Having read a number of negative reviews of this hotel I was quite concerned what it would be like when we arrived. I had booked three rooms as a treat for a weekend to celebrate my sister's 50th birthday. As a result I was very pleasantly surprised and very good value for the money we paid.
The reception staff were very friendly throughout our stay. The concierge stored our bags - which saved us dragging them around after an early arrival. The rooms were spacious and very clean, although the bathrooms are a little dated.
Breakfast was OK, we had continental as part of our booking and you could upgrade if you wished to full English. A little more attention to detail from the hotel for the breakfast and I would have rated the venue excellent.
A number of people have complained about the location. It is a 10 minute walk to Russell Square tube station, or about 15 mins walk from Chancery Lane.
You can get the 63 bus from Kings Cross/St Pancras which is about 3 stops and the stop is almost opposite to the hotel. Remember, underground tickets can also be used on the buses.
From the hotel you can also easily get into central London by using the buses and you do see more than using the underground. The concierge will provide a map and the bus numbers for the main sights - it was about 600 yards to the bus stop to get the 38 bus which took us to Leicester Square for example.
We also purchased tickets for the Original Tour Bus. They had a stop near to Russell Square (also one at Kings Cross) and after day one we used these buses to see the main attractions.
All in all a very good weekend, the hotel was good, the staff very friendly and it is easily accessible to the main attractions even if not next door to the underground. We will stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Crowne Plaza London Kings Cross is a central London hotel situated between the City of London and London's West End. Kings Cross, Farringdon and Russell Square underground stations are all within easy walking distance. The New Eurostar terminal at St Pancras is within 15 mins walk. The Crowne Plaza London Kings Cross provides easy access to key tourist attractions such as Oxford Street, Covent Garden, The British Museum, St Pauls Cathedral and Sadlers Wells Theatre. The Crowne Plaza London Kings Cross has 429 air conditioned bedrooms with high speed internet access all with one queen or two double sized beds. Two exciting restaurants to choose from, Belgo serves traditional Belgian mussels, steaks, burgers, rotisserie chicken and selection of 62 Belgian beers, or Bloom Kitchen and Bar has an artisan food menu and specialises in gin cocktails. Meeting rooms can accommodate up to 250 delegates. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn London - Kings Cross / Bloomsbury Hotel London
- London Holiday Inn