Windermere Hotel, London, UK
The Windermere Hotel is centrally located within easy walking distance from several leading area attractions, including Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Tate Gallery, and the Cabinet War Rooms.
The hotel has a rich history, with the distinction of being the earliest known bed & breakfast hotel in the London area (dating to 1881, when then known as the Pimlico Rooms), and the building originally served as a pair of Victorian residences when built in 1857.
The comfortable twenty-two guest rooms available include telephone with direct dial, modem access, wireless Internet, television with satellite channels, radio with alarm, hairdryer, in-room safe, and hospitality tray. There is also video conferencing capability available for the business executive. Each room comes with either King, Queen, Double or Twin beds. Depending on the size of room, the private bathroom may include shower or bath with shower. There are larger rooms available for families or groups.
From the dining room downstairs, we enjoyed a Continental breakfast selection of cereals, fruit, juice, yogurt, toast, and coffee, and an English breakfast of scrambled eggs, salmon, and Eggs Benedict. An overhead television is nearby to get you caught up on the daily news.
The professional staff was courteous and quite friendly.
In the evenings, the dining room serves as a restaurant (the Pimlico Room) for both guests and the public, with the chef offering a wide range of local and regional dishes to select from. There is also a bar and small lounge area for reclining, reading, or checking your email.
Rates range from $181 to $273 (£99 to £149 GBP) a night for a guest room, depending on size of room and the season (rates are subject to change without notice).
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Getting There:From the Victoria tube station, it is a short 10 minute walk.
From Victoria train and tube station:
When departing the Victoria station at Belgrave Road, walk south on Hugh Street for four blocks until Alderney Street. Turn left on Alderney Street and walk a block to Warwick Way. The Windermere Hotel will be on the corner of Alderney and Warwick Way.
If coming by bus, the hotel is also near the Victoria coach station (which is a block south of the Victoria station).
Although a short walk, if you have a lot of luggage, suggest taking a taxi from either station (cost around £5).
Check In: 2 pm
Check Out: 11 am
Wireless Internet is available throughout using your laptop, or via modem hookup. There is also a complementary Internet workstation located in the downstairs lounge area.
Windermere Hotel142/144 Warwick Way
Victoria, London, SW1V 4JE
phone 020 7834 5163 fax 020 7630 8831