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by Joan Kiernan, New Zealand
"We would have no hesitation in recommending the Portland apartment, and we fully intend to use it again unless we decide that we need two bedrooms on our next trip to London - and if we do, we'll be booking another London Perfect apartment.
We found the apartment generally spacious and well appointed. The bedroom is small, but the kitchen/dining/living area is generous, and good storage space and the garden outlook offset the modest scale of the bedroom.
Although it was late in the year for us to actually use the garden very much, being able to have the doors open and not be overlooked in such a central city neighborhood was lovely. It was also very quiet at night.
We found the combined washer/dryer a bit of a pain (it takes FOREVER to actually dry anything), but that's the nature of the beast - one machine was never meant to carry out both functions.
We also loved the location. As former Londoners we were familiar with the area, but had never lived there before. It was a matter of minutes to the King's Road and the pub, dry cleaners, Waitrose etc, and a pleasant window-shopping ten mins or so to Sloane Sq station. We even walked home from Trafalgar Sq one night, but that might be a venture only for people who are used to pounding the London streets late at night!
Our only caveat would be to warn anybody with any mobility issues that the steps from the street to the apartment are pretty steep and narrow, but there are plenty to handholds so we didn't have any problem.
All in all, we would definitely recommend the Portland and we would certainly use it again.
Joan Kiernan, Queenstown 9348, New Zealand, New Zealand