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Sydney Hotel (London)

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68-76 / Belgrave Road / Victoria / London SW1V 2BP.

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      14.04.2009 20:46
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      a little bit more than what you paid for but still room for improvement

      Me and my boyfriend decided to get a cheap city break down to London and we stayed in the Sydney Hotel in Victoria. We had a budget in mind and searched the internet to find the best deal, and we certainly got a fantastic deal by booking in here. Price We paid £150.00 for two nights bed and breakfast, so £75.00 per room per night, which was an absolute bargain, the day rate on the board when we checked in was £190.00 per room per night. We booked via their website, which was easy to use and navigate, and took advantage of their internet only rate. We did have to pay the full amount up front by debit card (you could also use credit cards) and this was non refundable if we cancelled. There was another internet offer of £90.00 per room per night where you had the option to pay a deposit and the rest upon arrival. As we were 99.9% sure we were travelling we opted for the first rate. Location The location was really good, a 10 minute walk from Victoria coach station, train station and underground, and there was a bus stop right outside the hotel with frequent services which took you straight into the city; so there were really good travel connections. The area was clean, there was no trouble, and there were a few restaurants in the next street and then a whole street of restaurants about 3 - 5 minute walk away. There were also a couple of papershops/newsagents which were open late and also sold travel tickets. So it was quiet but had everything we needed close by and the city was easily accessible. Rooms The room was beautiful, with budget hotels we have often found that what the present on the internet you don't usually get when you arrive, but this room was clean and modern, the bathroom had a glass bowl sink and corner shower unit, very clean and recently refurbished. The room was decorated neutral, the bed was huge and comfortable and there was a ceiling fan. It was small but had all the amenities, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, wireless connection, flat screen TV mounted on the wall, there was no iron though and the iron the hotel did offer was very disappointing. The ironing board was mounted to the wall on the first floor, and the iron was a tiny travel iron. Service The staff were very friendly, they had a left luggage policy so we were able to enjoy our last day in the city without having to worry about our bags. No complaints, very professional and friendly. Breakfast This is the one this that really put a dampener on the experience, the breakfast left a lot to be desired (or perhaps our expectations are too high?) It was marketed as a full English buffet breakfast with continental option. The continental option was cornflakes, milk, orange juice and toast which I guess is just below average and not totally unacceptable. The buffet breakfast however left a lot to be desired to say the least. The sausages tasted and looked like they had been fried and put out and refried for a few days in a row, the fried eggs were hard and greasy and the bacon was strangely undercooked, I didn't try the beans or the scrambled egg. Needless to say we bought something in to have in our room for the next morning. Other than the breakfast, which really let the place down, it was a fantastic little budget hotel and I would certainly stay there again and recommend it, but I'd take my own breakfast or find a local cafe. Other than that Fab!

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