The Colonnade The Little Venice Hotel

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The Colonnade The Little Venice Hotel

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2 Warrington Crescent - London - England - W9 1ER - United Kingdom Hotel Website | | 44 02072861052
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3/10
A disappointment
Submitted by: Tim Simmons in 27/04/07
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The Colonnade is a reasonably priced hotel for London. Perhaps given the interior design which looks opulent we expected more than is reasonable. However, we were in one of the eeves room which had some form of generator on the roof. This whined all night. Our bathroom also smelt pretty choice - not great. I'd ask for a room on the second or third floor.

We also had someone add drinks to our room bill -this can happen anywhere but it suggests that checks were lax and, when I raised the issue with reception I was at first treated with suspicion and not a small dose of incredulity.

If a deal looks to good to be true when it comes to hotels it usually is; sadly this is the case with the Colonnade.

Historical Traveller Reviews of The Colonnade The Little Venice Hotel

Enjoyed the hotel tremendously!

from A TripAdvisor Member
I chose the hotel based on reviews from this site, and as usual, they were right on. The hotel was very charming and I was immediately reassured that I'd made a good choice. The staff were very friendly & helpful, accomodating our early check-in, the room was very comfortable and the bed was luxurious. It was just a few steps away from the underground stop, which made getting around London so easy. It was a great alternative to a chain hotel & I'd recommend it.

A Little Disappointing

from DougMarietta_Ga_
We stayed at the Colonnade May 8, 9, and 10. Room was small (as expected) but comfortable enough. Warwick Ave. tube station is one minute away and makes commuting to London destinations very convenient. But we found the staff unfriendly and unhelpful - I would say even cold. They respond as if they don't fully understand the English language. Calls and little snacks are very expensive. Little Venice is great and just walking the area outside the hotel is pretty and feels safe. This was our first ever trip to England and I believe I had realistic expectations. And if our experience at the Paradise House in Bath had not been so great, then I would have said maybe its partially us - but I don't think so.

Nice, well appointed, but ....

from Tschim
Based on reviews from this site we booked the Colonnade Hotel. It was clean, well appointed, but #3 ranking is a bit high. The room was a decent size, the bathroom was nice, the bed was very comfortable and the sheets were a very nice quality. We were given a room on the 4th floor, the elevator only goes to the 3rd floor and you need to walk a winding staircase to get to your room. This was in April 04, and neither the heat or A/C were working so you either had to open the window or snuggle up. The staff although friendly, were not English, communication was difficult and they were not well versed with directions and general info. The location is very peaceful and quiet although a bit off the beaten path. A one block walk puts you on a bus for a 15-20 minute ride to town, depending on traffic. There I would suggest the red hop on-hop off bus, about $27.00US each, it drives you by most of the major sites with mostly live English speaking hosts. The Little Vencie waterway is nearby and a boat trip down the canal was very enjoyable and on the weekends you can take the boat down to the local flea market, the people are more interesting than than the market. The restaurants they suggested, approx. 5, all had basically the same menu, we tried the Waterway, next to the Little Vencie Canal, although the choices weren't great the food was pretty good. If it's your first trip to London, try something in town, where you have quicker access to the sites as well as more reaturant choices.

A little better than normal...

from joepinstripe
When travelling to London, I look for a few basics in terms of a room (design, value, quiet, cleanliness, excellent service). Let me review those issues with regard to the Colonnade.

DESIGN -- This is the weakest link for the Colonnade, in that it is a traditional (somewhat dowdy) design that needs a fairly serious shaking up. The walls are cracking and buckling in places, the lapshades in the halls are browning from bulb heat, the black velvet throw on the bed looks positively grungy, and the sheer curtains are gray. The furniture in the (not that small) rooms we stayed in over three different visits is standard issue hotel. No attempt to achieve a design statement. The breakfast room is somewhat more modern, with a pleasing glass ceiling, but nothing groundbreaking.

VALUE -- I had originally booked myhotel Chelsea (I stayed there before) for this visit, but on reading reviews and checking rates, chose the Colonnade which had a "run of the house" rate promising the "best available room" in the hotel at 143 quid, versus 159 at myhotel. Closer to the visit, myhotel dropped their lowest rate to 110, but I was tired of booking, cancelling and booking so just let it stick. I wanted to experience Little Venice, anyway. I find it difficult to believe that our room was ever the "best available." One morning, I found the cleaning staff's list of occupied rooms sitting on some laundry in the hall and noticed numerous rooms and suites "vacant." Interesting...But the rooms we had were at least close to the same size as myhotel (I had room 31 twice, and room 24 which was the biggers of the two), so i did not feel i was being completely ripped off by any means. I have paid 300+ quid a night for a room with great service and design -- for me, that equals good value. But for 110 quid I could have stayed myhotel and received slightly better value.

QUIET -- A strength of this hotel. Great neighborhood. Close to the tube (one does here it rumble underground ever so slightly on floors 3 and 2) with a taxi stand nearby, as well. Great nightclubs and bards within walking distance (Cherry Jam, Waterway, Warrington Hotel).

CLEANLINESS -- Few complaints here, including bathrooms. One morning I did find I had been given a towel that was smeared with lipstick (I hope...) and I have to admit neither of us in the room ever wear the stuff :-) The place may be a bit shabby, but it's clean shabby, and that's a critical difference in the Colonnade's favor.

