I stayed at this hotel for one night recently on business. I've stayed at the MyHotel in Brighton (see my review) and I enjoyed that so I thought I would try this one.
I checked in a little early as I had a few spare minutes mid-day so I asked at reception whether they had a room ready for me. After a short delay the chap on reception said that they didn't have a double room for me at that time but could swap my booking to a single room at a slightly reduced rate but with a complimentary breakfast.
I asked how small the room was going to be and he advised that it would be fine, like their other rooms but with just the single bed. I decided (foolishly) to go with it.
I went up to the room. The lift up to the first floor had a broken handrail which didn't make me feel so good about attention to detail and I quickly realised that I'd been given the room right by the lift on the 1st floor that (hopefully) is about the smallest room in the hotel. I tried to pace it out and I think it was about 2.5m by 4m discounting the hallway. It was pretty small.
The fit and finish also wasn't really amazing, the furniture felt cheap to me and there were power sockets all over the wall with some small gaps in the plaster work and so on - it just didn't feel that great.
The bathroom was also very, very small - effectively as big as the shower cubicle + the WC. Not much else would fit in there. Again, the fit/finish wasn't terrible but it wasn't amazing either.
I had to make an appointment so I didn't go down, complain and change the room as I was only there for one night so I figured I'd go along with it.
Unfortunately, it wasn't a great night's sleep. Being on the first floor, it was a little noisy and the window coverings didn't really block out the light which made for a not-so-great night.
In the morning, I ate in the little breakfast area which was fine although I only ate the continental breakfast which came with tea/coffee but my tea never showed up. I also noticed that the lady next to me asked for boiled eggs and was told that "the chef has a problem with water" so she had scrambled eggs instead which she then sent back for being too salty so I'm not sure what the cooked food would be like but my pastries/cereal/toast were absolutely fine.
In summary, this hotel may have better rooms but they chose to stick me in a pretty poor one. If I'd have been staying for longer or was on a vacation I'd have complained immediately and given that the price of the rooms isn't really that low-end I'd expect a better experience.
I wouldn't be inclined to return and the main thing that really strikes me is the difference between this hotel and the one I visited in Brighton - they seem worlds apart in every respect.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Modern Classic in the Heart of the Action With its history of literature, philosophy and the arts, Bloomsbury is the central London sanctuary that inspires creative thought. My Bloomsbury is designed to do the same. Serene contemporary design guestrooms, comfortable hot desks and fine gastronomy give you a personal hub that is welcoming, laid back and easy. And with Soho, Oxford St. and Covent Garden just a stroll away; and trains from Euston and King’s Cross close too – the location is perfect. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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