Serviced Apartments Dolphin Square, London SW1V 3LX, England (Formerly Dolphin Square Hotel)
Certificate of Excellence 2017
The place to stay if you need space
Jul 28, 2017
Finally I have found somewhere to stay in London with space at a reasonable price .
The serviced apartments Dolphin Square are ideal for a family or couple staying in...
Finally I have found somewhere to stay in London with space at a reasonable price . The serviced apartments Dolphin Square are ideal for a family or couple staying in London for several days a more . There are a total of 1,250 apartments a portion of which are operated as a hotel . We stayed in a one bedroom with bedroom , living area , bathroom and separate kitchen . Plenty of space to leave two suitcases open in the living room . There is a restaurant , swimming pool and launderette on site . There is no air conditioning so on the few days that London is hot the only solution is a standing fan and open the window . The kitchen has a fire rated door on an automatic closer which means its claustrophobic and a bit hot when you’re cooking although there is an extractor fan . I assume the reason for the fire rated door is that the building does not have sprinklers .
Access is good 0.2 miles - 5 minutes’ walk to Pimlico Tube 3 minutes’ walk to Pimlico Academy and library bus stop B where you can take the number 24 to Victoria ,Westminster , Trafalgar Square , Leicester Square and on to Hamstead Heath a very useful bus route .
The neighbourhood is a London mixture of million pound flats and public housing . Walking distance to the Tate Britain . There is an excellent Italian deli Delizie D’Italia on Lupus
According to Wikipedia this is the history of Dolphin Square “ The Dolphin Square development is situated on the former works of the developer and builder Thomas Cubitt, who created the surrounding Pimlico district in the 19th-century. An Army clothing factory was built on the site after Cubitt's death, standing until 1933, when the leasehold on the site reverted to the Duke of Westminster. An American company, the Frederick French Corporation, bought the freehold for the site from the Duke, with plans to build a large residential development, Ormonde Court. The precarious financial situation of the Frederick French Corporation resulted in the sale of the site to Richard Rylands Costain (founder of the nascent Costain Group), who began construction on his own development in 1935. A. P. Herbert, "Dolphin Square", 1935 (illustrations by H. M. Bateman) described the Square as 'a city of 1,250 flats, each enjoying at the same time most of the advantages of the separate house and the big communal dwelling place'; the provision of a restaurant made him fear that 'fortunate wives will not have enough to do. A little drudgery is good for wives, perhaps. The Dolphin lady may be spoiled'. This promotional booklet was produced for Costains. On purchasing the site, Costain remarked to a colleague: ‘in two or three years we'll either drive up to this spot in a Rolls-Royce, or we'll be standing here selling matches’. Dolphin Square, as it was now known, was sold by Costains to Sir Maxwell Joseph who bought the complex in 1958 for £2.4 million, selling it to Lintang Investments in 1959 for £3.1 million. Westminster City Council bought the lease of the block for £4.5 million in the mid-1960s, and subsequently sub-let it to the Dolphin Square Trust, an effective housing association, which had been newly created for the purpose. In January 2006, the Dolphin Square Trust and Westminster City Council sold Dolphin Square to the American Westbrook Holdings group for £200 million. Accommodation is provided in 13 'houses' each named after a famous navigator or admiral. At the south (Thames) side of the Square the houses are Grenville, Drake, Raleigh and Hawkins. Moving from the river up the west side, there are Nelson, Howard, Beatty, and Duncan. A hotel and administration offices, situated at the north side of the Square, is in Dolphin House, previously known as Rodney. Heading south from the hotel there is Keyes, Hood, Collingwood and Frobisher. The estate contains a swimming pool, bar, brasserie (all of which were renovated in 2008), gymnasium, and shopping arcade. In the basement are a launderette and car park. A tennis court and croquet lawn overlook the River Thames.
