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I've stayed at the Tavistock before and have written two other reviews but would like to add this one. It's a great location - Russell Square - and the room is quite large for a single. There's a comfortable armchair rather than a stool to sit on, the beds are comfortable and even though the radiator was off, the heating was coming from somewhere - it was late November and I never once felt cold. Plenty of towels provided too. The staff were lovely, they could see I had mobility problems and were so helpful each time I came into reception. There was only one thing wrong - I could not get the shower to heat up and I'm sure it's something I'm doing wrong as when I asked reception if anybody could help me with it, a young lady arrived within minutes of my phone call and demonstrated it for me. She even got her arm wet in the line of duty, bless her. I tried it myself but no, the water was still coming through cold. I'd be really grateful if anyone could reply to this with actual instructions on how to operate the shower - Old Fool here is still missing something. This was a value break which included dinner on the first night and breakfast for two mornings. Sadly I can't comment on breakfast as my balance is too wonky for me to brave a buffet meal but dinner was lovely. I'll comment on that in a separate section. So altogether a great stay but would love any staff comments on how to operate that shower!
The hotel location is 5 min walk to Euston and 5 mins walk to Russell Sq. underground too. Very pleasant and attentive reception and porter desk personnel, dining room were less so. Hotel is clean and tidy. Rooms are bog-standard. We were lucky and had a room with a view over Tavistock Square which was nice. There was enough wardrobe space and drawers for a few days' stay too. The worst part though is the beds!! For some reason we had 'twins' in our room. Oh my goodness, did they squeak??!!! They were uncomfortable to say the least and when you moved the springs in the low-level base made soooooo much noise! They were so low to the ground too, nothing like the deep, spongy, firm and modern beds that EVERY other hotel seams to use nowadays. Unfortunately, due to fact that the BED is the main requirement in a hotel room, we will not be staying here again. However, if the beds were of better standard, we would stay here EVERY time we visited London. Shame really. :-(We had breakfast included in the price which was good. Decent food ( even though items of English breakfast probably needed to be hotter ) and drinks with plenty of it too.
The hotel on arrival looked nice and clean but there was a very strong smell of curry. Reception staff was very nice and helpful. Our room on the 6th floor was very warm and we had the window open all day and night. There was no way we could turn the radiator down. The beds were very comfortable with mattress protectors and pillow protectors. There was a cupboard in the room with sufficient hangers.The bathroom had a bath with overhead shower, which had good water pressure. Again, it was very clean. Toiletries were provided.The hotel is in a very good location, close to a tube station and Euston station, also it is a 10 minute walk to St Pancras station. There is a no. 10 bus round the corner which can take you to Hyde Park, Oxford Street, Harrods etc. Very handy.We had dinner included but unfortunately this was a choice between several different restaurants, all a short distance, except for the Indian restaurant at the hotel, hence the smell.Breakfast was adequate, buffet style but a waiter brought tea or coffee. There were large queues though.
It's hard to give a fair review to budget hotels in London, because the standard is lower than you would expect were you to pay the same rates elsewhere in the UK. On the plus side, the Tavistock is central, situated in a lovely art deco building that overlooks Tavistock Square Gardens and is scrupulously clean. There is very little noise from the streets outside BUT internal walls appear to have no soundproofing. A fellow guest returned to his room just after midnight and proceeded to listen to BBC World News on his television for the following three and a half hours. The noise level rose and fell, making it difficult to pinpoint the source but a great crescendo of sound at 3.45 a.m. allowed me to do this. I then phoned reception to ask if the guest could be asked to turn off his TV and within 5 minutes, silence reigned. Continental breakfast was included in my tariff, but the whole breakfast operation is institutional, reminiscent in more than one way of Dickens' Dotheboys Hall, where every crumb is accounted for. However, notwithstanding the negative aspects, this hotel is good value for money in London and close to St Pancras, Euston and Kings Cross stations.
This is my fourth visit to the hotel. They have definitely improved room is spacious n tidy....n daily cleaning. Another improvement is Wi-Fi in room. They also offer possibility to make tea and coffee in room. The heating was good however I kept the window open all the time to keep the room temperature nice. The breakfast is same since my first Visit and that needs big reinventing. The reception and concierge are efficient helpful and prompt.
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Tavistock HotelLondon,United Kingdom
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Tavistock Square Bloomsbury, London WC1H 9EU England
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