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Tavistock Hotel
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Tavistock Square | Bloomsbury, London WC1H 9EU, England (Camden / Primrose Hill)   |  
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Ranked #608 of 1,055 Hotels in London
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“Another pleasant stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2012

I have stayed at this hotel a lot over the last 25 years. This time, I booked a stay for my wife and daughter using their 'Let's Go' weekend package. This consisted of 2 nights stay with breakfast, plus dinner on two nights, a free drink and free parking in Central London (didn't use that).

The hotel again lived up to expectations. Their stay was comfortable and the staff friendly. Just one small word of warning. They chose to dine one evening at the group's sister hotel (you can choose from four of them) The President. This was a mistake. The service was appalling, even by central London standards. Best to avoid dining there if using the package.

However, the Tavistock is a really good choice for a mid-range hotel in Central London. We'll be back!

Room Tip: Choose a high floor at the back of the hotel. These are by far the quietest.
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  • Stayed March 2012, 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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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2012

We stayed in Tavistock for a weekend in April 2012. The hotel is quite big but they only have 2 ppl at check in, so every time we needed something we had to wait 5-10 mins. Room was quite good, taking into account the price paid and London standards. Room was on 5th floor facing the street, however no noise at all. The major drawback was that cold water faucet in the bathroom was not functioning, so we had to use the tub. Decided not to complain to reception though since we only had 2 nights and basically used the hotel for sleeping. The biggest disappointment however was waiting fro us at breakfast room. Continental breakfast was included in room price and we were given vouchers with a huge 'continental' stamp on them. The problem is that English and Continental breakfast is served in the same room and from the same buffet stand, so when coming into the restaurant, the Asian origin breakfast manager would point on the items saying 'this for you and that is extra charge'. It sounded quite rude and furthermore, when indicating what we were allowed to eat he touched the bread with his hands. We decided to pay that extra charge and go for English Breakfast, so the waitress told us that we should pay the difference to the manager when going out. Since we did not have our wallets, we asked that same breakfast manager if he could put the charge to the room bill, fact that disappointed him a lot and he basically answered that this was not an option and one of us should go up and get a cash. We insisted on paying while checking out, so he in a very rude way said 'Follow me' heading for reception. We felt like criminals walking through the prison corridor. Of course the matter was settled and receptionist charged the supplement to the room. I said that he could be more polite to hotels guest, to which the response was 'I am very polite' in a same rude way. This incident kind of spoilt our morning.

Room Tip: High Floor if room is facing the street.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2012

Lovely area of london, everything on your doorstep. Slept on the 7th floor and it was quite hot but a cold flannel sorted this out! Make sure you ask for a refurbished room not near the lift. When opening the window you could hear alot of traffic but once shut, you cant hear any traffic at all. If you dont want to be disturbed at all take the phone pug out of the wall. Would of been an excellent, a thoroughly enjoyable stay... but for a load of foreign kids next door running up and down the hall way having a party at 2am in the morning, but when i rang the porter he sorted it out pronto and didnt hear a peep after that! Lovely breakfast, welcoming staff. Lift did muck up once where we all wanted to go to the gf but it kept yo yo ing between the other floors! But apart from silly things excellent money, but i would say definitely make sure you get a refurbished room!!!

Room Tip: if you want to open a window dont get a road facing room! Make sure you ask for a refurbished room...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2012

I stayed at this hotel for 4 days in March 2012. The price included breakfast and all I can say is the service was excellent. The room was clean, sufficient and tidy and in general the hotel is very user friendly. On all the bus routes (only a few minutes walk) and the Russell Square underground station is only a moment away.
Overall I was very happy with this accommodation.

Room Tip: My room was a single with a double bed anyway so a bit small for two but manageable. Very comfortabl...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Worcester, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2012

We regulary use this hotel for business trips to London. Although the hotel is not as grand as can be it serves it's purpose with a clean warm bed and a full english buffet breakfast. It also has an in house restaurant, Jacques, and a bar that stays open for guests until after local pubs have closed. Close to Russell Square tube and 10 minutes away from the British Museum and West End. Also close to Euston train station and King's Cross/St Pancras.

Room Tip: If you like to listen to the city wake up ask for a room on Tavistock Square. Preferably on a higher...
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lancashire England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

I used to stop here 2 or 3 times a year 10-15 years ago when working in London and was back again for an Easter weekend break. I used to quite like it then and fortunately still do nothing has really changed except I think the Breakfast has improved and was quite surprised that the guy who used to show you to your table then is still there now!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Adelaide, Australia
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

old rooms, no fridge,dirty bedspread stayed in 3 different rooms much the same,
Reasonable sized rooms ,no service as such .....nice breakfast service though...way overpriced for the money at least is was fairly quiet to get to sleep and good location

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a fridge at least, if your stayeing more than a night
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Tavistock Hotel

Address: Tavistock Square | Bloomsbury, London WC1H 9EU, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Camden / Primrose Hill
Amenities:
Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #608 of 1,055 Hotels in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Tavistock Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 395
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Tavistock overlooks one of Bloomsbury's prettiest garden squares.The Tavistock has a stylish Art Deco entrance, welcoming you to this popular, friendly hotel. Guests may enjoy dining on the sun terrace of Jacques Wine Bar, with its extensive wine list. Or indeed, relaxing with a pint of guest ale in the Tav Bar within the 1930s style ground floor. The Tavistock is perfectly located for the health club and American style bowling alley as well as the exciting sites of the capital. ... more   less 
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Tavistock Hotel London, England
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