Choose your room wisely
Posted Mar 11, 2017
We stayed at the Strand for 7 nights, Mar 3-9. The Strand Palace Hotel is a venerable hotel serving thousands of guests a week in a friendly, competent, and efficient manner. We stayed here about 13 years ago and it was worn out, threadbare and tired. But the hotel went through an extensive rehab in the past few years, and it shows. The lobby and dining options shine as do the staff, and the rooms are in great shape, are adequately sized with fairly modern conveniences. And the location can't be beat, right on the Strand, close to all the things you're looking for in a hotel. All that being said, the rooms along the front of the hotel, along the Strand, are noisy, with revelers, traffic noise and the occasional demonic siren from the police cars that are stationed right down the street. The first night we got there, Friday, the 3rd, the noise was especially harsh until about 4 AM, and I thought if that continued, I'd have to ask for another room, but after that first night, things quieted down, only being woken up once or twice a night. Commuting traffic starts around 7 AM and is steady until about 10 AM. I understand that the hotel releases these less desirable rooms to websites like Expedia because they aren't that pleasant or attractive, and Expedia puts them in packages to sell to thrifty travelers, but it would have been nice to get a full undisturbed night's sleep. So ask for a room in the back, the view from your window might not be that great but it will be quieter.