Bloomsbury Park Hotel

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Bloomsbury Park Hotel

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Rooms: 6

126 Southampton Row - London - England - WC1B 5AD - United Kingdom | 44 08703339104
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4/10
Consierge is brilliant!
Submitted by: JJ in 09/09/08
  • Age Group: 18 - 25
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
The consierge is the best thing about this hotel. Its only a shame he isn't there all the time! I think many more people would be happier. On my way into London, I had a call from someone at "reservations to confirm my double non smoking room" - Ok.. great - thought that was fantastic as she even gave us directions. Got to hotel - and had been told we could leave luggage. The guy on reception said our double room wasn't ready, but we left our luggage and went to explore. A couple of hours later, we knew the room would be ready by now only to be told by the eceptionist that we couldn't have a double room - only a twin. Oh and they did not receieve payment. I had told payment would be made when I got there.
After some discussion, we were offered a smoking room, but it was a double. The receptionist was helpful, apologetic and soon sorted everything out so that we stayed in the smoking room for one night and we were moved to a double non smoking the next day. The staff are very helpful here, and although mix ups happen, the lack of communication from them to us was terrible. I had been told only an hour before we got there we had a double room and had no mention that no payment had been made. The rooms were ok, small but what you expect for the rates. Very impressed with location. The breakfast is great - the best thing about the hotel, apart from the lovely consierge who can advise you on anything and everything!
When we were leaving the lift had broken, we were on 5th floor and had to carry our luggage down a fair amount of stairs but they offered to help if needed and hey - who can predict when the lifts will break down.. saying that it was a small lift!
I don't know if I would stay there again. I've read it is going to be refurbished etc. If so, then yes because the positives did outway the negatives in the end.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Bloomsbury Park Hotel

Perfectly Adequate

from A TripAdvisor Member
After reading some of the reviews here I was a little worried, but the room turned out to be perfectly adequate. The decor and fittings were clean and functional, though not particularly tasteful or posh. The location is very convenient for the Museum, transport, and area restaurants.

I did not try breakfast. Of course, I can only vouch for the one room I stayed in, a deluxe room on the top floor. But for its price, this would seem to be a good value for a central London hotel.

Good location, cheap for London, average room

from A TripAdvisor Member
The location is good for the British Museum, and I stayed for £65 per night in a single room with bathroom.

As in most London hotels, the room was pretty shabby.

Breakfast was good and the staff helpful and polite.

Not recommended

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed here for 8 nights. The bathroom was green with mould. We were upgraded after asking for a cleaner, which was a little better - but not great.
The place is dirty, the staff are friendly &helpful- but the place is just dirty.
I would recommend a definite upgrade if you are staying here.
It is in a great location.

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from BallymenaNireland
I stayed here at end of March. It was dirty. The seats were dirtier than carpets in some trains I have travelled in. The wallpaper was peeling off walls. There was a problem flushing the toilet in the bedroom. The kitchen didn't look clean. On last morning we didn't get our complete breakfast. Receptionist was pleasant. I advise staying somewhere else. Only positive aspect was that it is central.

London Headquarters

from A TripAdvisor Member
I was apprehensive about this hotel after reading several on-line reviews but the bottom line if you accept a few flaws in this older hotel, you’ll find it fine. If you are picky, you are likely to have issues with it.

This hotel is a great location near Russell Square. It is in between the Russell Square and Holborn tube stops on Southhampton Way which is a busy city street with about any service or shopping you should need including a Chinese Herbalist that offers massages for a good price (never did make it in), a Starbucks next door, and a travel store just a few doors down.

We got to the hotel about 1:00p and were able to check in at that time without problem. She said we had a twin room, meaning two beds, but quickly changed it when I said we wanted a room with a double bed. Check in was fast, professional, and courteous.

The room was small and a bit awkwardly arranged but overall was clean and acceptable. They had an electric kettle with tea, coffee, and cookies available in the room. There was also a writing desk, a TV with limited stations. The only tricky part here was the bathroom. It did show the age of the hotel but overall was okay. The worse thing I can say was the shower area could have used some Tilex if not some retiling. The shower had GREAT water pressure. One review I had read commented on the toilet not flushing. I once experienced this, but when I said something to hubby he tried again and it worked fine. I believe in general, toilets in London need time to refill the tank for flushing. The one lift was out of service one night when we came back, but that was the only time in 4 days.

