This is a great alternative to staying in a hotel or a more conventional guest house and the price makes it even more attractive, especially given that you get your choice of breakfast in the bakery downstairs every morning.
The location is just off Kingsway, a minute from Holborn tube but in a quiet pedestrian-only street, and ideal for walking to Covent Garden, theatreland, Bloomsbury and the British Museum, or even the National Theatre or Tate Modern. The room I had was huge with a full kitchen at one end, complete with cooker, fridge and washer and very thoughtfully provided with teas, coffees, milk, jams etc, so you have the option of self catering (there's a Sainsburys Local and Marks and Spencers within a few minutes walk, and a fruit and veg stall at the end of the passageway.) The bathroom was small, but with a great shower and toiletries, with plenty of towels. The bed was kingsize, and very comfortable, with memory foam mattress I think, and good quality pillows, duvet and linen. In Room 3 there is a table and 3 chairs and a sofa, with wall mounted flat screen TV. A bonus is the free wifi. Room 3 has 2 windows overlooking the passageway, and was quite dark partly due to the scaffolding from the building opposite, so the lighting has to be on all the time - this was from spotlights in a high ceiling, so it might be an idea to improve this with more lamps. A coffee table by the sofa would be useful as well. The heating was fine and the room was toasty warm at all times.
Lucy the owner lives upstairs with her young family and is available to sort out any problems or answer any questions - she was very patient when I didn't take in properly how to get into the building (which is very secure with coded entry) and overall you immediately feel at home, and almost like a local. If you want a conventional 5 star hotel, then this is not for you, but if you want a quirky home- from -home, with thoughtful touches, and with a great bakery downstairs, then don't hesitate.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled above the bakery, our newly refurbished studio apartments have polished wood floors, high ceilings and handsome décor.Each room is furbished with a double bed, sofa, Freeview TV, free WiFi, wardrobe, an en-suite shower room, kitchen area and washing machine.The kitchens are equipped with all you would need to serve up a light supper. Enjoy a bottle of wine from the Fleet Bottle Shop and relax after a hard day's sightseeing.A perfect place to stay for a business trip, to see a show or visiting London with the family. Stay at the Fleet Rooms to enjoy our quiet corner of central London and have breakfast in the bakery. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Fleet River Rooms Hotel London
- Fleet River Rooms London, England