Holiday Inn London King's Hotel

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Holiday Inn London King's Hotel

4 star

Rooms: 405

1 King's Cross Road - London - England - WC1X 9HX - United Kingdom Hotel Website | | 44 02078333900
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Could do worse, could do better

from s_Away
An ok hotel if you get a cheap rate on their internet site, but I wouldn't pay anything approaching the full rate. Standard Holiday Inn facilities, a nice clean room with a big bed and working space, and a decent bathroom and shower. Breakfast was extra on my internet rate; I preferred to stay in bed and pay less by crossing the road to the little cafe directly opposite. There was no internet connection in the room, but wireless service was available for a suitably equipped laptop, at a hefty GBP 12.95 (USD 24) per day. Service was average: despite hanging the Do Not Disturb sign on the door, I was regularly disturbed. And on three occasions when I came back from a day out my key would not work and I had to go to reception to have it re-programmed; they had no explanation for this. Location is also an issue: it really isn't handy for very much. King's Cross underground is a 10-15 minute walk along some of London's creepier streets, but better, if you can get your head round the system, is to use the buses from Rosebery Avenue to get to Shaftesbury Avenue and Piccadilly Circus. You could do worse, you could do better. If you get it for GBP 80-100, it's a good deal by London standards; much more than that, there are other choices.

Enjoyable stay

from jlry71
My wife and I took our 2 young daughters to the London for their first time. We could not have wanted a better hotel. I would highly recommend this hotel for families and single people but I'm speaking from a Family point of view.
The hotel was spotless, quiet and you felt safe, which is important with families.
The room was spacious, very clean, quiet and very tidy. The staff was friendly, helpful and helped with the requests we had.
The food was tasty and plentiful, you did not feel pressurised to finish your food in a hurry.
Taxi cost about £10 to Regents Street.
Will go back.

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from TinaKay
After reading reviews about several different hotels - and getting quite apprehensive about the condition and staff honesty of the hotels in London - I chose this one. We stayed there 3 nights - Sunday through Tuesday.

We took a cab from Victoria Station to the hotel. Our cabby took advantage of our American accents and took us the long way. 14 pounds for the trip. Whereas our British friends who met us at the station and took a different cab to the same hotel but left in the cab right AFTER ours got there before us and for only 7 pounds.

It wasn't easy to find when walking, and kind of a long walk to the nearest tube stations (Angel and Kings Cross), and not within walking distance of the attractions London is famous for. It's in something of a residential neighborhood, and there aren't brightly lit signs to make it highly visible if you are trying to get there at night. But it was clean and quiet.

There is a great Indian restaurant in the lobby. Good curry and Chicken Tikka. That same restaurant serves as the breakfast buffet each morning.

As I mentioned at the outset, honesty of the staff at the hotels was something I was worried about. (Example - I didn't bring my laptop, left no valuables in the room and we locked our suitcases when we left each day.) I highly recommend this to anyone staying here as well.

There was nothing in the closet that any of the staff would need - it was completely empty - so I placed a some stuff in there one day before we left. I tossed a handful of receipts and postcards on top of the stuff I'd put inside and quick closed the door before they fell out. The door was securely shut and the contents weren't likely to shift and knock it open.

That night when we returned, those items were hanging out of the bottom of the closet door -- housekeeping had opened the closet. I was a bit unnerved, but let it go because there was nothing they could have taken. It just confirmed for me that the reviews about dishonest staff were on target so be careful.

I might stay there again, but I think I'd prefer something closer to the sights and where there are pubs and shops that don't close up early each day.

Good stay

from A TripAdvisor Member
The stay was pretty good overall. The water pressure in the shower was really nice compared to most places, usually the water just barely drips out of the shower head. My only dissapointment was the bed, but my husband didn't mind it at all. I thought it was too soft cuz I like a stiff bed, it just depends on what you like. I had asked for 2 double beds and got only one double bed and a sofa bed. The sofa bed was horrible, only my son who is 4 yrs old was able to actually sleep on it, but it would have broken easily with an average weight adult. Other than that it was nice, the staff were nice when I checked in and out but I didn't really talk to them after that. We only stayed 3 nights and we were out doing things all day so we really only slept and showered there. I do recommend this hotel for someone that is going to london as a tourist and not someone planing to just hang out in there room.

