I would have to place the Jenkins Hotel way down the list of UK b&bs I've stayed at - would try to avoid it next time. Admittedly I booked only three days in advance because of a change of plans, and admittedly I'd developed a bad cold on the way, but staying there for a couple of days was a miserable experience. The hotel has an excellent location - a quiet curved street in Bloomsbury, not too far from the British Museum - but I think of it as a system rather than a place for people. Check-in is mid-to-late afternoon (I and others arrived by train earlier in the day and either had to leave luggage in the reception area to make the most of a stay in London, or sit it out for a couple of hours while 'the room [was] being made ready', as I did. This angered other guests arriving after me, and it's true we were wasting precious London time because rooms weren't ready. The slick young man at reception showed me a photo of Hercule Poirot and his friend standing outside The Jenkins which was impressive - until the moment arrived. The hotel is across the street from reception (at The Judd) and one is given outer and inner keys. However, we have to trust that other guests are locking the outside door behind them because there is no reception area or official occupancy at The Jenkins - just guests abandoned in various rooms, and piles of laundry in the corridors (to show that someone on the staff is coming in at times, I suppose). My room (a double booked as a single) was adequate but nothing came from the hot water tap or shower until next morning. For breakfast, you have to brave the cold morning air to cross the street and go into the basement of The Judd, where 'breakfast' has been pre-cooked and placed on tin trays - a tray of sausages, a tray of bacon, a tray of pre--fried eggs. I took an egg (not a meat-eater) and a young woman brought me a rack of toast and a cup of tea. All very army canteen-like, I thought, missing the beautiful individually cooked English breakfasts I'd grown used to across Scotland, in the Lakes District and York - and for a lot less money.
I know the reception man was polite on the first day, but I missed the human touch and concern found almost everywhere else, and didn't trust security at night.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Jenkins is a more traditional English B&B: an episode of Poirot was filmed here. Nevertheless, this Georgian townhouse has a pleasingly informal feel...(timeout) ... more less
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