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“Comfortable Hotel - central location” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Thistle Holborn, The Kingsley

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Thistle Holborn, The Kingsley
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2SD, England (Camden / Primrose Hill)   |  
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Ranked #120 of 1,066 Hotels in London
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174 reviews 174 reviews
33 hotel reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
“Comfortable Hotel - central location”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

The Hotel is in a really good location and is about a 5 minutes walk to Holborn tube station and walking distance to Shaftesbury Avenue, Chinatown and Leicester Square. When we checked in we were advised that we had been upgraded to an Executive room. The room was comfortable but the bathroom was in need of refurbishment as it looked a few years old and looked well worn. We didnt eat in the hotel as we preferred to explore London. A good central, reasonably priced hotel for a base if you have a packed agenda when in London.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013 via mobile

Close to everything central London, large, quiet room and reasonable rates. Huge room by any European standard. Only issue was no free Internet. Always check out this hotel and its sisters when I hit London.

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Paul K, General Manager at Thistle Holborn, The Kingsley, responded to this review, May 13, 2013
Dear Reviewer, Thank you for your feedback, Im glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. The hotel now has free WiFi for all guests. I look forward to welcoming you back to the hotel in the near future. Kind regards Paul Knightley General Manager The Kingsley by Thistle
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

We had quite a good experience at the Thistle. Location is fantastic and rooms comfortable, well decorated and quiet. Staff are professional and helpful. Prices vary dramatically depending on when you book - so I would suggest booking early. For the cheaper rate we paid - we were exceptionally satisfied, particularly being upgraded to a junior suite. This room was brilliant. Overall, we would definitely stay if paying an advanced booking, discounted rate. I'm not sure it is worth the advertised rack rate though.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paul K, General Manager at Thistle Holborn, The Kingsley, responded to this review, May 13, 2013
Dear Reviewer, Thank you for your feedback, Im glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and that the team looked after you. With regards to rates available our best rates are always available at thistle.com. I look forward to welcoming you back to the hotel in the near future. Kind regards Paul Knightley General Manager The Kingsley by Thistle
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Toronto, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

Excellent customer service at the front desk. Good location within 10-15 min walk to picadilly circus, theatre district etc. right around the corner from the british museum. Nice clean rooms and good food if you`re too tired to go out and eat. This was our first family trip from Canada to London and the hotel staff were very accommodating and friendly. Would highly recommend

Room Tip: Rqst junior suite if you have a 2 small kids so they can sleep on the pull out couch/bed. We booked...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paul K, General Manager at Thistle Holborn, The Kingsley, responded to this review, May 13, 2013
Dear Reviewer, Thank you for your feedback, Im glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and that the team looked after you. I look forward to welcoming you back to the hotel in the near future. Kind regards Paul Knightley General Manager The Kingsley by Thistle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013 via mobile

We love to come back to The Kingsley where we always receive a warm friendly welcome and can be assured of a comfortable room and excellent breakfast whilst being within walking distance of many theatre and shopping venues. Having joined the Signature club, we took advantage of a free Sunday night stay and a Sunday meal which made the stay excellent value. Will be repeating the experience soon I hope.

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Paul K, General Manager at Thistle Holborn, The Kingsley, responded to this review, May 13, 2013
Dear Reviewer, Thank you for your feedback, Im glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and that the team looked after you. I look forward to welcoming you back to the hotel in the near future. Kind regards Paul Knightley General Manager The Kingsley by Thistle
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

We had a reception with a hot buffet for 50 guests .The venue, The kingsly resaurant , had been thoughtfully set up with the tables in sensible groupings ,with table cloths and flowers . The food was excelent and beautifully presented (and there was plenty of it ) The staff looked after us beautifully and it seemed that nothing was too much trouble . They even provided pizza for the 6 children which we had not thought to ask for.
I would highly recomend the Hotel if you are wanting a reception in central London .
Jenny D

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paul K, General Manager at Thistle Holborn, The Kingsley, responded to this review, May 13, 2013
Dear Reviewer, Thank you for your feedback, Im glad that you enjoyed your event with us and that the team looked after you. Congratulations on your recent wedding and the team at The Kingsley wish you all the happiness for the future. Kind regards Paul Knightley General Manager The Kingsley by Thistle
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Hong Kong
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

The location of the hotel is great. Walking distance to nearly all the key spots from shopping to covent garden and great restaurants around too.

Service staff were friendly and patient. Didn't hit the bar or restaurant so no opinion on that, but some some cool funky modern elements when you go through check in and the lobby.

All in all this is a good hotel and good value

Room Tip: 5 minutes walking distance to covent garden
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Paul K, General Manager at Thistle Holborn, The Kingsley, responded to this review, May 13, 2013
Dear Reviewer, Thank you for your feedback, Im glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and that the team looked after you. I look forward to welcoming you back to the hotel in the near future. Kind regards Paul Knightley General Manager The Kingsley by Thistle
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Address: Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2SD, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Camden / Primrose Hill , Covent Garden
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#82 Family Hotel in London
#93 Romantic Hotel in London
#97 Luxury Hotel in London
#119 Business Hotel in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Thistle Holborn, The Kingsley 4*
Number of rooms: 129
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Following a recent extensive £10 million restoration and refurbishment program at the hotel, every area of the hotel has been transformed – our bedrooms have been completely modernised with a contemporary design and vibrant soft furnishings. Our public areas reflect the new contemporary style but retain elements of the hotel’s traditional Edwardian features. London landmarks like the British Museum and Covent Garden and Oxford Street are within easy walking distance. Just five minutes from Holborn and Tottenham Court Road Tube Stations. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
The Kingsley By Thistle Hotel London
Kingsley By Thistle London
Thistle Bloomsbury
Kingsley By Thistle Hotel London
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