This was a great place. It is a small hotel basically, run by a couple (whose names escape me). This mom and pop operation puts you just blocks from the heart of London: P. Circus, SoHo, the whole deal. Super close to the Goodge Street T stop. Clean, no frills, good people who actually care, and do a terrific job.
Our small two bedroom was on the top floor, 4th I think. Small window but decent view with a Univ. building across the street, and such amazing, inspiring architecture. The beds were small but adequate. The showers and bathroom in the room are clean and modern but small. Super small, but they are private. If you had the room to yourself or are with a gf/bf, you are large and in charge. Sharing w/anyone less intimate, and you are too close for one of these small rooms. But the built-in included breakfast in the basement was dope; very good selection, all you can eat w/eggs, toast, cereal, sausage/ham/bacon, beans, fruit, and coffee/tea. They are such warm hosts. You listen to the BBC w/news and classic music from the kitchen as you eat. It's awesome. I miss it all the time.
Small tvs in the room have very little, but you're in the heart of London, so close to all the action. Literally, five minutes walk in every direction is stuff to see and do, in a nice part of town where a university is, and just blocks from top attractions, smoking places to eat (if you love Greek/Mid East/Med., you are going to gorge), shops, theatre.... You can walk to a ton of places, and then get a t pass that is unlimited for most zones to catch the tube around to further out destinations. As I noted, use the map feature on this tripadvisor page to note the googe street t station, and see how awesome the Arosfa proximity is to everything. Low price, great service, fantastic warm people, free coffee and internet in the welcoming front room area, all you can eat breakfast with great music/ambience, reliable help getting advice or travel arrangement plans, just all around, a 9.5 out of 10, at least. Love this place and hope to visit again. London is an incredible place, and I fell in love with it. Much aloha to everyone we met there who treated us so well. So many great meals, so much killer Indian food, and a great place where this guy was Lebanese/Italian, and in one place had pizza, hummus, babaganoosh, bagels, falafel, and tabouli... The type of great guy who ran this place we need more of in the world. Their menu was so awesome. Wish I had the name handy... Sorry. But that kind of food and vibe is what I found in London, and certainly staying at the Arosfa was something that placed me in the center of it. I am fortunate to have met these lovely people, and hope you enjoy their place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Arosfa Hotel is a refurbished 200-year old Georgian Town House in the heart of historic Bloomsbury district, the former home of the famous Pre-Raphaelite artist Sir John Everett Millais. The cool white garden squares and wide streets of Bloomsbury have been a pull to thinkers for centuries, and it sometimes seems like every second house has a blue plaque denoting that a great writer, scientist or philosopher once inhabited the building. It was in Bloomsbury that Karl Marx created communism, Virginia Woolf defined the twentieth century British novel, and Charles Darwin first conceived the theory of natural selection. The imposing bulk of the British Museum, home to seven millennia of human art and artefacts, dominates the area, and there are plenty of other academic institutions including Birkbeck College, the beautiful University of London Library, and RADA, London's grandest drama school. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Arosfa Hotel London, England
- Arosfa London