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“Stayed At Arosfa For Zeppelin Trip To London”
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Arosfa Hotel
Ranked #82 of 1,068 Hotels in London
Certificate of Excellence
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Stayed At Arosfa For Zeppelin Trip To London”
Reviewed February 3, 2009

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.

  • Liked — Location and high quality accomodations
  • Disliked — Fourth floor walk-up, no elevator. Small bathrooms. Very small bathrooms lol
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed January 9, 2009

We chose this hotel mainly because of the positive reviews.
Somebody should have mentioned that the rooms are terribly small. Two beds won't fit side by side in the rooms. The showers / toilets are jammed into the space of a closet - literally!
The hotel staff may be friendly and the location is good, but unless you intend to spend your time in London in your hotel, there must be better offers.
Note: there are about a dozen hotels in a row next to Arosfa that must suffer from the same problems, so we would advise against any hotel on Gower Street if you feel room size matters.

  • Liked — The location
  • Disliked — Everything else
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with family
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ArosfaLondon, Owner at Arosfa Hotel, responded to this review, January 31, 2009
Dear Guest, first thank you very much for staying with us and for your valuable feedback. We are sorry to hear that we did not come up to your expectations regarding the room and bathroom size. Unfortunately most if not all central London Hotel bedrooms in this category will offer similarly sized room accommodation. As our Hotel is a conversion of a 200 year old listed building due to its his historic nature all rooms vary in shape and size. If room size is very important to you and you can tell us this in advance, next time we will try to allocate you one of our larger rooms.
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Brasil
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Reviewed January 6, 2009

It’s not only a very clean, friendly and well located hotel. It has great people.

When I got back in Brasil, I realized that I’ve forgotten my battery charger. I contacted them by e-mail and they found it and sent it back to me in a week.

Recommend it!

  • Liked — well located, nice people
  • Disliked — small room
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed January 3, 2009

My husband and I stayed at the Arosfa Hotel for three nights in December. We were very pleased with the accomodations and enjoyed the English breakfast every morning.

The hotel is centrally located near many tube stations. The British Museum is very close by as is Covent Gardens.

We did have a slight issue with the size of the bed - it was very small for two people. It was probably the smallest we have had on all our travels throughout Europe. The bathrooms were also quite small - but accessible.

Even with these "small" issues we would definitely stay at the Arosfa Hotel again. The price and location can't be beat!

  • Liked — The location was unbeatable!
  • Disliked — The small beds provided some discomfort.
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed January 2, 2009

found this on the internet chose it as recommended as top hotel under £100.00 and it had good reviews on TA. We were not disappointed. we had a twin room on top floor overlooking rear. As other reviewers have remarked the room was small and the bathroom compact. However, it was spotlessly clean, the staff/owners were friendly and welcoming and the breakfast was good and included. Well located within short walk to all central locations and in a clearly safe area. Will definately use again. we have paid a lot more at other hotels and not been as satisfied or felt as welcome.

Stayed December 2008
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Atlanta
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed December 31, 2008

I stayed in a single room for 6 nights - my room was very clean and comfortable, and I loved the little touches like fresh fruit and a coffee maker (with hot chocolate and biscuits) in the room. The complimentary full English breakfast was delicious, and the friendly staff didn't have a problem with accomodating special requests. Having free access to the internet was also a plus.

And the location! The hotel is less than a 5 minute walk to the British museum, and only about a 15-20 minute walk to Covent Garden and the theatre district. There are lots of great restaurants and shops in the area (my favorites being all the secondhand bookstores), and it's also very close to several tube stations, making it a breeze to get anywhere in London and beyond.

I was more than pleased with my stay there, and look forward to visiting the Arosfa again.

  • Liked — The location
  • Disliked — I don't think i'd recommend to anyone with difficulty climbing stairs.
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled solo
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2 Thank Rebecca0608
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San Diego
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed November 30, 2008

Date: November 4-8 2008
Traveler: Couple from San Diego, USA

We stayed in this lovely boutique hotel for 4 nights. We were on the business trip , and the location was just perfect. Very close to several tube stations, a lot od small cafes and Deli close by.The room was super clean with nice TV, coffee maker and there were even fresh apples waiting for us. The bereakfast was superb, made at the request. The hotel provides the internet in a very chic lounge room.The best about this hotel is extremely pleasant and helpfull staff. Before returning to US we had to go on another visit inside Europe, and we had to leave one luggage behind due to airlines restriction. We were allowed to store it in their place, which was extremely helpful. We are hoping to visit London again and we will try to get a room in Arosfa.

  • Liked — Helpful staff and clean rooms
  • Disliked — shower
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled on business
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Property: Arosfa Hotel
Address: 83 Gower Street | Bloomsbury, London WC1E 6HJ, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Bloomsbury
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge
Hotel Style:
#44 Business Hotel in London
#91 Family Hotel in London
#132 Romantic Hotel in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Arosfa Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 16
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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