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Alhambra Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   17-19 Argyle Street | Kings Cross, London WC1H 8EJ, England (Bloomsbury / Holborn)   |  
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Ranked #244 of 1,065 Hotels in London
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“Small and friendly”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014 via mobile

This hotel is in a fantastic location. Whilst my single room was small it was clean and met all
My needs. The staff at the hotel were fantastic, really helpful and so friendly. Would highly recommend it as value for money and location location location

  • Stayed January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

As other reviewers have said, the rooms are small and the en suite could not take more than one person at a time, but as a budget hotel convenient to the West End and Theatreland it takes some beating. The staff are vey friendly, helpful and constantly smiling. The breakfast is very good. I would happily use this hotel again and recommend it to anybody.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

We choose to spend 5 nights in London to celebrate our silver wedding anniversary.We asked for a quiet room and got exactly that.In fact the whole hotel was quiet.It was a lovely place.
The room although bijou was spotless and lovely and warm.(it was wet, cold and windy during our week in the city).It was nice to return to a warm room.
The breakfasts were very good.A lot of choice and everything very fresh.Warm croissants mmmm.
The hotel was a couple of minutes from St Pancreas and Kings Cross and a quick stroll to at least half a dozen good eateries for an evening meal.A 30 min stroll would get you to Oxford Street.
We would recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: Ask for a back room,less overall London buzz.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Chongqing, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

We spent five nights here and it is so convenient for us travelling in London and nearby. Just cross the street to arrive the King's Cross. Although the room is very small but we think it matches the price. The breakfast is also good and the staffs are nice and patient. We are almost satisfied with everything. It was a nice experience there.

Room Tip: We lived in a room on ground level which is convenient for travellers with large luggages because th...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

We travelled for one night to watch a show in London. I booked this as it was near the station. It was about a 5 minute(fast) walk from Euston and directly across the road from Kings Cross/ St Pancras Stations - Which we found ideal for travelling on the tube!

The room was spotlessly clean and a perfectly adequate size for a couple of nights. I had a very restful nights sleep, we were on the 2nd floor, with an ensuite bathroom/shower and could not hear any train noises - in fact there was not much noise at all.

The staff were very friendly, the man on the night shift on reception even smiled at us when we came staggering in at 3 in the morning! :) The breakfast was very nice too... a little cramped in the breakfast room but this didn't really bother us at all, and breakfast was served fresh within 5 minutes of sitting down.

All in all we were very comfortable and made to feel welcome. I would not hesitate to stop here again and would recommend it for anyone travelling to London!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

My wife and I went to London in May, 2013 and then took the train from St. Pancras station to Paris. The Alhambra was perfect for us. Excellent access to the tube and the train. We had their delightful English breakfast each morning, meeting wonderful people from all over the world. The breakfast area is a bit crowded, but I have to say they run a very efficient and friendly operation so it became part of our London experience. After touring all day, we would come back after dinner and had a very restful sleep. We had an ensuite. The staff is terrific. I would definitely recommend if you are a "hit the ground running" tourist like we are. It's a great home base. Also, make sure you go to the British Library about a block away. It is often missed, but it has a fabulous display of ancient and historic documents including the Magna Carta, original Gutenberg bibles, and even some original Beatles song lyrics.

Room Tip: We had an ensuite. Small but clean and efficient.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Madison, WI
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

We were pleased to have found this clean, budget hotel in a fantastic location just down the street from the transportation nexus that is King's Cross/St. Pancras. It is also just down the street from the British Library. The rooms are very small (not surprising for a big city), and the hallways and stairwells are very narrow. The included breakfast was quite nice and provided more food than we needed, with both cold and hot options available. The breakfast room was always crowded, but over the several days of our stay, we were able to get our food in a reasonable amount of time.

I used the computer in the lobby several times, and the internet connection was speedy. It was particularly helpful to be able to print (for a small fee). Our budget airline required us to print our boarding passes in advance or be charged a steep fee.

We had a dispute over the bill that the manager eventually resolved. If you're using a foreign credit card be sure to pay in pounds, not your local currency. Otherwise you'll be needlessly charged an additional percentage by the third party that does the point of sale currency conversion.

Overall the staff was very friendly, and the property is well-maintained. We'd stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Address: 17-19 Argyle Street | Kings Cross, London WC1H 8EJ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Bloomsbury / Holborn
Amenities:
Hotel Style:
#153 Business Hotel in London
#211 Family Hotel in London
#252 Romantic Hotel in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Alhambra Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 52
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