I spent a week end in London with two friends and we stayed at the Pavilion Hotel for three reasons : it was not far from the center, it was quite unexpensive for its location (100 pounds for one night in a room for three), and the deco looked really kitsch and original from the website. We didn't regret our choice at all.
Every room is decorated in a different way, around a special theme. We stayed in the room Three's Company, the room with three twin beds, decorated in a nice, cosy English way with a kitsch twist, with light, faded teal flooring and walls, floral curtains, beaded hanging and wall lights, and a bright teal ceiling sprinkled with gold painting. The room is quite small, but there is enough space for the three beds, a closet, an additional mirror and two (or maybe three) small nightstands. There is a large window, opening on a small balcony. There is also a marble chimney and a television. The beds are confortable, with sheets, blankets and pillows. The room included a small en-suite bathroom with a shower, sink, mirror and toilets. The bathroom is plastic, the kind you find in mobil-homes and boats, but confortable, we had warm water for the three of us.
Breakfast is included in the price. It is a continental breakfast, with, for each person, a croissant, a chocolate muffin, an individual pack of cornflakes, a glass of orange juice and a pot of milk. The room includes an electric tea kettle and a bag of tea for each person, as well as sugar, milk doses and powder coffee. You can schedule breakfast at any desired time, the staff will leave it on a tray in front of your door without waking you up in case you would like to sleep some more.
The staff was very nice, friendly and helpful. The room was perfectly clean. TV was working, with around 15 channels available. We didn't order room service, but several drinks and foods are available.
The hotel is in a calm street, Sussex Garden, in a row of several hotel, next to bus stop Sussex Garden. There is a very friendly pub in the same street (the Monkey Puzzle) where you can have dinner and drinks, as well as several grocery stores (one of which is open 24/7) and a pharmacy nearby.
We had a very nice stay in this hotel and will certainly come back next time we go to London. I warmly recommend it.
If I ever needed a half star it was here, 3 seems a little harsh yet 4 seems a stretch too far.
We stayed in "Cosmic Girl". I have never stayed in a boutique hotel before so admittedly I have no yardstick for comparison but I came away feeling like they almost had something really good going on but not quite.
The main feature of our room was the bed base was constructed from frosted glass blocks which were then illuminated from inside. This would have been awesome except it seemed like at least one of the bulbs inside the bed was blown and when you turned on the "in bed" lighting the result was far from spectacular, you would struggle to find your way to the bathroom by it.
Ah, the bathroom. It was small but adequate, the shower was decent, my only gripe was it looked like it had taken two goes to cut the tiles out so the fitted around the cistern, but rather than removing the first set they were all in situ for the world to see. I guess at least it is a lesson for me when I come to tile my bathroom...
Breakfast consisted of a muffin, a croissant, some muesli with milk and a glass of orange juice. It's left outside your door so no need to get up at a set time, but nothing to get overly excited about.
Bring your own hairdryer if you happen to be a girl, there isn't one in the room. If you are a guy planning to surprise your other half then you should probably bring one too...
In summary I would say this place is a great idea which is slightly under executed. It felt like the place could do with a little TLC and then it would be really good. I wouldn't say it was dirty by any stretch of the imagination but things like the chrome decor or the crystals in the chandeliers could do with a once over. A few lightbulbs need replacing, small things I know, but things which would make all the difference.
I chose this place for it's advertised quirkyness, and it certainly is that! I was placed in the Chapter and Verse room in the basement, which was ok seeing as the temperature was hideous outside, but my initial and lasting impression was of a junk filled house, with a shabby entrance and very little in the way of quality facilities. The bed was a divan whose legs had been removed, so it was practically on the floor, and there was no bath, just a shower in the cupboard, and a sink in the main room. I couldn't see the internet access, and there wasn't much room to speak of. Good points however, the shower was very powerful, and the TV worked a treat. It is only a short walk from Edgeware Road and the tube, and there are plenty of places to eat.
My main gripe is the fact that the man who spent most time ob duty, wasn't welcoming, and neglected to tell me about the supposed bar, or explain what the breakfast consisted of or how it would arrive. I asked for 7.30 and at 7.45 I was just about to go and complain when I found a plastic tray with rice crispies, orange juice, a chocolate muffin and a croissant with some random Jam. No butter, no coffee (that was just the nescafe in the room) and no choice.
If I want quirky but scruffy, I will stay at home.
If you like kitsch and glam, this is the place to stay in London. I stayed in the room called Enter the dragon and it was quite small and cramped, but really nice. The major downside was the bathroom, which was extremely small and smelly.
The hotel is very convenient for tourism and the whole area is pretty much tourist centered. You will find good restaurants and pubs in the area too.
Check it out, it is definitely worth it.
Pavilion hotel is situated near Hyde park and is a fairly unimpressive building from the outside. Once you venture inside you are greeted with a sensory delight. The decor is beyond fabulous, every room is themed to perfection, rich lush colors and beauty surround you. Laces, silk drapes, well appointed rooms. They room we stayed in was themed around hot air balloons, there was even a gold balloon chandelier and Victorian paintings as well as a blue velvet bed! The hotel owners are friendly enough, and the rates are reasonable. If you enjoy taking photographs (Would be a great background for a model or photographer building their portfolio) or even just the excitement of a plush room, then this is the place for you!
The street is full of typical London narrow buildings, all hotels, hence the small rooms. Very small rooms...
Mine (Harlequin) was probably the smallest ! There was barely room for the bed (hard springs!) and a huge cupboard. The so called bathroom was a plugged shower with no water pressure (either frozen or burning). The window was sealed.
One star for the good location, one for the affordable price, nothing more.
Great hotel in the heart of London.highly recommend