The apartment is a in a good location and it was just a minute away from Borough Station.
We walked to a lot of the top attractions - it was great to get around on foot.
The apartment is well equipped with everything you need and is beautifully decorated. The bed was super comfy. We also enjoyed the nearby pubs!
Would definitely stay here again
I booked this apartment some while ago and then read a somewhat nasty review left by someone who went there shortly before I did. I admit I was worried about what the place would be like but I can only assume the previous renter is either a serial complainer or fussy beyond belief and doesn’t understand what accommodation is like in other countries.
The flat was spotless, nothing was broken and there was everything there that one needed for a comfortable stay in the center of London. Was it in a swanky part of the city...? Er, no, but then I wouldn’t expect it to be for what it cost and I knew that before I arrived because I know how to look at a map. Yes, the building and surrounding area was old but most of London is, that’s what draws people to visit, it’s sense of history. Everything, simply Everything was on hand. So many tourist attractions within a short walk it was hard to decide which way to go. And there was an underground station at the other end of the block if you wanted to go further afield. The ‘alley’ that was mentioned was in fact a road. With a pavement and cars and lampposts on it. Jack the Ripper was nowhere to be seen and at no time did I or my partner feel in danger.
The flat owner, Janet, couldn’t have been nicer, and I felt a bit bad for her that someone seemed intent on harming her business without reason.
I’m glad that I read the previous reviews and decided to have faith in those that recommended it as a good rental accommodation. I would definitely rebook in the future.
We arrived at the apartment at 4:30 in the afternoon on day of check in. What is described as “ Gorgeous 1 bed apartment in Fab location” was not the case. The apartment in reality was very poorly maintained with open holes in the walls with exposed piping in the kitchen, appliances missing face plates, broken drawers in the freezer with left over items in the drawer.
The apartment which is supposed to be non smoking reeked of stale cigarettes of which my husband has allergies. In our attempt to open the windows one appeared to be stuck and we were fearful it would fall in on us when attempting to open fully.
The apartment was not clean and hair was on the toilet (sadly my husband disposed of it). Floors were dirty and living room sofa was hard as a rock and unkept.
The apartment is a fire hazard! You must turn 2 handles at once to get out of the stairwell. There is only one exit. The apartment is located off of an alleyway next to a subway station and not a “Fab” neighborhood. In fact due to the complexity of entering the building with 2 different locks, a digital code assessment and 2 knobs to turn at the same time, one could be at risk of being assaulted.
We made the decision ( as evening was approaching) to find alternative ( clean,sage,comfortable) accommodations. We left within 3 hours leaving the apartment as we had found it. We contacted Janet as soon as we had checked into a new accommodation. She was defensive implying we went into the wrong apartment and that my husband was essentially stupid for his concern about the window. She did offer to meet us 4-5 pm or on the day that we were scheduled to leave. Being on vacation we had tours scheduled etc.. Janet knowing we were dissatisfied contacted trip advisor. Trip advisor did contact us but their policies is a joke! Please read in full the fine print as dirt not covered, and although they contacted me on the day of check-in stated that the “guarantee” was void because we did not contact them.
So no refund but we chose to move on and not let the loss ruin our trip. Hopefully this review makes it to help others who choose to consider staying here or booking through TripAdvisor. I will attempt to post photos as well.
Great flat for sightseeing and just near the Borough Market. There are lots of restaurants and cafés all around, it's just a wonderful area. There's a bus stop directly in front of the building, and 2 underground stations within minutes walking. Traveling was very easy. Janet provides a lovely collection of information for her guests as well, this was so helpful. However, the flat itself is rather old and the bed is so uncomfortable! We found ourselves rolling to the middle of it all night, and after one night or so, my back hurt so much! There is quite a bit of street noise, although, we weren't bothered by this. I'd definitely stay in the same area again, but probably not in the same flat.