You just can't beat the location for this hotel if you are culture vulture/ common tourist interested in the "must see" sights of London. First of all, it is easy walking distance from the St. James tube station. I emphasize easy because I was carrying a 40lb backpack, a camera bag, and a purse. Easy walk. Once at the hotel you are literally a stone's throw from Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the London Eye, and St. James park. For the other sights you still have options.
If you like to walk as we do, research the official walkways of London at www.walklondon.org.uk. Here you can download very good maps and audio guides. The original walkway, the Jubilee Walkway, was created in honor of the Queen's Silver Jubilee. There are now seven. Linked together and they connect all the major tourist sights in London through loops and luckily, the Sanctuary House Hotel is right near the most central loop.
If you would rather travel by water the hotel is right near the Westminster pier where river boats continually cruise up and down the River Thames, stopping at all the major sights. For a one time fee you can hop on and off all day. You can find schedules at www.citycruises.com. And BTW, if you want to get your sightseeing on early in the morning, the boats only start at 10am as of 3/21/12. London River Services (public transportation) also has boats ferrying people along the river and you can use your Oyster card for these boats. And please, do yourself a favor and refer to is as "the River Thames", not the "Thames River" and pronounce it like "Tems", rhyming with gems, not the "Thames", rhyming with "James". We saw a young American tourist in a London Pub survive a barrage of blank stares and dirty looks after a mispronunciation as well as a mismodifier. It was as if someone ripped the needle across the record.
If it is raining, take the tube. Hop into St. James Station, right near the hotel, buy an Oyster card at the light blue machine (make sure you have coin) and then throw some credit on it at the other machine (have your credit card). It is efficient, clean, and fast.
Our room was very clean and very modern. It was the nicest bathroom I've ever had in London. Service was excellent. Emails were responded to promptly and efficiently. They recommended a cab company to pick us up at the airport that was 10 GBP less than what I was quoted on the internet. The breakfast was very good, and the pub downstairs was super convenient. I have stayed in at least ten hotels in London. I paid fair quid for the last two and was very disappointed. I paid little quid for the others and was still disappointed. Fact is, you don't get much hotel for your money in London. This time however, I was not disappointed. Yes, it is fair quid but totally worth it in London. Trust me. But remember, this hotel caters to sightseers - not people who want to live in a neighborhood with a happening night life and pubs up and down the street.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of Westminster stands the Sanctuary House - our grand hotel and Ale & Pie pub that offers fine food, warm hospitality and top class accommodation. You’ll find all the comforts of home, from our beautifully-appointed bedrooms to Fuller’s proper pies and pints. All our stylish bedrooms are available with en suite bathrooms, flatscreen TVs and little luxuries to help you enjoy a special stay in Westminster. As a Fuller’s Ale & Pie House, we are famous for our fantastic homemade pies - an authentic taste of London. There's chef's specials too, and an ever-changing bar menu. One of the best hotels near Big Ben, the Sanctuary House is just a couple of minutes walk away. The most famous sight in Britain, virtually on our doorstep. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sanctuary Hotel London
- The Sanctuary Hotel