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OverviewThis 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.
Blooms is an independent cafe that is part of the hotel but can be accessed without going in. A good smart way to meet up friends in Bloomsbury without breaking tje bank where you can stay for hours without being made to feel unwelcome. They have a simple menu but it is sufficient and the pizzas may not be gourmet quality but seem clean and perfectly edible. The hotel has a bar inside behind its reception which is again a good place to have uninterrupted conversations. I have been to their Indian restaurant and even had a birthday there many years ago but a friend went there recently and saw at least 2 mice rushing around :( :(
A pleasant 2 night stay at this hotel. Quite a large, busy hotel catering for tourists from many countries. The hotel has a good vibe and a casual atmosphere. The housekeeping is very good within the bedrooms and communal areas. Our bathroom was bright, modern and spotless clean. The breakfast was adeqaute, however the dining room is a bit like a canteen. The beds were a little hard for me and the rooms would benefit from some net curtain or similiar. However my overall stay was enjoyable.
Ok so for the price and location, maybe I shouldn't grumble. Had it only been one or two things, maybe so.I will start with the bathroom. Why have a shower when the shower does not work? At least the bath worked. Only thing with the bath is beware of the hot tap - the water is absolutely scaldingly boilingly hot straight away. Plenty of cold water required. Bath towel.....was that a bath towel? It would have suited my 6 year old niece but an average adult? No. It was far too small. Toilet continued to drip most of the time.The bed was ok. Not great but did it's job.Not that I was at the hotel to watch TV but there was no logic to the TV channels.
When booking, I wrote an e-mail to the hotel, asking for a confirmation that a family room would have sufficient bedding for my two children (plus me and my wife). The reason for asking this, was that there was no place where I could register the number of kids when making the booking. I got a confirmation that my booking was ok, but upon arrival I was told that a "family room" is for three persons.After discussing this with the receptionist and waiting for a long time, i finally was told that he had no authority to do anything, and that I had to pay for a bigger room, and write a note to the management, which would not be working until Monday. This was Friday evening, and I find it strange that in one of Londons biggest hotels they have no management working weekends. I also do not understand why I had to waste almost an hour to be told this, he should have told me straight away, so that I could have used this time having fun.Of course, I got no answer on Monday, and I got no answer on tuesday, when I sent an e-mail asking if they would respond to my complaint. But one thing I have noticed with this hotel, is that if anybody complains on trip advisor, they are quick to respond and comment on any minor thing the unhappy customer has written that is remotely positive. So I will not give them such a chance here.Of other negative things I can mention about this hotel, is that the dinners they offer in so called "packages" are bland, if I am being nice. I also advice against pulling out any furniture, I pulled out the bedside table for playing cards on, and the back was fascinatingly un-clean (I normally don´t mind a little dust, but this was something else). A final thing: My boy, who slept in the bed nearest the bathroom in room number 3033 (if I remember correctly) noticed three bites when he woke up the first night. I can´t proove that these bites are related to anything in the hotel, but as this is October, it is a possibility. So if the management is reading this, they may want to check.
On the good side- comforatable beds, parking available, central locationOn thenbad side- parking costs (a lot), rooms are very small, no air condition and windows just partly open. Good for one or two nights when passing through, not good for relaxation, very busy with noisy bars and groups, offers basic breakfast - better opt out on breakfast and go to the 2 min away shopping centre for breakfast.
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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
- 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)
- Most with twin beds
- Colour TV
- Coffee/ tea tray
- Bathroom with bath and/or shower & toilet
Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.
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Royal NationalLondon,United Kingdom
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38-51 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0DG England
Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.
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