Pros

  • Homey, family-run property in a historic building
  • Quiet Pimlico neighborhood, a five-minute walk from Victoria Station
  • Classic guest rooms have air-conditioning, an iPod dock, and coffeemaker
  • Family Suites and spacious one-bedroom apartments are also available
  • An English breakfast is included in the room rate
  • Excellent brasserie on-site that uses local ingredients
  • Bar and computer station within the brasserie
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the property
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Cons

  • May be too far from the tourist sights for some visitors
  • We spotted some wear on furniture in guest rooms
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Bottom Line

There are 19 rooms at this upper-middle-range property that's only a five-minute walk from London’s Victoria Station. Those traveling by train will find it a convenient spot, but walks for some tourists may be long; Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey both take 20 minutes to reach on foot, though the tube is available at Victoria Station. Decor varies between all guest rooms, and has a classic look, while amenities include air-conditioning and iPod docking stations. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi and a free cooked breakfast, and there's an excellent brasserie on-site. For rooms that are closer to Hyde Park and the Museum Mile, it's worth comparing with the London Lodge Hotel, where rates are significantly lower though only a continental breakfast is available.

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Amenities

  • Cribs
  • Internet

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The Windermere Hotel

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Relaxed family-run property with plenty of character

Originally built in 1857 as two private homes, the Windermere Hotel is a family-run property with a personal and homey feel. A blend of traditional etchings and contemporary artwork is dotted throughout the hotel and gives the place it's charming, bright character. The small lobby has a relaxed and quirky feel, with a traditional brown leather chesterfield sofa with union flag pillows, a marble floor, and a crystal chandelier. The quiet vibe is welcome in busy London, and guests are welcome to take books from the library during their stay. The hotel is geared toward tourists, corporate guests, and families who want a laid-back but sophisticated place to stay. The property draws guests from around the world.

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Location

In quiet Pimlico neighborhood, a five-minute walk to Victoria Station and tube

The hotel is located on quiet corner lot in Pimlico, a five-minute walk from Victoria Station. It's a convenient spot for people who want to be close to a rail link, but want to feel like they're staying in a residential neighborhood. While the main tourist sights aren’t right at the property’s doorstep, many can be reached on foot and the closest tube station is at Victoria Station. It’s a 15-minute walk to the Saatchi Gallery, the Peter Jones department store, and the upscale shops and restaurants of Sloane Square. For those willing to walk a bit farther, it will take 20 minutes to reach Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Tate Britain, and Green Park. Heathrow International Airport is a 45-minute taxi or train/tube ride, while it takes 40 minutes to reach Gatwick Airport using public transport.

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Rooms

Classic, individually decorated rooms with air-conditioning and iPod docks

There are a wide range of room categories available at the Windermere Hotel -- Classic Single, Double, and Twin, Superior, Deluxe, Family (sleeping three), Family Suite, and also one-bedroom apartments which have a separate living room and kitchen. Each of the 19 guest rooms are individually decorated and have simple-but-elegant decor. The look is classic throughout, with striped or patterned curtains, carpeted floors, and color palettes that include softer shades of cream, mauve, green and gray. Some rooms have oak veneer furniture, while others -- like the Deluxe Double Room that we visited -- have dark wood furniture with antique lines. We did spot a bit of wear on some furniture. All rooms have free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, iPod docks, flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, safes, and coffeemakers. Bathrooms are modern and stylish, with simple white tiling and contemporary fixtures and fittings. Some have a bath but most just have a shower. Toiletries and a hairdryer are provided. 

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Features

Elegant brasserie open for dinner and a free daily breakfast

Room rates at the Windermere Hotel include a free daily English breakfast. This is served in the property’s Windermere Brasserie in the basement, which is a bright, homey space with eclectic artwork on the walls and comfortable brown leather seating. The brasserie is also open daily for dinner, and offers modern European cuisine using fresh ingredients from local suppliers. Room service is available from the brasserie during limited hours. There is also a bar within the restaurant that serves a wide range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. A computer station is available in the corner for guests to use. The hotel has free Wi-Fi throughout. An airport shuttle service can be arranged for a fee, and parking is also available for a daily charge.

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Oyster Hotel Review

The Windermere Hotel

Scene

Relaxed family-run property with plenty of character

Originally built in 1857 as two private homes, the Windermere Hotel is a family-run property with a personal and homey feel. A blend of traditional etchings and contemporary artwork is dotted throughout the hotel and gives the place it's charming, bright character. The small lobby has a relaxed and quirky feel, with a traditional brown leather chesterfield sofa with union flag pillows, a marble floor, and a crystal chandelier. The quiet vibe is welcome in busy London, and guests are welcome to take books from the library during their stay. The hotel is geared toward tourists, corporate guests, and families who want a laid-back but sophisticated place to stay. The property draws guests from around the world.

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Location

In quiet Pimlico neighborhood, a five-minute walk to Victoria Station and tube

The hotel is located on quiet corner lot in Pimlico, a five-minute walk from Victoria Station. It's a convenient spot for people who want to be close to a rail link, but want to feel like they're staying in a residential neighborhood. While the main tourist sights aren’t right at the property’s doorstep, many can be reached on foot and the closest tube station is at Victoria Station. It’s a 15-minute walk to the Saatchi Gallery, the Peter Jones department store, and the upscale shops and restaurants of Sloane Square. For those willing to walk a bit farther, it will take 20 minutes to reach Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Tate Britain, and Green Park. Heathrow International Airport is a 45-minute taxi or train/tube ride, while it takes 40 minutes to reach Gatwick Airport using public transport.

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Rooms

Classic, individually decorated rooms with air-conditioning and iPod docks

There are a wide range of room categories available at the Windermere Hotel -- Classic Single, Double, and Twin, Superior, Deluxe, Family (sleeping three), Family Suite, and also one-bedroom apartments which have a separate living room and kitchen. Each of the 19 guest rooms are individually decorated and have simple-but-elegant decor. The look is classic throughout, with striped or patterned curtains, carpeted floors, and color palettes that include softer shades of cream, mauve, green and gray. Some rooms have oak veneer furniture, while others -- like the Deluxe Double Room that we visited -- have dark wood furniture with antique lines. We did spot a bit of wear on some furniture. All rooms have free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, iPod docks, flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, safes, and coffeemakers. Bathrooms are modern and stylish, with simple white tiling and contemporary fixtures and fittings. Some have a bath but most just have a shower. Toiletries and a hairdryer are provided. 

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Features

Elegant brasserie open for dinner and a free daily breakfast

Room rates at the Windermere Hotel include a free daily English breakfast. This is served in the property’s Windermere Brasserie in the basement, which is a bright, homey space with eclectic artwork on the walls and comfortable brown leather seating. The brasserie is also open daily for dinner, and offers modern European cuisine using fresh ingredients from local suppliers. Room service is available from the brasserie during limited hours. There is also a bar within the restaurant that serves a wide range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. A computer station is available in the corner for guests to use. The hotel has free Wi-Fi throughout. An airport shuttle service can be arranged for a fee, and parking is also available for a daily charge.

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Amenities

  • Air Conditioner

  • Airport Transportation

  • Basic Television

  • Business Center

  • Cabanas

  • Cable

  • Concierge

  • Cribs

  • Dry Cleaning

  • Free Breakfast

  • Internet

  • Kids Allowed

  • Laundry

  • Room Service

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