“Terrific Value and Location”
My wife and I have rented easily more than a dozen apartments (and countless hotel rooms) in Europe and the United States. This apartment is among the best overall that we have used.
First of all the location is outstanding. if you are in London to visit the principle tourist attractions it is perfect. One can easily spend days walking to major sights. For longer journeys there are two tube stations within easy walking distance – even with luggage (we did it with two weeks’ luggage for 5, no problem). One of them is a direct line to Heathrow (we used it). Trafalgar Square, within the advertised 300 meters, is a transportation hub including stops for all hop-on/hop-off bus lines.
The location is also desirable as it allows the guest to return to the unit during the day to rest for a moment without having to miss any significant sightseeing time. Consider that before booking an out-of-the-way location that requires carrying a day’s worth of contingencies and takes you out of the game upon return.
The neighborhood is upscale, tasteful, lively, safe and crammed with too many pubs, restaurants and shops to mention. There are no hooligan magnets nearby. Vehicle traffic is restricted in some areas.
The security for the unit was reassuring with two strong, modern locked doors required to pass through including both an entry code and a solid key lock. The property is up a short flight of (locked) stairs which not only enhances security but decreases noise (which was virtually eliminated via modern insulated windows), provides privacy and a good view for people watching in the street below. There is a spare set of keys locked away by combination in the event your party separates or the first set goes missing. Knowing that there was a spare set of keys caused me to not lose the first set. Had there been only one set I would of course have subconsciously contrived to lose them.
The apartment is a recent (2012?) remodel – meaning everything about it is modern. We have endured some archaic conditions in other units, but not here. There are plenty of outlets, for instance (all English sockets, buy a couple of cheap converters for US electronic devices). The open floor plan is quite nice for togetherness and there is a second TV in the closed bedroom for naps and privacy. Internet was easy and strong.
We were a family of 5 with children aged 12, 10 and 6. They fit comfortably on the pull-out sofa and the rollaway cot.
There is a Tesco Supermarket within a couple of blocks of safe, well-lit walking which had generous hours offering comprehensive groceries and a large selection of fairly decent pre-prepared food. The apartment kitchen was adequate to prepare meals. The appliances are modern and worked properly. There is a washer/dryer and dishwasher. The bathroom had good pressure and plenty of hot water.
I would like to specifically mention and thank Sarah S. with HB S&V for her help in overcoming a last-minute difficulty of my own making. The management was accessible by phone and with offices a short tube ride away.
Please observe that as indicated in the property details the unit is accessible only by stairs.
We searched on-line for weeks and weeks before deciding on this apartment. The next time we go to London I’m not even opening the internet – except to book this apartment. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. I tend to be skeptical but this unit is what it says it is. I unreservedly recommend this unit.