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Ambassadors Bloomsbury
Ranked #475 of 1,068 Hotels in London
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“No reason to complain”
Reviewed June 19, 2012

Nothing to rave about either. Like most London Hotels, especially in 2012, it's ridiculously overpriced of course but once you look beyond that..
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It's located in a reasonably busy street, 10 minutes walk from St. Pancras just opposite the Euston Hilton
Small reception, friendly staff though, quick and efficient. Instructions for the free wifi are available which is useful for those who don't understand the clear instructions in the hotel guide.Wifi works well enough for surfing and mail.

There seems to be only one elevator which can lead to queueing. I just take the stairs. My room at the back of the 2nd floor seems to have been refurbished in the last three years. Everything fairly modern. Big flatscreen TV. Windows overlooking a courtyard filled with air conditioning pipes.
2 beds that can easily be moved together. Not much in the way of storage space. Modern looking bathroom, good water pressure and plenty of hot water even during morning rushhour. An overweigh person would be challenged to make use of the toilet though, it's lodged between the wall and the sink. There's air conditioning in the room which can indeed get the temperature down quite a bit without making too much noise.

Small bar which shares the same space with the restaurant. Good service, not much in the way of bar snacks though.
Breakfast is a buffet affair with eggs and other hot dishes available cooked to order. These are included in the breakfast price if your hotel rate includes that. I ordered the full english which was a good sized portion. A single large mushroom is a nice touch. Eggs well scrambled, quality bacon well prepared. Unusual was to see a very experienced waiter handling breakfast service with the assistance of just one other waitress. A lot of hotels put their least capable staff on the breakfast shift which slows things down and creates a messy atmosphere. This team was totally in control.

Only real drawback for me with this hotel is the use of synthetics in the bedding. Both the duvet and the pillow are of a synthetic material which means things get very sweaty.

Not a bad hotel, nothing to get really excited about either.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 18, 2012

The rooms are sparse and small but the service is friendly and the location really convenient. A 5 min walk to the following stations - Russell Square, Eustice and Kings Cross. British Museum is an 8 min walk.

  • Stayed June 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 12, 2012

As readers of my reviews will know, I normally stay in 4 star central London venues. However, this time I was attending a two day conference that started early and therefore I had to look outside my normal comfort zone. I chose this hotel and expected the worst. I was pleasently surprised.
Whist the hotel is certainly not to the standard of decor of say The Westbury or The Grosvenor it does compete very well. It is modern and stylish and the rooms, at least the one I had, was not over large and featured a 'wet room' in place of a bath or normal shower. The room was clean and tidy and had everything one wanted.
The hotel featured a combined bar and dining area and which though small was adequate with helpful and pleasant personnel. One night for dinner I ordered a Ham sandwich in the bar area. It was an excellent, three deck affair with just the right touch of mustard and side salad. The following morning I sampled the full English breakfast and am glad to report it was amongst the best I've tasted made from ingredients that were clearly fresh. In the evening I tried the grilled lobster and again found the staff helpful and the food excellent.
In terms of location it is a very short walk from both Kings Cross, Euston and St Pancras station so for many its location will prove ideal.
How much did it cost I hear you ask? It wasn't cheap but then it wasn't expensive either considering what was on offer.
So overall i think The Ambassadors is a good all round and non fussy hotel which I think many
find is to their taste.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
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London, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed June 10, 2012

The location is perfect for people traveling through St Pancras international. The staff is very nice and helpful. The hotel and rooms are very clean. The bathroom is huge but has a feeling of a "public swimming pool locker room". Breakfast is great, you have pretty much anything you would expect from an English and/or Continental breakfast.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
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Winnipeg, Canada
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Reviewed June 9, 2012

Tidy, well organized, clean. Rooms are small but so are all in downtown London , (or Paris or Osaka or...). Good location. I was comfortable with it for the Hotwire (4 star) price. Think I'd have had a heart attack paying the rack rate or web rate.

Our room had no view but we didn't spend time in the room-- not relevant really.

Watch out if using the phone--we were misled by front desk on rates (even though I asked detailed questions in advance). More fool me for believing...

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed June 5, 2012

I arrived at the hotel earlier than the advised check in time, with a meeting planned nearby. I was checked in without fuss and able to work in my room before heading off to my afternoon meeting. Thus avoiding killing time in coffee shops, and benefitting from free wifi in the room.

The room was compact, as with most Central london hotels, but the TV was large, and there was no noise from the road on my side of the hotel. The hotel is a short walk from Euston and St Pancras so it made an ideal base for my work in London.

On the day that I booked, the rate was better than many of the local chain alternatives, so I felt this offered good value for money at a time when London hotels appear to be getting more expensive - hopefully this won't continue after the Olympics.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed June 1, 2012

The staff were friendly and helpful. Check was swift and we were able to leave our luggage and come back later.

However this was the 25 May, the hottest day of the year and the room's air conditioning wasn't working. It was late and we were tired and so didn't bother reception. The extractor fan wasn't working either and after 2 showers the room began to smell damp. The design on the sink was strange, you had to poke the plug with your finger to empty it, which meant you had to put you hand into dirty water. Not good!

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Ambassadors Bloomsbury
Address: 12 Upper Woburn Place, London WC1H 0HX, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Bloomsbury , Euston / Kings Cross /St Pancras
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#306 Luxury Hotel in London
#329 Business Hotel in London
#355 Family Hotel in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Ambassadors Bloomsbury 4*
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the fashionable Bloomsbury district, this 4-star hotel offers bright, stylish rooms, an Italian restaurant, and a chic bar. King's Cross Station is less than 10 minutes' walk away. Complimentary Wi-Fi and access to hotel gym is offered. Each air-conditioned room at Ambassadors Bloomsbury includes a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, Hypnos mattresses, a safe, a hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. Complimentary mineral water and toiletries are also provided. The Number Twelve Restaurant serves gourmet Italian cuisine made from fresh, seasonal produce with views of the London streets. The stylish bar offers a wide selection of cocktails, beers, and wines, along with a snack menu and plasma-screen TV. Both Euston and Russell Square Station are 5 minutes' walk away, while St. Pancras, the terminal for the Eurostar, is a 10-minute walk away. The British Library is 5 minutes away on foot, and The British Museum is 15 minutes' walk. Major attractions such as the British Museum, London Zoo, Madame Tussauds and Camden Market are all less than a mile away. Camden is a great choice for travellers interested in jazz, opera and street musicians. ... more   less 
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