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“Great location. Tired hotel”

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Royal Lancaster London
Ranked #189 of 1,077 Hotels in London
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 26 February 2012

5 min walk to Paddington is the best thing about this place. Rooms are small! Bathrooms tiny and no counter space. Hotel had good service. Food was ok. TV was not working and got repaired next day. Didn't think it was a well appointed room.

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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 24 February 2012

The Lancaster is fine, I've stayed on business a few times, but I think it's a long way off 4 star, all a bit tired and dated. Food at a large function well below average, with cheapest not too good house wine at £35 bottle. Bedroom fine, but only fine, not 4 star, possibly the thinnest duvet in existence - I woke up freezing on a mild February morning. Glad my company paid the tab as to me it's simply not worth the money.

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Reviewed 20 February 2012

Excellent location, less than 5 mims walk from tube.
Room was clean, well appointed, comfy bed with great views.
Breakfast was great, staff very friendly.

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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 20 February 2012

Following a less than fabulous stay in the autumn at the Lancaster - thrilled at having a totally different experience.

Just had a brilliant weekend at this well-located hotel with stunning, stunning views. Thanks to both Marcella and Desiree for going the extra mile and addressing my concerns. We all know 'mistakes' can be made and the measurement of an organisation is really based on how they respond. Delighted to report the Lancaster lives up to its promise of putting their customer first. Great weekend and happy to recommend to others.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 February 2012

The good part:
- Hotel close to tube
- It looks good from the outside
- It does look great inside
- The room is great, as you would expect from a good 4* hotel

Did not like so much:
- I stayed in room 519. I had difficulties with getting anything else besides rather hot water in the bathroom in the first evening. In the morning I went to shower. The water was too hot for me initially, then I managed to get the right temperature for me and then it went by itself more hot (which was too much for me), some 2 min later it was back to normal again. Not the best for a 4* hotel.
- I like to listen to radio. Damn it takes a while to get to the radio station I wanted to listen to. Definitely several minutes.
- Pillows were too high for me. All 3 nights I started to sleep on a pillow, woke up during the night time (too high pillow), removed the pillow, then woke up again (it was as bad without the pillow as it was with the pillow) and tried to fall asleep again. The first hotel in my life where I felt like this.
- Breakfast: consists of 2 parts: breakfast that can be ordered by selecting some of the choices. A lot of choices really, sound very tasty, but why almost all of them with eggs? Not suitable for me as I am a vegetarian. Ok, I took a buffet breakfast. It's fine, a bit wider choice would be beneficial. Again possible to order (mostly for free) some options. I don't eat sushi, I don't eat eggs - not much options left again. The chef is a fan of eggs or what?
- I needed to leave a package and someone else would come and pick it up during the day. I went to reception and asked if it's possible to leave it with a name of person on it, for whom it was meant. The reception asked for my room number and took the envelope. In the evening, while I was away from the hotel, the person comes to pick up the envelope. The reception sends them to concierge. He can not find the envelope. For some reason, the reception can not find the envelope. Then they contacted me and I confirmed that the envelope has to be there. They go to reception again and ask to find it. Then somehow they find it. Unnecessary unpleasant experience.

To sum up: the hotel looks good, the room looks good, the breakfast is great if you like eggs. I am kind of hoping that I am the only unhappy client. Though this has been my worst hotel experience so far when rating price-quality.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 14 February 2012

Good attentive service, clean room, comfortable relaxing bar, central location

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 February 2012

We spent 6 nights here over Christmas 2011. Both inside and out the Lancaster London might easily pass for the sort of higher-end chain hotels in the U.S. (Hilton, Marriott, Hyatt, etc) and what it lacks in local charm it more than makes up for in comfort. We paid a bit extra for a high floor room with a great view across Hyde Park and much of London. The room was spacious, nicely decorated, and very comfortable...palacious compared to our tiny room in Paris. We pre-ordered the daily buffet breakfast for a slight discount and were glad of it for the many food choices and good service. Also pre-booked our Christmas dinner as most London eateries are closed on the holiday. Not exactly a bargain, but good fare in a lovely setting. The Lancaster is on top of the Lancaster Gate tube station and buses (public transit alsoshuts down for the Christmas holiday, so plan accordingly) also stop just outside. We were blessed with moderate weather and walked most places, often through wintry Hyde Park where a Christmas carnival drew many local families.

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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Royal Lancaster London

Address: Lancaster Terrace, London W2 2TY, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > London
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#130 Family Hotel in London
#147 Luxury Hotel in London
#153 Romantic Hotel in London
#206 Business Hotel in London
Price Range: $299 - $667 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Royal Lancaster London 5*
Number of rooms: 411
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located across from Hyde Park, 15 minutes from the financial district and a quick taxi ride to popular sight-seeing locations such as Buckingham Palace. Royal Lancaster London hotel is uniquely positioned to serve the needs of any distinguished guest. Business travelers are invited to take advantage of the hotel’s impressive meeting spaces while enjoying the accessibility of our state-of-the-art on-site gym, hot breakfast and hotel bar. Don’t miss out on their award-winning restaurants, Nipa Thai – offering authentic and delicious Thai dishes, and Island Grill – known for its fresh and sustainable cuisine. The hotel has just inaugurated a collection of brand new rooms and suites, showcasing an effortless blend of mid-century design and contemporary luxury. Curated down to the smallest detail, all rooms feature Smart TVs, heated bathroom floors, quality linen, USB charging port and much more. Choose one of the suites to discover the meaning of “a view with a room”. ... more   less 
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