We had originally booked to stay in the hotel its self however as we got to the hotel they told us they were fully booked and we had to stay in their apartments a 10 minute walk with heavy bags, the first room stunk of dirty drains so we arranged for the hotel to move us. They then moved us to the highest room which was a hard walk with large bags but when we got up there the room was Baltic. I had to be up half 6am and its fair to say i was shattered in the morning because of the lack of sleep we all had due to how cold it was. Its fine for a over night stay but not for a long term stay.
I arrived late and they waited for me. This was good. My rooms were up a pretty steep flight of stairs, not fun with luggage, and you have to pick up the keys at a pub about ten minutes away (with luggage). The staf was nice. Cable didn't work and took DAYS to repair. The room was pretty clean. The shower was nice and the bed was comfortable. No sofa, but it turns out the sofa was the bed in the kitchen/living area. I was there two weeks, so a cleaning or at least access to cleaning supplies/equipment would have been nice. They tried to charge my visit about a week before I arrived, but they were very nice about getting that sorted for me. My apartment was at the front of the building and had one pronounced problem. It was summer, so of course you open the windows. which lets the flies in. It's near the rubbish bins out side, so you have flies no matter what you do. W-fi was good, and free. Plenty of room. Kitchen was equipped okay, but as another person mentioned, foil with burnt on food left in the oven. Overall, good. just a couple of glitches. Not on the tube line, but close to mainline train station, not far from buses, even near a library.
We booked this through "letsbook.com" in May. When I booked it said that they would not charge a booking deposit etc. I was booking it for August so it was some three months away. I was looking for an apartment for two adults and two teenagers. I was directed to a one bed apartment for maximum of four, (pull out bed) for the teenagers. Unfortunately when I booked although the company advertising said "no booking charge" that did not stop the hotel itself taking the FULL amount from my account. This has never happened to me before so guys beware, especially if you do not expect to pay in FULL for a holiday three months away. There did not seem to be any comeback for this so we let it lie. Also we were told it was 10 minute walk away from Alexandra Palace, it isn't it is about 45 minutes walk and transport is not that convenient to it either. When you get to the apartments you have to go to down to the pub to collect keys, this is some 10 minute walk away. You are given your keys and told to drop them into the letterbox at the apartment on the last day. The apartment was apartment F at the very top of steep stairs, definitely not wheelchair friendly. The apartment though clean and well stocked was TINY I mean it really would only be for two. When we got into bed we had to watch our heads at we would hit them off the sloping ceiling!! The girls slept outside on a pull out bed in the kitchen (!) but had to come into our bedroom to use the toilet..... disaster, as typical teenagers stayed up until all hours. Also no side lights in the bedrooms so I had to buy a torch to read in bed!!! We had to put towels on the windows to block out the light as there are only light blinds on same. The noise of the traffic is horrendous and you wrestle with a choice of noise or heat at night and first thing in the morning. Also outside the apartment was very unpalatable with rubbish left outside, especially from the indian restaurant. I think in a nutshell there was absolutely no comfort in staying in this apartment, and I do not think an apartment should be advertised for four when people have to come into your bedroom to use the bathroom facilities.
After free accommodation with a friend fell through we had to book a place ASAP as we were going to the O2 arena and our trains were booked for a weeks time. This seemed a reasonable price for London zone 2 for 3 nights through booking.com so we went for it.
When we arrived there was some mis-communication between the hotel you check in at and the person who owns the studios so we had to wait a while. The man at the hotel was apologetic and offered us a drink etc so this was okay. We arrived while the cleaner was finishing up and he really hadn't done a good job. A few hairs in the shower, a dirty floor and badly cleaned utensils. After we had given the whole place a good clean, bought some more washing up liquid and some hand soap for the bathroom it was fine. Sky tv, microwave worked, shower was good.
We didn't use the main oven but there was old foil with food stuck to it left inside and instructions to use this foil when using the oven. We would have had to buy tin foil if we had wanted to use the oven because it was quite disgusting.
Despite this the interior was modern and not damaged. The bed was extremely comfy with nice sheets.
Studio E was extremely small (we did book the 'small studio') but fine for 3 nights. If it had been clean the entire experience would have been good.
We went during the heat wave so struggled to keep the place cool with 2 of us in such a small space and no breeze outside. No idea if the heating worked if you were staying in winter but it seemed to have an adjustable temperature gauge.
If using the tube be prepared for a mile walk to the tube station. But there is a cost cutter near the tube to buy essentials from. I would recommend finding a bus map from one of the main stations when you arrive/scouting them out before you go.
Overall a fine experience. It was our fault for leaving it so late. Minor details and a major cleaning lapse let it down.
I recommend taking small amounts of cleaning products (mainly soap) to save buying them and we took our own towels which was a good idea as theirs were the usual one small towel each.
Not sure if we would stay again... Depends it we could find somewhere better if we were more organised.
We originally booked to stay at Beaconsfield hotel but after a mix up with our booking we were offered the apartments, and how glad were we!!!! We had 3 apartments, all were superb with excellent facilites. The apartments were clean, decorated to a high standard and even had sky t.v! We would defiitely recommend these apartments and would stay there again.