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“My first bed and breakfast... and it was okay.”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Apollo Hotel

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Apollo Hotel
Ranked #67 of 575 London B&B and Inns
Makati, Philippines
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“My first bed and breakfast... and it was okay.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2012

I booked this bed and breakfast through booking.com. We are a family of 5 with adult children, so we stayed in 3 rooms.

This is my first bed and breakfast and I think it's okay. Maybe more on the good side okay. I'll start with what I liked. The location is perfect! It's literally a stone's throw from King's Cross St. Pancras. The place is clean and well maintained. The rooms are cramped but are very well maintained. The breakfast is freshly cooked. And best of all, free high speed internet!

There is room for improvement. Well, maybe the managers can try to be more cheerful. While we were nonetheless accommodated, I would have given this 5 stars have they smiled more. Second, it's a bit cramped. Of the three rooms given to us, I stayed with a brother in what I think is the worst room - Room 12, the attic. Well, I can't blame them if they wanted to profit from every single square meter of space, but try to avoid this cramped room. They might also want to invest in sturdier furniture. The bedside table seems to be made out of cardboard. Third, the bathroom drain was a tad too slow. It takes several hours for the water to completely drain, so I had to bear a pool of soapy water from time to time.

While it may seem that I wrote more cons than pros, for me, the pros still outweigh the cons. And, yes, if you don't mind the lack of space, this place is value for money.

Room Tip: Rooms 10 to 12 are on the topmost floor. I don't recommend this to those who lack exercise.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2011

My husband and I stayed for 2 nights. We got in fron Scotland around 8am, got to the hotel at 11am but found out that check in was only at 2pm.
We decided to leave our bags and go into the city. when we got back and took our key, we realised that they had upgraded out room to an ensuite!.We were so happy and went down to thank them for the upgrade.
They had seen that we were tired from our trip and the best they could do for us was to upgrade our room! it was a sweet gesture that made all the difference.

The breakfast is filling, the hotel location is great. We were just around the corner from Kingscross and Pancras station which seemed to be a major hub for all the transport networks. The locationm made it easy for us to get around to the places that we wanted to go and when we got back in the evening, we didnt have to walk for miles to get to the hotel.
It was a delightful stay.

We were out of the hotel most of the time and all we needed was a bed and some breakfast, well, we got that and good family service.

I would recommend this hotel to any one who has already got their day plans set out for the time they are in London and all they are needing is a place to crash, take a bath and get good breakfast in the morning!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Worcester UK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2011

Stayed in a twin room with ensuite. Room was small but clean, and the beds firm but not uncomfortable. Double glazing kept traffic noise to a minimum. We were on the top floor - there are 50 steps to get up from the entry level, 65 from the dining room, so tricky for the less able bodied. Bathroom was very clean and the shower worked well, as did the TV, kettle and hairdryer provided. Proprietors were very friendly and amenable, kindly allowing us to leave our bags with them as out train home wasn't until mid-afternoon. Breakfast was 7.30-9am, good choice of cereals, continental or a lovely English breakfast which sets you up nicely. Kings Cross/St Pancras station is really close and Euston is about a 10 min walk away. HSBC and Barclays bank also very close by. Tussards is a 30 min walk away and all sorts close from there so check walking routes before fighting with the underground. Day travel pass for zones 1&2 is £6.60 - AFTER 9.30am, more expensive before, and it's manic. All in all, a comfortable stay with good food and pleasant owners!

Room Tip: Stairs!! If you dont like them/can't manage them, you must say before booking.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2011

We used this hotal as an overnight stop over for Eurostar for which the location is ideal. The reception was friendly and helpfull and seems to double as a living room! We were on the top floor with 3 flights of stairs which would prove difficult for anybody less mobile. The room was tiny, with a 3/4 double bed and a tiny en-suite, but it was clean and had everything we needed. It's a fairly quiet area with only the constant distant noises of sirens that continue 24/7 in London to be heard. Breakfast was excellent with very courteous waiting at the tables. There are plenty of good restaurants nearby, but we went for local pub grub which proved better than the meals we had later in Paris! We would be happy to use this hotel again in future.

Room Tip: Go for one with en-suite for only a few pounds more.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Bridport
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2011

Nothing fancy but then it doesn't pretend to be. Stayed here when i went to a gig in Highbury and although the room was small and right at the top of the building it was spotlessly clean and tidy and very comfortable.
Breakfast the next day was plentiful and tasty (choice of full english or continental) and the staff were cheerful and polite. What more do you want for a budget stay in London?

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
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Stockholm
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2011

Apollo Hotel is a B&B in my own category. The whole stretch of Argyle St is full of B&Bs. It is simple, basic, but it meets the simple needs of London tourists who will not spend so long time in their rooms when in the city. The staff are friendly and helpful. Two choices for breakfast: full English and continental. There are coffee and tea available in the rooms, as well as TV. The room sizes are indeed small, maybe a little too tight but it is not that horrible if there two average size people moving around.

Some tips: ask for room in lower floors to avoid carrying your luggage all the way up, there is no lift; avoid basement room; the en-suite room is more convenient but it costs extra £10-20/night; if you can eat heavy breakfast and want to save money, take it in Apollo.

Price is, more often than not, directly proportional to the service and quality of hotel. I think people who chose Apollo chose it for the price and location in King's Cross. If you pay Marriott or Four Seasons, you get Marriott or Four Seasons. If you pay Apollo price level, you can get relatively clean bedroom, clean bathrooms, OK breakfast, friendly service - isn't that a good deal for your £?

PS For Harry Potter lovers, try to find the 9 3/4 platform in King's Cross, it si an attraction by itself. The hop-on, hop-off is good for those with very limited time in London.

Room Tip: en-suite rooms are convenient; ask for room with big window; lower floors to avoid carrying luggage...
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2011

Hotel is a bit run down with small rooms and dated decor. In terms of location it is ideal for getting around London with tube and train stations on the doorstep. Good breakfast included in the price.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Apollo Hotel
Address: 43 Argyle St, London WC1H 8EP, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Bloomsbury , Euston / Kings Cross /St Pancras
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #67 of 575 B&Bs / Inns in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Apollo Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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