My mate and I (both in our early 20's) stayed here twice, once in December of '08 and once in January of ’09, on our fifth and fourteenth (final) stops on a round the world trip. We found the President Hotel to be a comfortable hotel, with quality rooms, good staff, but poor breakfast.
We stayed in a standard room, which included two single beds, a cupboard, widescreen TV (on 2nd visit) or a normal TV (on 1st visit), a kettle, draws, heater, clothes press and a simple bathroom including a sink, bath/shower and toilet. The room was by no means luxurious, but it was comfortable and clean. The shower had tremendous water pressure and the water temperature could be controlled easily. Unfortunately, the shower curtain encroached a little on our limited space, but that was just a small annoyance. Otherwise, the room itself was very comfortable.
The hotel also offered free wireless internet in their lounge area. Unfortunately, the speed of connection was dependent on where you sat and how many other people were accessing it at the same time. I was using it while a group of 10 to 15 American school people were trying to use it and I found that it was incredibly slow, but when I moved to another position, the coverage all of a sudden sped up dramatically.
In terms of the breakfasts offered by the hotel, guests were offered a Continental or English style. We paid for the English style on our booking, and I wasn’t impressed by the breakfasts at all and wished that we had only paid for the basic continental breakfast. The range offered wasn’t bad, but the fact that the scrambled eggs, bacon and toast were all cold, the juices weren’t cold or chilled and the fruit was rather sour wasn’t good. It was just not how I like to start my day. With this being said, the second and briefer stay we had at this hotel in January ’09, the breakfast was a lot better, but I would still not suggest that it was a good breakfast at all.
The location of the hotel was fantastic. Being just around the corner from Russell Square Tube station allowed for an easy train ride to and from Heathrow Airport along the Piccadilly line and then also an easy one stop ride to Kings Cross/St Pancreas Station, which is the London international station for Eurostar. The city proper was about a 10 minute walk, the British Museum was a 5 minute walk and then there were a couple of good restaurants around the area, including Munchkins (just past directly opposite the British Museum entrance) and Pizza Express.
This hotel was only one of two that we booked through the hotel itself for our entire trip. It is right next to the Imperial Hotel, which is a relation to this hotel, but more expensive. For what I saw, the two hotels were very similar and yet the President Hotel was considerably cheaper.
While on the topic of money, let me give all those who haven’t been to London a small word of advice in terms of the currency. Don’t look at something you’re considering buying and convert it back to your home currency. Look at it and think about whether it’s cheap compared to similar products that you are choosing from. Watch what you spend or put a limit on your pound spending, but don’t convert back until the end of your trip. Food, drink, attraction entrances, they’re all expensive and even more so when converting back to your home currency. But you have to eat, you have to drink and you have to experience London.
I’ve attached a couple of pictures for people to view how the rooms look. Please excuse the mess.
So in all, London was an interesting place and if I do go back to London, the President Hotel is where I’d stay… just without the breakfast.
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- Also Known As:
- President Hotel London, England
- Hotel London President
- Hotel President London
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