As a contributor to this site, you'd think I would review hotels on here prior to booking. This would be a smart move and that isn't always my forte. Maybe why I never win at chess.....
Anyway, after booking this last minute hotel after scoring a last minute ticket to a sold out concert, I them read the reviews. Its safe to say I was filled with pure dread. My policy of "its somewhere to sleep" kept me sane. However I was pleasantly surprised.
On approach, the hotel was covered in scaffolding. Not helping with the anxiety one bit. The hallway was pleasant enough I guess, looking slightly tired though. Check in was strictly at 3. Not ten to. 3! Hence the awkward 10 min wait with two other guests in the hall.
I was in room 113 on the middle level. Easy enough to find, but lots of narrow and steep steps to climb. Carrying luggage up them will be a bit of a nightmare and I did not see a lift anywhere, but I wasn't really looking for one either so that doesn't mean there isn't one. Rooms are key card activated, which also works the lights. For the slow ones amongst us (that being me), don't pan panic when you walk in and the lights don't work. I was presented with a double bed in one corner and a single bed in the other. Plenty of room for these too. I had a temperamental television that worked, all be it very slowly. After settling on Jeremy Kyle I gave up on it.
The bathroom was the worst bit, but not completely unbearable. The bath panels were dirty and had mould spying on you as you showered, not the end of the world. I took one look at the shower head and expected the mornings shower to be something like Chinese drip torture and that I would still be there a week later having finally got wet hair, however this was a powerful little gem. Mixer tap operated which is always good for a laugh when your half asleep. It will result in being burned awake or frozen awake. Regardless, at least your awake. One thing I must stress, put a towel down on the floor. That thing is LETHAL with wet feet!
The window is single glazed, and kept closed with a small hook. And that's it. With a scaffold going right past it, I did feel very dodgy whilst showing but needs must. It also put me on security alert, as a simple screwdriver would have unhooked it and anyone could have been in. Just bare this in mind when packing your valuables.
Check in was easy (at 3pm - remember that!), and check out just as easy at 10am.
All in all I think the bad reviews have not fallen on deaf ears with these guys. They are renovating and here is hoping it will lift the reputation on what has the potential to be a fantastic hotel in a great area of London.
In my usual tradition, I will walk you from the Tube to the hotel for your convenience. Marble Arch station is on the Central Line only and easy to change onto from most Central London locations. If arriving into Euston, board a Brixton bound Victoria line service and change at Oxford Circus to a Ealing Broadway service. Around a 10 - 12 min journey. Exit the station at Exit 3 with the staircase. Turn right around upon exit and walk towards the road where the entrance to the station is. Cross over to the side with the station and start walking left. Take your first left after the Cumberland Hotel onto Great Cumberland Street. Walk straight down for around 2 mins until you get to another left hand turn. Turn down here and cross the street and you will see the hotel about 4 buildings down.
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