We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Great value in a great location”

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 1 more site!
Mabledon Court Hotel
Ranked #938 of 1,077 Hotels in London
Reviewed 7 May 2013

Very friendly staff - couldn't get away from the chatty guys at reception when I checked in! As other reviewers have said, the rooms are small, but I've stayed in (much) smaller rooms in London! Breakfast was nothing special, but it was fine and included in the (very reasonable) room rate. Great location: easy walking distance from Euston, Kings Cross and St Pancras. It's also just under 3 minutes walk from the British Library (one of my favourite places in London) :-). Oh, and the wifi is free - which is still pretty rare.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled on business
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank Lesley T
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review
Reviews (334)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language

141 - 147 of 334 reviews

Reviewed 8 April 2013

If you are using a sat nav to get to the Mabledon Court Hotel the post code is WC1H 9BA but there is no dedicated free parking so you will need to locate a nearby pay and display car park. If arriving by train, probably to Euston Station, you should turn left outside the main station entrance where the bus stands are and follow the road, curving to the right down to Euston Road (the main one running across your path). Cross over, turn left and continue along until you encounter Mableton Place on your right and the hotel is about 80-100 metres down on the right side. In total it’s around 12-15 minute’s walk depending on how fast you go. The nearest tube station is at King’s Cross/St.Pancras around 8-10 minute’s walk in the other direction along Euston Road.

It is conveniently located being close to the main road but not bothered by noise from it and only a few minute’s walk from the British Library, while the British Museum is about 1km to the South, maybe a little less.

The hotel has a small frontage, across the road from the NUT offices. It is glass fronted and looks like a 1970’s build. As you enter there is a small reception area with no seating where you check in. As is typical you pick up your key here and leave it when you go out but a nice touch was to be asked a couple of details to check our ID when we came back to ask for it so they were security conscious. I have been surprised how many hotels I’ve stayed in that just handed the room key over when asked for it. To the left of the counter is the door leading through to the hotel and, unless they have another way in, you would have real trouble here if you are a wheelchair user. In fact I wouldn’t say the Mabeldon Court is a particularly good choice if you are. Going through this door, immediately to the right is the door to the office, but a second is only about 1m in front of you and slightly offset to the first making it a bit of a squeeze to go through. We were handed our key but no-one showed us up to our room and as far as I could see during our stay there is only one person on duty at a time. Once through the stairs are to the right. There is a lift here too but it’s of an older design so you have to open the sliding outer door then the ‘cage’ style inner door yourself and close them firmly before the lift will operate. Herein lies another problem if you are likely to struggle with the stairs. I did try the lift and it worked fine on the second attempt, but on the first it didn’t come down when called. I realised when I went up the stairs that this was because someone hadn’t fully closed the doors after use so it was stranded on the first floor. We were staying on the first floor in a standard double room and found there is a double door to the corridor that acts as a fire door. This had a fairly powerful spring and being a double door meant another narrow squeeze through so again not good if you use a wheelchair.

To sum up our room the positive points would be as follows:

o A nicely laid out tray with kettle providing tea and coffee making facilities that were replenished daily (photo). More were available on request and at no additional charge.
o Colour TV, wall mounted in the corner of the room (photo).
o Hair dryer conveniently located on the wall near the dresser.
o A comfortable double bed (photo).
o Good curtains with no daylight leaking through.
o Enough coat hangers albeit not of the same kind.
o Clean linen, changed while we were there.
o Good quality toilet roll.

Some of these seem like very minor points and perhaps things you think should be taken for granted, but the fact is if they are missing or the quality is poor then you notice and they can detract from the quality of your stay.

Minus points would include the following:

• Not much storage (a crude wardrobe by the door and two shelves in a cupboard - photo).
• No room safe - you need to use the office safe and there are notices referring you to the provisions of the Hotel Proprietor’s Act of 1956 that make it seem like they want to avoid liability rather than offer a service.
• Condensation on the window that was so bad they had left a towel running along the sill inside (photo) – not a good impression to leave with guests.
• Wear and some staining on the chair (photo) and the curtains.
• Noise – if we muted the sound on the TV we could listen to our neighbour’s set without difficulty. Not good if they watch until midnight as ours did but also not their fault. The floors were also a bit creaky so we could hear the guests upstairs walk around and no doubt we could be heard downstairs.
• The room wasn’t very big so the bed was against the wall restricting the movement of whoever lay on that side and meaning he/she had to climb across the end of the bed or the other person (photo).
• The shower was a basic type so you have to turn on both hot and cold and attempt to get the temperature right for you.
• The shower head was discoloured and a drain in the toilet/shower floor hadn’t been cleaned and had hair in it. They presumably have checklists that either aren’t being followed or that aren’t comprehensive enough.

