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Review of Thistle Holborn, The Kingsley

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Thistle Holborn, The Kingsley
Ranked #158 of 1,086 Hotels in London
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Good value, lovely staff, clean and modern amenities”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2013

Nice extras and what you want in a reasonably priced hotel batting above its level. Highly recommend this place for a number of reasons. Location, staff, food, bar, and bathrooms. We stayed one night and paid £125, felt it was worth it.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank hannula
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Paul K, General Manager at Thistle Holborn, The Kingsley, responded to this review, January 20, 2013
Dear Reviewer, Thank you for your feedback, I am glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. I look forward to welcoming you back to the hotel in the near future. Kind regards, Paul Knightley General Manager The Kingsley by Thistle
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
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  • Value
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Cheltenham
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53 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2013

My wife and I stayed here last weekend and used the hotel as a central point for our excursions. The hotel is located in a fabulous location - 6 mins from Holburn and Tottenham Court Road tube stations, 5 minutes from the British Museum, 7 mins from Drury Lane / Covent garden and all that those two places have to offer.

The staff were very professional and polite - a bit of a rarity in a lot of London hotels. The room itself was not large but was fine for us and the fat we only stayed for two nights. The bathroom was not entirely clean on arrival which was pointed out to the staff. They had the problem rectified quite quickly.

The real down for me - and I know that this is the centre of London - is the expense of staying. Having stayed in may hotele, I do object to the cost of breakfast especially when it not normally that good. The cost of a coffee and croissant her is £10 - ridiculous. The high price issues continue in the bar where it doesnt take long to spend over £30 for a couple of drinks for the two of us - no it wasn't champagne.

We did not eat in te hotel so can make comment about that. For breakfast, turn right out of the hotel and turn right (approx 50yards) into Museum Street where you will find a choice of excellent places. Full breakfast £5.45!!
Would we stay here again - probably yes, just for the location.

Room Tip: Dont stay on the entrance side - it will be noisy.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Bsomerton
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Paul K, General Manager at Thistle Holborn, The Kingsley, responded to this review, January 18, 2013
Dear Reviewer, Thank you for your feedback, I am glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. With regards to the cost of breakfast the £10 breakfast voucher is for access to everything including full english breakfast as well as cereals, cold meats, cheeses, fresh fruits and yogurts. I look forward to welcoming you back to the hotel in the near future. Kind regards, Paul Knightley General Manager The Kingsley by Thistle
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London, England, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2013 via mobile

It's been a while since I stayed at a Thistle, and it wasn't always pleasant, but I was very happy with my stay at the Kingsley.

A very easy check-in, a cool room witj a great bed, a rainfall shower, and a great breakfast.

Thistle now back on my "good list". Recommended.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank FlamingBagel
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Paul K, General Manager at Thistle Holborn, The Kingsley, responded to this review, January 18, 2013
Dear Reviewer, Thank you for your feedback, I am glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and I was pleased to read that we have changed your perception of Thistle! I look forward to welcoming you back to the hotel in the near future. Kind regards, Paul Knightley General Manager The Kingsley by Thistle
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2013

I put quite a lot of research in as you're spoilt for choice within 5 minutes walk from this location. Delighted I did as really paid off. Great location and immaculate hotel, very recently refurbished.

The rooms were great - high standard furnishings and spotless cleanliness. What really stuck in our memory /made the difference is how good the team were. Sasank Theeda greeted us, put us at ease and was always on standby if we needed anything. Often you think this would be a one off but was customer service at its best consistently by anyone from the concierge to the breakfast team. Exceptional.

Never done a review before but felt compelled to recommend based on a job well done all round.

We can thoroughly recommend a night here followed by Savoire Faire for dinner (2mins), we will rock you (5mins), paramount bar up centre point (7 minutes) and British museum in the morning (3 minutes.)

Go for it!

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank JamesandSal
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Paul K, General Manager at Thistle Holborn, The Kingsley, responded to this review, January 18, 2013
Dear Reviewer, Thank you for your feedback, I am glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and that Sasank and the rest of the team looked after you. I look forward to welcoming you back to the hotel in the near future. Kind regards, Paul Knightley General Manager The Kingsley by Thistle
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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2013

An excellent hotel in very respect. Staff most welcoming and helpful, really professional. The room could not be faulted - modern decor, large television with choice of free view channels The restaurant offers a good choice of meals and once again the staff in the restaurant are top class. I would certainly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Sheila M
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Paul K, General Manager at Thistle Holborn, The Kingsley, responded to this review, January 18, 2013
Dear Reviewer, Thank you for your feedback, I am glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. I look forward to welcoming you back to the hotel in the near future. Kind regards, Paul Knightley General Manager The Kingsley by Thistle
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London
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2013 via mobile

Had a night in London taking in a show and stayed here for one evening with my wife. We were kindly upgraded to a junior suite which had plenty of space, modern furnishings and all the necessities one could want. Only observation was the bed which was perhaps the only point of contention; Comfortable enough but what is it with 4 ft 6 inch beds though?? The staff were attentive, welcoming and polite and the bar and breakfast services were spot on. As a corporate traveller, I'd certainly encourage my teams to stay here when visiting! Very hard for hotels to modernise historic buildings these days given the bureaucracy around Grade listed buildings, but the Kingsley has succeeded where other hotels in its class have failed. Well done and thanks for a very pleasant experience.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Biggles0376
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Paul K, General Manager at Thistle Holborn, The Kingsley, responded to this review, January 18, 2013
Dear Reviewer, Thank you for your feedback, I am glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and that the team looked after you. With regards to the size of the beds we do have an assortment of bedsizes including Kingsized. I look forward to welcoming you back to the hotel in the near future. Kind regards, Paul Knightley General Manager The Kingsley by Thistle
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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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54 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2013 via mobile

Staff were extremely pleasant and helpful, seeing as it was our first time in London they were more than happy to assist with navigation and taxis etc. Our room was upgraded on arrival and we were extremely happy with the room we stayed in. The restaurant prices were very good and the food was absolutely mouthwatering!
We would happily recommend this hotel to family and friends and definitely intended to stay with them again on. Our next trip to London!

Stayed December 2012
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Paul K, General Manager at Thistle Holborn, The Kingsley, responded to this review, January 20, 2013
Dear Reviewer, Thank you for your feedback, I am glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. I look forward to welcoming you back to the hotel in the near future. Kind regards, Paul Knightley General Manager The Kingsley by Thistle
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Property: Thistle Holborn, The Kingsley
Address: Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2SD, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Bloomsbury
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#69 Family Hotel in London
#79 Romantic Hotel in London
#101 Business Hotel in London
#126 Luxury Hotel in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Thistle Holborn, The Kingsley 4*
Number of rooms: 129
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Following a recent extensive £10 million restoration and refurbishment program at the hotel, every area of the hotel has been transformed – our bedrooms have been completely modernised with a contemporary design and vibrant soft furnishings. Our public areas reflect the new contemporary style but retain elements of the hotel’s traditional Edwardian features. London landmarks like the British Museum and Covent Garden and Oxford Street are within easy walking distance. Just five minutes from Holborn and Tottenham Court Road Tube Stations. ... more   less 
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