Windermere Hotel

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Windermere Hotel

, London
4 star

Rooms: 22

142-144 Warwick Way - London - England - SW1V 4JE - United Kingdom Hotel Website | | 44 02078345163
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Love this place!

from A TripAdvisor Member
I first stayed at the Windermere in 2000 with my daughter. The staff were amazing! Very friendly and helpful - the chef even made us Cornish Pasties to order! I stayed again in February 2005. I was a little worried in case it wasn't as good as I remembered it. No need to worry, it was just as good, and just as friendly! The staff even remembered me from my visit 5 years previous. My second visit with my friend from the U.S. was fantastic. Clean accommodation, superb breakfasts to start the day, excellent evening meals in the restaurant, and professional service. A close walk to Victoria station and Buckingham Palace. Very good value for the price and location. I will definitely be back.

Great place to stay!!!

from xcskirun
My wife and I recently stayed 3 nights at the Windermere and really enjoyed our visit. Our room was very clean and comfortable. Our room had a bathroom which was small but very modern. The nearest tube station is at Victoria and it takes between 10-15 minutes to walk there. A previous reviewer noted that the area can be unsafe at times but we didn't notice anything out of the ordinary. Overall, an excellent stay and we highly recommend it!

A Great Place To Stay Just Like Home

from A TripAdvisor Member
A great location and a clean hotel. The owners are great and keep the hotel cozy and clean. The breakfast are very good and the dinners are good and the value is excellent for the price. The dinner menu is very good and the food is excellent. The knowledge of the owners and their staff is fanstitic. The location is excellent close to underground stations and tourist attraction. The staff and owners make you feel like you are home. Have stayed there 16 times and would not stay anywhere else.

Very Solid

from StevePen
We live in England but are from the States. Recently we spent a night at the Windermere while visiting London. I have travelled alot both in the States and overseas. This hotel, for the price, is one of the best I have stayed in. If you are travelling outside the States for the first time remember that hotels in England are not like those in the US. By those measurements this is more like a bed and breakfast. Having said that it's comfortable, a fairly convenient location, clean, and includes a continental or hot breakfast with the room.

Some details. First location. The hotel is located behind Victoria train station. That's great if you are coming from Gatwick since the Gatwick trains arrive there. But plan on catching a cab to the hotel if you haver bags. The walk to the hotel is ten minutes without bags, fifteen with. Also, the area is marginal for safety. If you are traveling alone, with bags, etc. be smart and take a cab. The closest tube (subway) stop is at Victoria. So plan a cab when you are coming back from shopping and the like. It's 3-4 pounds one way.

The hotel is a boutique hotel. There's only one or two rooms per floor. Make sure you don't get one of the basement rooms; I would think they would be dark. The rooms are about three-quarters the size of a standard US room but comfortable. Non-smoking rooms really smell clean (this can be a problem with the older, smaller hotels in Europe). The bathrooms are for one preson at a time, but are clean and adequately equipped/stocked. Beds were comfortable. Pillows were feather. I didn't see individual heating controls, but I didn't look hard either.

The hotel offers a complimentary breakfast with the room rental. There are croissants, toast, juice, coffee, etc. There's also a no-charge option for scrambled eggs, eggs benedict, and a bacon and eggs b'fast. It's good and hot. Even on Sunday morning when they were very busy the service was good and the meals hot.

The staff is very freindly and service was excellent. It may seem like a lot to pay for a smaller hotel in London, but as things stand these days, it's a bargain.

Excellent hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
The hotel is in a good location (5 minutes to Victoria Station) and it an excellent value.

The room was very nice. The bathroom was a bit cramped, but no worse than most in London.

The staff was very friendly and helpful.

Full English breakfast is included and it was excellent.

Very friendly staff for the hotel and the breakfast room.

This hotel has been a friend's favourite for years. Talking with some of the other guests, many are repeat visitors for many years. We'll be staying here on our next London trip.

Windermere Great!

from Wanderlust 11
I had a wonderful stay at the Windermere Hotel in July of 2004. I stayed there two different days, at the beginning and end of my trip to England. The first night I had a single room with shared bathroom and the facilities were fine. Upon checking in on the last night of my stay in England, I was upgraded to a single ensuite room at no extra cost, plus I lucked into my room being ready early so that I could luxuriate in a private bathroom after 3 weeks of dormitory living. The breakfast included with the price was good, and the hotel was about a 15 minute leisurely stroll from Victoria Station. The staff were gracious and friendly and I will definitely stay there again the next time I am in England. I really appreciated the staff remembering me on my second stay from my earlier stay.

