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The Olympic House Hotel is situated in a peaceful area of Victoria, housed in one of the many stunning Georgian town house conversions in the area, the Hotel allows you to enjoy the refinement of historic London with all the exciting attractions and nightlife of London today. The hotel also offers very affordable rates, so you can spend extra money on enjoying yourself. The Olympic House Hotel is part of a family run group of hotels with a welcoming feel, located close to some of London's best sights, landmarks and attractions.
Rooms at the hotel range from Single to Quad sizes, to accommodate all visitors, whether travelling solo on business or arriving with the family in tow. Admittedly the room decor is a little eclectic, with the odd bright pink wall here and there, but furnishings are comfortable and all rooms come with an LCD TV with free view channels, tea and coffee making facilities, a hair dryer, fresh towels and linens, central heating and a ceiling fan, complimentary toiletries and a direct-dial telephone, all the basics you will need for your stay, plus a few extras, the hotel also has a wireless internet connection and a continental breakfast is included in the price. Some guests have commented that the breakfast is a bit unimaginative, so you may prefer to head to one of the many fantastic cafes nearby such as Giraffe for good brunch options, or Cafe Capri for snacks and sandwiches. Guests should note that rooms in the hotel do not have en-suite bathrooms and toilet and shower facilities are shared, an arrangement that some guests have found unsatisfactory.
The shower arrangements might not be to everyone's taste, but all guests will be pleased with the location. There is so much to see just a short walk from the hotel. Just 10 minutes away you will find Buckingham Palace, the London residence of the monarch since Victorian times. You can tour the house when the Queen is away at her Balmoral estate, but this is only possible for two months of the year; however you can still watch the Changing of the Guards ceremony if you arrive out of season, which takes place daily. Nearby you will find Westminster Abbey, the site of coronations since the 8th century and the church where Prince Charles and Princess Diana had their fairy-tale nuptials in 1981. The Houses of Parliament is just a few minutes from the abbey, the seat of the UK's government since the Middle Ages. You can tour parts of the building where life-changing decisions are made daily and next door you can see Big Ben clock tower, one of the most iconic sights in the city. Westminster Cathedral, a cross shaped, working church is the seat of the Catholic church and you can still attend mass here in the very ornate building.
Once you’ve taken in all the history you can handle, you can visit the London Eye for stunning panoramic views, as long as you visit on a clear day. You can also take a speedboat down the River Thames for an adrenaline rush after the London Eye's crawling rotation. Culture vultures are close enough to both the Tate Britain and Tate Modern galleries that they can go from Old Masters' to Modernism in a day and in nearby Hyde Park, just ten minutes from the hotel, you will find The Serpentine Gallery with its artist designed Pavilion in summer months. Victoria is also the gateway to London's Theatreland district, with mega musicals showing at the Apollo Victoria and the Victoria Palace theatres just outside the station.
Shopping enthusiasts can splash their cash in the exclusive shops of Mayfair, Knightsbridge and Belgravia, including the world-renowned stores such as Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Fortnum and Mason and Poilane bakery, where some international customers ask for their bread to be delivered by private jet!
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 Olympic House Hotel may be a little rough around the edges, but for those who won't be spending much time in the hotel, and with so much to see and do, it's unlikely you will). Some guests have reported that facilities in the room were broken or missing, so it is best to do a quick inventory on arrival, and for the best experience ask for a room away from the shared bathrooms, which can be noisy. All in all, a very reasonable place to stay in a fantastic location, but there are some better appointed hotels nearby for not much more money, s some shopping around is advised before you book.