Harlingford Hotel

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Harlingford Hotel

, London
3 star

Rooms: 43

Cartwright Gardens - London - England - LO WC1H9EL - United Kingdom Hotel Website | | 2073871551
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A cozy peaceful and comfortable Hotel
Submitted by: Arabella in 17/09/07
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young & Single
This Hotel was perfect for my stay in London. The area is quaint and peaceful yet near by to all major locations. The rooms are cozy and the decor is very tasteful. I love the feel at this Hotel and the welcome from the reception staff was wonderful. Very well recommended!
Submitted by: Chrissie in 27/01/07
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From:
  • Traveller type: Weekend Breaker
We arrived at our room to be met with the horrible smell of stale cigarette smoke. I could not believe that smoking was allowed in any room and not informed prior to booking. We were given another room and this didn't smell. The breakfast was good and the room was relatively clean. I have been told that come summer smoking will not be permitted. It is a convenient place to stay. I give it a rating of 2 purely on the smoking policy.
Our Room was Robbed Here
Submitted by: Susan in 10/05/06
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Budget Traveller
On our last night at the Harlingford (October 2005), our room was robbed. (There were no safes available, and the windows in our room did not lock.) After we discovered our room was robbed, the owner was very nice and assured us that his insurance policy would cover our losses. We made the required report to the London Metropolitan Police (they were very slow to show up.) Upon check-out the next morning, the owner was not available and the desk clerk told us we had to pay the full room charges. It now has been over six months and despite repeated e-mails and phone calls to the Harlingford, we have not received any response from the owner. We received an e-mail from the hotel's insurance company saying that the policy does not cover losses of hotel guests' property. The desk clerks e-mail respond to our e-mails and tell us that they will pass the message on to the owner. Stay at this hotel at your own risk.
Quaint, Good Location
Submitted by: Stephanie in 05/10/05
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
We really enjoyed our stay at the Harlingford. Its location on a quiet street, across from a garden, made it a nice retreat. While the room was small, like most London hotels, it was cute and clean. The Harlingford is perfect for those who want something small with character, rather than a large or "commercial" hotel.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Harlingford Hotel

Small but pleasant

from Marylandtraveler_8
We found the Harlingford to be a small, pleasant hotel. The public rooms (lounge and breakfast room) are attractively decorated, and there was a fire in the lounge hearth when we arrived (it was cold in March).
Our double bedroom (on an upper floor) was very small, but it had a large window and comfortable chair squeezed in. The mattress was firm.
The bath was tiny, with a very small stall shower. I think many people would find it too small to maneuver in. We could hear sounds clearly from the room next door, and when people walked in the room above us.
The staff was friendly and the full English breakfast was well-prepared. The location is conveniently close to Kings Cross and Euston tube & train stations, and a short walk to the Russell Square station. The neighborhood is full of small Indian restaurants. The rates are comparable to other small hotel/B&Bs in Bloomsbury.

Best breakfast I;ve had at a hotel in London

from Nevilledog
We stayed here about 4 yrs ago, just 2 of us in one room the room was small and the bathroom was very small but the staff was very nice and the fully cooked breakfast was wonderful. I am just not crazy about the location. I like to be near Earls Ct or South Kensington and this is about 8 tube stops further out. There are also lower priced hotels in the other areas. But if you want to be near the British Museum or Russell SQ--then this is the place.

LOVED !!! the harlingford, even better than my last waldof stay

from A TripAdvisor Member
Awesome and beautiful place. I loved our room and the bathroom with tub. staff was extremely friendly and helpful, down to helping to entertain my 16 month son. The living room was warm and cozy.
Definitely will stay here again.

OK, but not wonderful.

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed at the Harlingford Hotel for 2 nights at the beginning of February. We chose it because it came highly recommended by many travel books, as well as by several users of tripasdvisor. The advertising is very false and deceitful, be warned. It is true the breakfast room and drawing room are very lovely, warm and inviting rooms. The outside of the hotel is pleasing as well. However, the rooms, or ours at least was small and although "modern", very cheaply decorated. The thermal blankets were not even remotely new as they came in shocking random colors. The bathroom was extraordinarily tiny, although tiled. Better to be sure than some Paddington cubicles, but still very small. I am not at all a big person and I could not turn around in the shower. The biggest problem, however was the maid service. We had gone out to do some sightseeing and my sister stayed in the room. The cleaning woman refused to clean the room while my sister was in it, and so a fight ensued between the two. Eventually the woman partially cleaned the room by making the bed, etc. The breakfast is very good, although the service is not very prompt or attentive. Laterooms.com had a special 110 GBP rate for a quad which turned out to be the regular rate. The rates stay the same throughout the year, so that is not too bad for a summer room. The location was very nice, within walking distance of three tubes. British Library (highly recommended) was right up the street.

Weak at best

from A TripAdvisor Member
My sister and I stayed at the Harlingford for a long chick weekend back in November and found it to be weak at best. The rooms are microscopic and the desk help was not helpful. A good breakfast can't overcome the fact that the staff is poorly trained and crabby. We won't be returning.

Harlingford - A home from home

from A TripAdvisor Member
The Harlingford Hotel is definitely my favourite hotel in London. It has a family atmosphere, extremely helpful staff who were willing to go out of their way to help me enjoy my holiday and find my way around.

