Historical Traveller Reviews of Royal Lancaster Hotel
The best thing about this hotel is the proximity to the Lancaster Gate Tube station on the Central Line. The hotel sits in a small triangle which includes the tube stop. You almost don't have to even get outside to reach the station from the hotel. It is a very nice hotel, small rooms, good breakfast & lovely common areas. The elevator service on the weekends was quite slow, but all else fairly typical of a 3+ or 4 star hotel. We did enjoy the valet & bell men service - quite fancy with the top hat & all. Plenty of good restaurants in the neighborhood - even a small grocery store across the street. Not really any of the "English" flavor - more cosmopolitan - could be any hotel in any big city.
Wonderful hotel! Wonderful location!
Our room was clean and pleasantly decorated. Since we were situated on a corner we enjoyed a panoramic view of the city. The only downside was the free breakfast. It's nothing but coffee, tea, (maybe orange juice) and various forms of bread. No fruit, no cereal, no yogurt, nothing but bread as far as the eye could see. If you want a full breakfast that is extra - substantially so. Otherwise we had an enjoyable stay at the hotel and found the staff to be friendly and accommodating.
Not a bad hotel--bit of eyesore as building is somewhat dated and reflects the dismal architectural designs of the late 1970s. The rooms are somewhat small, but the bathrooms are clean and well-decorated. The staff is affable, but at times somewhat unaware of the hotel's amenities and services. The location is ideal, overlooking Hyde Park. Also, it seems a safe and quiet neighbourhood. I would classify this hotel as not more than a 3 1/2 star location, were I to apply a rating system.
Nice highrise on North Side of Hyde Park in good residential neighborhood. Tube station in basement, convenience store and friendly pub across the street- what more could you want? Room very clean and modern, staff very helpful. Went out everyday foraging for cheap food so didn't try the restaurants. Great location for walks in the park. Ask for the coffee/tea tray and they will bring you your own pot.
Great Location, Excellent Hotel
Just arrived back after 2 fabulous days in London at Royal Lancaster, excellent location, and really helpful attentive staff. We had good sized room with fairly small but functional marble bathroom. Fantastic view over London, good air conditioning and no noise at all. Room was spotless.All in all very good hotel and would'nt hesitate to return again.
from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed here in July 2004. We were checked into our room early which was very helpful. The hotel itself is nothing to get excited about but fine for a 4* and the hotel room itself was reasonably clean and adequate in size. The room could have been doing with some redecoration and the furniture seemed to have been bashed around a bit.
The location of the hotel was fantastic for us being so close to Paddington and the Heathrow Express while being right on the central line on the tube (tube station 50 yards from hotel!). Brilliant location for a stroll through Hyde park as well which the hotel overlooks.
Practical and Moderately Priced
from A TripAdvisor Member
Though origianally from CA, I have lived in Milano, Italy for the past 3 years, and have travelled Europe and the UK extensively, staying in both 4 and 5 star hotels. After hearing about the hotel on the BA holidays website, I booked this room on the Royal Lancaster website for a bargain of 80 pounds a night(around $140) Upon checking in with my husband, the reception asked us if we'd like to upgrade to a larger room for a supplement of 70 ponds a night(we declined) Upojn asking if our room had a park view, we were asked again if we'd like to upgrade to a suite(we declined again) Our key would not let us into the room initially, and we had to persuade a maid to let us in. Our room was nice(but small) as it was located on the 14th floor and had a partial view of the park, and a partial view of the hotels construction site - though with the windows closed you couldn't hear the jackhammering. The hotel lists itself as a four star, which technically, it is, but the hotel(and its staff) are dated. You could sink into the waterstained carpet in the lobby, the rooms and bathrooms are small, walls are thin, and new furniture would be a big improvement. However, our room was clean, the carpet in the halls and rooms was good, there were plenty of fresh towels and even a bathrobe. International outlets over the desk fit US, EU, and UK plugs. If you travel with your laptop, there is direct internet access to the room with a very high speed connection. I don't think there are pay movies, but there is a theater a few metro stops away. Our bed was only a double, but I didn't mind as it was comfy(no crack in the middle like standard EU kings) the pillows were wonderful and the sheets were not scratchy. Hyde park is right accross the street and is perfect for a morning jog. The Lancaster Gate tube station(central line) is right around the corner and you are only a few stops away from Kensington(high street) or Knightsbridge(Harrods) We didn't eat in the hotel, as we prefer to go out, though I did order a chicken ceasar salad from room service - which set me back 16 pounds and though it was good, had no resemblance to anything "ceasar tasting." All in all it was an average experience in an above average location. I would stay again if I got the same low price as hotels can be quite pricey in London. Definitly not the Ritz, but nice for a quick one night stay.
Great Place to Stay!
from A TripAdvisor Member
Royal Lancaster is a great hotel to stay. My cousin and I stayed two nights from August 14-16. The service was great. The room was very accomodating. The staff was very helpful in pointing out the sights and places to go. The location is great. It's right across the street from Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. The Underground Tube is right on the corner of the hotel. I had wonderful time there.
Comfortable but dated
A landmark building, if only because of its size and location (opposite Hyde Park and near Paddington Station). Room very standard and on the small side, needed refurbishment; horrible view of building works. Particularly good Thai restaurant.
Thank You for Making It a Great Vacation!
from A TripAdvisor Member
I'm glad that I found this hotel through a good offer from British Airways. I stayed in Royal Lancaster with my 11 years daughter for two weeks last June, and service was really above my expectations. The multinational collaborative staff members who are fluent in many languages members make people feel at home. Not only service is great, but also location (immediately behind Lancaster Gate tube station and Hyde Park!) and food as well. Defenitly this hotel will be my first choice whenever I come to london again.
Top Local Tips for London
If you have 4 or more people it is cheaper to take a taxi than the Underground.
The Royal Lancaster is right across the road from Kensington Gardens and is really charming. The Gradens lead into Hyde Park. It is great to get into the park and fill your lungs after a day in stuffy old London.
Getting to and from the airport
Do not take a taxi from Gatwick Airport to a hotel in London. We took a taxi from Gatwick to the Royal Lancaster Hotel and it was about 100 pounds ($200 American Dollars). I know the trip was about 1 1/2 hours but we didn't know any better. No one told us we could have taken the train to Victoria Station and then the tube from Victoria Station to Paddington Station. We did this on the way back and it saved us a lot of money. We rode the tube a lot and rode on a double decker bus as well. We didn't know our tube ticket was also good for the bus. I did not realize how worthless our dollar is in the U.S. until I had to exchange my money to pounds. It's not great! Everything was so expensive. I felt like I was throwing my good hard earned money away.