On arriving, we were slightly unnerved by the abandoned looking exterior; we walked past it a couple of times before seeing the paper sign in the window. However, the inside was a completely different matter. Our room was clean and comfortable, and the staff were very helpful and friendly. The shared kitchen was very clean and modern, and breakfast was offered, though we didn't use it.
The location is excellent: it is very close to Bow Road, a Zone 2 tube station, providing easy access to central London, and there is a shop 30 seconds away which is handy for any bits and bobs that you may have forgotten. Very affordable, but this does not reflect on the guest house itself at all! Simply very good value, I would highly recommend this, particularly for a single person or couple. Our room was small, so would not be comfortable for a family, but there may be bigger rooms available.
Overall, perfect for a comfortable cheap place to rest your head on your visit to the UK capital, cannot recommend highly enough!
We stayed for 2 nights and found it to be comfortable enough. Room was small and bathroom tiny but shower pressure was great and water was hot! Free wifi but it was a little hit and miss, breakfast provided in a make your own style communal kitchen, very basic but plenty to go around. No lifts just stairs. We found our room quiet but we were not facing the streetand it is a busy road. Appearance from the front is terrible! No signs excepts for an a4 sheet in the window, we almost walked past it. Bit further out, but still easy to get to on the tube, the area was not ideal in terms of feeling safe (we are two females traveling) but we didn't actually have any issues and hotel was secure.
The Kings Arms from the street appears to be bankrupt. There is no sign, rubbish piled outside the building, blanked out windows, the presentation is anything but inviting. After entering however things do improve. The rooms are modest in size, as are most in London, but they are comfortable and clean. We were 5 colleagues attending an exhibition and the street facing rooms were noisy, but the ones at the back of the building were fine. It is basic accomodation but certainly not the worst. One very good feature however was the communal use kitchen which was well stocked for breakfast and allowed an option to constantly eating out. The location is close to the DLR, tube, Boris Bikes and a couple of good local pubs. All in all, with a bit of a makeover and facelift this would be a good place to stay and very fair value. One tip, I booked on booking.com which advertises no booking or credit card fees, but on checking in and paying a 3.5% credit card surcharge was levied on our bill which was very annoying!!!
The guys at the reception were very nice and helpful,the rooms was quite small and not very clean.The location is very close to the center wich is a good thing.We needed to leave the guest house two days in advance and they give us money back wich was great.