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President Hotel
Ranked #511 of 1,069 Hotels in London
England
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“great location”
Reviewed July 21, 2008

I booked to stay in a double room in April 2008.
I really enjoyed my stay at this hotel.
My room was ready a little while before check-in which was great
The room was clean. Towels and bed linen were changed and also soap/shampoo mini bottles Daily.
The room was standard.
Decent size bathroom with large mirror on wall. Tv with good reception, Trouser press, wardrobe with a full length mirror inside when open with quite a few hangers inside.
There are tea/coffee making facilities but to be honest the tea was very stale which i didnt enjoy.
My room was on the top floor at the back of the hotel which i didnt mind as i requested a high floor.
The back rooms in the hotel are noisy early morning as there are delivery vans. This was rather loud and woke me up but its not a major problem as at the end of the day your staying in a very busy city and this is expected.
Breakfast was very nice. Guest can have as much as they want, Lots of choice, such as bacon eggs, beans, toast,sausage,cerial,milk, fresh orange, tea,coffee, eggs,kippers,tomatoes,fruit.
Breakfast rooms are divided into two rooms. One for English full breakfast the other for continental.
Every morning at breakfast time there is a very strong smell of kippers. I found this very funny but it did not put me off the hotel.
Hotel staff were pleasant.
Information desk is located in hotel where guests can purchase attraction tickets and theatre tickets etc.
Internet access located in seating area near reception.
The hotel was in such a great location, so close to Russell Square tube station.
Also very close to cash machines/banks, post office,mini markets,restaurants and tesco mini market opposite tube station.
Not far from the hotel theres a great pub which serves a set menu which are reasonably priced.
From London Kings Cross station the hotel takes a few mins in a taxi or a little longer by foot.
I got a taxi to and from the hotel and the price ranged from £5.50 - £7.50 one way.
I would deffinatley recommend this hotel and will visit again.

  • Liked — The Location
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed July 19, 2008

We stayed here for 2 nights for free. The cost would have been 93 pounds/nt for a double, which is $185 nowadays. London hotels are expensive, and the pound is strong, so if that is the price range you would like for a simple hotel in a good location, this is a nice option. It is very close to the Russel Square tube stop, and right off the Russel Square park (which has a lovely cafe). The British Museum is a couple short blocks away, and then Charing Cross Road which leads to all sorts of cute shopping streets, Old Compton Street (the gay area) and then to Leicester Square. I was skeptical when I saw this hotel on a map, but in reality, the location was ideal.
The hotel itself looks a little lackluster. It could use a makeover. But our room was fine. It had a strong shower, a view of the park, a simple decor with a comfortable bed. I didn't like the florescent lighting, or the plastic (I am not sure what it was) between the mattress and our sheets which you could hear when you moved around on the bed. However, I slept fine, and was happy here. The continental breakfast was included for us, and it had cereal, bread and coffee/tea and juice in a nice large room with a skylight. There was free wi-fi in this salon as well. The distance from Heathrow to this hotel was about 1 hour on the Picadilly tube...no transfer required. I heard there are faster ways to make this journey, but I loved not having to change trains. And it was only 4 pounds ($8) for the one way ticket. My next trip to London I would like to stay in a different hotel in a different location, but this one worked out fine for this visit. The area felt very residential, which was nice.

  • Liked — location
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Barrow-in-Furness
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
Reviewed July 11, 2008

This hotel is a lovely hotel in a great location in Russel Square. It is extremely close to many bus stops and the Russel Square tube station, there is also a tesco extra around the corner to get any food or supplies that you may need. The one thing that I would mention about the location is that across the road from the hotel is a very, very noisy bar. The music goes on and on until all hours which is a huge let down to the hotel itself as they cannot do anything to prevent this. This however, did stop me from sleeping.
If you book (I think it's 2 or more nights, you get a free 3 course roast dinner on the first night. This was gorgeous! The portions were a good size and were lovely tasting. There were about 8 different types of desserts to choose from too! The breakfast room in the morning is split into two rooms, a full english and a continental breakfast room. I has booked for a full english so I did not go into the other room, yet the food looked lovely in that end too. The full english however, had a great selection of foods varying from eggs, fruit, cereal, toast, bacon, tomatoes and lots more. It was gorgeous!
The service was great, as the bell boys knew exactly what to do all the time. One of them even stood out in the terrential rain to catch me a cab! However, the staff on the reception desk were unfortunately not very knowledgable, all requests and queries got sent straight to the bell boys, but that was ok as they knew what to do.
The rooms were quite standard but homely. Our room had a bath and a shower attatched and we had our own toilet. The only thing that I would mention about the rooms is that on the website it says that rooms will be equipped with a hairdryer and refridgerator, yet ours had neither of these privileges. If I'd have known this beforehand I would have brought my own hairdryer from home, but it worked out ok in the end.
So overall I would recommend this hotel to anyone looking to stay in the Russel Square area. There are a few minor problems but if you think you can stand them then I would recommend the hotel indefinitely!

  • Liked — The free roast dinner on the first night as if you get in to London late like we did, it saves having to find food elsewhere.
  • Disliked — Definitely, the noise across the road!
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
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Wiltshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed July 11, 2008

We stayed at the President for 2 nights and I can honestly say it's one of the worst hotels I've stayed in. The rooms were very basic which isn't something that normally bothers me but it wasn't particularly clean, the sink had a massive crack in it and it didn't even have a hairdryer! It was very noisy which you would expect considering its location but I found it impossible to sleep. The breakfast was very poor and the waiting staff were actually clearing plates from people who were still eating. I've stayed in much cheaper hotels in London and had far better quality so I would give The President a miss if you're planning a trip to the big smoke.

  • Liked — Central Location
  • Disliked — Service
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled on business
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed June 26, 2008

We went to London for a city break in January for 3 days.

The President hotel is good if going for a few days.
The hotel provides breakfast and a bar.
It has internet access.
Rooms are basic - TV-Bathroom and basic beds.
Tube station is 2 minutes walk ( russel square) and convent Gardens is only 10 minutes away by taxi.
To get to Oxford circus you would have to take the tube to holborn and change to the central line ( westbound ) and it's only 2 stops away.

  • Stayed January 2008, traveled with family
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2 Thank PKIE
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England
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35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed June 17, 2008

We stayed here for 1 night as part of a weekend break away. Its in Russell Square which is a good location as it is in walking distance of the touristy places. We walked to the Thames and in the other direction we walked to Covent Garden / Leicester Square / China Town which took about 20 mins. I would recommend.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Looks a bit manky from the oustide. Nice inside though.
  • Stayed November 2007
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Thank Honeyjj
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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39 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed June 14, 2008

The hotel was very nice in a great location. It was on Russell Square which has a route on the Picadilly line from Heathrow.

The rooms were comfortable, but not luxurious. The breakfast was very good (included).

If using the hotel reservation system do not fill in the Social Security Number. It is not necessary nor needed (if American).

Russell Square was very nice and near to the West End for the shows.

Buy an Oyster card for the Underground.

  • Liked — Location
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled solo
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Property: President Hotel
Address: 56-60 Guilford Street | Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1DB, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Bloomsbury
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #511 of 1,069 Hotels in London
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — President Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 523
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