Stayed on 02/09/12.
Across from Holloway prison (no offence intended), The Castle Bar is on a main road, but as we had a room in the attic, it was not a problem. We were lucky to get the only parking space at the front (I presume none of the other guests had cars).
The Good points:
Clean rooms, friendly reception, good breakfast in a very nice Spanish-style restaurant, where Classic FM was playing (a lovely idea in the morning, instead of Radio 1). All three people looking after the B&B were Spanish, as were two other guests there, but there was no problem at all with communication.
Our room was on the top floor (we asked for one there), so be aware that people who don't like *a lot of steps* should not book one there. There is a terrace on the first(?) floor overlooking the main road, which we used to eat an Indian takeaway (it's across the road), before sleeping.
The other points:
We arrived to find the bar pulsating with extremely loud music, the bare floorboards pushed up in three places because of damp (I presume), and one wall stripped of wallpaper. In my home town we would call it a "rough pub". Never mind, it's not the the B&B (we went to The Prince Edward pub down the next road, which had original Victorian décor and quieter).
The shared bathroom on the top floor needs the female touch, for that special 'quality' to meet the requirements that modern B&Bs are now working towards.
The small sink in our room had a blocked drain.
I couldn't work out (and I really tried), how to make the TV work with two remote controls.
Having said that, we would quite possibly stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Castle Bar is a pub with accommodation (B&B), situated in Camden Road, a prime location in central London. The area is a quiet residential part of Islington with excellent connections to London's main shopping, cultural and Business in the heart of Central London. There are a total of 9 rooms in the hotel ranging from single, double and family rooms, with budget prices for a quality bed and breakfast accommodation in London. ... more less
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