So my wife's company had an event on so they provided hotel accomodation for the night due to late working. I stayed too as the next day it would save on the commute in to work for me.
I absolutely hated the room as it was tiny and the bed was awful. Had a horrible night's sleep and now i'm immensely tired at work. I should've stayed home.
However, it is important to be objective as this hotel provides budget rooms which is what I stayed in, so I guess I got what my wife's company paid for. The other thing is that we usually stay in 4*/5* hotels on holiday so I can't really compare.
Very small and the only space to manoeuvre is around the bed but miraculously they still manage to squeeze in a desk with a chair. There is small wall mounted TV which gives some channels. Good quality kettle so the facilties are fine for a budget room. Bathroom is tiny but adequate for a budget room. Problem I had was the temperature, it was baking in the room and if you opened the window there was simply too much noise from Tottenham Court Road (buses, cars, garbage men, people... it's always busy!). There is a built in fan/air con but that also makes way too much noise so it was incredibly difficult to sleep. No issue with cleanliness although the bathroom sink had some cracks, but it's a budget room so let's not complain too much.
What little contact I had with them I have no complaints. They were polite and took care of any queries. Reception may be small but there are plenty of people at reception.
This is what you are paying for. You're practically right outside Tottenham Court Road station so you couldn't be in a better location for the West End. Bars, clubs, restaurants, theatres, etc are all walking distance. You are on Oxford Street so in shopping heaven if that's your thing.
From a tourist's perspective (or a group on a night out) if all you need is a place to stay and you are not concerned about luxury then you could stay here. I would always say that as a tourist sacrifice on luxury for location on a major city break, unless cost is no issue for you. I was given this advice when I went to Paris and I'm glad I took it. As a tourist you will not spend much time in the hotel so location in my opinion should be a priority. Otherwise you end up spending a small fortune on cabs!
I would definitely not stay at this hotel again and I think my wife's company paid about £100 for the room. For that amount of money I'm sure you could fine something much nicer but just a little further away from the West End. However, £100 for that location would probably be considered very cheap!
With this place it really does depend on what you want and what your budget is.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Location Location Location! The St Giles London (A St Giles Classic Hotel) is arguably one of the most central hotels in the capital. Guests can walk to many major attractions and places to visit. Located in the heart of the West End, only 50 yards to Tottenham Court Road Station. Rooms are compact but well appointed, with a range of standard, deluxe and executive rooms for all budgets. ... more less
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