Sunday, August 11, 2019

London Hotel

We stayed at this hotel in outer Greenwich, that is south of North Greenwich. It was a bit in the middle of nowhere. We had booked four nights, but due to our flight changes, we had to add an extra night. The extra night cost half what the earlier booked nights cost. I am thinking that the hotel tried in advance to take advantage of extra accommodation being needed for Wimbledon and other international sporting events and only mugs like us booked way ahead and paid a premium price. It was one of two suggested hotels by our tour company and I think it is was all about ease of getting into and out of London. The other was in Greenwich itself but for some reason we did not see it listed at the time we booked. Its location at Greenwich Station would have been much more convenient.

Our room was large enough and the beds nice. But there was only one chair and almost no clothes hanging space. Thank goodness it had air con, but it was a case of freezing me in bed and after adjusting it, freezing R. The adjustment thermostat did not seem to work so we turned it off at times, only to wake up hot and turning it back on. I think I this was the only hotel where I took some photos inside. Unwell at the first hotel on the tour, I rather lost the desire to take photos.

Here are a few hotel photos and some of what could be seen from the hotel.

Actually this one is at Melbourne Airport. It shows the place where we often brunch in Centre Place, Melbourne. Where the man is sitting outside is where we usually sit. We were there on Friday and I showed the owner the photo on my phone and she was surprised and pleased. It is a  wonder she had not heard about it.


Slightly interesting modern building, from North Greenwich Station.



R likes to watch tv in his bed, so he always has the bed nearest the tv. In any Australian accommodation there will be a bar fridge, used by us to chill wine. We had not one in the UK, but you can get a free bucket of ice from machines at some hotels.


In almost any hotel now there will be a light doona with a cover. We usually remove the doona and sleep under the cover, as we did the first night. R, please write a note to staff and tell them not to put the doona back in the cover. They won't, he said. They did. The next day he wrote a note and the doonas disappeared not to reappear. Of course there they are called duvets.


The bathroom. Looks ok and mostly was but read my rant at the end of this post.


Colour. I think this was from our hotel.


The O2 building at North Greenwich, formerly known as the Millenium Dome. It is used for some sporting events, exhibitions and performances.


The chairlift is called the Emirates Air Line. Our friend in London, Marie, took us for a ride on the chairlift last time we were in London, and she is yet to know we did it again this visit.


This framework of a disused gasometer (they are called something different in England) is just beautiful. It is not the only one we saw and this one without tall buildings near it could be seen from many places. If you don't know, they were used to make gas for domestic and commercial use from coal.


Here is another view with the Thames behind.


More colour.


I think this building was near North Greenwich Station.


Near to the hotel were separate senior and junior schools with good facilities and with smartly uniformed, at a guess, immigrant students, or children of immigrants.


Not that far from the heart of London, but a little isolated. We were up top. The lifts drove us mad, inserting the card at least twice before the lift recognised us, and others I noted, with the doors taking forever to close and no door close button.


So, to bathroom rant. We have travelled a bit over the years, as you can see on the left hand side bar, and we have come across some weird and wonderful bathrooms. Some showers are so complicated to operate and certainly not just turning a hot and cold tap on. 

After a couple of days of our tour, I came up with my own shower rating system. 

1/ Safety. 

Not one hotel shower met this. Some were quite dangerous to use with nothing to hold when stepping into the bath and if there was it usually placed for getting in and out of the bath rather than the shower. If there was a glass screen it was never fixed and so unreliable to hold onto. Some bath surfaces were slippery. Most had a narrow based bath so you could not spread your legs apart for stability. We  were constantly warning each other to be careful. Not one hotel shower could be described as safe.

2/ Ease of turning the shower on and getting the temperature correct. 

All failed this too. Everyone wants to reinvent the wheel when two simple tap handles to turn the shower on is all that is needed. 

3/ Shower pleasure. 

Only one met this. There was a huge overhead shower head, along with a small hand held shower. R sang its praises but when I went to shower, only the small hand held shower would work. The next time I asked R, htf do you make the big shower head work? You have to move this lever at the back here, and he showed me. It was a pleasurable shower, but it too had failed on the safety aspect.

I will say more about R's sister's shower, but it met the first two categories and only failed the third for a minor reason.

Next post, our first day in London and we were out and about in Greenwich and what a nice day we had.