The rooms felt a little ‘box like’ and there seem to be a good few negatives compared to the positives here. Bearing in mind this is at the economy end of the range as London Hotels go and my wife said she would think of it as being a bit like a good quality youth hostel in terms of the room we stayed in, there were still points that could and in the case of the shower room should have been improved. Stained furnishings create a poor impression for anyone and cleaning or replacement don’t represent a major investment, but to see green tarnishing under the shower head (photo) and hair in the drainage hole in the floor (photo) are a matter of proper cleaning and any hotel should ensure it’s done. This I would have to count as a failing whatever the price. We paid £90 a night through a discount booking site, but I have looked at room availability on the Mabeldon Court website at the price of such a room per night over a period of one week and found it varying from £95 on a Saturday to £165 on a Wednesday. I don’t know how this is worked out but would strongly suggest that you try to book using a discount site and certainly think the upper end of this scale is too expensive for what is on offer. We wouldn’t have been happy to pay more than we did even in London.

The price included breakfast which was good. From the ground floor head downstairs and head around to the right to pass through a sort of lounge area. If you are looking for a leaflet rack for information on local attractions you will find it here. Straight ahead of you here is the door to the dining room. Breakfast at the time of writing is served between 7:30 and 9:00am and we saw the door being closed promptly at 9:00 so don’t be late. Most people during our stay seemed to turn up in the last 20 minutes too so if you want to choose your spot or have a quieter breakfast you should aim for an earlier one. The dining room is on two levels and in contrast to the room we stayed in the furniture was clean and well kept. In fact the dining room felt light and airy even though the tables were quite close together. The decor was pleasant and restful and it had the feel of a very good tea-rooms (photo). Heading to the far end to the right takes you up a few steps where you will find metal tables and metal/faux wicker chairs that are still comfortable but not so good to look at. The attraction here is that the tables are located under a large sloping glass skylight that gives brighter natural light. The view is only of the buildings behind, looming over the dining room, but this was a popular spot.

There was a small self-service buffet area with muesli and a range of single portion packet cereals, there was fruit in the form of sliced peaches, prunes and melon and a bowl of apples. Apple and orange juice was available to drink. Toast was promptly served as we sat down (packets of jam or marmalade were on the buffet table) and tea or coffee was served very quickly. We were subsequently asked if we wanted more toast each time. We were also asked if we wanted the cooked breakfast. This consisted of egg (fried, poached or scrambled), baked beans, sausage, bacon, mushroom, tomato and grilled tomato with fried bread. We asked if we could have this without meat (i.e. as a vegetarian option) and this was no problem, though the other portions weren’t increased to make up for the missing bacon or sausage. If you like a hearty breakfast you will probably need to enjoy some extra toast or cereal as the portions were quite small and seemed a little inconsistent. The fried bread consisted of two very small triangles of bread, I received ½ a tomato (my wife got a full one); there were about two good desert spoonfuls of beans and one egg. Even in a budget hotel a full tomato and some extra baked beans can’t make that big a dent in profits. From a vegan standpoint you are probably going to be limited to fruit and toast though you could ask as the staff were a strong point at the hotel. The young woman who served our breakfast was watchful, attentive, friendly and very efficient without being at all intrusive. She just seemed to appear when needed which is exactly right. The two gentlemen we encountered on reception too could only be described as friendly and very helpful so the staff we encountered were good.

On leaving checkout was by 11:00am and we were allowed to leave our cases in the office behind the reception desk for several hours without any problems.

Overall I think my wife’s description of the room as like a good hostel was probably about right. This is a budget hotel but the shower room should have been cleaner and towels to soak up the condensation as well as stains on curtain and chair are not good points and should be attended to. Of course we only saw one room and I have no idea if this was typical. The location is good and the staff couldn’t be faulted for their helpful and friendly approach. I would recommend that anyone staying here should book through a discount or late deal website because the higher end of the price range being asked for rooms like the one we stayed in is too high even for Marylebone.

Room Tip: Aim to breakfast earlier if you want to choose where you sit. Try asking if there are any quiet room...
See more room tips
  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
2  Thank Geobar01
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 5 March 2013

Unless you need a lot of room, this is a very reasonably priced hotel within walking distance of Euston and Kings Cross/St Pancras Stations.