EXCELLENT SERVICE -- I don't care of you open a hotel at 80 quid a night or 500 quid a night...you owe your customers the best service possible. Open a US airline if you want to treat people poorly. The Colonnade definitely has friendly staff, and the house kitty-cat Minnie is one of the most affectionate and beautiful brindle London squatting cats I have ever seen. They do set the radio to quiet classic music for when you check in and come in at night, and they do leave bottled water and a small box of M&Ms (but a couple nights we got only one bottle and one chocolate, although there were two of us in the room -- and other nights we each got our own bottle and chocolate; an odd discontinuity). They stored our luggage with no hesitation a couple times and they held something we'd left in the room for our return visit a couple days later. The breakfast buffet was entirely sufficient, with attentive service.

Overall, I would highly recommend the hotel to people who are looking for quiet nights' sleep, low-key but friendly service, nice cats and a clean room. For more modern surroundings and more advanced amenities (at possibly an even lower price), you might look at myhotel chelsea. This is a good hotel, and I would be comfortable recommending Colonnade to friends who I thought would be a good fit for it.

Colonnade Town House Hotel, Nice but hot.

from A TripAdvisor Member
Me & my wife stopped here last weekend. 24th -26th April. Nice Hotel, Nice polite staff, Homely, Nice area, Room Smallish (27 Superiour double), well decorated, Nice Decour, Was very hot though, (April) not much ventollation, had air conditioning in the rooms but it was load & didnt make much difference. Wouldnt much fancy staying there in the middle of the Summer. having 3 pairs of curtains at the Main window didnt help. Very easy access to the tube. Only about 40 yards. (Backerloo line) only one stop to Paddngton & about 7 to Piccadilly. breakfast was nice. (Not fantastic). Tried charging me for 2 items I didnt have from the mimi bar when checking out, but when I said I never had them (Which I didnt) There was no problem & they never pursued it so thats proberbly not worth mentioning.
If you get a good rate I would recommend this hotel. I would stop there again but maybe I would get a Slightly larger room

Charming hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
We chose the Colonnade on basis of the reviews on this website. Our room was not that big, but very nicely decorated. It didn't look like all these chain hotels. The staff was extremly polite and helpfull. The location was ok - not really in the centre, but very close to the underground station and it took only 15 minutes to get to the city centre. Breakfast wasn't that good - we arrived late and the choices were limited. But overall: a very charming little hotel.

Pefect Hotel!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
Perfect Hotel for a pleasure trip. It is well situated, only 20m from Warwick underground station. It is very clean with excellent service and smiling people. The decoration is almost traditional English. The accomodation is very comfortable and I really enjoyed it!!

The Little Room That Could

from DoinTricks
I believe the last reviewer has much to learn about British food, notwithstanding the fact that I've never seen a hotel or specialty store in London that couldn't use a fresh cleaning. This hotel's staff was fantastic. The room was small, but where in Europe do you find a room one could compare to the states? They left the radio on when I entered, tuned to a great classical station. A handwritten letter from the management welcomed me. The bedding was excellent - plenty blankets, fresh water by the bedside (at no charge), and a chocolate for the night carefully resting on the down pillow. The bathroom was a bit tight, but clean and well adorned. I was thankful I picked a hotel with plenty of water pressure. Let's face it, anytime you get something that comes close to the value of what you pay in England(I paid 133 BP, which was over $250), one needs to thank his luck. Unless of course, you're used to paying $500+/ night. But then, if you are one who can afford those rates, what the hell are you doing wasting your time scanning a website for a deal? One last thing - my fault in picking its location. This hotel is nowhere near the hot London scene. So make sure when you book that you're looking for a quiet night, because that is exactly what you'll get.

Worse than Fawlty Towers

from A TripAdvisor Member
I booked this hotel on the strength of the reviews in TripAdvisor. It was awful. Tne room was tiny...and dusty....and the carpet looked as though it was long overdue for a thorough shampoo and clean. The hotel has no restaurant and the room service menu is very short. We ordered off the room service meno and got a "club" sandwich that was just ordinary ham sandwiches made with rather stale bread, a salad that looked too old and tired for a compost heap, and a Thai chicken and rice that was.......3 small pieces of chicken breast swimming in a pale, watery, almost tasteless sauce. On checking out out, I refused to pay for the room service and they agreed without argument.This is categorically NOT a 4* hotel. It is a so-so B&B that is wildly overpriced.

The search is over

from A TripAdvisor Member
Thanks to Trip Advisor, after years of searching for the ideal London hotel we have found one that suits us to perfection.From the moment we entered the front door we felt at home. The hotel fitted our requirements in every way, as a couple looking for a well managed boutique hotel in a good location with easy travel links to the centre. We can t wait for our next visit.

Top Local Tips for London

Take a walk down the Portobello Road! Being a little out of central London gave us the opportunity to experience a different side. The Portobello Road market does attract a lot of tourists, but there is an amazing atmostphere, particularly on a sunny afternoon. We took a taxi from the hotel and wondered the full length of the market, stopping for an excellent pub lunch at the top end (can't remember the name of the pub, something to do with the sun).

canal boat go to camden for te day and return to the hotel via a canal boat to little venice through regents park

London Eye Definately go on the London Eye...fantastic! Would advise 'RiverLiner' river cruise, fabby cruise and the best, most interesting commentary on any river trip I've been on

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  • Address: 2 Warrington Crescent - London - England - W9 1ER - United Kingdom
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