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Citadines London Trafalgar Square Hotel

4 star

Rooms: 187

18-21 Northumberland Avenue - London - England - WC2N 5EA - United Kingdom Hotel Website | 0 800 376 38 98
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disappointed

from A TripAdvisor Member
The appartments were a good size for 2. The one we stayed in was a one bedroom appartment and was meant to sleep 4. I would say it is a real crush getting 4 adults in the one bed appartments. The water was a real problem, the bath would only fill a quarter of the way and then go cold. If the kettle was switched on in the kitchen with any other appliance, the whole place was plunged into darkness!! Service was disappointing and the staff very offish and cold. All in all, only stay there if you must!!

Fabulous Location

from A TripAdvisor Member
The location was terrific, on leafy Northumberland Avenue between Trafalgar Square and the river in a substantial Edwardian building which at one time housed the League of Nations.

The apartment was basic but clean and comfortable and the cute kitchen meant big savings on eating expenses. There are two grocery shops within walking distance.

I arrived at 6am after a 24 hour flight and was given a room immediately.

Tiny 1-bedroom

from DiscrimTaste
Yes, the location is this hotel's best merit. The one-bedroom suite we stayed in (there were 3 of us), was really tiny. The kitchenette was literally a closet. The living room had the pull out couch for one person. The bathroom is also tiny and water pressure was a problem. The bedroom was small. Windows had to be opened at night because there is no air-conditioning, so you can hear the street noise of Northumberland and Trafalgar Square. Front desk was not that friendly. It was good for the price and we only stayed for one night anyway, coming back from France to fly out of Heathrow the next morning. Maybe the 2 bedroom apartment would have been better, but for one night, it was ok.

Good trade-off for the price

from TitoG2830
Just got back to the States from six days at this fairly nice and incredibly well situated hotel. One has to get use to the minimal housekeeping (one visit during my stay) and I had to chase after them for another face/bath soap (bring your own!) and for replacement dishtowels. The voice message system failed several times and I never received several messages I know were left for me. One of the two small elevators was out of order for two of my visit days causing long waits. But, kitchenette well equipped and one can save on London's horrendous prices by eating in. Free high speed internet in the lobby a plus, as was the ample room lighting, and the double-paned and large windows made my room airy yet fairly sound proof though nine stories over a busy arterial. Get ready to pay $14 for one load of wash & dry in the launderette. Lots of shelves in the three closets in my studio, plus some drawers for storage conducive to longer stays.

Great Location

from A TripAdvisor Member
Great central location, close to all transport but in walking distance to everything anyway. Very expensive though. Houskeeping a bit slack. We were there for 10 days and only had 1 visit from cleaning and then they never left us any new towels. Also the room had a dishwasher but only enough detergant for 1 wash. Laundry service a rip. Also the computer with internet access they had for guests use was not there and had not been for over a month which was very inconvenient. Apart from that the room was great, quiet and dark enough to sleep, the sofa bed a bit ordinary. We had a great time though.

s a toss up...

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed in here for a few days in April. It was my first trip to London and I was not sure what to expect from the hotels. Most of the ones we looked at online seemed really small. We had a studio apt, and it was decent. It was great to have a kitchen, (which was very clean).
Over all the room was ok. The fold-out sofa bed was horrible though, it was noisy and uncomfortable. The bathroom, although clean, never had enough hot water for one shower and the Internet service was down the whole time. However, the location could not be beat! So, it's a toss up...would you rather have a good bed and hot water or be in a good location?

Location is the best part of this hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
Partly on the strength of the writeups here and elsewhere, I picked the Citadines-Traf. Sq location from among the TONS of hotels in London for my visit to the city a week ago (March-April '04).

Traveling by myself, I chose the studio apt. The real virtue to the place is the location; besides being close to attractions that a first-time visitor would esp like (natl museum, Traf Sq, etc), it had the relatively unmentioned bonus of being right over the river from the South Bank Center. This was my 4th trip to London, so I didn't necessarily need to see the "usual" sights. Instead, I was going for a combination of cheap airfare, touring exhibits and performances. So, the proximity to the So. Bank Center was a real plus -- a 10-minute walk across the pedestrian bridge, and you're there -- for plays, dance, music and even some FREE shows (not to mention saving money by not having to take the tube to and from) ...

but back to the apt itself: it was clean and tidy, with some nice amenities, like the CD player that others have mentioned. The microwave and little fridge were also nice.

