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Stay Central, Bang For Buck, Zone 1

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

Apartment, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath (Sleeps 4)

London’s official centre! We’re located between two completely contrasting neighbourhoods: The busy Edgware Road, where you can get the freshest, best kebabs at any time of night or shop for bargain fruit and veg, at a real London street Market and sample real street food (as opposed to expensive Hipster Street food). Walk in the opposite direction and you’ll find: Little Venice prettily perched on Regents Canal (and part of a wonderful canal walk). Little Venice is home to London’s chattering classes. As well as being very pretty you’ll find the best, most exotic fruit and veg shop I’ve ever seen, one of London’s oldest (and finest) wine merchants as wells as cafes, organic butchers & grocers and little boutiques. This place is a wonderful crossroads and a great place to explore London from for the curious.

Landing in London

This place is pretty convenient from wherever you land in London. Paddington is a twenty minute walk away, or super quick bus ride. So perfect is you arrive from Heathrow or have been visiting Bristol, Oxford, Cornwall (etc). If you come from Stansted or Luton get off at Marble Arch or Baker street, and it’s a very very short bus/underground ride. King’s Cross/St. Pancreas also a short ride away on the underground (Eurostar) as is Victoria (Gatwick).

Underground, Bus or even Bike!

I think a real plus point is that there is an Oysterbike stand literally 2 minutes from the flat, which means you can travel for free by bike round central London! (Oyster bike stands are only found in the centre). 3 mins away are a couple of bus stops with many, many bus routes, also a cheap way to travel though not free! But if you want to spend top dollar on your transport, but admittedly get there faster then there are 3 tube station nearby the nearest is 8 mins walk away the furthest 15, and you have 4 lines to take far and wide.

For Iconic London?

There are so many ‘must see/must do things’ - but just to get your bearings... Regents Park is 15 minutes walk away and Hyde Park/Marble Arch are a good 25 mins by foot. You could be in Baker Street in about 15-20 mins and the same for Notting Hill, home of the movie, the carnival and Portobello Road. For most of the major galleries I think you’d be there is 20-30 minutes and if you want to explore East London it will take a bit Longer. Considering London is such a great vast city (with 6 travel Zones) - you have everything on your doorstep.

About me?

I’m a Londoner born and bred and I still love exploring this city: Coffee, food, cocktails and a fancy glass of wine are my weaknesses. So if that is your thing, I am truly and oasis of information!

More Details

Owner
Owner / Property manager
Member since: 2017
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 15, 2017

Amenities

Maida Vale Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4

Reviews

4.4/5 -
(5 traveler reviews)

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Stay Central, Bang For Buck, Zone 1
average rating of 4.4 based on 5 reviews
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Very nice host, but the place needs a lot of work

  • 2 of 5

This place would be ok in a pinch, for a long stay or if you have children I would look elsewhere. Very nice host, but the place is really run down and about 30-50 minutes from attractions. Definitely not recommended if you plan to sleep in given the noise. This is the review I wish I had seen when considering my three-day stay here:

Positives:

The host was very nice and kind, she took the time to compose several emails with helpful check in and tourism information. The host let us check in early even though she did not have to.

Clean toilet, tub, and floors

Washing machine available (it is supposed to dry too but we still had to hang everything on the radiators to finish drying)

Negatives:

Awful mattress, similar to a camping bag, but worse: it has plugs sticking up on the top that dig into ribs. We removed sheets when leaving, and discovered blood stains on mattress.

At 8am construction next door begins with power and drilling tools. However, not before the neighbors wake up at 6am. The walls are so thin that you can hear the child running, the cabinets opening and closing, and the faucets running; after they use the faucets, you get the most annoying drip sound in the bedroom.

The money we saved in hotels we spent on Uber rides/transit getting to the main attractions. It would have been smarter to book a more expensive place closer to the central locations we were going to.

Rust on bathroom tub, right around the faucet. Tetanus risk there.

Flush button on bathroom toilet is broken, also a hazard.

Bed Sheets are stained, though we know they had been washed.

Dirty toilet paper left on bathroom trash from previous guests. Cleaning supplies left out in bathroom

Couch has sweat stains. Kitchen chair pads are also stained.

