My partner booked this hotel as part of my 40th birthday present, and specifically chose it because he understood from a telephone conversation with the hotel that the room had a private balcony. It became apparent that a misunderstanding had occurred and the room did not have a balcony but does have shared use - with another room - of a patio area separate to that for use by the rest of the hotel. The room is advertised as a superior double room with patio and I guess it does what it says on the tin. The room is compact but apparently brand new having only been completed a week or so prior to our visit. It had all the amenities one would expect from a Superior room - except for floor space! - such as flat screen tv, tea/coffee making facilities, good sized fridge with freezer compartment etc plus a microwave and cutlery/crockery - very useful if unable to eat out (as we discovered most of the restaurants nearby close at 11pm). The room was spotlessly clean, the bed very comfortable with plump pillows and the shower of sufficient strength to be invigorating without being abrasive. Toiletries were provided (however the hand cream was past its expiry date) as was complementary water in the fridge - rare in London! The room is lacking mirrors - impossible to use hair straighteners and actually see what you're doing as the only mirror is in the bathroom, and the wardrobe didn't have enough vertical hanging space for a full length gown. We didn't find the patio provided us with anything additional - as it is lower ground floor there was no sunlight and whilst it was nice for our room to overlook that rather than say, the wall of the opposite building, the lock on our window was broken so personally I felt a certain lack of privacy/security and certainly would have if the other room had used the patio area whilst we were in our room.
Full breakfast was provided consisting of orange juice, tea/coffee, a pastry each, toast plus apples/yoghurt if required, in addition to bacon, sausage, egg, mushroom and beans. Rare in my experience to have a freshly cooked-to-order breakfast in central London and certainly of a sufficient quantity to keep you going for several hours of sightseeing ahead!
After we checked out of our room we had several hours before our train home and the hotel happily provided us with storage for our luggage. This was located in the garden area as space does appear to be at a premium indoors, however it appeared to be securely shut away in a cleverly concealed area beneath a flower bed. The garden area was being refurbished during our stay with brand new decking, seating areas etc and judging by photos on the web site, once completed will be a big improvement. I have to say the web site did put me off massively and based on the photos on there, personally I would not have chosen to stay at this hotel. However, having been, I would come again although maybe at a reduced rate as I feel there are better value for money hotels around. The location is good though - within walking distance of Euston station, a block or so away from some very nice restaurants, bars etc and within walking distance of covent garden (where we spent a very happy afternoon enjoying the street theatre) and the west end.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of Central London, the Regency House Hotel is a beautiful, traditional Georgian Grade 2 listed Terraced Hotel. Its' History can be traced all the way back to the first family owners, the 4th Duke of Bedford in the 1790's. We pride ourselves as one of the finest boutique hotels in Gower Street London. We offer some of the best value Single, Double, Twin, Triple, Quad, and Quint Hotels Rooms in central London. All of our Rooms are comfortable, fully air conditioned, elegant and decorated in traditional Georgian style, perfect for either short or long stay visitors. Visitors can save huge money on accommodation by staying in our affordable bed and breakfast in gower street London. Take the brief tour of our rooms at our official website. Ideally situated in the famous literary area, Bloomsbury, it is conveniently close to many of London's attractions and points of interest. A short walk or tube ride away are: Oxford Street, Soho and Covent Garden, the British Museum and London's Theatre Land. In the opposite direction you can find Regents Park and Camden, Madame Tussauds and the London Zoo. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Regency House Hotel London, England
- Regency Hotel London
- Regency London