London Westminster River Bank Park Plaza 4*

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London Westminster River Bank Park Plaza 4*

YippyEyeO
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YippyEyeO
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Joined: 11 Nov 2006, 04:34

03 Dec 2006, 21:03 #1

This is a 3 year old hotel.

It was awesome. From the most comfortable bed with a fluffy duvet to the American voltage electrical outlet at the work desk, it was top notch.

We had a room on the 8th floor with a partial view of the thames. Ask for a room as close to the river as possible.

It was a 10 minute walk to Big Ben along a quiet riverside path.

I would stay there again in a heart beat.

Vauxhall tube stop is a 15 minute walk, so take a taxi if you are hauling lugguage.

In a leisurely 20 minute walk you are in Leicester square. Try China China In chinatown, if you want simple but delicious chinese food.

I paid $127 for one night 11/22/06

Note: Only 2 people per room according to the fire code.
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Inwoner
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Joined: 07 Apr 2004, 21:24

10 Oct 2013, 05:49 #2

Stayed just one night in Oct 2013 on an accepted bid of $141 (or $178 with taxes & fees). Pluses: large room on 10th floor with large bathroom with lots of light due to large windows and no obstruction; modern facilities; large comfortable queen-size bed. In room safe; free and fast internet connection from room; good air conditioning, two robes, slippers, large towels; large selection of TV channels in many languages. Room was equipped for handicapped (wheelchair can slide into shower, with water controls placed quite low; no bathtub) but I did not ask for this. Downside: room had a scent of cheap deodorizer; room faced directly over multiple train tracks (though rumbling train noise was tolerable); and as at such hotels (continental) breakfast or even a hamburger is quite expensive (about 17.50 pounds each, without service charge)' hotel signage says that upgraded rooms are available (views of Parliament, Big Ben) for an additional charge but this was not offered to me, nor did I ask; there is ongoing construction adjacent to hotel but this did not bother me since I was not on that side and checked out before morning construction activity. But for me the biggest downside was the location.  Short walking distance to nothing. Cannot just walk out the hotel door and find a quick Tesco supermarket or a neighborhood restaurant. Closest tube or train station is Vauxhaul on Victoria line. That's about a 12 minute walk from hotel, or a short bus ride, number 77.  Not a particularly smooth walk to/from that tube station due to the configuration/intersection of the roads there; with luggage, it's particularly cumbersome.  But Vauxhall station is a short tube ride to Victoria, Green Park and Oxford Circus. Another possible tube/train station from hotel is Waterloo, also via bus 77. That's a bit farther in the opposite direction, and even less convenient for a smooth & simple connection to the hotel. It's best these days to use Oyster card for bus and tube travel, and less expensive than individual tickets.  Buses will not or will not soon take cash. In short, for me the location was the most disappointing factor: I will not bid again for this zone.
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Joined: 10 Jul 2004, 02:32

09 Dec 2014, 21:57 #3

I feel the opposite of the previous reviewer, except about the configuration of that awful intersection at the Vauxhall tube stop.

That intersection, called Vauxhall Cross, is widely known as the worst confluence of roads in the entire Greater London Area. If you're lucky enough to choose the station exit that puts you on a clear path to the south side of Albert Embankment, the walk to the hotel isn't bad at all, even with one large piece of luggage. It's fifteen minutes at a leisurely pace. 


As for being an inconvenient location overall, I didn't mind the walk to the nearest Tesco (in Kennington Lane), or using Vauxhall Bridge to get to Tate Britain.
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