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Thistle Trafalgar Square, The Royal Trafalgar
Ranked #186 of 1,089 Hotels in London
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Ottawa, Canada
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13 reviews
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“Great modern hotel in a great location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2013

I enjoyed a wonderful 2 night stay at the Royal Trafalgar on a business trip. The room, which was upgraded when I arrived, was very large, with a sitting area and plenty of space. It was a bit on the dark side both in terms of lighting and natural light, but that was great for sleeping. The bathroom was very modern with a great rain shower. The staff were very pleasant at the front desk and the restaurant. The buffet breakfast offered many hot and cold choices. The location is fantastic: Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus are nearby and there is easy access to the underground. I would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled on business
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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2013

To me, this was the ideal hotel experience: perfect location (just off Trafalgar Square, behind the National Gallery), free WiFi, and a decent breakfast included. The room was on the small side, but it was pleasant and comfortable. Plus, I was able to borrow an adapter from reception so I could plug my US electronics into the UK outlets (I had brought the European adapter by mistake). All this for a reasonable price (though may have gotten a discount). This wasn't a luxury experience, but it was perfect for my business travel and I would recommend it for vacations as well.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled on business
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2013 via mobile

Brilliant hotel - the staff were fantastic - obviously a strong management team in place. They upgraded us to an executive room and left a bottle of wine and hand written card for my husband as I had told them previously that it was his birthday. He got many birthday wishes from all the staff. Immaculately clean and cleverly designed rooms/ bathrooms. The exec room was large enough but am assuming standard doubles must be more 'bijoux'. However, it's such a fab location that quite frankly you won't be spending much time in the room anyway. All in all, excellent value for money and would definitely stay again. (Oh and there's a cheap car park opp - ncp Leicester square £5 per hour/£35 overnight)

  • Stayed June 2013
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2013

This hotel is really good. Apart from a problem finding our booking, this was soon sorted. The hotel exceeded all expectations, it was really clean, and the staff were all really helpfull. Great location, really central. Couldn't have wished for a better stay. The breakfast was good, really couldn't fault it at all. Will certainly stay there again.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Halesowen, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2013

Piccadilly Circus Clean, welcoming, comfortable and quiet hotel with the advantage of being within a stone’s throw from Piccadilly Circus & Trafalgar Square. The staff was helpful and friendly, they could not do enough for you - nothing was too much trouble. The breakfast buffet was good with a large selection to choose from. The rooms are big with flat screen TV/air conditioning and the bathroom has a large walk in shower with a choice of a hand held shower and a large rain shower. You have tea making facilities/iron/ironing board and hair dryer. The room also had a dressing table, small table and 2 chairs, wardrobe with free safe . Excellent value for money and would recommend to anybody. Would definitely go back without a doubt!

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Bideford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2013

Very central location, perfect for theatres and major attractions. Helpful, welcoming staff at reception, room clean with a large, comfortable bed. Nicely decorated and a good size. Efficient air con, essential on a hot night.
Powerful, hot shower with a shower curtain, not a screen. The only slight problem was that there was only one towel, we managed with the one as we were only there for a night, but I am sure that they would have provided a second had we requested one.
We didn't eat there as breakfast was not included and seemed quite expensive.
The best thing was the quiet yet central location, we heard no traffic or street noise and slept very well.
Would recommend this hotel and would stay again.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2013

My wife and I stay 4 night in May 2013. The hotel is very clean and the staff was help when ask for suggestions. The location cant be beat, right in the middle of everyhting, but still quiet.

My only negitive was the walls seem a little thin, as we often heard people in the room next to us. This wasnt a major issue because how often are you really in your room.

We would certainly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Thistle Trafalgar Square, The Royal Trafalgar
Address: Whitcomb Street, London WC2H 7HG, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > London > Trafalgar Square / Embankment
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Hotel Style:
#87 Romantic Hotel in London
#98 Business Hotel in London
#108 Family Hotel in London
#144 Luxury Hotel in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Thistle Trafalgar Square, The Royal Trafalgar 4*
Number of rooms: 108
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
There aren’t many genuinely quiet streets right in the heart of London. But they do exist - and we’re on one of them. In fact, you might never guess that Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square are within a few minutes’ walk. The Royal Trafalgar has the City on one side, Whitehall on the other and history everywhere you look. The National Gallery is literally next door, as is the square that shares our name. ... more   less 
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Royal Trafalgar By Thistle London
Thistle Trafalgar Square

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