I stayed at the GRANGE HOLBORN for two consecutive weekends at the end of September. I thoroughly enjoyed the hotel both times.
My only two COMPLAINTS would be that the majority of the STAFF are definitely not "5 star personnel" and that the ice box temperature in the GYM makes exercising in there feel like you're fighting the whipping winds of Antarctica (otherwise, it's very well equipped, modern and impeccably clean, like the entire spa area, the entire hotel really!).
The ROOMS are very spacious for London standards and equipped with everything you need (plus a selection of magazines). On my first stay, I got a twin room with two queen size beds (what luxury), on my second stay, I got two single beds (still nice). Since I have back troubles (a firm mattress is the worst for my sciatica), I was relieved to go to sleep and wake up wonderfully rested in the hotels fluffy BEDS - definitely the most comfortable I have found in London so far.
The BATHROOMS are well above London average as well. Great make-up mirror, good lighting, nice amenities, and again, impeccably clean.
Now, by far the most exciting surprise to me about this hotel was its POOL . It's huge and, contrary to some other critics, I found the temperature to be very comfortable and refreshing (I'm guessing it's about 26-28° Celsius). The STEAMBATH was also lovely, so was the SAUNA. I cannot stress enough how clean everything was kept. The CHANGING ROOMS are rather small (with only two showers) but absolutely acceptable. Nice perks: you don't need to bring towels, you get them at the spa's reception (but do remember to come in slippers), they have water fountains and pitchers with juices at the entrance to the exercise room and the pool area, and wonderful Molton Brown amenities, shower gel, shampoo, soap, and body lotion.
BREAKFAST was included in my room rate (an excellent 109 lbs. weekend special - booked through the Grange Hotels' Website). The staff in the breakfast room was rather horrible (except for one exceedingly professional, accommodating and friendly young gentleman from the Phillipines). In general, they seemed annoyed to be there and couldn't be bothered to answer to any special requests (like, uh, honey). The BUFFET is definitely not 5 star quality, more like a 3. But it is absolutely fine, though, if you just want to grab a bowl of cereal, a glass of fresh juice, and a cup of something hot before you get going in the morning. If breakfast is not included in your rate, however, don't pay the 14 lbs. It's not worth it, and if you don't mind walking 10 minutes to Covent Garden, then' you'll find plenty of scrumptious options there (e.g. PAUL Boulangerie & Patisserie on 30 Bedford Street - delicious!).
OVERALL, I had a very nice and comfortable stay at the Grange Holborn. I will be back, I have booked friends and family there (who were equally delighted), and I would definitely recommend it!
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- The elegantly composed Grange Holborn Hotel is uniquely placed to satisfy the most discerning visitors to the capital; whether enjoying the local theatres, shops, museums, galleries and parks or maximizing time in the financial heart of the City, the Grange Holborn Hotel, provides the perfect location for any visit to the Capital. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grange Holborn London
- Hotel Grange Holborn
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