The Windermere was great!

from A TripAdvisor Member
Our family of four (adult sized) stayed at the Windermere for a week in early July 2004. Positive reviews from TripAdvisor were a big factor in our choice, and they were accurate. We stayed in one of the "family" rooms, and a friend living near London warned that it would be smaller than we might expect, but we found it roomy enough despite our four giant suitcases. We emptied one into the built-in wardrobe and put it under the bed. (Actually, we used it for hauling laundry to and from the nearby Lauderette.) The room had a double and two twin beds, very comfy, and a good bath/shower.

The food was really good in the basement restaurant. (In this neighborhood, all of the basements have outside entrances and windows, so don't be put off.) We had dinner there one night, and breakfast every day (part of the rate.) Superb.

The owners and staff (young people from all over - we noted an Australian, a Parisienne, and a Russian) were very helpful and knowledgeable. Victoria Station is a 5-10 minute walk, and there are at least 3 pubs nearby. The hotel itself, at 150 years old, has some quirks as one would expect (no lift) but it is noticeably well-kept. We would stay again.

Windermere - a Quaint London Experience

from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I recently stayed at the Windermere during our first ever trip to London. We thought the room was quite small, but from what I read that is expected in London. We had a double with a private bath and it was clean and very quiet. The people at the front office were very nice and helpful. The breakfast that is included, downstairs in the restaurant, is quite good and gave us a nice start to our day. As a warning, the hotel is a bit further from Victoria station than we realized from the map on the website. Carrying all our luggage there was a bit of a struggle at the end of a long day. Our only real complaint is that there was apparently no air conditioning and no fan availible to help blow in the colder evening air. Overall though, a nice place to stay.

Good value!!

from wellesley82
My son and I stayed here in mid-June and were pleasantly surprised. The neighborhood is very peaceful, yet quite close to Victoria Station. The room was quite serviceable and spotlessly clean. I was initially concerned that sleep would be a problem due to the fact that we were on the same level as the restaurant (I'm also a very light sleeper). Luckily, there was a fan in the room that provided just enough white noise for a wonderful night's sleep. The restaurant, incidentally, is very good. We had a very satisfying early dinner and the breakfast, included in our room rate, was excellent. I would definitely recommend the Windermere to those who don't want to spend $500 a night, but want a comfortable, relaxing, friendly place to stay.

Very pleasant stay at the Windemere

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed at the Windemere sometime in 2000 when we lived in New Jersey, and we had a great experience. My husband and I had an attractive room with a with a double bed in a quirkily shaped room with lots of windows and our traveling companions had a lovely room with two twin beds decorated with yellow floral curtains and bedspreads. The bathrooms in the rooms (We had ensuite rooms) were very clean with showers, sinks, and toilets. ) (We did choose rooms called superior or something like that when booking.) The rooms (and especially bathrooms) are not large by American standards, but if you've been to Europe before, you'll recognize that the size is the norm for London. We would stay there again and I am online because we are going to England this spring and I'm thinking of booking there a second time.

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Cheap way to get to the Windermere from Heathrow Take the National Express Bus from Heathrow to Victoria Coach Station. It was very inexpensive and the buses were clean and comfortable. It takes about 1 hour to get you there. We bought our tickets ahead of time on-line. I think it was 12 pounds for 3 adults. Faster and more comfortable than the underground and you don't have to switch lines, etc.,

Buy a Pay as You Go Oyster Card We bought an Oyster Card at Paddington Tube Station and it was very convenient to use: simply tap it on the Oyster reader on buses and at tube station turnstiles and the appropriate amount is subtracted. Children ride transit for free when accompanied by an adult with an Oyster Card and the Oyster Card provides great discounts (it also automatically maxes out at the day pass rate). We never had to worry about buying tickets, finding change etc. We still have a balance on our Oyster Card (which requires a GBP3 refundable deposit) but the balance never disappears so we are saving our Oyster Card for our next trip to London. We can top up the balance at any tube station. Public transit in Central London is really really convenient and fast and having the Oyster Card made getting about even more convenient.

Underground avoid the Underground at rush hour and its jammed packed on weekends

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  • Address: 142-144 Warwick Way - London - England - SW1V 4JE - United Kingdom
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