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Reviewed 30 July 2008

i went to London On business so my needs were very simple. i read the reviews posted on the site but i was still a little dissapointed with the room. The room was clean but the furniture was sparse and small. The bed was sooo little and the covers looked a bit tattered, did I mention that the two pillows were flat. and I had a lovely view of a concrete slab roof of the kitchens in the center of the resturant. All that being said it was not really a bad trip most likley because i was pretty tired everyday when I came in. The staff was very very friendly, even the cleaning staff. The full english breakfast was satisfying and of good quality, however it was the same buffet every morning after day 4 it got a little tired. The only other thing that made me unhappy was the lack of Interrnet access in the rooms or rather the lack of AFFORDABLE internet in the rooms clocking in at 4 quid per hour or I would have to treck with my laptop to the lobby whre wifi was available for free. The other pesky issue was a lack of iron in the rooms, or even available at the front desk . if you wanted to press a suit you would have to go to the 1 and only place thay had an iron on the 1st floor in an irnoning room that was locked by eight in the night and opened at 7 am that really sucked. Apart form that tavistock is a real value for money hotel as afterall you ARE in London, and central london at that!

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled on business
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2  Thank Loriebee85
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Reviewed 27 July 2008

I stayed at the Tavistock twice in July. Both times I was assigned a small twin room for single occupancy. The rooms and bathrooms were clean. Plenty of hot water every time I turned on a tap. The carpets were newish and the furniture in good condition. The beds were OK, and the bedding clean and reasonably new. While breakfast is certainly not a high point, the porridge, corn flakes, hardboiled eggs, and rolls were certainly adequate. At 64 pounds a night, this is a very good deal for central London.

Take a face cloth, shampoo, and some nice soap with you -- the rather thin towels are changed daily.

Yes, there was some road noise, but it is very hard to be both in the middle of London close to tube stations, railway stations, and many bus lines, and yet away from busy roads. If you are a light sleeper, bring ear plugs.

A great (and pleasant) surprise for me was the discovery that hotels and restaurants in Britain are now smoke free. This is a tremendous improvement for hotels like the Tavistock -- no more smoke haze in the lobby.

I have stayed in a variety of hotels in London over the last five years: my strong impression is that unless you are lucky, or visiting in the winter, you have to pay roughly twice as much per night as at the Tavistock to be pretty sure of getting a better room. If there is a heat wave when you are visiting London, it may make sense to pay for a higher quality hotel, but London heat waves are generally quite infrequent and of short duration.

If you stay at the Tavistock, you are close to many of the major tourist attractions, or an easy bus ride away. London is such a big, busy, city that having a base you can return to for a quick break or an afternoon nap is a big help.

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled solo
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1  Thank Dot33
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Reviewed 3 July 2008

The bedrooms are awful. While sheets were clean, the carpets and other floorcovering were not. The furnishing was spartan and noise inside and outside made it impossible to sleep. The doors on the 'bathroom' would not open fully due to the lack of space.

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled on business
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2  Thank rachel88lo
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Reviewed 25 June 2008

Well, everyone else is correct -- the Tavistock is cheap and conveniently located for tourists. But that's about all it has going for it. Substandard rooms, terrible beds and the worst breakfast I've ever had (how do you screw up scrambled eggs?). There are plenty of other hotels in the same area -- do a little more research and sleep better. This is essentially a hostel with your own bathroom.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank TheRoadtoMajastres
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Reviewed 18 June 2008

Cheap hotel with great location. The bathroom floor was stained and looked dirty, the room tea and coffee facilities were terrible. Some staff are rude, particularly the breakfast staff. The breakfast was terrible, the full English is served buffet style and is served cold. Even the toast was cold and rubbery. The tables are n't cleaned after someone else has eaten at them, we could n't find a table with a clean table cloth thoughout our five day stay. You would often find the crumbs of someone else's breakfast on the table, and the milk was not changed from diner to diner. I personally saw cutlery being dropped on the floor and being placed back in the drawer for use by someone else. I handed back a dirty knife to waiting staff which went straight back in the drawer without being cleaned. The staff don't speak very good English. The only other good point, the beer at the bar seemed cheap!

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Toria0101
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