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The Hanover Hotel is a budget hotel in the centre of Victoria; only five minutes walk from Buckingham Palace road, leading straight to the Royal Mews and Buckingham Palace, where the Queen resides when she isn't at her Balmoral estate. The hotel is in a quiet street, housed in an elegant white Victorian town house conversion, and offers extremely competitive rates on a street renowned for low-cost accommodation.
Some of the cheaper hotels in the Pimlico area of London are found to be a little shabby on entering, but the Hanover Hotel's rooms are surprisingly tasteful and well-appointed, with comfortable Hypnos beds and a good range of amenities, including Cole and Lewis of London complimentary toiletries, a daily maid service, a free Wi-Fi connection throughout the hotel, a direct dial phone, a flat-screen digital TV, a hospitality tray with tea and coffee making facilities and a hairdryer. The hotel also offers ironing facilities on request, a 24-hour reception desk, a safety deposit box, luggage storage, a vending machine with snacks and drinks, early check-in and late check-out if needed and a complimentary continental breakfast, which is basic, but has a fair selection of items. The staff are also very friendly and willing to share their local knowledge.
Unless you are happy to eat vending machine snacks for your evening meal, the hotel doesn't cater for dinners or lunches, but there are several very good restaurants just a stone's throw from the hotel. Mekong is popular for Vietnamese food and UNO offers tasty pasta and pizzas, Goya Pimlico offers tempting tapas and Spanish delights and Seafresh Restaurant is a cut above your average fish and chip shop.
The hotel is also in a fantastic location from which to see sights. The Tate Britain is just a 10-minute walk away in Millbank, where you can enjoy old masters and more classical art than the Tate Modern in Bankside. For those who prefer their art a little more cutting edge, you can't get any sharper, or more controversial than The Saatchi Gallery, located near Sloane Square, just a 10-minute walk west of the hotel. Sloane Square has a delectable range of high street and designer shops and the King's Road; a famed thoroughfare for exquisite shops leads off from the square. It's cleaned up a lot since Vivienne Westwood's SEX boutique was located there, but it still has some unique shops to browse.
The iconic sights of Westminster, including Big Ben clock tower, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey are just a 20-minute walk from the hotel, where you can see sights of political and royal importance dating back to the Middle Ages. If you have come to London to see some legitimate, and not so legitimate, theatre, the hotel is perfect for you. From the mega musicals at the Apollo Victoria and Victoria Palace Theatre, to drama at the White Bear and Royal Court Theatres, and even cabaret at Pigalle, you will find something for your evening's entertainment; and if theatre is a little too highbrow for your tastes, Pacha and Zander offer some of the best club nights in London.
Victoria also has some of the best transport links in London, from the station, housed in a dramatic Victorian building; you can catch the Gatwick Express train to the airport in 30 minutes as well as overground services to their areas of the UK. The Victoria, District and Circle lines can take you further afield to explore the rest of London and from Victoria coach station you can catch coaches to other areas of the UK and to Europe. The station is also a bus terminus, so there are dozens of bus routes you can take to many other areas of the city. It may take you a few minutes to work out which bus is the correct one, but once you have the hang of the system you'll be away!
The Hanover Hotel may not quite be The Ritz, with fairly basic, petite rooms and slightly worn fittings here and there, but it appears to be one of the more pleasant places to stay in Victoria, with good facilities and a welcoming feel. Disabled guests should be warned that there is no lift, but aside from this qualm, the price is very good and the location a dream for first time and repeat visitors.