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Bloomsbury Park - A Thistle Associate Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   126 Southampton Row, London WC1B 5AD, England (Camden / Primrose Hill)   |  
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Ranked #377 of 1,066 Hotels in London
Lymm, United Kingdom
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“Comfortable, clean and modern”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

After spending two nights in a pretty poor hotel in London, taking the last two nights in this one was exactly the right choice. The Thistle Bloomsbury is a place that belies its price. It is not expensive for a London hotel, and while its location isn't really central to much at all, it sits very close to tube stops to ensure it can still work well as a base to explore from.

The rooms are not huge, but well equipped and comfortable, and certainly very clean. Breakfast is good, the staff are attentive and courteous and free wifi is always welcome.

My only minor gripe comes from having four different service staff all enter my room in the middle of the day, AFTER it had already been cleaned, in the space of about twenty minutes. One intrusion is understandable, but frequent invasions start to grate.

Otherwise a good stay and a hotel worth recommending.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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GTHotels, General Manager at Bloomsbury Park - A Thistle Associate Hotel, responded to this review, March 1, 2013
Dear Sionel,
Thanks for your kind review. I'm glad to hear that you had an enjoyable stay with us at Bloomsbury Park. I apologise for the repeated service calls, this is an isolated issue which we shall resolve. It's great to see that you found the team friendly and breakfast to your liking. We are really pleased to now offer fast and free wifi to all of our guests so glad you were able to make use of it.
I do hope to welcome you back to Bloomsbury Park in the near future. Thanks again.
Best Regards
Glenn
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12 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Just back from a visit to this Hotel and found it very good and value for money. We had a room on the 2nd floor overlooking a back courtyard, which although it didn't have any views was a lot quieter than being on the main road at the front. Very comfy bed (2 singles put together), 2 armchairs and a table and good dressing table with mirror above it which was handy for drying hair! Small but very clean bathroom so no complaints. We were on a DBB rate booked through Hotel Connexions so we got a good rate. As dinner was included you could pick anything from the Bistro menu so again this was good value and the food was very good and freshly cooked. The breakfast selection was excellent and all the staff were very friendly and helpful. Only downside is the noise from the corridor with people arriving home late at night and we had an adjoining door in our room so the soundproofing was poor.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GTHotels, General Manager at Bloomsbury Park - A Thistle Associate Hotel, responded to this review, February 26, 2013
Dear travelmum,

Thank you for your recent review of Bloomsbury Park. We are delighted to hear that you had a comfortable stay with us, and hope to welcome you back again soon.

Best Regards
Glenn
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Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

Small bur comfortable room. Very clean, friendly helpful staff. Did not eat in but enjoyed local patisserie for Breakfast and nearby restaurants. Within a mile of many key attractions and very close to the British Museum.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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GTHotels, General Manager at Bloomsbury Park - A Thistle Associate Hotel, responded to this review, February 22, 2013
Dear Linda T,
Thanks for taking the time to review Bloomsbury Park. It's great to hear that you had en enjoyable stay with us. We hope to see you again.
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

My wife and myself spent 1 night here in a standard room on the top floor. The room was spacious, clean and looked as if it was fairly recently decorated. Nice bathroom with plenty a space for unpacking your toilet bag. Nice shower over the bath too.

Reception was quick, friendly and efficent. All the staff were helpful and cheerful.

There is a proper "grown-up" bar area (not just part of reception) which makes a nice change these days.

The location is about as central as you can get and if you can get a good deal (we paid £110) it is excellent value for money.

Room Tip: Top floor rooms very quiet.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GTHotels, General Manager at Bloomsbury Park - A Thistle Associate Hotel, responded to this review, February 22, 2013
Dear Reviewer,

Thanks for taking the time to write a great review of Bloomsbury Park. We are delighted to hear that you had an enjoyable stay with us. Thanks in articular for highlighting the service experience your received from our cheerful team. They are pleased to hear you thoughts.
We hope to welcome you back again soon.

