Henry VIII Hotel
10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Nice affordable hotel
"We spent the weekend of Whitsunday in this hotel. We had a small double room (we found out that there are larger rooms), the triple room was good. All rooms were very clean. Service is good and the hotel is very well situated in a quiet area. Ideal for exploring London. A good continental breakfast is included.
It is a good value for money hotel and the kids liked the (small) swimming pool."
- Travel date: Mon 5th of June 2006
you get what you pay for
the hotel is not luxury but clean, the rooms are tiny, (it differs a bit) there was no minibar in the room and the room-safe was broke. the receptionist of the evening was at least not speaking better english than me and it is quite loud with open windows even early in the morning.
to come to the positive things, the egypt owner or manager was very nice and helpful and the other staff seemed to be as well, the location is in walking distance (not with heavy luggage) of several underground stations and some kind of restaurants and pubs as well, and it seems the prize is unbeatable if you don't want to stay in a backpackers or youth hostel.
there is also a little pool and a sauna who likes that, my wife enjoyed it.
nothing came away out out of the room as well... btw they seem to loss bookings or overbook, be a bitcareful with that
enjoy your stay
- Travel date: Tue 23rd of May 2006
Great stay, perfect location
"Just got back from a 6 day stay in London at the Henry VIII Hotel and had an awesome time. The staff at the hotel were very friendly from the reception to the breakfast room to the bar late at night. The rooms are very small, you cannot really walk around the bed, but the bathroom was a decent size and newly appointed with tiled floor and marble counter top and a new shower that had decent flow and water temperature. Everything was clean too. Also our room on the second floor was opposite from the street and overlooked some other buildings so it was very quiet. We had the window open every night with a cool breeze and there was only the odd train to make any noise. I had some of the best sleeps in my life! We were very tired from walking all day and the bed and pillows were firm but comfortable and as soon as my head hit the pillow I slept all the way through the night which I rarely do in hotels.
The hotel stay included a continental breakfast buffet which was pretty decent. Much better than having the hassle of buying something on the street and you can go up to your room afterwards and clean your teeth before going out for the day. The food consisted of fruit, cereals, cheese, ham, boiled eggs, yoghurt, toast, pastries, coffee, tea, hot chocolate etc.
The best thing about this hotel however, was the location. It was a short walk from downtown Bayswater which has a tube station on the circle line, heaps of shops, banks, restaurants, pubs, post office etc. It was so convenient. We had flown into Gatwick airport and caught the Gatwick Express train to Victoria station and then changed to the tube to Bayswater and walked to the hotel. Very easy. Another good tip for London is to buy a x-day tube pass which enables you to get on and off any tube or bus in zones 1 and 2. It is a smart card which you just touch to a reader to go thru the turnstill or get on a bus. Regardless of how many trips you think you'll make the convenience pays for itself. Even if you just use it to take a break from walking and hop on a bus to ride down the road a couple of stops. But I digress. Overall the hotel was very good and the location was exceptional. The price was very good too. Booked online for 58 pounds per night."
- Travel date: Fri 19th of May 2006
"Our bedroom (no. 102) was very small but really, how much time do you spend in it when you're visiting a city like London?! Especially for the price (Â£49 a night incl. breakfast) + the ideal location in central London (5 min. to 2 tube lines; restaurants, pubs + shops around the corner). The room was clean + the bathroom modern with excellent water pressure in the shower. No air con but a ceiling fan, radiator working fine. Good choice for the continental breakfast: ham, cheese, jam, honey, pastries, rolls, croissants, toast, tea, coffee, cereal, cornflakes - everything you could wish for. Staff were friendly + helpful. However, they had had not received our booking which we had made through an agency; I'm beginning to think is a not uncommon problem with London hotels. I would recommend always ringing ahead to make sure they know you're coming."
- Travel date: Tue 17th of January 2006
Stay Well Away
"This is possibly the worst Hotel in London and they seem to have quite a reputation according to other Hotels in the area that I have stayed at...
The Hotel is simply horrible and is run by rude incompetent people who hardly speak any english.
I recommend you stay well away from this place if you want to enjoy a pleasant stay in London."
- Travel date: Fri 9th of December 2005
Fabulous affordable hotel for student travellers, and young couples
"I don't have enough good things to say about the Henry VIII hotel. It was exactly what I was looking for, and more. It is definitely not a 5 star hotel in that there isn't a TON of luxury there, but it is more than adequate for a week's stay or less in London. The staff was friendly, and helpful, the complimentary contintental breakfast was wonderful, and provided many options for people of all dietary needs. The room was a good size for us(2 twentysomething sisters in one room)...there was room to walk around, the bathroom was fine, clean. The television was a little small, but you shouldn't be watching too much tv anyway...you're in London! We had room 511, which was on the top floor, and had a nice view of the neighboorhood. Get it, if you can."
- Travel date: Sat 29th of October 2005
"They gave up my room despite me ringing to say I would be late arriving. Rooms ok. Pool small but nice and warm Sauna works on a token meter so that's a bit awkward when you realise tokens are required when you've stripped off! A few naked germans in the pool was a surprise!"
- Travel date: Mon 26th of September 2005
Great value and oh-so-clean!
"We were nervous coming here having read some of the more negative reviews of this hotel, and given the brilliant last-minute price we got - Â£49/room per night.
This hotel is exceptionally clean and well maintained. The facilities are all pristine. The staff, especially Marie at reception, are very helpful, although some (not Marie!) could do with refreshing their knowledge of Camden market!
Our bedroom was small, but it was everything we needed. Nice sized double bed, coffee/tea making facilities, tv and nice large window to let in air to cool down the room in 30 degree heat. The bathroom was spotless, with a nice shower - albeit hard to figure out, but perfect after that. The room also contained an iron and ironing board and large wardrobe and safe, all of which were very useful.
Breakfast was good. Free continental breakfast with the room consisted of a range of cereals, juices, yoghurts, bread, meats and a cheese. Toast would have been a nice extra. Coffee and tea are also provided, as are the usual condiments. Excellent choice. An English breakfast is also provided at Â£3 supplement, although I would recommend trying some of the local delis if you want a fry - these provide a chance to have breakfast and watch the world go by. The coffee might also be a little nicer!
Swimming pool looked small but clean, although we didn't get a chance to try it out. The residents bar was good as well, with friendly service well into the night. The Guinness could be better, but hey, it's not Dublin!
Location wise/transport wise, the Central tube line is very close, although to get to a lot of places, you will need to change. Loads of buses run nearby too though, including all the tour buses. FYI, Queensway tube station is closed now until May 2006, so you will need to walk from Lancaster Gate, but it's only 5-10 mins.
The hotel is right next to Notting Hill and Portobello as well as Kensington Gardens, which is fantastic on a hot day!
All in all, I would heartily recommend this hotel. We look forward to returning in the future."
- Travel date: Mon 5th of September 2005
Worth every penny!
"Small, but nice and clean rooms with tub, coofee maker and small balcony. I've stayed in loads of hotels in London and have never paid less for this kind of quality.
Very close to Hyde Park, 7-8 minutes walk to Lancaster Gate tube-station.
Had an excellent stay and will definitely consider this hotel again!"
- Travel date: Thu 1st of September 2005
"I have stayed at this hotel twice and it just gets better. The hotel is very clean, the breakfast is more than sufficient, the rooms are suitably sized and decorated, but best of all - the staff. They are fantastic. From the reception, to the cleaning to the restaurant. They are super friendly and always ready to help.
I will definatley stay here again and again."
- Travel date: Sun 26th of June 2005