I was going to a comedy show Saturday night and wanted a proper shower/bed to sleep in rather than roughing it.
This place was 5 mins away from my venue and the station, and seemed decent enough. £55 for a single room for the night - very cheap for London! Arrived just around 6pm on Saturday and the fellow on the desk wasn't the most cheerful, but wasn't unwelcoming either. Was a little disappointed that the website claims you get "complimentary toiletries" but in fact it was just a soap dispenser on the wall of the shower - had to run to superdrug down to road to get other things I needed which I couldn't carry in to London with me. My room was quite charming, with stairs leading from the doorway/bathroom up to the bed area. More room for the space in the building, I suppose. The bed/sheets/pillows and room in general were very clean and I was at the back of the building so other than sirens of police/ambulances, you didn't hear much traffic at all.
The bathroom was also clean, as were the towels provided.
My main beef with the room would probably be the shower head - its small and the water pressure wasn't great, so I spend quite a while trying to make sure my (very thick) conditioner was out - probably more than if the water pressure were just a bit higher! The next morning the water pressure was the same so it seemed this wasn't just a one-off. I still got my hair washed and the water was nice and warm after a short wait running it through.
I got in from the event around 11:30pm and the man on the desk then was very cheery and friendly and I felt a bit happier asking him about breakfast times, checkout times and info on the internet access.
Room was warm - main radiator heated up quickly and there was a small plug-in heater just in case too. Two plug sockets. Phone in the room too. The bed was very comfy! I watched TV for about an hour (colour tv, modern with plenty of channels) when I got in before going to bed and was quite sleepy so would probably have slept anyway, but the bed and pillows were very comfortable and I woke up with a good solid 8 hours sleep and no aches or problems. Breakfast was nice - had some toast and jam with a nice black coffee myself but they had lots of other options. It was out in a conservatory-type building, which was lovely (and not at all cold even in the rain).
Checked out around 10am and it was pouring with rain so was even more glad of how close this place is to the station!
PROS: Good location, bedroom mostly quiet, clean, warm and just the perfect size for one person. Sleep quality great, and staff were all OK except for the fellow working the desk at night who exceeded that and was extremely friendly and helpful.
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