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Royal National Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   38-51 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0DG, England (Bloomsbury)   |  
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Ranked #761 of 1,049 Hotels in London
Pregrada
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38 reviews 38 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Not bad as I expected”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

Many people have said that this hotel is bad but I am surprised!! It's clean and the room is good.
Restoran should have more food for Continental breakfast but it has all you need ( musli,toast,jam, coffe,tea juice,butter, fresh fruit...)
All in all, the hotel is very good to stay because you get all you need and it's placed on a very good place ( no vandalism,very close to underground and bus-station)

I would recomend it!

Room Tip: We were on the south side and only think we heard is emergency and police but you soonly forget abo...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

Went on a school trip hear
Early impression were ok but went downhill from there, satins on the beds and on one of the seats. Good location was the only good thing about it. Windows were only double glassed so couldn’t sleep very well which wasn't great for having busy days. Breakfast was rubbish - toast had no heat and fruit tasted horrible. The Staff were fine. Toilet had no extractor fan so steamed up completely

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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San Gwann
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

The Hotel itself is situated in a great area if you want to visit London on a budget. It is central also for the Tube however the breakfast this hotel serves is crap. I mean come on COLD TOAST? It tasted nothing great! to top it all you had to pay extra to even get eggs or a sausage (yes 1 sausage). Not worth the pay when Tesco is just round the corner and you can get a Meal Deal for a better price.

Forgetting about breakfast cleanliness was an ok however the hotel needed a bit of touch ups.

We had a baby and the cot he had was more of a travellers cot rather than a comfy one. He didn't like sleeping in it as it was very uncomfortable.

Other than that the price was ok as we spent all our money on other stuff around London. We only slept in the hotel but never spent time in it, so if you are looking just for a place to sleep in this Hotel is a great location at good prices.

The Room we were in had a door leading to another room so we could hear the students partying at night and our kid couldn't sleep because of them. Also not to forget to mention our room window was in the main street and i doubt the windows were double glazed or sound proof as we could hear the ambulances passing by every evening and also load chattering.

Staff at the reception was very helpful but the doorman never opened nor helped us with the push chair. not even when we were soaking wet from the rain.

Just dont expect too much out of this place thats all

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

We have just spent 3 nights at this hotel it's location was perfect for us, no complaints about this hotel it's very busy, rooms basic, bar area nice, restaurants open til late, found this hotel ideal for us, we never spent time at hotel other than sleep and breakfast, but would return to this hotel on my next London trip x

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

i had read that can be noisy in this hotel so i requested a room in a quiet area as there for 2 nights
on arrival found room was actually above the courtyard
people there all night talking then from around 630am they queue up to wait for the numerous coaches that trundle in to take them on day trips etc so had very little sleep
breakfast has to be seen to be believed and the best way to describe is that it is like school dinners you queue to go in then there rows of tables that seat around ten or so all bunched up you get a tray line up to show your ticket then get your food go back to table just like school it was eatable to be fair but i didnt bother going for breakfast day 2
as a base for sight seeing etc it is excellent and the sightseeing tours are from right outside the hotel

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Haifa, Israel
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

Returning from a week's vacation and after reading so many horrid reviews here about the hotel, I thought I should put in my 2 cents (or 1p) about this hotel, as I was pretty much terrified before going there. I think the star review is fairly problematic - this hotel should not be compared to "better" hotels, but seen the way it is - a place to put your head down, and that's about it.

We arrived on a Sunday night, greeted by friendly receptionists who gave us our room keys and sent us our way. Luckily (especially after seeing the reviews here), our room was facing the inside - not the courtyard, but the roof of one of the halls (I think), so it was very quiet on this end. Our room was basic - two beds (we were a couple so it was a bit annoying, but no biggie), a vanity, a tiny tv, a closet and a basic bathroom with two towels and tiny soaps. That's about it, but I didn't really expect much more.

The cons - I don't know if it's because of the type of visitors the hotel attracts or just that the walls are paper thin, but people speaking in the corridor / at the entrance of their rooms (with doors opened) were heard inside our room as if they were standing just there. It made for a few pretty uncomfortable nights when a group arrived and stood for about an hour in the corridor having a chat (who knows why) and another couple having very meaningful conversation there on a different night...
The tub was tiny, which wouldn't be a problem but it was difficult to stand in order to shower, and the stream was strong but due to the incredible height of the shower - being 155cm of height - when it reached me it was like droplets.
The breakfast was just fine, maybe it was luck or just the hours (we mostly went around 7:30) but other than our last day, it wasn't so busy and you could get whatever you wanted (and the queue wasn't longer than a minute tops). As for paying 4.50 quid for bacon and eggs - yes, annoying, but we tried going out for breakfast (tried a recommended spot) and it's really much more expensive anywhere else... However the bacon was salty and the eggs were watery, so if you have somewhere better to eat - go there. We did both.
Facilities - anything you want costs more money, to the degree that storing your luggage for the day you check out costs 50 pence per bag! I thought that was a bit too much, but you'll see that what you get is very basic and everything else costs money - so just take that into consideration.

The pros (yes!)-
Location - of course this is what everyone agrees about - the location is fantastic. It's a couple minutes walk from Russell Square station which is on the Piccadilly line (that's also a direct line from Heathrow). The station is small and you'll always have to queue for a lift (we tried the stairs once, but 170 stairs in a circular drop = painful), but there's a train every minute or so, so you'd never be long getting to your destination.
Staff - We didn't have any issues to report, so I don't know how the staff would've handled it, but they were kind and friendly and answered every question we had politely and helped with what we needed.
The rooms were clean and tidy, however it was a bit annoying that (I suppose due to the size of the hotel) cleaning hours started at about 7-8am, so you could go out to breakfast and find the cleaning lady in your room when you come back to get ready for the day...

I think that's it. I'll sum it up this way - I wouldn't go back to the hotel just due to the fact that I can afford better (and quieter). However, I'd recommend anyone looking for a one night stay or something of the sort, to use this hotel if it was their cheapest option. I do warn you - this is a huge hotel, meaning you'll have foot traffic during all hours of the day, and you could get "stuck" with a noisy room. You also have many groups and noisy teens, so be prepared. Groups are especially fond of this hotel, I suppose because it can always accomodate a large group just passing by (probably organized tours).

Anyway - if you already booked your stay - don't worry - it'll be fine! Otherwise - look for something better and near a main station (King's Cross, Euston Square) as it would probably serve you better.

Room Tip: Ask for a room facing inside and not the courtyard, but the other side, where it faces a ceiling of...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

we stayed here for one night with a gentleman with learning disabilities they put us on the fifth floor this floor is terrible very scruffy and plaster missing from the walls i would say more student accommodation than a london hotel but then student accomodation is much better. the rooms were very noisy and we were sure that we would end up with flea bites it was that bad. when we spoke to the "manager" he said he could not control the traffic noise, maybe not but they could have triple glazing. one of the beds had busted springs. avoid this hotel im sure that there is better accommodation in the area

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 38-51 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0DG, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Bloomsbury
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Hotel Class:3 star — Royal National Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 1630
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