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from pauline4
The hotel is not in Bloomsbury, It is not far from Kings cross station.This put me off at first but it turned out to be ok. It is a nice hotel and the rooms were big enough for 4 of us (me, my husband,an 2 children) We had continental breakfast included but you could buy vouchers for full breakfast, this could turn out to be expensive but we discovered there are lots of really cheap cafes.We travelled by car and left the car in the hotel car park £100 for 5 nights!!! We stayed the last two weeks in August as my daughter was doing work experience in the IPC towers.We discovered we couldn,t have been in a better position for transport.The bus stop is just opposite the hotel you can buy a day pass for £2.50 this lets you get off and on buses as often as you like and we were able to visit lots of attractions.You buy the passes from a machine near some bus stops or post offices.We visited Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, London Dungeon, The London Eye, Oxford Street, Covent Garden and many more.I thought it was going to be really expensive but like I said earlier there are cheap places to eat if you look around. The hotel also has a nice Indian reastaurant, you can order any meals from the restaurant to your room. The only thing I didn,t like is that you can,t take children in most of the pubs in the evening but this is the case in most of England and my 12 yr old can,t understand this as when we go abroad children are welcome almost anywhere.I think if the weather had been nicer we could have sat outside the pubs, but this summer we had the worst rainfall for years.I think if I stayed in London again I would stay in Kensington or close to Covent garden as there are more places to eat during the day there.Oh also I,ve just remembered the Science museum is an excellent place to take children as it is free, we didn,t have enough time to go round it as we were going home so make sure you visit it at the beginning of your trip.

Very poor service

from A TripAdvisor Member
I've stayed here several times on business, usually for five nights on average, which is fortunate because I haven't had to waste my own money. The rooms are fine, but the staff are unhelpful. The last time I stayed the housekeeping service was non-existent (room wasn't made up) and some small items were stolen. The air conditioning didn't work. Room service delivered cold food, and the restaurants aren't much better. I sent a complaint letter after the hotel didn't address the problems at the time. They responded with the offer of a free weekend stay which, in fairness, was reasonable. I took them up on that offer, had only one meal in the hotel and didn't get room service. It was a great free weekend in London - but the service was just as poor (although nothing was stolen). The location is fine, it isn't so far from King's Cross station but the hotel is definitely a disappointment.

Good Out-of -town Hotel

from sunluvva
*Good spacious room (designed for wheelchair users). *Comfortable double bed. *Effective air-conditioning. *Concierge very helpful (he checked if Kings Cross Station have a left luggage facility - and they do!). *Excellent value for money (with newspaper deal).

Drawbacks: *Only one extra pillow in room. *Shower is poor. *Extremely slow lifts and the back stairs are grim. *Tiny swimming pool, inefficient jacuzzi. *Long, long walk to train station (wear comfortable shoes!).

Pretty good for London if you get a decent rate

from StPaulus
I stayed at the hotel in July 2004. Location of the hotel is okay, and the room was spacious and clean. Front desk personnel seemed a bit overworked and weren't overly friendly, but overall the hotel seemed to be a good choice/value in this area of London, unless you pay full rack rate.

Try elsewhere

from A TripAdvisor Member
I've stayed at this HI property a couple of times recently and have experienced pretty much the same thing on each visit.

Service has been terrible with the staff seeming to have trouble understanding me. Not sure if it was my Scots accent or what.

Rooms are ok and fairly decent size. Location is a good walk away from Kings Cross, so don't be fooled by that. However, it is relatively convenient for Thameslink trains at Kings Cross or Farringdon.

Even if you are Platinum Member of Priority Club don't expect this to make any difference when you stay here.

I wont be going back, there are much better Holiday Inn's/Crowne Plaza's and other hotels rather than this one.

Great internet rate

from taffcanada10
We flew in to London from Paris on the hottest day in U.k history in Aug 2003!! This was having spent two weeks in the South of France which I'm sure qualified for the hottest two weeks on record there also. I had booked our stay at the Holiday Inn Kings Cross on the internet before we left Canada and was very pleased with the rate. I believe it was about 55.00 British pounds per night which was very good compared to other quotes for a family of four. Having arrived at the hotel around noon there was quite a lengthy wait for our room. If I remember it took until around 4pm before we could get in. However we were able to use the indoor pool while we waited, which proved to be a lifesaver with two young children in tow. There were a few cafe's and pubs within walking distance for food. Once in our room, the rest of the two day stay was wonderful. The airconditioning had a hard time keeping up with demand but then it was extreme conditions. We thoroughly enjoyed our two night stay. The rooms were extremely clean and user friendly. Reception staff were approachable and friendly. If we were able to get the same great rate again would definately return.

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  • Address: 1 King's Cross Road - London - England - WC1X 9HX - United Kingdom
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