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“Great value and great location.” 4 of 5 stars
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Macdonald Hotel
2.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   45 - 46 Argyle Square | Kings Cross St. Pancras, London WC1H 8AL, England (Bloomsbury)   |  
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Ranked #112 of 541 London B&B and Inns
Peterborough, England
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“Great value and great location.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2010

Located opposite Kings Cross station the hotel sits amongst a collection of budget hotels. Based on stays at other hotels in the area and other reviews, I would suggest this is one of the better ones.

Greeted enthusisatically by the owner, check-in was efficient and pleasant.

The room was a bit small - but perfectly adequate. The ensuite appeared to have been built into the original wardrobe! However, it was clean and everything worked. Plenty of hot water and powerful shower.

Stairs are a little narrow - I'd suggest taking a soft bag rather than a large suitcase!

Breakfast is downstairs and there is a good choice, although one of the other residents had a little trouble communicating with the staff. His request for bread as a continental option being turned down, however he could have toast as that was on the board. My choice of cooked breakfast was on the board so I had no problem - and it was very good.

Overall, recommended as a budget hotel for a visit to London for a short stay.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2010

If you are staying in London and your budget is limited and you can bear the impersonal atmosphere and lack of character try this. For the same price like most of the b&b in central London you have this near to St. Pancras Station (good area), not far from the main attractions and nicely situated for public transport
The staff are friendly and helpful but not the women when you are having breakfast. Breakfast is adequate and included in the price . B&Bs in central London are very expensive compared to the quality. Our room was a bit poky but for a short stay that was tolerable. The building is noisy at night and early in the morning when the guests use the stairs, because they are made of wood.
Overall, more or less for the price.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Brisbane
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8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2010

Great location, literally 1 minute from kings cross station, so getting around is easy.

We stayed in share bathroom which was ok& clean.

Staff friendly, Silvia is lovely, brekky was included and was great.

Now the poor bits:
Beds were firm, pillows thin.

Generally very good if your on a tight budget!

  • Stayed September 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Antwerp, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2010

I've been searching for a long time to a cheap and clean hotel, which isn't easy to find in London I stayed at the McDonald Hotel for 3 nights, with a friend. And we were very happy with our choice:

Positive:
- Breakfast: if you don't like the English breakfast, you can always choose for cornflakes or muesli.
- The rooms, showers and toilets were cleaned every morning.
- We could leave our luggage (for free) at the reception before booking in, and after booking out.
- Good location: it's very close to St. Pancras (Eurostar) and to Kings Cross' underground.
- It's one of the only cheap hotels we could find that had good reviews, because the others in the same price class are mostly dirty.
- The staff was friendly.

Negative:
- The walls are quite tin, so sometimes you could hear the television of the room next to yours.
- We had a room at the third floor, for us it wasn't a problem, but maybe for older people it is.
- No luxury, but we didn't expect that.

Conclusion:
It's a simple but clean and cheap Hotel, all the basics are available in your room. We really enjoyed our stay at the McDonald hotel. We haven't had any problems during our stay. I will definitely recommend this hotel to my friends, and if I ever visit London again, I definitely know where I'm going to stay ;-)

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2010

We did not enjoy our stay at the Macdonald Hotel. The room was very small, badly outdated, and not comfortable. It seems to be a destination for large groups of students to camp out and stay up late gossiping, loudly. The hallways are extremely narrow and we felt packed into the space. Additionally, the toilets did not flush correctly ... which was disgusting.

Dear travelers, keep on looking: there are better places out there at the same price point and location!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Canada
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9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2010

My teenage son and I stayed at the Macdonald B&B for 3 nights.
The location is excellent! Kings Cross is only about 100 meters (you can see it from the front door) but yet the hotel is quiet.
The twin room with ensuite washroom was super clean and a good size for London. The English breakfast was also very good and a great start for a day of sightseeing and walking. Staff was friendly and helpful and having free WIFI (just ask for the code) came in handy in planning our day.
The only downside is that there is no lift so you have to lug your luggage up the stairs, but, I think the other B&Bs in the area also do not have a lift.
I normally like to stay on the East side of London but will definately consider staying at the Macdonalds again and recommended to others.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 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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Chico, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2010

My family enjoyed two great stays here this summer. The owners are very friendly and helpful. It was wonderful to find such a child friendly B&B. The rooms are a standard size for London's B&B's and the rooms are kept clean and tidy every day. The rooms were quiet, especially the basement room that we stayed in. This is a great place for the budget traveler to stay in, especially someone that needs easy access to Kings Cross train station!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 45 - 46 Argyle Square | Kings Cross St. Pancras, London WC1H 8AL, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Bloomsbury , Euston / Kings Cross /St Pancras
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #112 of 541 B&Bs / Inns in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Macdonald Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just 150 metres from King’s Cross St. Pancras, this bed and breakfast is 5 minutes’ walk from St. Pancras International Rail Station, which offers Eurostar services to Europe. Euston Rail Station is within a 15-minute walk. Oxford Circus, with Oxford’s Street’s shops, is a 5-minute tube journey away. Regent’s Park is just over a 10-minute journey from King’s Cross. Buckingham Palace and its gardens are less than 3 miles away. A full English breakfast is served at the Macdonald Hotel. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout. A TV, tea and coffee facilities and a hairdryer are included in each simply decorated room. Some rooms also have a private bathroom. ... more   less 
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