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“Price is right!” 4 of 5 stars
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Crescent Hotel
49-50 Cartwright Gardens | Bloomsbury, London WC1H 9EL, England (Bloomsbury / Holborn)   |  
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Ranked #410 of 1,065 Hotels in London
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Price is right!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

The Crescent Hotel is a lovely Georgian era building nestled into a row of several similar hotels in a mostly residential neighborhood near King's Cross/St. Pancras, UCL, The British Museum, and Russel Square. There is a fairly lively commercial area just one block away with plenty of mid-range restaurants, a few pubs, and general sense of youth and activity. The street is occasionally loud late at night when pubs let out (to be fair, we were there during The World Cup).

The room we had was clean and certainly perfectly fine for sleeping a family of four. It was VERY small, but we expected that and really only needed a room for sleeping. These aren't luxury accommodations, to be sure, but they are clean and pleasant-- with a good sense of architecture and history-- including oddly-shaped doors to accommodate the settling of the building and so on.

The wireless signal was weak and erratic.

Breakfast was plentiful and tasty, but certainly not fancy by any stretch. It was served by efficient, friendly staff. It includes bacon or sausage and eggs, but fewer baked options. The breakfast room is a little small for the number of guests and one morning we had to wait just a couple minutes for a table to open up.

The staff overall was competent, helpful, and generally friendly, if a little stiff at times.

Overall, this was a perfectly pleasant place to stay. It's strong points are definitely location and price!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

the hotel is located near st pancras and russel subwaystation. the beds are very comfortable en the breakfast is served fresh ( no buffet) . staff is very friendly and its very quiet at night. overal a very nice experience

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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cheshire
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

I needed a hotel near to Euston station.
I got this at a cheap price and included Breakfast.
The woman on reception was friendly enough,Room was what I expected and shared bathroom and toilets very clean.
Breakfast was full English and nice too.
Bed was comfy,Tea and coffee facilities and a tv were there for use.
I would stay here again,I don't think you could find a cheaper hotel offering the same as the crescent and the Location is perfect,Just 5 - 10 minute walk from Euston Station.

Room Tip: If you are an older person as for a room as near to the ground as the stairs are very steep and narr...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

After searching for so long for a decent, budget hotel in London, I finally booked at the Crescent hotel. I was kinda surprised when I got there with the good quality of the hotel. The room was really small and the stairs to get there tiny. The room itself though was comfortable, clean with a shower and sink was shich very convenient. The shared toilets were very clean as well. The location is very convenient as it's a walking distance from King's cross station. The breakfast was very good with cereal, toast, marmalade, eggs, bacon and sausage. The staff though is not very friendly but efficient. I also didn't have a safe in my room.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Gorleston-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Small Hotel that punches above its weight. Located in a leafy crescent, beside a small park in Bloomsbury and only minutes away, on foot, from St Pancras International, Kings Cross and Euston stations. Surrounded by good pubs & eateries. Clean and well run, this privately owned hotel offers comfortable, affordable and clean. A good breakfast in a pleasant breakfast room sets you up (and saves money) for the day. The reception staff are lovely and provide a pleasant & helpful service. I almost hesitate to recommend this hotel so highly as it's always my first choice when visiting London and I'd rather keep it to myself. But that wouldn't be fair.

Room Tip: Rooms at the rear of the hotel are quiet - not so much those at the front. The rooms have no A/C...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Geneva, Switzerland
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133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

Much better than nearby hotels in the same class.

Breakfast and breakfast staff were very good. Rooms are not most up to date but well looked after, clean and tidy. Shared bathrooms were tidy clean and plenty of space.

Reception staff were very gruff for no reason.

Would stay again.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Very central location, nice neighbourhood that felt safe, also at night

Moderately clean: towels, pillows and teacups in my room were stained, but were promptly replaced. Shared bathrooms were clean.

All single rooms are facing the street and located at the top floor of the building. It's good to know when booking that the building's isolation against heat and noise are not up to today's standards.

Although it's a quiet area, I found a lot of sound coming in from the street (cars passing, people talking, tennis playing in the park), as well as the usual sounds from other guests closing doors and moving around on the corridors.

The doors to the rooms are old wooden ones with cracks through which the lights from the corridors shines through at the edges. This means that the room will not be dark at night, as the light couldn't be switched off due to safety precautions.

I imagine the room will get rather hot in summer time, as it was already palpable that the temperature was increasing. Also, smell of English breakfast is overwhelming in the morning.

Breakfast itself is alright. Friendly staff. Hotel seems to attract polite guests.

Room Tip: All single rooms are facing the street and located at the top floor of the building. It's good t...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 49-50 Cartwright Gardens | Bloomsbury, London WC1H 9EL, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Bloomsbury / Holborn
Amenities:
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Ranked #410 of 1,065 Hotels in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 27
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