The Arran House Hotel went above and beyond our expectations for a good family hotel.
We read about it on trip advisor and thought the reviews sounded pretty good. We ( 2 adults and 2 teenagers) wanted each to have our own beds and this hotel caters to that in the form of single beds. A selling point for us. The price was very good at $200.00 Canadian for a room with 4 single beds and a bath with shower.
The hotel was easy to locate and they met us at the door for check-in which was prompt and professional. Alot of the reviews complain about room size but we had a 4 single bed room with plenty of floor space and a nice high ceiling. The bathroom was small, about the size of a cruise ship bathroom, with poor ventilation. We were there in July and the temperatures were in the 30's with high humidity. With no air conditioning it was hot. They have a couple of fans which helped a bit. But we didn't find the second fan until we were ready to check out after 4 hot nights! You could also open the windows but the air outside was just as hot as the air inside.
The bathroom was small but managable. There was no counter space. The water temperature and pressure was excellent. I did not check the communal bathroom but have heard on these reviews that they are fine.
We had a room on the street but with the fan going and being so tired from walking all over the place in the heat, the little amount of traffic that was there did not bother us. They have noise proof windows that make a big difference as well.
Breakfast was included and was delicious. They only put out small portions of the hot food and keep it constantly resplenished so it is not left sitting in the steam trays. They had baked beans, mushrooms, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, fried tomato's, 3 cold cereals, oatmeal, toast, peaches, water, coffee (good coffee!) tea and juice. Thhey had several tables for 2 or 3, 1 for 5 and 1 for 8. I can't say enough good things about the breakfast.
WIFI was available and internet 1 pound for 20 minutes or 2pounds 50 pence for 1 hour.
They have laundry facilities which I did not check into.
The location was prime, 45 minute walk to downtown tourist area, 10 minute walk to Euston and Goodge tube stations.The staff was helpful with directions and general questions. Very friendlly and pleasant. We were also a 20 minute walk from Kings Cross and Pancras train Station.
Beds were very comfortable with white duvets and sheetrs (so you know if they're clean or not, they were) There was a tv in the room and phones that you dial 9 to get an outside line. Coffee and tea makers in room.
They have a very English back garden with wild flowers and no borders or any real plans to the garden, just Mother Nature. There were 2 resident bunnies and of course ashtrays for all of us who still like to smoke on occasion.
Within 10 minutes to Marks and Spencer grocery store, Boots pharmacy and Mcdonalds, Burger King, KFC, Etc. Also near the British Museum and the British Library.
Overall it was very clean and the staff were very friendly and helpful. I would recommend this Hotel to anyone not wanting the usual Holiday Inn or Hiloton Etc. It's unique and homey with an overall relaxed atmosphere.
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- Also Known As:
- Arran House London
- Arran Hotel