Royal National

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Our Opinion
A basic hotel offering good value for what you pay. Lots of tour operators (Contiki, Globus, etc) us this hotel as the starting point for their tours, as a result this hotel is very busy, especially in the morning and evening when many tours start and end. Lots of triple rooms (3 single beds) available. Bank machine and foreign exchange available in the lobby.

Overview
This hotel is ideally located in the heart of London, next to some of the city's greatest attractions. Visit the British Museum, go shopping on Oxford Street or take advantage of the many pubs and restaurants in Soho. The hotel's 1630 simple and comfortable rooms are mostly furnished with twin beds and offer a coffee/tea tray. The property provides many services including three bars, three restaurants (one buffet-style), a coffee shop, a bar open daily until 2 AM and a souvenir shop. It also offers private parking (fee) as well as a health centre (fee) with a pool, sauna and whirlpool. A safety deposit box is available at the reception for a fee. An excellent value in terms of quality and price.

Location: British Museum, Oxford Street, Soho.
Subway: Russell Square

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • 695baraks :
Disappointing!!

I’m not writing reviews usually, but this time I had to.First of all, the room... very small room for couple (only one nightstand).Loud non stopping humming from outside the window, even when it closed.The best part, is the breakfast, I don’t know if it’s a new thing, because it’s the first time that I see that I need to add £5 for an egg.I payed for B&B , there is nowhere saying it’s B&B + 5£.It’s not the issue of the money, it’s just I never had to pay for breakfast when breakfast is already payed!If I’ll back again to this hotel or recommend it to anyone? Well, of course not!!This hotel got from me 2 stars - only because the staff is very kind, and the hotel is very close to the Russel square station!Very disappointing experience...

  • Daphne K :
Nice Hotel!

I went with my friend to this hotel and it was great if you're not expected to much then it is a great hotel.. we are not people that want a super huge breakfast and a luxe hotelroom but this was nice.. when we arrived in our room it was a little bit warm but we opened our window and it was cooler.. because we went at the end of december it was a little bit cold but sometimes we left without our jacket because the weather was so nice. we saw the fireworks on 31 december and it was amazing ! next week we are going for the second time to londen and to the royal national. i hope that is just like last time and i choose for this hotel again because it was so nice!

  • Auntytracy : Ipswich, United Kingdom
Cheep, clean but noisy

The Royal National is a huge hotel spread over two blocks, north and south, set around a central courtyard. With seven floors there are thousands of rooms so this is a busy hotel popular with coach trips and student groups. There are a couple of restaurants and bars on site, everything cheap and basic.My double room overlooked Bedford Way, which is relatively quiet but the window was single glazed and poorly maintained which meant the room was still noisy. The room was clean and simple. Mirror and dressing table with hairdryer, wardrobe, bed and bathroom. The towels were clean if a bit rough and the shower hot. The bed was really uncomfortable, the mattress felt very old. If you want somewhere cheap to stay and don't intend spending much time relaxing in the hotel this place could be a good bargain, if you get the right room. Despite its size staff were helpful and security always present so i felt quite safe staying here as a single traveller.

  • Minnie_the_Fiddle : Northumberland, United Kingdom
Large group visit

Stayed for two nights with a student group. This hotel is massive! The room was comfortable and very clean and the en-suite was in good order with plenty of hot water and intuitive control of the shower. The shaver socket didn’t work, but an efficient gent arrived and replaced it very quickly after we reported the fault. All the members of our group were required to give a £20 cash behaviour deposit which would be returned providing there were no complaints about our group. If there were complaints then we would all have lost our deposits. This might seem heavy handed, but in such a large hotel it is understandable and is actually pretty effective as all the students behaved well. Unfortunately that did not ensure a totally restful night as my room looked into the central courtyard and there were some people sitting outside at the tables who were not being quiet. I did sleep well the second night though. We had full English breakfast included and this was pretty reasonable considering the huge numbers of people at breakfast. I was a bit disappointed that there were no croissants, just bread rolls or toast, but otherwise it was standard fare and the bacon was not fatty!This hotel is very good value for Central London and is within walking distance of a large number of visitor attractions, the closest being the British Museum which is just along the road and round the corner. Russel Square tube station is very close.If you are visiting London on a budget, then this is recommended. Needless to say, we all got our £20 notes back on checking out.

  • Lynettesng : Singapore, Singapore
Good location

Stayed at the hotel for 2 nights (15 sept and 27 sept). We found the room stuffy. Room facilities are very basic so don’t expect too much. You get what you pay for after all.Accessibility is good. Within walking distance from Russell Street tube station and British Museum. Convenience stores like Tesco also avail nearby. Contiki basement also located within the hotel, which was why we chose to stay at this hotel for convenience’s sake. Wouldn’t mind staying here again if we do book another Contiki trip in future. Nothing to rave about, but nothing much to complain either.

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  • Round-trip flight in Economy Class 
  • 7 consecutive nights
  • Continental breakfast included daily
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  • 3 restaurants (one buffet-style) 
  • 3 bars (1 bar open daily until 2am)
  • Coffee shop 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • Souvenir shop
  • Health centre (fee) with pool, sauna & whirlpool
  • Safety deposit box at reception (fee)
  • Wheelchair accessible rooms
  • Metered street parking or nearby public parking (fee)
Hotel Room includes:
  • Most with twin beds
  • Colour TV
  • Telephone
  • Coffee/ tea tray
  • Bathroom with bath and/or shower & toilet
Bonus - Enjoy a 2 for 1 dinner at Saracen's Carvery Restaurant located at the President Hotel (valid once per stay).

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  • Royal National
    London,United Kingdom

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Royal National Hotel
38-51 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0DG England

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