After being asked to depart my "friends" place I was in bind to find a place. I went on hotels.com and found this place for 60gbp a night.At first I was a bit weary about staying in this place because of the cheap price but I had no choice.
I stepped off the underground at Earls Court and it was less than a 5 minute walk to the hotel.
I checked in with no problems. The rooms are super small but I was only using it to sleep.
It is also a short walk from Earls Court convention center (where LED ZEPPELIN once played but unfortunatly it was George Michael playing this week ) This place rocks!!!
The advertising for this hotel is completely deceptive! I was absolutely shocked when showed up for my vacation and I saw the room I'd booked thru Hotels.com.
The room was so small there was not even room to open my suitcase on the floor!
There was no "air-conditioning" or "fan" in the room of any sort and so it was super stuffy. The window would open but had no screen. The room absolutely REEKED of smoke (gagglingly so!) It was so nasty it put a bad taste in your mouth.
I am not a fussy person, I don't think, and I have stayed in hotels for $25 in Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala which had no hot water or toilet seats...but yet still were 100x's nicer than this hotel.
I could not believe it.
There was NO BATHROOM IN OUR ROOM!? The bathroom was on another floor!??? And, it was minuscule.
The "lift" is a tiny 4x4 compartment that's probably 100 years old.
The floors creaked. There were drunks. It was loud. It was half scary.
I showed up and was horrified by the conditions of the room they led me to...I almost cried. Had I stayed in that hotel it would have RUINED our entire trip. I decided I was going to find another room in another hotel and...though I had prepaid for FIVE NIGHTS they would not refund me ANY MONEY!!! The guy behind the counter would only show me the print out of my booking and say, "You see you chose this. This is what you choose."
This business operates with NO integrity to be OK with keeping over $500 of my money that they did nothing for except post deceptive advertising online to make me think it was a normal hotel.
This place is more like a "hostel". This is a place is for the type of traveler that if you are a college kid backpacking across Europe...and you don't mind "camping" in a building...
Oh Lord. Thanks for the most embarrassing experience of my life.
After unlocking the door to my single room, I see two more doors. One is the bathroom door, the other one's locked and leads you to the bedroom. Now it made sense to me why the clerk gave me a key and a key card. And this is how the embarrassment starts, I apologize beforehand for going into detail.
I decided to have a quick shower, undressed my pants and my shirt, took a towel, and walked into the bathroom. Unfortunately, I left the key card in the bedroom - as the door closed behind me, I was basically locked out. A priceless WTF moment- standing awkwardly in the hallway, in my underwear, ashamed and bewildered.
The guy at the reception must have seen many naked guys in underwear before, or he incredibly cracked up right after I jumped up the stairwell. On the positive side, I scared the crap out of some Italian tourists that were waiting at the reception. I hope they thought I'm American.
So, why the hell they have two separate locks for the room door and the bedroom, and why was the bedroom so small not even a King size bed would have fit in. If you stretch both of your arms, you can easily reach the walls.
One weekend at Lord Jim was one life changing experience.
The hotel was just off the Earls court tube station and very convinient for tourists.The hotel itself was well decorated and the maintaince was very good in this area.The price was slightly more expensive but still very good value,espcially if you could book it early.High recommended.
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