I chose this hotel purely because of the price. I paid about £30 a night for a room, when I was passing through London briefly. It is a comfortable but basic hotel. The rooms are small, the bathrooms are basic, but everything is quite clean. Its got a good location, being close to Earl's Court, and if you just need a cheap room, its ideal. The breakfast is also very basic, a continental, with a limited range of fruits, yoghurts, breads and jams.
Personally, I didn't spend much time in my hotel room when I was in London that time, and I never have spent much time in one, any time I've stayed in a hotel in London, as London itself has plenty to keep you busy. Hence, for the value for money and location (especially to Earl's Court), you can't go far wrong picking this hotel for a short stay.
I have driven across the US and stayed in some pretty questionable hotels, but when I come to London I know that I have to be, shall we say "flexible" about my expectations for a hotel room. I realize that when traveling through Europe it's wise to bring your sense of humor however I was totally unprepared for my experience at the Oliver.
The first thing you think as you walk through the door is "What's the cancellation policy again?" I was dutifully interrogated by the ex KGB employee who manned the front desk and ushered off to my room.
Surprise, yes the room was small...well tiny actually: so welcome to London! All par for the course... but then I saw the bathroom... oh my God. I'm 5 feet 8 inches, not exactly tall but there wasn't enough room for me to sit on the toilet, I had to sit sideways to accommodate my knees!
Well that was good for a laugh. (remember, sense of humor required)
But I wasn't particularly amused when I tried taking a shower and discovered that there wasn't enough space in the stall to move my arms, I literally had to soak under the water, step out of the shower to soap and scrub and step back in to rinse off!
Thank God I was only here for one night.
After my shower I made the mistake of going downstairs for the "Continental" breakfast that was included with my stay. What I wasn't told was that the continent in question was Antarctica! Undrinkable coffee, rubbery egg (singular), slimy yogurt and miserable service, there was not one edible thing in the room.
And speaking of miserable service...not a single smile the whole time I was there from any of the employees. They offered consistently "Soviet" service that led me to believe that I was really just an annoyance...or an inmate.
Needless to say unless you're fresh from the Gulag avoid this place like the plague...which I suspect is being incubated in the bed linens!
One last thing, I would love to hear from anyone, ANYONE who has stayed at this hotel and gone back to stay another night.
This small boutique hotel is located 1-2 blocks away from Earl's Cout Tube Station. We received a garden view room which looked over a cute english style court yard. A full English breakfast was included. It was yummy! The staff was very helpful and friendly. We were even able to book a few of our tours through them. If you walk to Earls court station be sure to stop by Perry's cafe for a bite to eat or a coffee drink.
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