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Tavistock Hotel
Ranked #594 of 1,069 Hotels in London
Exeter, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“You get what you pay for”
Reviewed August 17, 2013

I booked a single room recently & when I arrived & saw the room, I considered it "average." The "view" at the back from this room was of a dirty roof & yard. On the first night, there was an absolute racket coming from outside at the rear until 2330. I was on the first floor & I advise anyone to refuse Room 138. The second night, the noise of loud music & shouting continued until 0200. I called reception then & told them to change my room in the morning. At 0600, a van arrived at the back of the hotel to unload timber & obviously something metal by the noise they were creating. Hence, very little sleep. The noise comes from a bowling alley & is immediately below! In the bathroom in Room 138, the ventilator in the bathroom was almost completely clogged up with filth, & I mean filth. I took a photo & wish that I could put it on this site.
I then moved into a room on the 7th floor. This room, still at the back, was better. I was told by a regular visitor that she will only stay at the hotel if she can get a room on the 7th floor.
The room was clean, although with just two small towels, & the rest of my stay was quite pleasant although uncomfortably hot due to lack of air conditioning.
Breakfast was the same every morning, as others have described.
I ate in Jacques Wine Bar on two nights. The first was good but the second would have been better if the waiter understood English & had brought what I had ordered. The prices were good.
The hotel is in a convenient setting for people travelling through London &, providing I could get a room around the 7th floor, I would probably stay there again.
There are negatives & some positives about this hotel. It is very reasonably priced for the area. If you are in transit, then, yes, it is OK. If you are looking for a romantic or luxury break, forget it.
If the hotel management read this, please take note of what has been said. This hotel, with a little bit of "sprucing up" could be more attractive & attract more clients.

Room Tip: Avoid rooms at the back of the hotel on the lower floors unless you enjoy being awake all night.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 13, 2013

Certainly stay there again, central to all areas
Walking distant to London , trains, buses,tube station
Russell square 2 minutes with plenty places for coffee
And eating put
Hotel Clean, room service for cleaning was on the ball ,


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Kinghorn, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

After a swift exit from the terrible Mentone in Cartwright Gardens, Bloomsbury, I was able to book into the Tavistock by walking in and asking for a room as they had cancellations. Room very nice (was very hot as London in midst of a heatwave), bathroom also very nice. Housekeeping staff brilliant, full english breakfast great, friendly staff at the bar. Will be back.

Room Tip: I stayed on the 2nd floor which is clean and very quiet.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Tomsk, Russia
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

I had single room , it was really small, but I had all i need - bathroom, bed (smail one.. but comfortable), very positive thing is that they have free wi-fi but at the ground floor at reception. It is good choice for solo travellers who want to discover London on their own - everything iis very close to the place, almost in walking distance. And 3 trainstation also very close - so you can also plan you trips outside the London. But if I stay with my husband in the holidays , i would take more comfortable hotel. And this one littel bit noisy, a lot of young people.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Lerwick
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

Having traveled to London five times in three years I have never had to book another hotel since.

The Tavistock Hotel was recommended by a friend who knows London quite well & as a keen walker I wanted to stay somewhere within ten to fifty mins walk of local attractions.

Tavistock Hotel near Russell Square is within walking distance of Shaftsbury Avenue, Euston Station, Oxford St & Covent Garden to name a few places. ten to twenty mins walk at leisure.

I prefer to fly & using the tube from Russell Square to Heathrow Terminal 5 is only a few mins walk from hotel.

Inside the hotel offers comfortable lounge space & fine bar area. The atmosphere of the friendly staff & breakfast staff is extremely pleasant & sometimes amusing when dealing with the usually busy morning rush. Breakfast is very good here.

The rooms I've been in were all comfy & basic but you can always ask for a room on the Woburn Road side & preferably on upper floors seven & eight.

At night the views are nice especially the BT tower that brightens up the skyline. Noise at night can't be avoided in busy cities like London & you will have to endure many sirens up to nine or ten a night at the least on average.

Also just around the corner is a handy Internet cafe & Toscana a splendid Italian deli / cafe that is open till 11pm. The food there and service is wonderful and good for say families or late eaters.

Tavistock Hotel has struck a cord with me over the last few years & the affordable cost is a bonus when visiting London no matter how rich or poor we travelers are.

Top marks again for this handy hotel & the best part for me is I feel I know my way around the surrounding streets quite well. Knowing I'm not going to get lost again that's a big step forward especially in London.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Berne, Switzerland
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Reviewed August 2, 2013

Nice hotel, good neighbourhood (British Library!), nice location (ideal for people coming to England by train), good prices.
The room was alright, not noisy even if there is a street nearby.
Friendly staff.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 2, 2013

The Art Deco features are largely limited to reception. The hotel was clearly beautiful at first, but now it's very much a big cash-generator for a company (apparently a family business) that has either no inclination or maybe no funds to invest in it. I've stayed more than once (because of a deal with an employer) and found that rooms in both the (older) front and (newer) rear of the building are tatty and badly in need of redecoration. There are televisions and (fixed-head) showers, and at least in my rooms there were also baths. The bathroom has hand soap provided. There is a TV and a kettle with basic tea & coffee facilities. No hair-dryer. Terrible fluorescent strip lighting. Decent view over the square if you get a "front" room (actually a side road so not overly noisy). I wasn't impressed with the breakfast choices (no cereal or croissants) but if you want a cooked breakfast, it was all there.

Luggage room available for 50p per item.

In summary, this is over-priced for what you get inside, but it's an excellent location close to Euston, KX/St.P, and Russell Square.

Good for anyone visiting Great Ormond Street hospital.

Room Tip: Ask for one overlooking the square.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
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Property: Tavistock Hotel
Address: Tavistock Square | Bloomsbury, London WC1H 9EU, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Bloomsbury
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #594 of 1,069 Hotels in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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