I had read good reports about this B&B so decided to stay here on a recent trip to London. I am self-employed and so have to fund hotels myself which is why they need to be super cheap. I had a few meetings lined up for a 3 day business trip so booked to stay here for two nights. It is a family run B&B and the woman who took my booking was really pleasant and friendly. It gets booked up fast so do call up as soon as you known when you need a room. They only had different rooms on the consecutive nights I needed, so she booked me into a single room (£44) for one night and double (£57) for the next. The double is slightly more expensive but she said she had one at the back of the building that was quiet, so I agreed.
The hotel is an excellent location, walking distance from Russel Square, Holbon and similar tubes. There are quite a few cheap B&Bs on the same road. When I arrived the receptionist infomed me that they had a cancellation and I could have the quiet double room for two nights. She gave me the keys so I could look at both rooms. The single room was overlooking a main road but I suspected noise would not be too bad as it was the 3rd floor. The double room however looked really nice and seemed quiet so I took it at £114 for two nights, which seemed like a bargain! Both rooms were up some winding stairs, but I had no difficulty reaching them and cannot unsderstan previous reviewers who have complained about the stairs or the fact the staff did not carry luggage. You don't expect a concierge in a £44-a-night central London B&B. People who cannot carry luggae up these stairs clearly have too much luggage and could not carry it down the street - it is their problem. I had a moderate amount of luggage and easily managed to carry it up. Both rooms are quite spartan and basic but they have a desk and wardrobe. I prefer the double rooms as they are nicer and yet still good value for money at £57. The single rooms are a tad depressing and you wouldnt want to sit in it all day, but fine if you are just sleeping in it. I had some work to do so did it at my desk under the window and worked away peacefully with no disturbances.
I had an excellent night's sleep and slept like a rock.
The breakfast wasn't my scene especially. It's instant coffee (yuck) and horrid plastic bowls with cornflakes in and warmish milk on disgusting tablecloth-ed tables, cramped in with loads of other people, mainly tourists from mainland Europe . I didn't take the cooked breakfast as I can't stand that kind of thing so can't comment. One day I had scrambled eggs which was ok, but in short th breakfast is nothing to write home about but what do you expect fro £44/£57? They don't have tea/coffee making facilities in the bedroom but that didn't bother me as there are supermarkets nearby where you can buy drinks and who drinks/likes the kind of instant tea and revolting tea normally on offer in B&Bs? Sorry, but I would rather go to Starbucks outside so it did not bother me it wasn't there. The most important thing you want when like me you need a cheap place to stay in central London is a ) a comfortable bed b) safety c) a good location you can safely walk to at night and b) quietness. The other things (breakfast, tea/coffee/concierge) are not important. When you come home you have to ring the main door to get in and someone is there all night so it's not a problem...and they are cool about whatever time you come back. I quite liked it as it made it feel safe and when you come back they check you are a guest etc..
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The St. Athans Hotel, Bloomsbury, is a simple, eco-friendly, family-run bed & breakfast in the heart of London. It’s A grade II listed 200 year old Georgian terraced houses, retains many of its their original features, fitting in well with the historic area, and is within walking distance of the British Museum, the University of London, Covent Garden and the new British Library. We’re also only a short bus ride away from many major the attractions, such as of Madame Tussaud’s and London’s West End, with its many shops, theatres, bars, and restaurants. ... more less
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- St. Athans Hotel London, England