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Old Oct 7th, 2003, 04:21 AM
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Columbia Hotel-London

We are planning a girls trip to London in Feb. Does anyone know anything about the Columbia Hotel and also the weather for the beginning of Feb. Thanks
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Old Oct 7th, 2003, 07:15 AM
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There's a review of the Columbia on www.concierge.com that says the lobby has a grand staircase but the rooms are nothing much. They say room 112 is nice. It was once a US officers club. The place gets up & coming bands (in the bar I guess). It's near Hyde Park in Bayswater.

It will be cold & damp.
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Old Oct 7th, 2003, 07:25 AM
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I misread the review. I've copied it for you here

Columbia Hotel
Address: 95-99 Lancaster Gate
Phone: 44 (0) 20 74 02 00 21 From Insider Guide:
The 24-hour bar service might have been a factor in the Columbia being the hotel of choice for up-and-coming bands in recent years, but the reasonably priced rooms in this imposing white stucco hotel are a major draw for all types of guests. Other enticements are its central location (on the edge of Hyde Park); the affable staff; and the fact that a full English breakfast is included in room rates. This was once the American Officers Club in London, so nostalgic military types are just as likely to be fellow guests as musicians. And while the lobby with its sweeping staircase is rather impressive, the perfectly adequate rooms are rather less so. But try 116, which has bay windows and very high ceilings, or a room on the second floor with its own balcony.

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Old Oct 7th, 2003, 10:00 AM
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I stayed there several times when it was still the Officers' Club in London - the rooms were £7 double if you can believe it! but that was in the late 70's when a very nice hotel room in London was £15 to £20.

Have been back a few times - not to stay but just to have a drink for "old times sake".

The location is really great - directly across the street from Hyde Park and close to the Lancaster Gate tube station.

On Sunday mornings you can simply walk across Bayswater rd to the mile long art show and then end up at Speakers' Corner.

I tend to dislike the general Bayswater/Paddington area - but the Columbia is right on Bayswater RD and in the best part of that district.
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It is now April 2013. Do any of you have an update on this hotel? I understand the Union Jack Club is available to retired US military officers. Does anyone have any experience with the Union Jack Club?
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There are several recent reviews on tripadviosr:
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Rev...n_England.html
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