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Jenkins Hotel
Ranked #814 of 1,077 Hotels in London
Reviewed 8 January 2010

We stayed at the Jenkins Hotel for five days over the summer. I have rated the hotel as "average", but that is only because it's cheapER than most hotels in London, where accomodation is a huge rip-off in general. Anyway, good location. Staff are trying their best, but should try addressing guests by their names once or twice. The hotel is let down by unimaginative use of its limited space, poor plumbing, and rather naff decor. The mattresses also need replacing. Both rooms we stayed in were odd: one was adjacent to a staff toilet, the other too cramped for a couple. Some people may like the place, but we found it confining. You could do better in the area, or at least make sure you get one of the better rooms.‎

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 October 2009

Almost 40 years ago as a college student we stayed nearly a month at a nearby hotel on Cartwright Gardens, a fine London location, and stayed at a few other adjacent properties since that time. This time we stayed at the Jenkins Hotel because of its recommendations, including Frommers. I have to say while the staff was pleasant, the breakfast fine, and the facilities well-maintained, it was less than I expected (or may less than I need now that I am no longer a college student). Our first assigned room was at the top of the hotel, a long, many story hike up narrow stairs to a bare-bones garret with miniscule bath. We were switched to a main floor room which was much larger but again quite bare-bones. The two biggest drawbacks: a modular bathroom as small or smaller than on a typical cruise ship, along with an annoying odor, and a teeny-weeny breakfast room. As stated, most things were fine, and the location is pleasant, but if you are looking for something more than a college experience, I would suggest you consider alternatives.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled on business
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Reviewed 12 October 2009

This hotel was the best value for the money that we could find. It is in a fantastic location near Russell Sq and within walking distance of many sights and also within 2 blocks of a tube station. Yes, the rooms are smaller than most US hotels but this hotel was built in the 20's or 30's, so of course they will be smaller than what you may be used to. We only slept in it and went out morning to night so the size was not an issue. If you want a typical American shower, ask for it. Tthe breakfasts' were great - hot meals of eggs, bacon, beans, toast and/or cereal and fruit. The best part was the friendly service of the great girls who took care of us. It was wonderful to come back from a whole day out wandering the streets of London to have a chat about what we did that day. I wholeheartedly recommend this hotel for its location, price and personal service.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 October 2009

We chose the location for its proximity to the British Museum (it was still quite a hike) and the British Library. We were pleased to find it was also close to the Eustace station of the Underground. It was easy to combine underground/bus/walking to get to the places we wanted to see.

We found an excellent Indian restaurant (Depa Tandoori) right down a nearby street and an internet facility next door to the restaurant. This made it quick and easy for us to print out our boarding passes on our last day in town.

We deliberately chose this room (number 10) from other reviews on this site, so we knew that it would be a hike up to our room. The room was large and comfortable with closet space and shelves for storage. The windows and floor were a little bit crooked, which we considered a tribute to the age of the building.

I loved the shower! It was basically a rectangular-shaped tiled room with a shower head at the far end. The toilet was in its own little closet and a large sink was in the bedroom. This configuration was very convenient for two people to negotiate around each other while getting ready in the morning.

Breakfast was very good and the service was quick and efficient.

My husband and I loved London and we would definitely stay at the Jenkins again if we were lucky enough to go back for a visit.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 October 2009

My wife and I spent three nights at the Jenkins. We go to London virtually every year and this is far and away our favorite hotel. We will book there every time we go if we can. The rooms are nice and the breakfast is very good. The staff were extraordinarily helpful to us.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 September 2009

My family had stayed here years ago and it has gone downhill. Toilet in room is a disgusting pod style that includes the shower in a 4 by 4 closet. No hot water, toilet doesn't flush. Generally clean but rather gross. Stay at the Cresecent hotel a few doors down for the same price instead. This place is not good.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank ItalianH0neym00n
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Reviewed 18 May 2009

This hotel was located in a wonderful location. It is near a major tube station with direct access to all lines. Check out Mabel's Pub around the corner while there. We spent way too much time at that place. The rooms are nice (especially for the price) with all of the expected appointments. We were upgraded to a larger room when we arrived, so some of the others might be quite tiny (as other reviews stated). For the price and location though, you can't beat it. If you are visiting London and need a place to throw your bags, get a good night's sleep, and be able to get anywhere quickly, this place is great. It's not luxurious or large, but who cares? If you are like us, you'll be out late enjoying everything London has to offer!

Stayed: December 2008, travelled as a couple
2  Thank teamwaffle
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Additional Information about Jenkins Hotel

Address: 45 Cartwright Gardens, London WC1H 9EH, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > London > Bloomsbury , Euston / Kings Cross /St Pancras
Amenities:
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Hotel Style:
Ranked #814 of 1,077 Hotels in London
Price Range: £85 - £90 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Jenkins Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 14
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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