Best Regards
Glenn
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Stafford
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

Stayed at the Bloomsbury Park hotel for a long weekend for my 60th birthday.The reception staff were exceptional with the check, let us have the room early which was a bonus.Five minutes after being in the room a bottle of wine and birthday card was bought up to our room,a very thoughtful gesture.We had a wonderful room on the 6th floor,no complaints with it whatsoever.Good choice of food for breakfast although at £10 a little expensive, but it is London.Hotel is 15 minutes walk from Euston and 15 Minuets to Oxford street.All in all a very pleasant stay, Would recommend.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GTHotels, General Manager at Bloomsbury Park - A Thistle Associate Hotel, responded to this review, February 20, 2013
Dear Johnto,
Thanks for your review. I was delighted to hear that you enjoyed your birthday weekend at Bloomsbury Park. I will share your thoughts with the team who will be really pleased to learn that they were able to make your 60th birthday special. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!
Best Regards
Glenn
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

The Bloomsbury Park's location is great, 3 min walk from Holborn tube station and less than 10 mins walk to Covent Garden. My room was clean and nicely furnished and the hotel was quiet. I didn't use the restaurant for dinner as I ate out, but was horrified at the price of breakfast, at over £20, but I think this is normal for London hotels. Fortunately there are enough places to go for a more reasonably priced breakfast nearby, including a plethora of coffee shops just next door.

I had a very nice stay and would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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GTHotels, General Manager at Bloomsbury Park - A Thistle Associate Hotel, responded to this review, February 19, 2013
Dear Kate81_11,

Thanks so much for taking the time to share your thoughts following your recent stay at Bloomsbury Park. It is great to hear that you found our location and comfort suited your needs.
It's a shame you weren’t able to try our breakfast, which is great value at £10 per person for a full English buffet breakfast, including unlimited Tea, Coffee, Juice etc...It's definitely worth trying next time. Thanks again for your comments, we hope to see you again soon in London.

Best Regards
Glenn
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High Wycombe, England
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

A decent enough hotel towards the top end of the middle-ranked hotels in London (and let's face it, lower ranked are pretty rank). There's a restauarnt serving the sort of fare you'd expect, but plenty of eateries around.

Plus points:
Quiet - many rooms look out onto a central well
Location - good for British Museum and close to tube (5 mins walk)
Free, no-quibble, wifi (hooray - no registering or anything)
Safe in room

Minus Points:
Rooms just about big enough
No air-con (there's a fan in the cupboard)
Location - it's not Central London, but it'n not Central London prices!
No mini-bar/fridge

Only other point is security. The lift is near the front door and away from the reception and there's no security on it e.g. a need to swipe the room key (although intruders could always access the stairs). When my wife stayed here a couple of years ago her bag was taken from the back of her chair at breakfast as it was so easy for someone to walk in and out - there was CCTV, but no one stopped a suspicious fellow in a baseball cap and hoodie.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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GTHotels, General Manager at Bloomsbury Park - A Thistle Associate Hotel, responded to this review, February 18, 2013
Dear Reviewer,
Thank you for your recent review of Bloomsbury Park . I was pleased to read that overall your stay was a good one and that our free wifi and great location were things you enjoyed. I am pleased to confirm that the hotel is protected by a comprehensive CCTV system, High Security Bedroom Door Locks with personalised keys, Safety Chains, Viewing Holes, along with electronic safes in every bedroom. Our team are trained to ensure that each guest has a safe and comfortable stay. We look forward to welcoming you back to London soon.
kind regards,
Glenn
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Address: 126 Southampton Row, London WC1B 5AD, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Camden / Primrose Hill
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#300 Family Hotel in London
#317 Romantic Hotel in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Bloomsbury Park - A Thistle Associate Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 95
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Thistle Bloomsbury Park is the perfect base from which to explore this vibrant area of Central London, Within walking distance of The British Museum, Covent Garden and West End Theatres. Several famous formal squares and gardens are on our doorstep, with great transport links provided by Russell Square or Holborn Tube stations. Bloomsbury Park makes it home in a beautiful Edwardian building, and our comfortable rooms and friendly service will ensure a great stay in London. ... more   less 
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