I stayed a week in a double en suite room at the Arosfa. I had fairly high expectations based on TripAdvisor reviews. My expectations were met. From check-in to check-out, the staff were helpful and pleasant at all times.
I booked a double room based on prior stays in London hotels, knowing that I would want the extra space of a double vs. a single, for a week long stay. The room was comfortable and had all the amenities I expected. In fact, the digital TV had a surprising range of programming and channels. Of course, I didn't go to London to watch TV, but that was a nice little bonus amenity. The water pressure in my bathroom was low, but after I mentioned it to the staff, it was adjusted to be stronger right away. Let me emphasize, the en suite bathroom was tiny, although completely functional.
Breakfast was ample and cheerfully served in the lower-level dining room.
The residents' lounge is a large attractive room, with an internet-connected computer that's free for guests to use. It was pleasant to use the computer there or just to sit and read in between my excursions around London. The staff also helped me successfully get online with their free wi-fi system, using my netbook.
I really liked the location of the Arosfa. It's in the University of London area, and also within walking distance of the British Museum. Gower Street is well served by buses, the Goodge Street tube station is 3 blocks away, and other Tube stations are a bit farther away but still walkable (Russell Square, Euston Square). There is a large Waterstone's book store directly across the street from the hotel; I liked the store a lot but it was dangerous to my budget and my baggage allowance.
- 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