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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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57 reviews
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“Great place to stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2014 via mobile

Place was smart and clean, great location. When we got there we got upgraded to a junior suite (v good value considering we only paid £169). The place was huge with a little living area and even a proper dining table!

If I was being extremely picky the bed was a little small and the mattress could have been better quality. Also the shower was over the bath and it would have been nice to have a separate one. But these are all things I'd really only have the right to complain about if I'd paid over £500 a night (which I didn't) so really just opportunities the hotel could take to make the place better if they wanted to compete a level above.

Another v small niggle - the bar area was pretty uninviting and when we got back from our show had a lot of lights on (just felt way too bright so we gave it a miss). It's an area where they could do with somehow developing a better ambiance.

Breakfast was fantastic too so definitely worth trying out.

Overall did everything it needed to and then more so although there are still some things it could do better I wouldn't hesitate to stay there again and would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to stay in that area (eg going to a show).

Stayed August 2014
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2014

Clean, comfortable, very friendly staff, good breakfast and nice amenities near everything in London. Only downside was a slightly spartan bathroom with shower over bath. We walked only a 100 metres or so to the British Museum, and down Drury Lane to the Thames. Close to Covent Garden. Everything a tourist with little time could want. Watch the steps at the entrance tho' - bit hard with heavy cases.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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London Suburbs
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2014

Great and comfortable hotel near to Covent Garden and West End theatre district. A few minutes easy walk from Drury Lane. Food available 24 hours which is great if you have returned with a little appetite from a show. Nice cocktails. Staff were very helpful. Really charming service. Would definitely use this hotel again.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2014

Very clean. At the top end of new Oxford st a good 15 minute walk to the middle of Oxford st Close to the top end of Shaftsbury Avenue and about a ten minute walk to Covent garden. Rooms a bit small but very comfortable. Bed okay. Bathroom okay shower over bath but very clean. Breakfast pretty good

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2014

I booked this hotel as a 'top secret hotel' and was pleased with the location, minutes away from the many theatres on Shaftsbury Avenue, a few mins taxi ride. We booked a deluxe double and was upgraded to a deluxe king on arrival. The bed was exceptionally comfortable and the highlight of my stay! The room however was on the small side, but has everything you would expect, clean room and bathroom, but nothing flash. I would book this hotel if you are more concerned about location than luxury.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2014

My wife and I stayed here for one night whilst we were visiting the Theatre and a restaurant for her birthday. The location is excellent! Although it is not near to an airport, Holburn Underground station is just a short walk away, which goes straight to Heathrow Airport without changing lines.
We didn't dine in the hotel restaurant in the evening, but the breakfast buffet selection was very good and included a lovely range of English breakfast options.
The rooms were perfectly spacious considering the central London location (Covent Garden, Soho and Oxford Street are all just a short walk away) and the staff were very friendly and helpful too. We found the price of the hotel was good compared to many others in the area.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2014

Knowing the Thistle Hotel chain's quality, we were pleased to find one so near the British Museum. This particular location has been entirely remodeled into a classy hotel. It maintains the nature of the original building yet accommodates updated plumbing, heating, ac, lighting, etc.of any top hotel.

We had a room on the fourth floor during our three day stay, and enjoyed it. The queen size bed was comfortable. Ample storage and desk space, with free internet. Excellent shower! Room was very clean.

Service was top from the first greeting to the last farewell. The Breakfast is excellent, ample, with good coffee and teas.

I will definitely book this on my next trip to the Museum.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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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
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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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