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“Good hotel but bad Internet”
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Tavistock Hotel
Ranked #584 of 1,075 Hotels in London
Reviewed July 31, 2011

We had a clean, comfortable room, facing the park (ask for that!) and the best shower in the world! The location is great - within walking distance of many of London's attractions. We also had a complete English breakfast every morning. The "headmaster" of the buffet is rather intimidating, but the servers are all attentive and very nice. My big problem was the lack of Internet service. You could only use the WiFi in the lobby, provided it was working, which it wasn't most of the time. It was extremely inconvenient for me to conduct business without it, and the only other option was to work at the Internet cafe around the corner. The other problem was the concierge desk, which is staffed by people who couldn't answer any of my questions regarding things they should be familiar with, like how to use the public transportation, museum hours, etc. So, I'd definitely recommend this hotel for tourists who have good guide books or know their way around the city. For the business traveler, or someone who is taking their first trip to the city, find a hotel with reliable Internet service, and a more helpful concierge staff.

Room Tip: Request a room overlooking the park.
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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 29, 2011

Much to my suprise this hotel was actually fine in terms of cleanliness, etc. I found that check in and out was fast and they had no problem with a slightly late check-out. Its location is a real bonus and noise was minimum on the 7th floor. The rooms were very hot though so you need to keep windows open all the time and the beds are a bit springy. I have stayed in hotels with higher star ratings in london and found that they were not as nice as the Tavistock. Breakfast is basic but sufficient. I am actually rather fussy about hotels and normally stay in 4* plus so was worried out the fact that the star rating was so low, but as I have to say that I found this hotel to be sufficent. I am rating it according to its value for money rather than its luxury.

Room Tip: 7th floor plus- non-street facing is a good option
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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 29, 2011

Stayed in this hotel for two nights. Twin room on 7th floor was clean and comfortable. Yes it was quite small, but it is London - you don't actually spend much time in a hotel room, do you?
Breakfast was ok, but the man checking the room cards on the breakfast room door seemed a bit grumpy on both mornings. Otherwise the service was OK.
We left our suitcases to the hotel for a couple of hours after checking out and had to pay for it? It wasn't much (about £1,50) but this was the first time ever that I had to pay for this service.
The location is great, near the tube and you can walk to a lot of places.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 28, 2011

I stayed on business for one night in July 2011, having booked through British Airways website with flight from Scotland. The hotel certainly did not live up to the description on the website. The hotel overall was run down and the room was basic to say the least - my bathroom had no cold running water. At least the sheets seemed clean which is more than can be said for the rest of the room. The room door looked like it had been forced in the past as had bit broken off around the lock. Continental breakfast was a joke - stale rolls and cheap jam, cornflakes and tinned grapefruit segments. I will definitely be avoiding this hotel in future and it wasn't cheap - B&B cost £79 through BA although the walk in price advertised for single room is £69, which in my opinion is still too much.

Room Tip: Don't know any!
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Reviewed July 27, 2011

Stayed at the Tavistock for 3 nights in a twin room. For the brilliant location and the price, the Tavistock is a great choice. Clean, modestly sized room (they're all modestly sized in London!), clean bathroom and the room included a small wardrobe, CRT television and basic tea & coffee facilities. Also included breakfast and, as I say, for the price, it is very hard to beat. Obviously there is no airconditioning but the windows do open to let some fresh air in and, when you're paying this price for central London, you can't expect deluxe accommodation. Reception staff were friendly and efficient. Keep your expectations in check and you'll enjoy a perfectly reasonable budget stay at the Tavistock.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 26, 2011

It must be said this is more boarding room/hostel than Hotel but...for under $100 a night in centyral London what can you expect? Was I dissapointed? No. I had a limited budget for this business trip and knew that I would only use the 'hotel' for R&R. The rooms were very outdated, used and non-descript. The bed was extremely uncomfotable. I did notice when riding the lift in between floors that other flolors seemed to have been refurbished but i can't say that for sure. And here's another point. A huge 'hotel' cannot accomodate the morning people traffic with just two small lifts...it just doesn't work. It only took mye two morning trips to realize that, on top of all of the above-mentioned deficiencies at the Tavistock, this was an anoying bottle neck that everone around me was complaining about. Then agaion, what do you expect for around $100 a night in centyral London - a boarding house/hostel = the Tavistock.

Room Tip: ask for a recently refurbished room - if they have any.
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Reviewed July 23, 2011

I have stayed at the Tavistock a couple of times now and I like staying here as it is reasonably priced and convenient for getting around London. Buses are near by and frequent. The hotel room I had was clean, tidy and spacious. The lifts at check out time can get a bit busy but that can apply to most hotels.

The buffet breakfast in the dining room is a good way to start the day, fills you up let me tell you. Will certainly use the Tavistock again and also tell friends about this little gem.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Tavistock Hotel

Address: Tavistock Square | Bloomsbury, London WC1H 9EU, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Bloomsbury
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #584 of 1,075 Hotels in London
Price Range: $110 - $187 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Tavistock Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 395
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on Tavistock Square Gardens the hotel offers stunning views as well as offering remarkable value for a historic Bloomsbury hotel. A great choice for business or leisure guests. You will find the Woolf & Whistle - a friendly bar nestled in the Art Deco ground floor of the Tavistock Hotel. Retaining the hotel's original 1920's features with a modern and elegant twist, Woolf & Whistle takes its inspiration from the famous 20th century writer Virginia Woolf, who once lived and worked in the neighbourhood. Providing a welcoming haven to our guests, locals and visitors to the area; our pub serves classic cocktails alongside traditional pub favourites in a relaxed yet sophisticated atmosphere. After all, a wise woman once wrote, ‘’One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.’’ The Tavistock is perfectly located for the health club and American style bowling alley as well as the exciting sites of the capital. ... more   less 
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