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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
  • Kym M : Melbourne, Australia
Good location

This is the second time I have stayed here. There first being nearly seven years ago. It hasn't changed a bit in that time apart from some rather badly done bathroom renovations. The beds are firm, everything is clean. Worse thing is the shower head, with the amount of minerals in London water these need to be cleaned from build up of calcium etc... shower head is really high up and sprays water in five different directions. At the end of a freezing cold day it would have been nice to have a hot shower that I didn't have to chase around the bathtub. I gave up washing my hair under it and used the tap from the bath instead. Breakfast is basic. We got upgraded to a hot breakfast for half our stay then continental for the rest. Breakfast consists of white or wholemeal 'toast' ( I say toast, it was soggy by the time it got out of the kitchen), white or wholemeal dinner rolls, butter, jam, tinned pineapples and oranges, cornflakes, crunchy nut cornflakes, muesli, bran flakes, Apple and orange juice, tea or coffee. The hot breakfast is badly done scrambled eggs, poached eggs, badly cooked bacon, hash browns, tinned tomatoes and breakfast sausages. It will cost you £5 if you want a hot breakfast.The location is great because Russell square underground station is a 3 minute walk around the corner. Be aware!!! Russell square has a flight of steps from the platform to the elevator, if you have luggage you must first get them up the steps before getting the lift. Russell square is on the Piccadilly line and one stop shy of kings cross station, it's also the same line that you catch from Heathrow airport. It's a cheap hotel in a good location for London, but if you're used to more upmarket places then you might hate it. It's a good base for sightseeing, dead easy to get to and the hop on hop off busses and normal busses all have stops out the front. There's also a large waitrose supermarket, a small tescos and sainsbury's, nandos, Starbucks, pharmacy, sushi bar and various other small stores opposite and a bit across from Russell square station. Honestly it was just the shower that annoyed me here, while breakfast wasn't crash hot it was a meal and we would eat extra to save money on snacking.

  • moll18 :
Excellent location and friendly staff

We stayed here 2 nights end of January. We had chose this hotel because it was central - it was literally round the corner from Russell Square tube station. Staff in the hotel were very friendly and approachable. The staff in the dining area at breakfast were very helpful, always spoke and the staff from the kitchen topping up the breakfast always said good morning which we thought was really nice. There was plenty to choose from at breakfast from a cooked breakfast to continental with cereals, bread, meats, cheeses. We thought the breakfast was very nice! The rooms are a little bit basic however this was no issue to us as we only used the rooms to sleep in. They are clean and did the job for us! I would definitely stay here again!

  • Carron T :
Beware thieves!

I stayed here in November with my husband and parents. We have all stayed here before on many occasions and knew what to expect, no frills but clean and value for money. However was very dirty on this occasion, blood on bathroom floor on arrival. After our visit in November I will never stay again. My room and 3 others in the same corrider on the same evening had thefts. Luckily my items were of little monetary value unlike the other rooms. The hotel staff did not take our concerns seriously, told no manager or security work weekends and noone would be available till Monday to speak too. I sincerely hope this does not happen to anyone else who visits The Royal National but if it does please phone the police to report and do not be put of by the staff advising not too! We all reported and police attended as its the only way this can be stopped in the future and for them to step up their security for their guests.

  • 19Daveg : rushden
3 Nights 4 day stay for my 64th birthday

This trip was a package with Supper Breaks from 26 January To the 30 JanuaryWe have used hotels in the imperial group before staying at the county which is just up the road from the royal the difference between the two is very noticeable the county is very basic when the Royal as a lot to offer . the service was top class as we were staying more than 2 nights we got a free 3 course meal which we took at lunch time on the first day .The room very comfortable with tea coffee making felicities.The bar is open until 1am .The London pub which is situated next to the hotel entrance is part of the hotel the drinks are not that expensive for London I paid £3 40 for a pint of London pride.A glass of house wine cost £2 50 for 125 mls the pub is open until midnight.Breakfast is self service with the offer of Continental and full English for me the restaurant is a bit cramped for me but all in all this is a very good hotel for couples on a budget. As this was a 4 day trip on the Thursday night we went to see wicked I spent the first half hour thinking this is not for me by the end i was standing up applauding the two leading Ladies Rachel Tucker and Suzie Matthers were brilliant I really enjoyed it as we both did.On Friday we went on a London walk guided this was not just a walk it included a train a boat trip and a black hole what a trip if you are in to to Brunel this is the walk for you it concentrates on Mark Brunell and ends in Rotherhithe at the small Brunel Museum .We had lunch at the Mayflower pub. The fish and chips we had for lunch was some or the best we have ever had the pub date from 1780 named after the settlers who left for America on the Mayflower .the beer was reasonably priced i would recommend a pint of yard Bird A golden ale that went down well. Friday night of to the Cadogan hall in sloane sq for the classic rock show the greatest songs from Ledzepling Queen the who Meat loaf and other the show lasted over two and a half hours done by secession musicians the young lead singer was brilliant and had the place jumping if you are in to Rock this is the show to see. Saturday night back to the Cadogan halls for a Jazz concert given by the 17 member Echoes of Ellington Orchestra another great night. Saturday A visit to the Guild hall and the Museum of London both worth a visit Sunday a visit to Spitalfields Market is all way wort it wit its mix of shops and stalls and food and events

  • tracey20012016 : Belfast, United Kingdom
Girly city break

The hotel was great staff and food were very good Staff very helpful We had a triple room for 2 nights with full breakfast and one evening in a choice of 4 resturantsVery central to tubes and buses right outside the hotel

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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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