Very pleased to have chosen the Arosfa hotel, even if only for one night.
I initially booked two nights but my business plans changed, I apologised and received an amended booking form by e-mail very quickly.
The location is probably not what people think of first when staying in London, but I would recommend it. Short walks to for example tube station, supermarket, bookstore, Starbucks, shopping mall, restaurants, the British Museum. I chose to walk to Oxford Circus which was much more doable than I thought (took me 25 minutes, with a few photo stops).
The proprietors are very sweet and go out of their way to accomodate. There's a warm very personal welcome, the breakfast has a nice, attentive personal touch as well.
If you stay longer, there's a nice common area that will make you feel at home.
The room was nice - I had a twin room on the street side. It's a small room, but normal for London standards. Very well equipped and renovated. The street is one of lovely old town houses, the door-is-on-top-of-some-stairs kind. It's rather busy, so expect some street noise when you stay on the street side, even with sound-proof rooms. But, I say this as somebody who wants to sleep with an open window because I have headaches when closed off from outside air. I fully expect the noise level to be very low with the windows closed. Given the fact that the rooms are small, it might be recommended to turn off the heating, because the room heats up quickly. Bathroom was nicely equipped and recently renovated.
Breakfast was nice and more than enough - with the full English, you'll last way past lunchtime! It's personally served on the table, it's not a buffet.
The atmosphere is basically just as you want it. As a solo traveller, I liked the personal touch, informal atmosphere and availability of the staff, but it's not in your face: if you just want to check in and be by yourself, that is also very possible.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Arosfa Hotel is a refurbished 200-year old Georgian Town House in the heart of historic Bloomsbury district, the former home of the famous Pre-Raphaelite artist Sir John Everett Millais. The cool white garden squares and wide streets of Bloomsbury have been a pull to thinkers for centuries, and it sometimes seems like every second house has a blue plaque denoting that a great writer, scientist or philosopher once inhabited the building. It was in Bloomsbury that Karl Marx created communism, Virginia Woolf defined the twentieth century British novel, and Charles Darwin first conceived the theory of natural selection. The imposing bulk of the British Museum, home to seven millennia of human art and artefacts, dominates the area, and there are plenty of other academic institutions including Birkbeck College, the beautiful University of London Library, and RADA, London's grandest drama school. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Arosfa Hotel London
- Arosfa London