalism to make sure everything went perfectly. The hotel itself is very smart, stylish, clean and spacious. The reception room comfortably seated our 80 guests, and the mezzanine area was a great place to have our welcome drinks with the grand piano providing the tunes. We have received so much praise from our guests about the quality of the food, the staff and the hotel - and the guests who stayed overnight were very impressed with the rooms. We also found that the prices compared very favourably with the competition. We looked at many venues in North London, and the Crown beat the competition by a mile in every regard. If you have your wedding here you will have a fantastic day.
absolultely loved the crown moran
from A TripAdvisor Member
Our family visited London for the first time. We booked the hotel through expedia. When we visit London again ,and Ireland the only place I will stay is the Crown Moran. The staff was excellent. They answered my many questions and assisted by arranging taxis whenever needed. The hotel was exceptionally clean and beautiful.
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Go early or during school time if possible, queues are very long. Worth it tho. Have your camara charged! Tower of London was excellent too. The Neoman Warden tours are brilliant, very interesting and the crown jewels are worth a look. For Shopping, Selfridges is great and for the men there's a gadget/electronics section downstairs.