28 comments:

  1. Gasworks
    There is a famous one just outside st pancreas station which has been made into a green park

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    1. John, we weren't at St Pancras, but we were at Kings Cross and we didn't see it.

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  2. Love the colour and the gasworks.
    And a big sigh on the bathroom front. While it was expensive I am very, very grateful every time I use our now safe bathroom and I don't have to wonder whether this is the shower I break my hip (or worse) not enjoying. And I will freely admit that I had horrified thoughts for the poor ambo's when I considered the aftermath of such an accident.

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    1. EC, good to hear. A former friend's neighbour fell in the shower. Our friend and his partner got him out but he was dead on the arrival at hospital.

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  3. Andrew I know the hotel where yoy lived. My favourite are the colourful houses I always admire them.

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    1. Gosia, that is kewl that you know our hotel. I wonder what people live in the coloured houses.

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  4. I think I might worry about bugs, the human kind, where employees put cameras to watch people or see when they're out to steal, common hear. Well at least I seem to hear stories on the news about it all the time. But I don't travel or stay in hotels, so I don't know the truth of it. just the news. I would worry about bedbugs I think. A couple Albany motels are notorious for their bedbug problem. I tell my brother not to stay in one here, not that he would anyhow.

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    1. Strayer, like anyone would be interested in looking at you or me at our age? People our age don't steal. I know bedbugs are a problem, but in all of our travels over the years, we have not encountered them.

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  5. Welcome back, Andrew. I've only just noticed your two posts...sorry. I'm behind the times, I know! :)

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    1. Lee, I thought you hung on my every word. I am so sad.

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  6. The hotel looks nice. I am also very picky about the bath. I worry about Jack falling more than myself. One chair? No that wouldn't do! And no fridge? We must have one for Jack's insulin.
    Have not been to London in 25+ years. Time for another visit!

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    1. Maribeth, I never thought about insulin. I am selfish and just thought about our wine.

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  7. Geez, Greenwich seems to have changed a lot too, since I have been there the last time probably 20 years ago ! All these high buildings ! On my whole trip, I missed a kettle to prepare a tea or coffee, none not in Germany not in the other countries ! A fridge was there everywhere but once we had a bathroom WITHOUT door !! Only the toilet had a door ! Only showers in all hotels. Not a single bath tub !

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    1. Gattina, we had a kettle and tea and coffee in every place we stayed. Showers are better than a shower over a bath.

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  8. The gas building frame is beautiful and good that it's clearly visible and not encroached upon by taller buildings.I think staying at a hotel a distance from the CBD is a good idea. We have found prebooking accommodation a bit of a gamble too sometimes it works out really well sometimes not.

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    1. Cheryl, we stayed in the centre of London for one night after our tour, and I think it was a better area to stay. But oh the heat without aircon. You and I have all this knowledge about hotel bookings, but will we ever use the knowledge again?

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  9. I live in terror of those travelling showers too. Here I have full safety features and you get used to them. I hate the Irish showers, I call them teakettles on walls and I can never get the temp right.

    You pictures are very interesting. I will prob be in London in March but not for long.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, the showers were just awful. I can't remember Canadian showers or New York showers, so I think they must have been ok. So you will be going on to Ireland?

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  10. I don't understand either why everything has to be made "cooler" when simpler would be far more reliable. I'm glad it's not just me who can't figure out stuff like that.

    You captured some interesting buildings.

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    1. Jenny, we did eventually work out that most showers had a preset temp, and you just had to turn the water on. But not one was the same.

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  11. Showers when travelling are my bug bear too.

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    1. Diane, guessing your shower at home is pretty good.

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  12. I cannot remember the last time I stayed in a hotel that I really enjoyed.

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    1. Cro, having stayed in many in the last few weeks, I agree.

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  13. I like the Gasometer, think it would make a great support for growing vegetables that climb like beans, cucumbers etc. Enough to feed the homeless, with veggies on one side and espaliered fruits trees on the other.

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    1. River, quite so, and just for some sweet smell, some sweet peas.

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  14. Greenwich is the most fascinating part of the UK to explore... great choice by both of you! I loved the National Maritime Museum and the Queen's House. The boys loved the Royal Observatory.

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    1. Hels, the Observatory was great, as was the tour of the Cutty Sark.

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