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Travelodge London Waterloo Hotel

maj 21st, 2012 Comments off

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We stayed here for 2 nights in May. Room 405 was basic with not much furniture, but surprisingly large and clean (though bed was quite soft). It looks toward the south, on quite busy waterloo road. Its quiet during the night, but traffic starts (and noise) in the morning. I was not bothered, but if you want to be in silence, either try to get a room away from waterloo road or in higher floor.

Check-in was fast, we didn’t have any problems or wait. Check-out is even faster as you just leave the key at the reception. Amenities in the room were basic (just the kettle), hair dryer is available upon the request. Although the hotel advertises internet for a fee (not a small fee), free internet was available at the reception, and also in the room. Just forget to use VPN or something similar.

Location is excellent. Three underground stations are relatively nearby, with Waterloo being the closest. Very near is Old Vic theatre (between the hotel and underground station), there are plenty of restaurants on the same road as Old Vic (road called The Cut) – try very popular pub Anchor&Hope, or just across the street Tas. There you also have plenty of opportunity to take a breakfast. We had one morning a brekafast in the hotel, though i didn’t really like it (and yes, quantities were “filling”) and my girlfriend complained by very bad coffee. We both didn’t think it was good value for money (unless you are a huge fan of english breakfast), as we had for the same price on The Cut much better breakfast. In a better environment that didn’t look like boring chain hotel.

All in all. A satisfying stay. It is a surprisingly large hotel, but it really lacks in personality. However, price was relatively good and the location is excellent. I would almost certainly come back next time!

My review rating would be 3,5 point out of 5.

London 2012 – ČB

maj 20th, 2012 Comments off

London calling…

november 18th, 1998 Comments off

MEMORABLOG: 18.11.1998

Its was a cold November morning. My alarm started ringing at 4:30 am with the song »L’ombelico del mondo« – the belly of the world – loudly. Anyway, it was a short night, as packing was done into long night hours. So, i picked up Adi some 30 minutes later, just as he was just getting his hair cut (at 5am in the morning hehe)… actually, he didn’t even go to sleep, funny (straight from work, but hey, he was seriously tired afterwards in the day)… My dad then drove us to the airport, and i got seriously annoyed by his slow driving… But OK, better safe than sorry, as our trip was just starting 😉

So, our first stop was London, an overnight stop and British Airways arranged us a nice, but overpriced hotel (arguably, it was payed by BA, so i didn’t care – but the breakfast was really miserable – so, i really would recommend Russel Square hotel). Actually, we were quite surprised, how London is expensive… i had some 30 pounds, and Adi had some pounds less… so we had to survive 3 full days (2 going there, and 1 back) in London with that… impossible… We were actually typical tourists, just without any aid. No maps, no money, nothing. But we managed to get a right in a double decker, we saw Trafalgar Square, Buckingham palace, Big Ben and eventually we got lost in Soho… Food was miserable… all that we could afford was fast-food… When traveling from the airport Adi had a misfortune and his backpack got torn THE FIRST DAY of our trip, so… But I liked London. I liked the buzz around London, and surely i will come back some other day…

Some adrenaline rush was made by our visit to Victoria Coach Station, as we almost missed the bus… Well, not almost missed, but we were some 15 minutes early… and the bus was just leaving… damn, isn’t that a bit early? Not really, that bus is 1,5 hours late, so the next bus, due to go in 15 minutes, will be canceled… that would also mean missing the plane… but OK… it was the cheapest and apparently also the slowest transport to Gatwick…