Breakfast, pleasingly included in the price unlike many london hotels, is served in a well lit dining area which is larger than might be expected in a hotel of this size. There is no bar or evening dining but, although I didn't have chance to use it, there is a pub next door and restaurants on Euston Road and surrounding areas are minutes away. Even if you want to venture further, the tube is minutes away as are many bus routes.

The rooms are small and designed for short stays. I am staying there for 3 nights soon so I'll see if I still feel the same then.

The staff are friendly and very approachable and the 24 hour reception desk alleviates any concerns about when you need to return or remembering to take a key out with you.

As I've said, I will be staying again and would have no hesitatioon in recommending this hotel for short stays in London.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled on business
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
2  Thank Richard1964
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 26 February 2013

It was ok for an overnight stop but anything longer than that I would probably stay elsewhere. Very small rooms BUT very cheap price, you get what you pay for.

The Pro's

Cheap
Great location for Euston and Kings Cross Station
Friendly staff
Clean
Free WiFi

The Con's

Room was tiny, just big enough for a bed (which was also tiny - two pillows struggled to fit onto it).
I'm 5 ft 9" and had to crouch in the shower to wash my hair as my head touched the shower head.
Toilet roll was the cheapest of toilet rolls I've ever used, a bit rough so to speak!

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled on business
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank LeeLad82
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 24 February 2013

Having stayed here many times I thought it was time to share.

A bargain of a hotel with small but clean rooms that serve the purpose for such a good price. With lots of options near by for food and very handy for both Euston and Kings Cross stations.

If you are looking for functional accommodation and nothing fancy this great little hotel scarves the purpose. Ad you get a great breakfast as well.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled on business
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank Kenneth1964
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 31 January 2013

I booked this hotel late and paid £65. Sure the room was small but it was spotless and had tea and coffee facilities, a hairdryer and a TV. With an english breakfast cooked fresh to order (you don't get that in many hotels these days!) this hotel was excellent for my one night stopover. It is only a short walk to Euston and Kings Cross St Pancras railway and underground stations.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled solo
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
2  Thank robtee1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 11 January 2013

The Mabledon Court is located a few blocks from St. Pancreas station, so it was a convenient choice when I had a train connection. It's an easy walk over to the hotel, and the area has many shops, restaurants, and the British Library nearby. The desk needs to ring you into the lobby, but otherwise, check-in was handled well and the staff was helpful in keeping my luggage there while I attended meetings. The hotel has narrow corridors, many interior doors and short steps, so it's not easily accessible. There is a curious lift with inner and outer doors to close before it works, but preferable to the steep stairs.

Rooms are tiny but comfortable, a bed tucked into one corner, a desk and television along an adjacent wall. There was little street noise or sound from adjacent rooms. There is a tea/coffee set, and the bathroom was clean and complete. The shower, a stall with extended curtain and no tub, had adequate hot water but moderate pressure.

There is a sitting room in the basement and a breakfast nook that serves a nice buffet and a wonderful cooked breakfast. The staff was polite and helpful, they brought two pots of coffee to the table and were attentive to the couples, families, and occasional business folks that were resident. Overall, good value for the money if you don't mind a cozy room.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled on business
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank DaveH-ExPat
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these London hotels
Bloomsbury
Crestfield Hotel
Crestfield Hotel
#556 of 1,077 in London
940 reviews
Bloomsbury
Avonmore Hotel
Avonmore Hotel
#904 of 1,077 in London
154 reviews
Bloomsbury
Hotel Melville
Hotel Melville
#851 of 1,077 in London
449 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
Bloomsbury
Albion House Hotel
Albion House Hotel
#949 of 1,077 in London
293 reviews
Bloomsbury
The Euro Hotel
The Euro Hotel
#464 of 1,077 in London
735 reviews
Bloomsbury
Mentone Hotel
Mentone Hotel
#582 of 1,077 in London
583 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Mabledon Court Hotel? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Mabledon Court Hotel

Address: 10-11 Mabledon Place | Bloomsbury, Camden, London WC1H 9AZ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > London > Bloomsbury , Euston / Kings Cross /St Pancras
Amenities:
Hotel Style:
Ranked #938 of 1,077 Hotels in London
Price Range: £64 - £133 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Mabledon Court Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Friendly hotel run by same family for three generations, set in the heart of Bloomsbury in a quiet neighborhood, near shopping. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Odigeo, TripOnline SA, Evoline ltd and HotelsClick so you can book your Mabledon Court Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Mabledon Court London
Hotel Mabledon Court

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing