Strand Palace Hotel, London
- Age Group: 60 +
- From: Sweden
- Traveller type: Pleasure Seeker
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Ok, But Hardly a Palacefrom SGaskins
Worked for Me!from WrldTrvlr08
But, once I got there, checked in, and made my way to the room, I was put at ease. I'd say this hotel is above average for the price. I had a single room (single bed, small desk with chair, decent size bathroom) and it certainly was the size of a shoebox, however, I found the room to be clean and acceptable for my purposes of simply having a good, safe, clean room in a GREAT location. The bed was OK, not great, but decent enough for me to get a good night sleep in. For ventilation, I simply opened the window. Be sure to crack your window when you take a shower or else your entire room will steam up! (I said the room was small!).
The hotel was easy to get to from the airport. I took the tube using the Piccadilly line from Heathrow directly to the Covent Garden stop (about a 45-50 min. trip). From there it was a 5 min. walk to the hotel.
For the price (I paid $95US a night), I'd say the hotel is outstanding.
For those that want luxury features, you might want to consider elsewhere (the Savoy is right across the street). But, for those who want decent accommodation to have a reasonable place to sleep and park your stuff AND be in an outstanding location (Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Covent Garden ALL within walking distance) this is the place. Check in was easy and friendly (I asked for a double bed but they said they were all out...however, that was OK with me). Concierge was helpful. A couple of late-night bars in the hotel. Free continental breakfast was decent, not great, but, hey, free is free. Walking down the hallways didn't give me any "dirty" or "ugly" impressions...just seemed like a decent Ramada Inn or something comparable.
If price and location are your top priorities, this is your hotel. I would go there again.
Shady little Dumpfrom RobynPringTravel
Granted, its proximity to Covent Garden was great, but other than that, this hotel sucked and you'll find me back at the Ritz on my next visit.
Not so bad reallyfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Was about 20 by 20 with a bathroom, which was bright and roomy. Sure the hallways are a tad beat up, but they have tons of people through there banging their luggage against the walls. The room got stuffy, even in November, but 1 of the two windows opened and it was fine. The continental breakfast was ok-lots of juice, croissants, other rolls, sliced meats and cheeses and fresh fruits. Everything was fresh and plentiful. It was enough to hold you until lunch. You could get the full breakfast-but when you are sightseeing it isn't helpful to stuff your face. The lobby does get crowded with tour groups, but was never uncomfortable. Room had hairdryer, desk, tv with alarm clock, lots of space to put clothes. It's a discount hotel folks-not the Ritz. If you are going to London to see London, it's great! So close to everything.
Tube stops nearby make easy access to the sites. There are drug stores nearby, as well as many ATMs. Just remember-you get what you pay for.
If you want luxury, pay for it. If you are happy with clean, comfortable and convenient this is a good place to stay. Keep in mind, some folks are never happy so take these reviews lightly. I went expecting the worst-and was not displeased at all. Well, I couldn't get the stupid telephone to work even with repeated calls to the operator.
The pay phones in the lobby work great and they are cheaper. There are also tons of places to eat around the hotel from cheap to quite expensive. We ate in the hotel for 1 meal and it was good-buffet style and the food was plentiful and hot. I don't know if I'd eat in the hotel again, but was nice to try once when we just couldn't walk any more. I hope your stay will be as nice as mine was.
Ups and downsfrom Riknpat
Depressing dump !!!from A TripAdvisor Member
good location, TINY room!!from Dukesy33
good location, basic hotelfrom JayinNY
Dont waste your moneyfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The staff do not appear to know what they are doing and can be quite rude and unhelpful. We asked for room service for our breakfast and it did not arrive at all, in the end we gave up and went out for breakfast. Being british I must say it was embarrasing to go to our capital city and stay in such a terrible hotel, I dreed to think what foreign travellers think of us after a stay at this horrible place. The location is wonderful. I would not stay at the Strand Palace hotel again even if the room was free, if you are looking for a good hotel in London.......... LOOK ELSEWHERE!!!
spend the extra money and stay away from this hotelfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Top Local Tips for London
close to subway - charing cross, covent gardens, Leceister Square, Picadilly it is very close to subway - use it, its cheap and covent gardens is a short walk away.....as well as Leicester Square - whichis known for it's great night clubs and casinos, from there it is a short walk to Picadilly Circus and Oxford Circus
Planning Do your research and know exactly what you want to see or visit before arriving. Make yourself familiar with an area map small enough to carry in the pocket. Get an underground day ticket if you're visiting several attractions in one day
The Ivy Forget the hype - the Ivy is a comfortable restaurant with a menu of food you (I) really want to try. To get a table try for an early slot. I booked a week before for a post matinee meal at 6.30 - no problem. And the 2 hours we were given was more than enough to finish comfortably.
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- Address: 372 Strand - London - England - WC2R OJJ - United Kingdom
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