Hilton London Metropole review

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  1. violist
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    violist Gold Member

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    An older property in the grand old style,
    with a busy bustling lobby, numerous checkin
    stations, restaurants, shops, what have you.

    There are three wings - east, tower, and west.
    The east rooms surround an atrium that is
    strangely closed off. Mine was smallish and
    somewhat tired but still quite acceptable.
    Bathroom slightly too small.

    There was an unusable balcony onto which much
    detritus had been dropped from above, including
    condoms; as I had no interest in actually using
    a balcony in February, this didn't bother me.

    Club lounge, 2nd floor, let's see: too small,
    uncomfortable, crowded, offputtingly lit, and
    what have I missed, ugly. There must have been
    30 people counting a sizable number of children
    in there when we were: it would have been
    unpleasant if there had been half that many.

    Breakfast: Full English in the downstairs
    restaurant; Continental in the lounge. Almost
    identical to all the Hilton full Englishes
    but with whitefish instead of salmon and a
    couple Asian-influenced offerings for the
    numerous clientele of that persuasion.
     
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  2. PedroNY
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    I stayed at this hotel a few years ago. It is close to the train station, the underground station and generally easily access to central London.

    It was one of few Hilton properties in London that could fit 4 people comfortably in a room. I think we got a 2 queen size beds + fold out couch for 200 pounds a night. I think I was Gold at the time and all 4 of us received free breakfast, that was a pleasant surprise as we stayed there for 6 nights, and did not expect to get full breakfast for all of us for the whole stay.

    Also, you can rent a fridge for your stay at 5 pounds a day, it is convenient as there is a grocery store about a block away, so you can load up on some snacks, juice, etc.

    Best,

    PedroNY
     
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    I have stayed here a few times as well. The rooms in the West Wing are newly rennovated for the most part, and therefore the nicest. The hotel is extremely busy most of the time with a number of events. Staff go out of their way to make HHonors Gold/Diamond feel very welcome. The lounge is a big pass for me- very crowded- better in the morning to grab something from Costa Coffee near the main lobby (same prices as High Street).

    As others have mentioned, proximity to public transport is a major plus at this hotel with numerous options nearby.

    Internet is by i-Bahn, which is not my favorite operator- however since the change to free for gold/diamond it is not too bad (it use to really bother me to pay 19 GBP+taxes for slow internet service). FWIW, I founded cable to work far better than wireless.
     
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    The benefit of staying at this hotel is primarily its location. It is a 7 minute walk to the Heathrow Express, and there is easy access to the Bakerloo, Circle, and District tube lines. There is a great view of London from the Thai restaurant as well.
     

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