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Situated along the very elegant Belgrave Road, The Victor Hotel, a budget establishment in Victoria, central London and the West end, offers guests a chance to experience the old-world refinement of Belgravia and the excitement of the vibrant area surrounding Victoria Station. Housed in one of the historic, Georgian town houses, which line the streets of the area, The Victor Hotel offers affordable rates and a superb location, definitely worth considering for your visit.
The hotel's 20 guest rooms are available in Single, Double and Triple sizes, to cater for guests arriving on business, leisure or with their families. These are decorated in a tasteful, modern style, with comfortable furnishings and quality fittings, including a colour TV, tea and coffee making facilities, en-suite facilities and direct-dial telephones. Previous guests have been pleasantly surprised at the spaciousness of the rooms and free Wi-Fi is also available, a real plus, as some four and five star hotels charge for this service. Staff are reportedly friendly and helpful, allowing guests to leave their luggage after check out and attending to any queries with a smile. A continental breakfast is included in the room rate, but guests have said the selection is uninspiring. There are some very decadent cafes nearby, such as Patisserie Valerie, so if you grow tired of cereal and toast you can treat yourself to something tastier.
The rooms may be on the basic side, but the hotel's location is second to none. Staying in Victoria gives you the advantage of having all of London's most recognisable sights and attractions on your doorstep. From the hotel you can walk to Buckingham Palace, the Queen's official London residence, which is open for tours for two months of the year and has the Changing of the Guards ceremony daily, always fascinating to watch, not least for the guard's curious hats. You can visit the political centre of the UK at The Houses of Parliament, which are open for touring, where you can learn about the great and not so great men, and Margaret Thatcher, who have helped to shape the country. Attached to the Houses of Parliament is the Big Ben clock tower, voted London's most Iconic Film Location after its star turn in thriller The 39 Steps. The Prime Minister's residence is also located nearby in 10 Downing Street, a heavily guarded location, which you can't tour, but you can have your picture taken with the policemen on duty and you may spot the Prime Minister's cat Larry going for a stroll. London's most recent iconic landmark, the London Eye is situated along the Thames waterfront where you can see panoramic views of the city and after you can take a speedboat ride down the river if you wish.
Those who want to experience London's cultural delights are situated close enough to both the Tate Britain and the Tate Modern to view both in a day. The Serpentine Gallery is also located nearby in the heart of Hyde Park, London's largest green space. Theatre buffs can easily reach London's Theatreland district, with the Apollo Victoria, Victoria Palace Theatre, the Royal Court Theatre and the Pigalle just down the road from the hotel, showing a range of mega musicals, cabaret, comedy and drama. Evening meals are not catered for at the hotel, but there are some remarkable eateries nearby, so you will be spoilt for choice. You can head to the Boisdale cigar and jazz club for filling Scottish fare and some very fine whiskies. Grumbles is a popular local institution, with surprisingly reasonable prices and Seafresh Restaurant is an upmarket take on a British favourite, the fish and chip shop.
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 Victor Hotel is in the upper echelons of budget accommodation, it may be basic, but guests have left satisfied and returned to stay again, this could be to do with the cheerful staff and the comfortable rooms, but it is undeniably swayed by the combination of affordable room rates and a convenient location. If you choose to stay here, guests with mobility issues should note that there is no lift in the hotel, so you may wish to request a room on the ground floor. Quieter rooms tend to be on top floor, but the area is renowned for its peaceful atmosphere, so noise shouldn't disturb you too much during your stay.