England

London: Z Hotel, Gloucester (Marylebone)

London has thousands of places to stay for almost any budget.  You can stay at a hostel, an AirBnb, a boutique hotel, or a high end, name brand hotel.  I chose the Z Hotel because it was a smaller, boutique hotel chain, and the Gloucester location was ideal.  It was close to the Marylebone and Marble Arch area, and it was close to the bus and underground stops.  Plus, it was affordable, about 129 pounds a night (which came out to $1100 for 6 nights).

The hotel was configured a bit odd.  The Z Hotel bought up a bunch of the Victorian homes off Gloucester Place, so the reception was located at 51 Gloucester.  My room was about 2 minutes away at 23 Gloucester, which was fine unless I needed something.  Then, I’d have to walk to 51 or use the “intercom” to get a hold of a staff member. There’s no phone in the room.

Another “odd” thing about the Z Hotel is they have rooms with NO window.  When I discovered my standard room came without a window, I paid 60 pounds more for a room WITH a window.  Unfortunately, I forgot to ask for a window with a STREET view, as I found out my Queen Room with a window was this:

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Aside from the skylight, the room was actually not bad.  It was a basic room with a comfortable bed, a flatscreen tv with YouTube, Sky TV, and browser. Even the bathroom was a bit “odd” as the room was made out of glass, although not completely see-through.

They provided a kettle with tea, coffee and chocolate, USB connection, fast wi-fi, and even a fresh bottle of water.  Overall, I really can’t find fault here, but Stephen missed having a chair to sit on, and a proper table to lay out his stuff.