Black dust around window panels, food in fridge, gunk in freezer, dirty microwave with red/brown food particles inside, smudges on fridge and microwave surfaces.

Carpet on doorway is extremely dirty

All blinds are too short for the windows, so they never fully close. The blinds boards themselves are misaligned.

Missing a kitchen cabinet door which leaves contents exposed, looks like it was ripped off

Living room table has bubbles from heat or water damage

Bathroom cabinet door does not close all the way, same with closet doors. All other doors don’t open all the way and must be kept open with stoppers.

Tried to make tea, appliances were old and not really clean, so we ended up not using the kitchen at all.

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I have been running this as a holiday home for over 5 years and have had many repeat bookings and recommendations from guests: I almost consistently get good reviews. I was a little shocked by this review, and saddened as I am new to VRBO and only have a few reviews here; on other sites I have well over 100 good reviews. So, I will try and answer some main points as fairly as I can: The flat is located in Zone 1 - London had 6 zones and is vast. Wherever you are in the central zone you will still be sometimes at least 30 minutes away from some attractions, but London has excellent public transport and there is no need to get an Uber anywhere, and if anything it take longer by car than by metro/underground. There is no caperting in the flat at all, just door mat to wipe your feet as you come in. There are no sweat stains on the couch cover (its new) or blood stains on the mattress. It is a Japanese style mattress, and I've never had complaints of things sticking into you. The washing machine is new and high end, I've never had any complaints about it. There was a little rust on the bath tub, I did not consider the rust to be a tetanus risk, it has been rectified. There is no door ripped off in the kitchen, simply shelving under the counter. All doors have stopper to keep them open as I think the flat looks nicer with the doors open. It is UK health and fire regulations to have doors that swing shut, so to keep them open you must have stoppers. I try to keep the flat very clean and am happy to deal with any complaints during a stay. There was some building work going on during their stay, which was unfortunate - but aside from this the flat is quite. The construction will end Nov 17. I think the flat is very true to the photos, and often guests say so. I really try and create a wonderful stay for guests, and go above and beyond: I send updated recommendations of where to go, what to eat and drink and try and give guests a window into "An insider's London". I give detailed advice about the transport system, how to get to and from airports. I think a holiday is a special time and it's important to feel happy, comfortable and welcomed. I'm so sad this didn't work out with this guest, but feel confident to say most people really appreciate what I try and do for them and are very happy at my place.
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5

Central, value for money, reliable and helpful host

  • 5 of 5

Ewa was very nice and sent us a lot of helpful information prior to our trip. The place was very well located, near the underground and main buses. The apartment is on the ground floor with easy access. The area felt secure and really near buses and underground. During our stay in London we visited the Harry Potter Studios in Watford, the apartment is also very near the overground metro so it was really convenient!! Great value for money!

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Value for money, central, reliable and helpful host

  • 5 of 5

Landlady was very nice and sent us a lot of helpful information prior to our trip. The place was very well located, near the underground and main buses. The apartment is on the ground floor with easy access. The area felt secure and really near buses and underground. During our stay in London we visited the Harry Potter Studios in Watford, the apartment is also very near the overground metro so it was really convenient!! Great value for money!

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Nice and quiet. Great host!

  • 5 of 5

Really nice, quiet apartment. Very peaceful. The host Jasmin sent me tips on local eateries, which was like an insider's guide and was great. This place is close to the center and you can walk to Oxford Street and Hyde park in 20 minutes. Good public transport from here as well. Loved the neighborhood, food/restaurants very reasonably priced (for London!) Would come again for sure!

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Walk to bus and tube, apartment in ambient neighborhood

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I attended five plays in the West End and visited Tate Modern,

Tate Brittain, the National Gallery, the British Museum plus visiting Harrods, Selfridges from this apartment. We shopped at the local Church street Market for supplies to eat late suppers in. We also entertained an overnight guest. Restaurants in the area are ethnically diverse and modestly priced. The apartment is in a vintage building and there are some ways that it is not up to Holiday Inn. The hostess was gracious and helpful. We would definitely return should we return to London.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.