I love walking round the private gardens and enjoying the peaceful feeling right there in the centre of town. The cost is remarkably low, particularly for the location and fabulous new design and my favourite part the very yummy breakfast.

s Cracked Up to Be

from thirdavenue
After reading so many positive reviews of Harlingford, my wife and I were looking forward to a very nice stay. We were unfortunately very disappointed. The room we were put in was ridiculously small, even by London standards, the bathroom was cold, damp and dirty. While we were assured that all rooms had been renovated, the hotel apparently considers the bathroom separate from the room itself, as very few of the bathrooms have been renovated (the hotel will admit this fact only upon being pressed). When we found our bed and bathroom linen had not been changed over the first 5 nights of our stay, we brought our concerns to the staff.

Again based on reviews, we expected a friendly staff. While our room was changed for our last night and one night's rate discounted, we couldn't believe how much nicer our second room was and that the room rates were the same. It seems the staff apparently expects guests to arrive and bargain for the best room available. This is the only conclusion I can come to having asked in advance to be placed in a fully renovated room on a lower floor yet receiving the poor quality room we received initially.

The most disappointing aspect of the hotel was the staff. Upon our initial check in, we were faced with a disengaged 20 year old who didn't know the first thing about London (she was from Scandinavia), the hotel, or the immediate neighborhood (couldn't even suggest a restaurant on the block to jet lagged new arrivals). As we brought our room troubles to the staff, they were confrontational. In short, had the staff not been so aggressive, I probably would not have written this review. But I felt compelled to speak up considering how negatively we were treated when we complained about our first room.

Aside from our particular experience, the bottom line is that you can do much better than Harlingford. While 95 pounds is not very high for London standards, the weak dollar makes it a large sum for American travelers. You would be better off spending your money on a hotel with a better location - Bloomsbury is out of the way for London visitors.
The breakfast was good (if repetitive).

Great Place!

from one2travel
Although I have been to London many times before, I have never stayed longer than two or three days. On this trip (which was over the American Thanksgiving week), I was scheduled to stay for six nights with my father. As my father is older, I knew we might be spending more evenings in so I wanted a charming pleasant hotel as well as a reasonable price.

As everyone knows, London hotel prices are incredibly high so I really did a lot of research on reasonably priced hotels. The Harlingford fit the bill.

It is in Bloomsbury on a quiet residential street with easy access to neighborhood stores, pubs, and restaurants. It is within a five minute walk to the Russell Square tube (easily accessible from Heathrow as it is on the Piccidilly Line) as well as Euston and King's Cross.

My father was thrilled as there are two Indian restaurants within a block of the hotel (out of the six nights, we ate Indian food five times!); the other night was Fish and Chips at the highly recommended fish restaurant down the street.

The hotel itself is pleasantly decorated in modern fixtures which surprisingly go well with the Georgian architecture. I asked for a twin but when we went into the room, we were actually given a double and a twin so my father had more room. The ensuite bathroom was modern, clean and had a full bathtub which thrilled me to no end. The breakfast (included in the price) is enjoyable and the breakfast room is bright and cheery. I would stay here again in a heartbeat!

Great Location

from A TripAdvisor Member
Harlingford is located in an area with restaurants, shops, grocers, post office, pubs, and tube stations. We stayed four night in room 11 in Nov '03. The room was small by US standards but average for europe, and the bathroom was large. It was very clean and on the ground floor and street acess was very easy. The rate was 90 GBP which included breakfast and the help of a great staff!

Wonderful Vacation!!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
We came to the Harlingford for a week in September and had the most wonderful time of our lives! The hotel was quaint and the rooms were not at all as small as I expected (from reading about London hotel rooms). We had a quad room and one bed folded up & rolled into a closet so we had plenty of space to walk around & lounge. The staff was absolutely delightful and eager to accommodate special needs (such as very early check in). The night clerk brought hot tea to the parlor when I had jet lag and could not sleep. All of the staff members were quick to recommend the best things to do, places to go, etc. I didn't know much about London before we went, but after visiting were in-love with the city. There are so many areas in London, and all were great to visit during the day but each evening when we were wore out from a full day of activity and our feet ached from walking so far we were happy to be "going home" to the Harlingford. Unlike many of the busier areas, this neighborhood is so quiet and sweet. Although it is quiet, don't let that fool you because there is plenty to do all within walking distance. There are wonderful restaurants and small grocery markets all around. Infact, according to a London magazine I read while we were there, some of the best fish & chips in the city are just 1 block from the hotel, and they were wonderful! The British Museum (the most spectacular collection cf historical artifacts ever) is within walking distance. Be prepared to exercise though- if you walk through every exhibit in the museum you will walk 2 1/2 miles. For any younger travelers, and some adults I'm sure, the hotel is only bolcks away from KingsCross station where you can visit platform 9 3/4 (made famous by Harry Potter). We preferred to travel via the tube from Russel Square station, as it is a small station and that line meets up with nearly all of the other major lines within a few stops. I can't say enough good things about London & this hotel. We will be back next year as 1 week was definately not enough.

Top Local Tips for London

Underground Definitely use the Underground. We found the maps to be quite helpful and the system itself is very well marked and has stops close to all of the major sites.

discounts Leicester square for musicals and shows discaunts: really good deals!

Walk Bloomsbury is surprisingly central. If you look at an overground map you might be surprised how many places you can walk to and avoid the underground.


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  • Address: Cartwright Gardens - London - England - LO WC1H9EL - United Kingdom
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