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“Budget hotel in a great location”
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National Hotel
Ranked #913 of 1,068 Hotels in London
2 reviews
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“Budget hotel in a great location”
Reviewed 12 April 2013

I stayed over the Easter bank holiday weekend. Upon arrival there was confusion as to my booking, so the manager decided to upgrade me to a better room.

The beds were clean and the room was facing the back car park, so away from the roadside noise.

We were only here to sleep as we spent most of the day out with family who live close by. The rooms had kettles, but we had to request for the hair dryer. Breakfast was a choice if cereal or full English.


We stayed for the whole bank holiday weekend, and I can't really complain . Staff were helpful and polite...

I will say that the car park may be get full as its on a first come basis, but next time we return we won't be needing it as he hotel is in a very buzzy fun area, with tube, bars, restaurants, shops and a cinema all walking distance...




  • Stayed April 2013
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Swanage, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 25 March 2013

This is not a Hotel...this is B&B...old furniture,old baths and horrible smell...never ever stay again on this place.only main hall is nice and nice smell...moreover you could't choose breakfast by yourself...

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Crawley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 February 2013

On arrival the main entrance looks OK if a bit tired. But our room was truly awful, the fan in the bathroom sounded as if the bearings were completely shot.The radiator was barely warm, 0 degrees outside, there is no double glazing providing no insulation at all, also does not contain the very loud road noise.

There are no bedside lights and the one desk light did not work, the entrance light is on a short push timer, we couldn't put on the bathroom light because of the screeching fan. There is no telephone in the room, no hair-dryer or any tea and coffee making facilities. I was presented with a full size kettle and two cups when I went to the reception and asked about a cup of coffee.

The bar did not open and I must admit we did not try breakfast a combination in not wanting to risk it judging by the cleanliness of our room and after getting very little sleep due to the fact that we could hear a radio playing throughout the whole night! We just wanted to leave.

The one positive, being the bed that was comfortable and clean, which could not be said for the rest of the room dust and fluff everywhere. The bathroom was limited two small towels no hand towels or bath mats, no toiletries or even a glass in the bathroom. (Although I would not trust drinking the water, there are a number of small sinks in the corridors labelled "drinking water").

I suspect that the hotel is primarily in use for DHSS as I really cannot see anybody ever recommending or returning to the hotel of their free will. I have stayed in hotels of all standards all over the world, this one ranks easily as amongst the worst I have had the misfortune to stay in.

Like another reviewer we had room 15, that is one of the more "expensive" rooms as it is on-suite. The whole hotel smelt of cigarette smoke.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bristol, S Glos
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Reviewed 16 February 2013

Stayed here overnight in the recent snow with my son who was attending a drama audition at Mountview in Wood Green early the next day.
We arrived late afternoon and were pointed in the general direction of our room (no 39) by the lady at reception.

The hotel interior is a bit tired and the door to our room didn't scream 'high security', but the room itself was large and clean with a double & single bed, and a sizeable bathroom.
It was a cold day and whilst the large single glazed bay window did give a good view to the front of the hotel, it was draughty and the room was cold.
The radiator was stone cold and I feared we would be spending a freezing night. However, immediately it was switched on the ageing radiator sprang into life and was soon piping hot.

There was no kettle though - I asked at reception and was told apologetically that there were no more available.
This isn't much of an explanation, and clearly from many of the other reviews missing kettles are a recurring theme. I don't see how they can get away with advertising something that often they can't supply?

The beds were very comfy and I had an excellent nights sleep.
Breakfast was interesting - we arrived to six dirty or occupied tables and one eastern European lady in overalls and slippers talking on her mobile.
We found a cleanish bit of table and some cereal and juice - I was pleasantly surprised when she eventually finished her phone call that we were offered a full English breakfast, toast and tea, all of which was pretty good.
She explained her regular assistant was ill and she was coping on her own.

The thought of spending any more than a night here isn't an attractive one, but on balance and bearing in mind it is cheap, one night here is a reasonable option and I would use it again in a similar circumstances.

Room Tip: Room 39 was decent
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2013

We booked two rooms for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day as we were going to the darts final at the ally pally. Booked a twin ensuite and double ensuite. Hotel is nice from outside, check in was easy. Nice sitting area wih large tv at reception. No lift but only a few floors, rooms were 60 per night for two people with full English included. Rooms not what you would call luxury but more than adequate. Double bed. Bedside cabinets. Lamp, desk. Mirror chair etc, can't complain at all. Staff there 24 hours and all very helpful and chatty. Breakfast was 2 bacon, sausage, egg, toast, cereal, jams and pot of tea or coffee each, served quickly and just as good as I've ever had. So all in all I have rated five out five for all areas of the stay. Don't book if you are expecting luxury. Book if you want comfortable clean and affordable with friendly staff!!! Oh and the hotel was full so shows the hotel works well then too not just when quiet.

  • Stayed January 2013
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essex
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Reviewed 30 December 2012

We had booked the hotel for one night as we were watching the darts at the alley pally,on entering the reception i instantly knew we would not fancy eating breakfast there the next morning .from the outside it looked presentable but once inside omg !! ,we had room 15 and after ten minutes of walking through the dingy ,small musty smelling corridoors had to go back to reception to ask, the corridoors smelt like people had been smoking in there rooms and once at our room there was evidense the door had been broken open before, the room was small ,dark and again it smelt musty and looked like it had never seen daylight so dont be fooled by there website photo ,the sheets did look clean but the curtains and net curtains clearly had never been and the window would not shut properly,we stood in the room gutted and after going down the pub and having a beer to recover checked out two hors later and got the train home after darts .totaly spoilt our weekend and £80 quid down the drain ,got home and read the reviews and wished we had before we booked. Worzel from essex.

Room Tip: Pictures on the website are misleading.
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Dusseldorf
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Reviewed 28 December 2012

The saying goes you get what you pay for!! Well at £60 per night you cant expect too much and thats exactly what we got. No hairdryer, No bar, No kettle, No shampoo just soap from the 70's, No heating in the afternoon even in cold wet conditions, Curtains that were torn but at least it was clean.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Justine C
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Property: National Hotel
Address: 17-19 Queens Avenue | Muswell Hill, London N10 3PE, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > London
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #913 of 1,068 Hotels in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — National Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 44
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