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Away from the traffic noise and late night revellers of London, The Wellington Hotel offers very reasonable accommodation in a peaceful, green area of London. Overlooking Vincent Square in Westminster, where cricket is played in the summer months very close to Victoria, the hotel is housed in an elegant red brick building and offers very reasonable room rates for those who want to stay in a central location without going over their budget.
The hotel's guest rooms are well appointed and tastefully decorated in a traditional style, with a rich colour palette that complements the historical surroundings. Rooms range from Single to Family size, to accommodate all guests, whether visiting on business or leisure.
Guests should note that bathrooms and showers are shared, but rooms include a wash basin and a range of amenities including a hair dryer, ironing facilities, direct-dial phone and a colour TV, everything you need for a short stay. Guests have spoken favurably about the rooms atating that they are clean and comfortable and the continental breakfast included in the room rate has also been praised for its choice and quality, although if you do want something a bit more substantial, for an extra fee you can indulge in a full English fry up.
The hotel doesn't cater for evening meals, but nearby you will find a huge selection of restaurants, cafes and eateries, from fast food outlets like McDonalds, to chain restaurants Ask! Pasta and Pizza Express, to exotic Middle Eastern and Malaysian fare at Kazan and Mekong, to The Vincent Rooms, a curious restaurant where students from nearby Westminster Kingsway College do the cooking and it turns out they're rather good at it.
The hotel is also in a stunning location from which to explore the city, where it is no exxageration to say that all of London's most renowned sights and attractions are just a short walk away. From the hotel you are no more than a ten minute walk from Buckingham Palace, where you can tour the Queen's residence and watch the Changing of the Guards ceremony; The Houses of Parliament, the seat of the UK's government, which you can tour to see where life changing decisions are made every day; Westminster Abbey, which dates back to the 8th century and is the site of many royal weddings and coronations, incuding the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's recent nuptials; Big Ben clock tower, one of London's most iconic buildings, which has a light at the top, requested by Queen Victoria to be lit when government met, so she could see from Buckingham Palace if they were working hard enough; and Westminster Cathedral, a very ornate, cross-shaped building, which is the seat of the Catholic Church in Britain. If you wish you can also walk to 10 Downing Street, home of the Prime Minister. The guards won't let you through the gates, but you can have a picture taken with the policemen outside and you might spot the head of state's cat Larry stalking around outside.
If you are travelling with kids, they will enjoy the London Eye, which offers panoramic views of the city, or you can take a speedboat ride down the River Thames. Culture vultures are close enough to the Tate Briatin and Tate Modern galleries to visit both in one day and theatre buffs are just a hop, skip and jump to Theatreland, with mega musicals showing at the Apollo Victoria and Victoria Palace Theatre just outside the station.
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!
This hotel may have fairly basic rooms, but The Wellington's charming atmosphere, with floorboards and wonky corridors have won many guests over, although the affordable prices have definitely helped to make this a popular choice. Unfortunately, the hotel's historic building was built before lifts were a possibility, so guests with mobility problems should request a room on the ground floor. Rooms near the shared bathrooms also tend to be quite noisy, so at check in ask not to be placed there.
Food menu available in the reception lobby
Conference & Banqueting
Safe at Reception
Internet access in the lobby computer