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Arosfa Hotel
Ranked #82 of 1,076 Hotels in London
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 29 December 2013

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.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 18 December 2013

pleasant hotel .little bit noisy if you have a front room .
the owners are brilliant and cant do enough for you.
rooms have shower, tv, kettle, hair drier.even two apples in mine !
you wont suffer with the cold stopping here.
i had to turn my radiator off because it was so warm.
after i booked out , Alison and Ralph (owners) allowed me to
leave my luggage for a few hours until my train arrived.
kings cross is an easy 10 to 15 min walk
would i stop at the Arosfa again ...yes. definately

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 17 December 2013

London is a very expensive city and, unless you want to spend lots of money, most budget hotels are very far away from the city centre. But try Gower Street, in the middle of Bloomsbury, and you cannot go wrong. Arran House is not glitzy: the rooms are basic and very small. However, they are very clean and include a private mini-bathroom; breakfast is very good (so good, in fact, you might have a hearty breakfast and easily skip lunch). And the hotel is at walking distance of all attractions in downtown London. The staff is very serviceable and kind.

Room Tip: “Do not use the Russell Square tube station to get to the hotel: use Euston Square instead, which is...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 16 December 2013

The Arosfa is a little gem - lovely old property converted with some aplomb - very central just off Tottenham Court Road. The rooms are very small - like Parisian hotel rooms - but have everything you need and the outfitting is of excellent quality throughout - far better than many 5 star hotels I have stayed in. A larger room and The Arosfa would be 5 stars for me. Great value for money hotel in my eyes. The greeting was very warm and friendly and the front of house team were superb. The breakfast was very generous and good quality; the stairs help you work off the breakfast you just indulged in. This place certainly works for me.

Room Tip: Rooms 3 or 7 are not on the road so you don't get the traffic noise in the morning
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 December 2013

went to this hotel after reading all the reviews on trip advisor.
we had a triple room in the basement yes some would say bathroom compact but had everything you required, room consisted of double bed and 1 single but still enough room to move around
and we were only sleeping there so why pay for extra space as you would in other hotels.
Alison and Ralph gave us information on where to eat and where to get tubes etc. breakfast
was hot and plentiful and they stored our bags until we caught train home. I would recommend this hotel for a great stay in london

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 December 2013

After much research, the Arosfa was one of the few reasonably priced London hotels we could find. We especially loved the Arosfa’s location which is near the British Museum and lots of restaurants. The hotel’s new husband-and-wife management team is wonderfully friendly, enthusiastic, and helpful. The breakfast buffet (included) was fine, abundant; and a hot English breakfast is available upon requested. If there is any drawback with the hotel it would be the size of its guest rooms. We stayed in Room 6--a double room in the front of the hotel which had been newly renovated. Our room was quiet, clean, comfortable, well organized and had a modern bathroom but it was very small. For us, we loved this room for our short stay but I’m not sure we would have been happy for a week in such a small space. Still, the Arosfa’s location, quality, and price are hard to beat. The hotel is already starting to book a year in advance—so book early!

Room Tip: Rooms are in the process of being renovated--try to get one of these if you can. As for noise--the...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 December 2013

It was a good value stay especially for the wonderful breakfast and warm service. If you were some budget traveler, this would be a excellent choice for most of you. Just a little bit cons: It does not have a direct access to Heathrow Airport and no lift.

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Address: 83 Gower Street | Bloomsbury, London WC1E 6HJ, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > London > Bloomsbury
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge
Hotel Style:
#44 Business Hotel in London
#91 Family Hotel in London
#132 Romantic Hotel in London
Price Range: £106 - £190 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Arosfa Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 16
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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