Firstly, I got a great deal on this overnight stay because frankly I found London prices to be outrageous for the May Day Bank Holiday period and so the 'very good' is given in relation to the price I paid for a family room and not if I'd paid the normal full price of a room.
The reason for this is that the space of the family room is not very generous and although very clean and tidy, it just lacked the little extras that make it a 4 star hotel.(It's billed as 4 star but really is more representative of a 3 star in my opinion) The bathroom was quite small and toiletries very basic. However, a nice touch was the pillows as you had a quirky little 'note' on them with soft, firm etc. and you could choose delivery of whatever type you wanted to the room! Standard tea tray and trouser press but no room safe which was odd as I'm sure they must have lots of business travellers. Parking...beware as there are very few spaces at the front of the hotel! Otherwise it's down the road to the NCP for £20 a night which is not made clear on booking. Sound proofing isn't the best. We were five floors up and I was woken frequently by sirens through the night. (take some ear plugs and you'll be fine)
Choice of 2 restaurants and they are both reasonably priced. 1 is an Indian which is closed on a Sunday and also on a Bank Holiday Monday. I felt drinks were reasonably priced for London too. There is a busy pub opposite the hotel that does 2 courses for £11.99 which is good to know! The downstairs restaurant and bar areas are very spacious.
Whenever we go away we like to chill in the bar for a couple of hours in the evening as it's time out of the room. This hotel really needs to sort out the set up in there as the atmosphere was so awful from the bar man that no-one wanted to stay. It's such a shame as the bar area is lovely with comfy sofas and chairs. Not too much to ask for a bit of a smile and a please and thank you is it?
Location I found great to be honest. Someone else complained that there's not much around but as mentioned, there is the pub and just up the road about 5 mins is an area with bars etc.
We walked into Covent Garden in 30 minutes and on the way back via the river and Fleet Street in about 35 mins which is great.
Didn't have breakfast or pool facilities as we didn't have time so can't comment on these. (I do know that pool is £3.50 per person)
Reception staff very pleasant and helpful and on the whole we would stay again when back in London.
One tip- sign up for the rewards card before you go and you get free wifi..
- 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
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