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Reviewed 18 May 2008

We stayed only one night at the Tavistock but would certainly do so again. Its location is great, the room and bathroom were spotless, and the full English breakfast (included in the price) was a surprise to us. We thought we would have to venture into the chaos of the Royal National Hotel's breakfast room (the hotels are a chain), but the Tavistock has a very nice dining room with pleasant wait staff and good food. The room was quite basic, not many amenities, but it was surprisingly roomy for London. Believe me, we have stayed in MUCH worse there and paid more for the dubious privilege! The people who complain about the shabby, tired decor and furniture should remember-- after a facelift you can expect the prices to at least double. I'm more than willing to live with the decor as long as the prices are reasonable (for London). So, when we go to London again, the Tavistock will be our address.

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 May 2008

I stayed here for one night, to attend a function close by. I booked a single room, which was at the top (8th floor) of the hotel. It was hot during the day, and very cold at night, with no extra blankets stored in the room. The room was small, with two single beds, that slid around the room as soon as you sat on them. The TV didn't work. The only items they provide in the bathroom are a small bar of soap and one of the world's oldest, scratchiest towels. Hence the feeling of prison cell...
On the plus side, it was clean enough, and it had a nice view over Tavistock Square, and the location is quite convenient.

The hotel is popular with visitors from Eastern Europe, but as an expat Brit, I found it a very depressing representation of what London has to offer. If you are visiting London for the first time, I would recommend that you try and suck up the high prices of better accommodation, in order to enhance your overall experience. It's still a great city, but the Tavistock could leave you thinking otherwise.

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled on business
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Thank eurosweetie
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Reviewed 28 April 2008

This hotel is easy to get to by train and bus, so it's really easy to find and get around from. The hotel staff/reception were also very friendly.

The rooms were basic but clean and fairly cheap.The full breakfast was great & definitely worth getting! It's not a romantic getaway type of place but definitely good for tourists who just want somewhere clean, safe & comfortable to stay at.

The only thing I can say is that it's located on a main road, so it can be a tad bit noisy if you're a light sleeper. But even saying this, I'd definitely stay there again for convenience and good value.

  • Stayed: July 2006, travelled with friends
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Thank TT81
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Reviewed 18 April 2008

OK, so it's close to Euston Station, in a safe area and very handy for Covent Garden. BUT don't think the carpet had been cleaned recently, stains on the covers, the bathroom had some black mold in the shower (I didn't dare look under the non-slip mat in the bath..), the towels were so ancient it was hard to tell if they were clean, and the TV didn't work. The room was freezing cold, for some reason the radiator was turned off. Breakfast didn't look particularly appetizing and they water down the orange juice!!! Reception has a shabby Art Deco chic to it, but they could do with smartening up on the basics.

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled on business
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Thank Matildadoll
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Reviewed 13 April 2008

What a strange hotel! Before the advent of Travel Inn, Ibis, and other cheap-and-cheerful hotels, this is what such hotels were like.

And what a bargain! The price is excellent, the location is superb - a few minutes from Euston and Russell Square. The view out over Tavistock Square is really pleasant too. The public areas of the hotel (entrance, bar, restaurant) are glorious Art Deco. Really splendid, reminiscent of a bygone age.

The breakfast itself is chaotic - a big room, grab your buffet food and table as quickly as you can. But it's simple, quick, and sufficient for most needs. Service - both front desk, and breakfast - was friendly and efficient.

The room, though, is basic in the extreme. Simple desk, bed, TV, cheap fluorescent lighting, cheap ancient wallpaper. Paper-thin walls (luckily my neighbours weren't too noisy), only one power socket, and VERY VERY HOT. I dread to think what the place is like in the summer - there's no air conditioning or anything fancy like that. Despite this, and the clearly old bed, I actually slept very well, so was willing to overlook some of this!

Bathroom is very basic too - fixed shower above bath, but with good water pressure and temperature. Bit of mildew around the place, but nothing too bad. Only soap is provided - so remember to bring your own shampoo!

Despite all the negatives, this is perfect for a quick overnight stay, and I'd be very likely to use it again. I wouldn't want to stay here for more than a couple of nights, though.

  • Stayed: April 2008
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Thank unspecified
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