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The County Hotel
Ranked #518 of 956 Speciality Lodging in London
Reviewed 2 May 2014

Having read several not to flattering reviews of the county hotel I was a bit wary when booking, but there was football to watch and the tube strike made it impossible to return home the same night. The reception was clean and spacious the check in was efficient and easy. the twin room with shared bath was clean warm and exactly what you need for one night. We returned after the game and the porter was pleasant and gave us our key with minimal fuss. we had a decent nights sleep and the complimentary breakfast was warm and tasty. I cannot understand some of the complaints on this site about this hotel. my experience was positive and for £66 for a twin room with breakfast in the centre of the most expensive city out there was a bargain.

Room Tip: the higher the better for traffic noise
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

We enjoyed our stay at the county hotel .the staff where helpful & friendly the room was clean & plenty of towels . the breakfast was lovely its been a long time since I have seen smoked haddock on a breakfast menu & all of it nice & hot We thought it was very good value for money will be back later this year. To all the hard working staff keep up the good work & Thank you for helping to make it a great weekend.

Room Tip: Higher room at the back of the hotel.
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Hazzacleveland
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Reviewed 17 April 2014

The first thing I noticed was the smell, it is in need of a refurbishment, while the bed linen was clean the beds were like camp beds. There were 3 beds in our small room and there were only 2 of us. We had to climb over one bed to get to the hand basin. A good lick of paint is needed throughout. Piles of used laundry left in hall ways and in huge cages just outside the dining room. Housing Keeping woke us up at 8.15am. Breakfast was ok and the staff were quite friendly.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Christine C
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Reviewed 10 April 2014

It crosses the wrong side of the budget vs cheap and nasty line occasionally - rooms tiny, scruffy, sometimes dirty, very noisy. Shared bathrooms. No heat or ac in some rooms and if you try and open the window it's really really noisy from the traffic. Small tv in rooms functional wifi in reception area. Breakfast acceptable. BUT it's central London and the cost is £52.....difficult to argue with that!

Stayed: April 2014, travelled on business
Thank Mark V
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Reviewed 29 March 2014

Just OK. Very basic rooms. Worn carpets, old furniture. Bare fluorescent tubes. Shared WC down the hall. Quite noisy.

Clean and adequately comfortable though, and hard to beat the price in this location.

No Wi-Fi.

Stayed: March 2014, travelled on business
1  Thank TravelinFamilyBoston
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Reviewed 29 March 2014 via mobile

Second stay at this great little budget hotel. Yes, it's basic, shared bathrooms and no frills. However spotlessly clean room with comfortable bed, adequate limitless buffet breakfast and only £52 a night. The low cost makes your money go so much further during your stay in London.

The County Hotel will be my first choice next time in London.

To the people who complain, go somewhere else and pay 3, 4 or 5 times the room rate if you can afford it. And then you would still complain!

Stayed: March 2014, travelled solo
3  Thank Kevin E
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Reviewed 24 March 2014

We stay in the Euston/King Cross area at least once a month for early Eurostar starts the next day. We're typically budget travelers, wouldn't spend above £100 usually on a room.

The County is horrible. It's a large hotel and the reception doesn't look too bad. The staff were alright, though they couldn't check me in without a paper printout even though I had the reference number on my phone, which is a bit outdated. Also do away with the porter desk, you're employing someone to solely hand out keys? That is what the reception is for. Then you could spend the money elsewhere, because lord knows the place needs it. The old (antique?) tube map in the reception is a novelty, but suspect it's just never been moved from when the place last had a refurb (50's? 70's?)

First disappointment, non ensuite rooms even though no mention of this when booking through hoteltopia. When brought this up with the reception staff they said it was the websites mistake, we'd need to take it up with the booking site. We said can we pay some more to move into an ensuite room, and they said they don't have them. Honestly, what hotel doesn't have ensuite rooms in this day and age? Just call yourself a hostel already.

The rooms look like a 50's catholic orphanage. Bare, run down, old spindly wooden furniture. The TV didn't work, only one plug socket, very basic tea facilities with no milk, scratchy orphan blankets.

The icing on the cake was when we tried to get to sleep, and the noise of the traffic outside roared through the wobbly single glazed unsealable old window all night. I think I slept two hours w/ ear plugs. We were going to ask to change rooms but the reception wasn't manned at 12am. Who knew that 'well this is a budget place' equates to 'pay money for us to keep you awake all night'. Didn't even risk breakfast, just wanted to get to next destination to make up for lost night's sleep.

What a dump.

Places we've stayed in the area that weren't much more expensive and a whole load better: Euston and Kings Cross (Pentonville Road) Travelodges, Arriva Hotel, Swinton Hotel (used to be the worst until we came across the County), Globe Hotel Euston, Clink Hostel, Tune Hotel, just to name a few.

DO NOT STAY AT THE COUNTY. We will not be back.

Room Tip: One in a different hotel.
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled on business
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5  Thank Lou S
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Additional Information about The County Hotel

Address: Russell Square | Upper Woburn Place, London WC1H 0JW, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > London > Bloomsbury , Euston / Kings Cross /St Pancras
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #518 of 956 Speciality Lodging in London
Price Range: £57 - £92 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The County Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 175
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Offering exceptional value in an excellent central location, the County Hotel is the perfect place to relax after a busy day exploring the city. A short walk from three mainline stations, it's also halfway between world-renowned Oxford Street shopping and the food, fashion and festival atmosphere of Camden Market. Small and friendly, it's become the essential central London choice for sightseers and shoppers on a budget. All 175 rooms have wash-basins and bathrooms are shared between four rooms. But there's more to the County than resting your head - be sure to begin your London experience with our complimentary English breakfast. It's hearty enough to fuel even the most action-packed stay in the capital. ... more   less 
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