Hotel advice

First timer after VLM info

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04/10/2011 at 21:33
I have just booked a hotel opposite Waterloo station. No deposit, pay on check in. Not a flash hotel by any means but a bed for the night.
04/10/2011 at 21:42
A question I have is, how far apart is Waterloo main and Waterloo East? Or is it the same station?
04/10/2011 at 21:54
Just across the road from each other - there is an escalator link from main concourse Waterloo station to Waterloo East.
04/10/2011 at 22:01
04/10/2011 at 22:08

A word of caution Steve, I can't imagine any decent hotel not requiring a deposit for the night before the london Marathon... if they've got rooms to spare for walk ins on one of the busiest nights in the calendar then they might not be that good! 

05/10/2011 at 07:58
Fair point but you should have seen the one I stopped in a last year. I plan to keep lookin though for something better
06/10/2011 at 09:28
Is it The Wellington?
06/10/2011 at 10:39
Can't think of the top of my head. Is that one to avoid?
06/10/2011 at 10:49
I should think it's ok.  It is a large pub right next door to Waterloo East station.  The rooms were refurbished a couple of years back.  I should imagine it might be a bit noisy though if you've a room at the front and of course the pub might be a bit of a temptation.....
06/10/2011 at 13:08
Ok thanks for that. Will have to check if It's that one when I get home
09/10/2011 at 19:34

I found a fantastic option for the marathon this year and will be staying at the same place again next year.

 There is a (small private) school called All Saints in Blackheath (almost ON the heath) where the parents operate a b&b system the night before the marathon.  You can stay for £40 b&b or £50 includes a pasta party the night before in the school hall.   It was fantastic, there was a choice of 5 homemade dishes along with various salads, cous cous, anything you want to drink and ample choice of deserts.  We really were waited on by some lovely people.

We ended up staying with the local vicar and his family (son went to the school). They were SO hospitable.  The minute we walked in they offered my hubby a beer and he sat watching the footie with the vicar!  They check in advance what you would like for breakfast and do their best to make you comfortable.

 I literally woke up at 7am hearing the helicopters overhead broadcasting on the local radio.  We were no more than 3 mins from Blackheath itself.

Also, for first timers, you put your posessions in a large red bag and meet them again at the finish so no need to worry aboutleaving them at the hotel. Hubby and I made sure we travelled lightly as he was trying to see me at various points around the course.

Anyway, the lady who deals with this is called Phillippa.  She can be contacted on /forum/smilies/tongue_out_smiley.gif[/img]hillippa@the]phillippa@the or 07950 038176 / 020 8852 2351.

 Hope this helps.

10/10/2011 at 19:18
ive booked a decent hotel and theres no mention of a deposit and £0 if i need to cancel upto 4pm the day before!!
10/10/2011 at 20:02
What hotel you booked?
10/10/2011 at 22:45
sorry yeah forgot to mention, one of the Radisson chain, the kenilworth if i remember right.
11/10/2011 at 22:17

After all the advice I've now booked (completely not where I intended!)

The holiday inn deals have now been published on the VLM website so I started to have a look into them.

I've now booked crowne plaza in docklands but NOT through the VLM deal. Rang up the hotel separately and got it £80 per room per night cheaper and didn't have to book two nights. The price still includes free cancellation up to 4 pm on day of check in and I have to say the guy on the reservation phone was fantastically helpful.

What I don't get is pasta the night before and a bus transfer on the morning but for an £80 saving I'm happy. Unless of course it's stunning pasta.

If anyone else does a similar route and ends up in the same hotel then dm me and we can share a taxi
15/10/2011 at 14:58
If this helps then great, Travelodge are opening an Hotel in Penge, SE London, that may be worth a look, will be cheap as outside London Central but 10 mins walk to station ( Clock House) 10 mins to Lewisham and walk to start. At finish 15 mins to Victoria, then 15 mins back to Kent House and 10 mins walk to Hotel. This is the route I use each year and trains are quiet for you and supporters, so hope to see you on platform on 22nd. Good Luck all  
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