Historical Traveller Reviews of Umi Hotel London
OK, this is no five star hotel but it does not advertise itself as one. I got a great rate on my room for a one night stay on a bank holiday weekend (paid just over 40 pounds for a single room). The room was pretty basic to say the least and could have benefitted from some refurb but having paid alot more for London accomodation I was happy enough. There was an en suite with shower facility, again pretty basic but all clean.
The location is pretty good with Bayswater tube station a few minutes walk away and some good place to eat very close to the hotel. The hotel itself is set in a quiet square with gardens in the middle making it very quiet.
One word of warning though...... this is not the place to be making international phone calls. A quick flick through the hotel brochure brought to light that a three minute call to Australia costs over 23 pounds in this hotel!!!!! No excuse for this nowadays when you get low cost call companies that only charge 3p a minute to Oz!!
I would stay here again if I needed a bed for the night in London and did not want to be seriously out of pocket. The staff were pretty friendly and all in all it was good value for money.
Would definitely go back to the Westminster, Bayswater
from A TripAdvisor Member
My two sisters and I stayed at the Westminister Hotel, 16 Leinster Square, Bayswater when we went to London last week for 2 nights from Dublin. We booked online and stayed in a triple room which was bright, spacious, smoke-free, warm with very comfortable beds - 1 double bed plus 2 single beds. There were 3 wardrobes in the room and a normal sized bathroom. Everything was very clean which was important to us and the hotel staff provided bottled water with the tea/coffee making facilities (well, we had to ask for our water as it was advertised on their website). The continental breakfast was really lovely, plentiful and served in a big breakfast room. One of my sisters is a vegan and the staff kindly stored her dairy free milk int the fridge near reception! If you come in after a couple of drinks remember to open the window or turn down your radiator as the room can get quite warm at night! Bayswater & Queensway Tube Stations are a 10 minute stroll away and just around the corner from the hotel is a beautiful organic store which sells everything including freshly cooked take-away organic food. We will definitely stay at the Westminster Hotel again and would recommend it to anyone. Price worked out at about Eur56 per person per night incl. breakfast - perfect!
from A TripAdvisor Member
This hotel was just ok for me. Particularly, the room was too small and there was a strange odour coming from the bathroom, I reckon. This smell was not pleasant at all. Also, the floor kept cracking so when my neighbour from the upper floor got up in the morning I couldn't sleep no longer. One more problem was that housekeepers kept breaking into the room in the early morning and were making loud noise during their cleaning.
So this hotel is very average and I'll try to find something else next time.
Fairly basic but ok
from A TripAdvisor Member
My room was a single, and as such really quite small, but clean and with everything you would expect for the price and the star rating. The radiator was on full and didn't seem to be able to be turned off so I had to open the window all night but otherwise it's fine for a night's stay as with my trip, though perhaps not so good if you are staying longer and want the hotel to be a memorable feature of your holiday. Nevertheless the staff were friendly, the complimentary breakfast ok, the bed comfortable and the location safe and close to the tube and a variety of restaurants.
The westminster hotel was excellent for the price. Our twin room was large and bright, although the bathroom was quite small. The staff were really friendly and the breakfast was more than adequate. Lots to choose from and you can eat as much as you want! The only disadvantage I found was the distance from a tube station. I had to get a taxi to and from Paddington station to get around London. Other than that the location was nice, in a quiet street with lots of shops in walking distance. I would definately stay here again.
Good Value London Hotel
Stayed here in Feb 2005. Good and quiet location, 15 minute walk to Paddington, 5 minutes to Bayswater Tube Stop. Tiny room, but it was clean, the bed was comfy and it had just been decorated. Breakfast was adequate, we had the continental breakfast included in the price and we paid an additional £3 each to also have a fried breakfast. Staff were indiffernt. However as we payed £61 for the two of us, can't really complain.
A Nice Place to Stay
I spent a weekend in July at the Westminster and had a lovely stay. I shared a room with two friends, and our triple was a nice size. The linens were fresh and the room was well kept. The bathroom, while small, was clean. As someone else commented, the toilets didn't always flush on the first try, but I found this to be pretty common with toilets all over the UK... they really do just work differently than American toilets. Breakfast was much better than I expected with several tasty options instead of the typical toast-and-jam "continental breakfast" I've had at other UK hotels. The staff were polite and helpful in giving us directions and helping us plan outings around town. The location is great too, as the hotel is on a quiet street only a short walk away from a variety of restaurants and shops. The only inconvenience we encountered was that the elevator only goes up to the fourth floor, and we had a room on the fifth. It was a bit of a hassle to drag our luggage up and down that extra flight of stairs, and the elevators were either slow or not working at all. Besides that, it was a great stay and I would recommend the Westminster to anyone looking for a decent, not-overly-priced place to stay in London.
Surely not the best, but affordable
It is not too easy to find a Hotel in London which you can afford and it should be clean. The Westminster is. The rooms are small, very old houses, connected, the view to the yard backside is absolutely awful, close your eyes before, then the curtains. The bathroom was pretty clean, white tiles, spacy, really !! The warm water appeared after a "quarter of an hour", the walk to the room was with a lot of different levels on the floor, don't drink and walk. We had 2 rooms, one for my mum, and this room was terrible small, one single small bed, even problems to store the luggage.
The breakfast was pretty good, OK, not fully cooked, but you can order for about 3 pds. more, it was a buffet, continental, very well equipped.
This is not the Hilton, but here you can stay for a week, and not only for one day for the same rate. The way to the tube is about 5-10 minutes walk, the area is very busy, just steps away from the hotel, but the hotel itself was very calm, even the adjoining youth hostel didn't bother us.
If we would stay again there ?? I think so, if it will not decrease in quality.
Good priced hotel with a nice location. The room was a bit shaby and needed some repair, but was clean and everything worked.
Great Value for Money
from A TripAdvisor Member
Having read and heard of so many horror stories about 2 and 3-star hotels in London, we chose this hotel because of the good above comments we read about it. We were not disappointed, and had a great stay. The hotel was well-located, service-oriented, with spacious and cozy rooms. Guests were a combination of UK-business men, young American and European adults. We have not seen what other hotels in this category look like in London, but we felt that we got great value for money with this one.
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The Oyster Card
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