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easyHotel Victoria (London)
Member Name: sophie131
easyHotel Victoria (London)
Advantages: Good location, cheap and clean.
Disadvantages: If people don't read up on the hotel properly they will be disappointed.
I stayed in this hotel last night so I thought now would be the pefect time to give it a review.
I wanted a cheap night in a hotel. I was just going to be sleeping there, didn't want anything fancy so took my chances here for £20! I was never expecting it to be a 5 star experience!
** Location **
This is pretty centrally located, closest tube is Victoria, it is also very close to Victoria coach station and Victoria overground station. From all 3 it is about a 5 - 10 minute walk. Around the hotel there isn't too much going on, there are 2 pubs that are quite close. In Victoria station there is a lot more going on, restaurants, shopping etc which is open until quite late. The street where this hotel is located is Belgrave Road. It is well lit at night at the whole of this road is hotel after hotel!
** First impressions**
It all looked pretty modern from the outside. The building looks very small to be a hotel! The reception was clean and bright howver the staff didn't strike me as 'bright'. I said to the lady on the desk ' I have a room booked' - I had to say it 4 more times in a different way for her to understand what I meant..
I got given a swipe card and told my room number and had a short form to fill out.
The hotel has 3 floors, no lift and the stairway is narrow - this wasn't a problem for me though! My room was on the top floor and I probably needed the exercise anyway! May be a problem for older people or if you have a lot of baggage.
All the rooms are opened by a swipe card which added to the modern feel of the hotel. There are no 'general' facilities at this hotel, no restaurant, bar nothing so don't go looking for any!!
I requested a small room with no window. That was what I got! It was seriously tiny, my double bed was surrounded by 3 and a half walls with about a metre left to get on/off bed. This led to a corridor which was about 2 metres long by 1 metre wide. This was the bedroom. 2 hooks on the wall and a LCD television up on the wall was everything. Off the little corridor was my ensuite, of course being that this corridor was the only place for bags, it made opening the door a little difficult!
The bathroom was tiny, a shower, loo and sink crammed into the space of an airline toilet. It was manageable but a little tricky to manouvre!
Now, having read the other review it states you have to pay for clean sheets. I think what the reviewer means is that if you want maid service there is an extra charge! I certainly expect clean sheets wherever I go and would have kicked up a fuss if there wasn't. The room was very clean!
The television is an extra cost - £5 for 24 hours. It's a strange system, they give you a brand new remote which is about 6 cm long with only an on/off button and volume and channel up and down buttons. You get to take this home with you and it can apparently work with any phillips TV!!
The pillows - are horrendous. They are flat as anything and if you want extra - you have to pay! I don't know how you could solve this but if staying more than one night i'd be tempted to buy some from Primark and then throw them away!
The rooms without windows do have fresh air into them from vents which believe also act as air con and heating.
One last detail to note - whenever I stay in a hotel, I shut the door and expect no one to be able to get in whilst i'm in there. This isn't the case here, you need to lock the door from the inside - I slept in there with the door unlocked!!
Check out was easy literally just a case of handing the card back at reception.
If you want a cheap hotel just to crash in for the night in a central location - this is good.
If you want to stay more than 2 nights, seriously, look elsewhere as it will drive you mad here!!
Last thing to note - TFL are closing the Victoria line early (at 10.30) on most nights now up until Christmas. If you book this because of the good transport links - check out what the tubes are doing before you book!
Summary: Exactly what I expected!!
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