Anyone heard of/used this charming "studio hotel" at 45 Grand Parade, as advertised on Pictures of England.com (Exploring the most Picturesque & Historic parts of England).
Looks quite nice, it also has a website
Oh wait, collect your keys from 657 Green lanes, N8 OQY which is our old friend Athena Palace
Is it legit do you think?
Well, back in October 657 was last heard of up for auction by the receivers but not sold for some reason. Has there been any more news on this? The headings of the Tripadvisor reviews (http://tinyurl.com/6hrka62) get progressively more entertaining, but there are none after November.
Tripadvisor has one review of 45 Grand Parade and that's in Italian (http://tinyurl.com/6lfdnse) and, when viewed in approximate translation via Babelfish, seems fairly positive about the area ("To 50 meters from the house a splendid Turkish furnace where found bread, salati, peasant and sweet many bonds to the lowest prices") if not entirely so about the room ("The washbasin is much little one").
I won't translate the whole thing but the review is pretty good, it says it's clean and well kept with hot water in the bathroom (but basin too small), helpful receptionist staff (which is however quite a distance away), wireless connection, good for saving money because of the presence of a kitchenette, and located in an interesting and well connected neighbourhood, etc.
Of course this may also be a bit relative and to be seen in context, as I hear a lot of young Italians who come to London to look for work end up in appalling accomodation initially.
I'm not sure if hotels have to be specifically licenced, do they?