Less favorable points: the somewhat hard sofabed; the unfathomable elec. burners; the lack of an alarm clock; the poorly functioning shower; the high level of street noise at night (even on the 8th floor); and a somewhat lackadaisacal front desk staff.

Having said that, for the sake of the wonderful location, the convenience and savings of a mini-kitchen, and the occasional ability to use the free Internet access, I'd still recommend this place. The location really can't be beat. You're a half-block from the Embankment tube station and within easy walking distance of major museums, Picadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Covent Garden, Charing Cross, Chinatown, numerous theaters (and the half-price ticket stand), two major jazz clubs, and the practical conveniences of the Strand.

p.s. Be sure to ask upfront about the cost of from-room phone charges.
I wound up spending much more than anctipated on phone calls, when calling for event info and tickets, etc. But it's certainly more convenient than scrounging up coins and using a pay phone somewhere.

p.p.s. Avoid the Italian restaurant around the corner from this hotel.
Mediocre food, high prices. And the crepes place nearby is disappointing, too. But the Indian food from the combo cold sandwich-hot Indian food place on that same street (just up from the Embankment tube station) is great! and very inexpensive and enough for two meals.

Great value

from JCW
A really great location, a stone's throw from Trafalgar Square; perfect for sight-seeing or central meetings. And an interesting change from most London hotels ? Citadines' rooms include a kitchen and sofa beds, and there's no service to the rooms (linen and towels are changed every few days, when they also empty your garbage, and you have to make your own beds).All of that means it's very good value for money, although after a couple of days one can end up yearning for a normal hotel that employs staff to look after its guests!I was in a basic room, though, and the furnishings were all on the cheap and tired side. Would be great for families; my young son loved it.

Great Trip

from Niesy24
We stayed at Citadines Trafalgar Square from February 19-27, 2004. The hotel was in a great location for the tube and all attractions. It really is just a stones throw away from Trafalgar Square and you are able to walk to Covent Garden, Picadilly Circus, Soho and of course Buckingham Palace.

We stayed in a studio apartment. It was small with a firm pullout couch but for all the time we spent in the room, it was all we needed. It also came with a kitchenette which was useful.

I would recommend anyone to stay at this hotel and we plan on staying there again when go back next year.

Fantastic value, location, accommodation

from A TripAdvisor Member
Stayed in a studio here over valentine's weekend. Lovely touch of a box of chocolates on arrival. Spacious room, floor to ceiling windows, sofa bed was huge. Lovely, well appointed, clean bathroom with tons of storage. Well equipped kitchen with kettle, toaster, hob, combi-microwave oven, dishwasher, fridge and all the cutlery you will need including steak knives, cork screw and a fantastic balloon whisk should you feel the need to show off your skills at sauce making!

An initial problem with the electrics in the apartment was sorted in minutes. The staff was courteous and knowledgeable.

The location is amazing. Trafalgar Square and Whitehall was 30 seconds in one direction, the Thames and the London Eye 30 seconds in the other direction. We were able to walk to a show at the Old Vic nr Waterloo. I imagine that arrivals at Waterloo Station would have a lovely arrival in London walking over the Jubilee Bridges (which are right at the bottom of Northumberland Avenue) to the apartment.

Will definitely stay here again.

Top Local Tips for London

Take a Tour Bus Take a tour bus from Trafalger Square to get a good sense of your location and what you are close to. You will find a lot which is in walking distance, which you were unaware of.

A tip to save money Having a kitchenette in your hotel room is an excellent way to save money in a city where eating out can be very pricy.

Get your own cab THis hotel dings you again when you have them call a cab- it isn't and it costs 1/3 more. Call your own

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  • Address: 18-21 Northumberland Avenue - London - England - WC2N 5EA - United Kingdom
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