I utilized their laundry service for a pair of pants. They were back a bit later then they said, but the pants that I was afraid were stained and ruined for life looked great. We did not partake in their breakfast buffet that they indicated would be a ?10,95 since it was not included in our Priceline rate. We found pretty much the same buffet breakfast next door at Dean’s Brassiere for ?5,95. For reference, we were charged ?17,00 for the same buffet at our post cruise hotel (YIKES!) We also had breakfast from Starbucks and McDonald’s (near Holborn Station) while there.

There is an alley behind the hotel that we kept hearing much laughter from each night until about 11:00p. Our final night we finally explored and discovered a couple of pubs plus a restaurant. All our gallivanting around London to find new food and it was literally in our own backyard. We ate at Cagney’s there and enjoyed the food at a decent rate by London standards. We probably would have tried the other establishments if had realized sooner they were there.

We checked out at 8:00a and they gladly stored our bags, giving us a claim check, until we were ready to head for the airport at about 1:00p. Overall I would stay at this hotel again.

ok but not great

from A TripAdvisor Member
Stayed in the Bloomsbury Park for 3 nights. Original booking was for a triple. Upon arrival the room was so cramped and the bathroom very small. I requested another room and left that one to my travelling companions. Ended up paying double the amount that we planned. Room was clean and tidy but there was no iron. And to my surprise no air conditioning. Ok so maybe it wasn't that hot, but when you are from a rural setting it is difficult to sleep with open windows with all of the city noises. Room was overlooking a small street where deliveries were happening at 5AM. Breakfast buffet was good but they were not good at replenishing items when they ran out. Quite slow!

Perfect

from paddy1984
The hotel was perfect for what we were looking for. Great links to the bus/tube service. Theres a couple of shops in Russell Square and at night you can have a lovely walk up to the theatre district. The tube has direct links to all the big shopping streets etc..

The hotel's breakfast was lovely and healthy. Rooms were very clean and very comfertable. The staff were very friendly and sorted out any problems we had very quickly (only one problem with billing). I would say the only problem with the hotel is that the majority of the staff are not British and can be quite hard to understand (think there french) but it wasn't impossible.

Fine!

from wilcox109
This hotel was just fine! We stayed there at the end of May 2005. We were worried about staying here but they were wonderful to us. The beds were VERY comfortable (even though we ended up with 2 twins). The bathroom was a bit outdated, but adequate. The lift broke when we were there, but it was only a few stories so walking was no big deal. The staff were kind and helpful, and ordered us a taxi very early in the morning. The location was a tiny bit far out for tourists, but there is a tube stop not too far on the central line (Holborn). Beware when you take a taxi to this hotel...there is another Bloomsbury thistle just around the corner. Make sure you give them an address!

Adequate

from neildean
We spent four nights at the Bloomsbury Park in early June 2005 and overall found it to be an adequate hotel. The location is the strongest point and the staff we encountered were friendly and efficient. When we had to call the front desk with a request (the maid had forgotten to leave milk with the coffee/tea making supplies), an employee was at our room within five minutes. The daily newspaper was also appreciated.

As others have mentioned, the hotel is in need of renovation and there are notices indicating that work is underway. The rooms we had did not appear to have been renovated, but they were acceptable. The only mechanical problem we had was that the toilet was difficult to flush. We were on the fourth floor and had plenty of water pressure in the shower. There were a few stains/marks here and there on the carpet and walls, but no more than would be expected.

For the price we paid through Priceline ($95/night) we were satisfied with this hotel, although we may not have been if we had paid more.

Much better than expected

from Sweetpea2529
I spent a week here and, contrary to some of the reviewers, found it more than acceptable. I had an Executive Room which was certainly not large but big enough, with very decent closet space, a bed with an excellent mattress, and a small desk. The bathroom was very clean and came with large fluffy towels and adequate if not fabulous amenities. I also thought the buffet breakfast was quite good and extremely generous, and that the staff was exceedingly nice and helpful. All in all, I was very pleasantly surprised and would recommend it if you are not seeking luxury and would like to save your vacation money for the pleasures of the city.

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  • Address: 126 Southampton Row - London - England - WC1B 5AD - United Kingdom
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