Firstly on the positive side - for £40 per person for an hotel so close to Kings Cross/St Pancras (literally just across the road) I suppose it doesn't sound too bad - especially if you compare other bigger hotels in the area. Also, despite other reviews to the contrary, we did receive a pleasant and helpful reception on arrival. Our room was on the first floor, so not too bad for hoiking cases upstairs (no lifts). The décor is abominable - tiled walls up the staircase (none of the walls seem to match) - threadbare carpets - no paint on the doors etc. The room itself was overlooking Argyle Square - complete with winos who seemed to be there most of the day until they were locked out later at night. The bathroom was tiny - in the shower the tiled floor seemed to have had a hole hacked in it where the drain was - sharp edges to the drain. The shower was very good despite that. Toilet rolls were located on a shelf high above the toilet - impossible to reach in an emergency ! Small freeview TV - quite adequate. The kettle provided didn't match up with the electric kettle base - had to locate another plug to boil kettle. The plug behind the bedhead was literally hanging off the wall - Health & Safety inspectors would have had a field day ! Breakfast was served - sorry, provided, down in the basement - again flights of threadbare carpeted stairs - tea & coffee via thermos jugs, only cereal was Corn Flakes, then an assortment of fried or scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, tinned tomatoes and toast. We never heard an English voice in the breakfast "area" - either from the guests or the harassed looking staff who were attempting to keep the bain marie stocked. The walls were again tiled - we sat next to a radiator that was absolutely filthy with years of old paint peeling off it. Dirty bottles of ketchup and brown sauce on the table with a small bowl of marmalade - uncovered and looked as though it had been there for weeks. If you are at all queasy, I would recommend foregoing the breakfast and going out for something to eat instead. One other thing to mention - if you do stay there, take some earplugs - the walls are paper thin and you can hear every sound from adjacent rooms.
Taking everything into account, I would never stay there again, although I can imagine that anyone on a limited budget may throw caution to the wind and use this hotel as just a bed for the night.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a bed and breakfast hotel located in a central location in London. Located on a quiet and peaceful square tucked away from the hustle and bustle of London but within 2 minutes walking distance to Kings Cross St Pancras station. We have a fantastic free wifi connection in all rooms. A Full English buffet breakfast is served every morning. All rooms have tea/coffee making facilities and flat screen tv's with all the freeview channels. We re open 24 hours and have a luggage room for those checking in early or those who want to explore London upon checking out.There is easy access to all of Londons Airports from Kings Cross and all the tourist attractions such as Leicester Square, Picadilly Circus and Covent Garden are all within easy reach from Kings Cross Station. ... more less
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