I had been booked to stay in the excelsior hotel for 3 nights in a single room in order to attend a conference. The location is good - approx 100 yards down a side road from Kings Cross and St Pancras station and hotel reasonably priced. I arrived about 8.30pm and initially couldn't get into the hotel - then I saw that the reception was located in the Melville hotel - 2 doors down. The receptionist checked me in efficiently and then showed me back to the Excelsior hotel door, and which keys to use to access the hotel. My room was on the second floor - and I had to carry my luggage up the stairs as no lift. The room appeared to be recently decorated and was very clean. I have never stayed in a single room (and therefore nothing to compare it with) but it was pretty small - approx 6ft 6" by 10ft, Good facilities - tea/coffee facilites, hairdryer, plenty of power points, clock radio with ipod charger, 2 good size mirrors, ceiling fan, safe, wardrobe with several hangers, 2 pillows, a comfy bed, and good lighting, TV. The bathroom(more of a wet room) was tiny but functional, and very clean. Showergel and liquid soap was provided in dispensers - but it was quite a challenge to dry yourself in the restrictive space. One thing missing was a phone to reception.
After a good nights sleep I made my way back to the reception area of the Melville hotel as requested to for breakfast. However I was then shown down (some steep narrow stairs) to a basement breakfast room in a 3rd hotel in the chain - the Albion house hotel. There was a buffet style help yourself continental breakfast - which was adequate.
Overall the room was nice - small but perfectly formed but I would think twice before staying here again for a couple of reasons. Firstly I found it somewhat concerning that I didn't have a phone to reception - particularly as it was 2 doors down in a separate hotel. Secondly having to go to another hotel for breakfast is not really acceptable ( I was lucky with the weather and it didn't rain!) As the group of hotels is being refurbished I'm not sure if this is a temporary arrangement. Would not recommend to anyone with mobility problems.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Newly refurbished B&B budget hotel located in Kings Cross about two minutes from St Pancras International and Kings Cross station.En suite rooms and free wifi offered in the bedroooms. We offer most importantly clean and affordable rooms in the heart of London. A truly Modern B & B hotel. ... more less
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- Excelsior Hotel London England