The proximity of Dolphin Square to the Palace of Westminster and the headquarters of the intelligence agencies MI5 (Thames House) and MI6 (Vauxhall Cross) has attracted many politicians, peers, civil servants and intelligence agency personnel as residents. Politicians who have lived in the development include Harold Wilson, David Steel, William Hague, Estelle Morris, Beverley Hughes, Michael Mates, John Langford-Holt and Iain Mills. (Mills died in his flat in the square's Duncan House.) Other notable residents have included: comedians Ben Lyon and Bud Flanagan; actor Peter Finch; writer Radclyffe Hall; former Lord Chief Justice Lord Goddard; journalist Norman Cliff; Tennis writer Bud Collins.Australian tennis legend Rod Laver stayed here during the 1969 Wimbledon championships,and Anne, Princess Royal, Christine Keeler and Mandy Rice-Davies. John Vassall, the Soviet spy, was arrested at apartment 807 in the square's Hood House in 1962. Oswald Mosley and his wife Diana Mitford, Lady Mosley, left their apartment at Dolphin Square for internment in 1940 during the Second World War. It provided a base for the Free French during World War II and number 308 Hood House was used by MI5 section B5(b) responsible for infiltrating agents into potentially subversive groups from 1924 to 1946. “”
Great facility in London, and compared to other London Hotel prices, it ticked all the boxes. Stayed in a 1 bedroom apartment. Very clean and spacious. Looks a bit dated...
Great facility in London, and compared to other London Hotel prices, it ticked all the boxes. Stayed in a 1 bedroom apartment. Very clean and spacious. Looks a bit dated but remember its history etc. Large bedroom, large sitting room, large bathroom and a tiny little kitchen area. Remember, its London so you will be out most of the time. Great for a cuppa. Swimming pool and fitness area looked great but we didn't have time to try. Spa treatments sounded great but wasn't open the days that we were there. Restaurant was good for breakfast and if its part of your deal, then it was excellent. Plenty of food to set you up for the day. 400m walk to Pimlico underground which is on the Victoria line so very convenient for all the main London locations. Reception staff are very helpful.
Lastminute.com do an offer of an overnight arabian spa. We used this offer for my sister's birthday. Beware when staying here even for one night as they take £25 from...
Lastminute.com do an offer of an overnight arabian spa. We used this offer for my sister's birthday. Beware when staying here even for one night as they take £25 from your card upon check in and tell you that it's a hold and you get it back when you check out. They also refuse to check you in until you give them your bank card. You don't get it back I'm still complaining. They are basicly taking out £25 from every person who checks in for nothing and because it's a top place in a top London location they are basicly committing fraud. I have never heard of a hotel which demands £25 as a hold when everything is prepaid. Don't go here nothing but trouble.
Our one bedroom apartment was spacious and immaculately clean. Housekeeping staff did an excellent job maintaining the room during our stay. The kitchen was well appointed with everything you would...
Our one bedroom apartment was spacious and immaculately clean. Housekeeping staff did an excellent job maintaining the room during our stay. The kitchen was well appointed with everything you would need for light cooking. As we stayed 11 days with our young daughter in tow, it was very handy to have use of the free laundry facilities, and a pool and sauna to unwind after a long day of sightseeing. Front desk staff were extremely friendly, helpful and efficient, and knowledgeable about the surrounding area. The location of the property is ideal for walking to local sights in central London or catching a bus/tube to other areas. A variety of grocery and corner stores are close by, as is a branch of the local public library, which we used often. The entire property felt very safe and secure -- in fact the whole Pimlico area is very quiet and residential -- a nice reprieve from an otherwise bustling city. If we ever visit London again this would be our top choice for a place to stay -- a home away from home.
This is a good hotel. Check-in was very speedy, efficient and friendly. Our room was a one bedroom apartment with bedroom, living room with small kitchenette and bathroom. Everything was...
This is a good hotel. Check-in was very speedy, efficient and friendly. Our room was a one bedroom apartment with bedroom, living room with small kitchenette and bathroom. Everything was in good condition and worked well, but some of the fittings could do with upgrading such as wardrobes and tables. Bed was very comfortable and hotel was very quiet at night. The hotel has some pleasant gardens in its grounds. It is 5 minutes brisk walk from Pimlico tube station. In general, very pleasant.
Two negatives: there was no air-conditioning, and I guess in summer rooms may get too warm. Room was rather warm during our stay and outside weather was just cloudy. Secondly, in order to get wifi we needed a code from reception and this was renewed every day, sometimes twice a day, and we had to call reception to get it. This is a crazy system. A single code for a room for the duration of the stay would be better.
Didn't have breakfast or eat there, so can't comment on that,