Comfort Inn Kings Cross
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nice little place on a side street where its not to noisy, clean and comfy with friendly staff.
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Good quality for the money
My wife, two teenage daughters and myself stayed here just a few weeks ago for 5 nights. Found it extremely convenient. I was a little paniced when I first saw the location, but even late at night returning from the theatre via the Kings Cross Station, we had no problems. The hotel is on a very quiet street-- I don't think we even heard a car pass! We had the family room for the 4 of us-- it was very clean. The bathroom was modern and spotless. No air conditioning, but they gave us 2 fans which helped, as did the mild evenings. Breakfast was great, and with the price of food in London one has to consider this a great asset. You just can't beat the location at this price. We could get practically anywhere via tube in minutes because the station just 100 steps away. The staff at the desk was also very friendly, dragging out maps to help us with directions and even calling the theatre for us to make confirm showtime. And I really appreciated the ice machine and ice cold coke from the vending machines. Didn't realize what a big deal it is to get ice until I actually got to London and so often had to drink warm or barely cool beverages. We had a great stay.
Not on sunday
On a Sunday afternoon arrival (June 20) we were assigned a room in the basement, found at the bottom of the most narrow stairs. Yes, it was clean, but it was the most depressing room - window looking out at a concrete window box - and the first time someone somewhere else in the hotel closed their door, our door reverberated as if someone was crashing in. We stuffed a towel in the door frame, but it did not totally alleviate the problem. And in the area behind the hotel, outside our window, through the night, men were talking and laughing. No sleep for us on this Sunday night. The men working the front desk had very poor guest service skills, not relaying messages to other rooms in our group; not helping to change our room; not returning phone calls to our room when we asked for some heat. They insisted our radiator would come on later. We finally were given a supplemental electric heater. On Monday morning, the women working the desk were super friendly as we checked out. We moved to the Novotel Euston just down the street - more modern, very quiet, fully adjustable temperature controls in each room and not much more expensive.
A Great Value
A great value, very clean, and convenient to King's Cross/St. Pancras station with it's numerous tube lines so traveling anywhere in central London was quite easy. I had booked through an internet company so had a good price. My daughter and I stayed six nights and shared a twin bedroom which was small by American standards, but I think normal for a London hotel in this price range. Our bathroom was fairly large and seemed to have been recently redone. We appreciated the hairdryer and had good TV reception. Our room was not airconditioned, but had a large window and since the weather was cool at night, it was comfortable. The staff was friendly and very helpful at all times. Someone was at the front desk around the clock. The continental breakfast was good. Choice of three cold cereals, milk, several types of juice, croissants, toast, jams, fruit, cheeses, hard boiled egg, tea, coffee, and hot chocolate. The only reason I didn't give it a mark of five was that the neighborhood wasn't the best. We saw a few "ladies of the evening" and a few drunks over on Euston Road across from the station, but actually experienced no problems coming back from the theater by tube around 10:30-11:30 each night as the streets were fairly crowded even at that time. However, it made me a little nervous and I probably would have taken a cab to the front door if I had been alone. Having said that, I wouldn't hesitate to stay there again, particularly if my husband and son were along!
A lovely London holiday at Kings Cross!
The Comfort Inn at Kings Cross gives as much bang for your buck (or your pound) as you're likely to find in London. The rooms are more spacious than I expected for a European hotel, and the bathroom/shower were plenty big for two normal-sized adults. We had hot water (too hot at times, we had trouble working the weird shower knobs), clean towels, a TV with some decent channels, an ice machine, Internet access (for an extra fee), and a very good free breakfast every morning. The room even had its own little funky style, with a cute color scheme, a Picasso print, and a simple, artsy design to the headboard and mirror. We stayed here for about 65 pounds/night during peak season...not too shabby.
A few quibbles: the doors slam no matter how quietly you try to close them (a magnet pulls them closed, I think). We were near the breakfast room and were often awakened by various doors closing. We also got some noise through the window. Also, there was no alarm clock in our room. Maybe that's standard for UK hotels, or maybe ours was just missing. In any case, you can get wake up calls.
And of course, the much-maligned "area" of Kings Cross...it's true that it's not the ritziest location. But the Tube station is a two-minute walk away, and as long as you go outside in pairs, you need not worry for your safety. I felt safe the whole time I was there, despite seeing a few hobos on the pavement.
Comfort Inn King's Cross is great! I stayed there for 3 nights in May 2004, and I have a very positive experience there. Clean rooms, clean lobby, GREAT breakfast, extremly helpful and friendly staff all combine to make a great hotel. Plus, it's an excellent deal. True, it is a bit out of the way, but that's no problem because Kings Cross Station and Kings Cross Thameslink is about 2 minutes away, no travel to public transit, it's right there.
It's a very nice, odd little building. They offer internet access in the front lobby, and it works quite well, unlike many such kiosk's you will find through Europe.
I've read comments saying that the area isn't the greatest, but it was just myself and a fellow 20 year old female travelling alone and we had no trouble whatsoever.
I'd recommend this place to anybody, and I'd be happy to stay there again.
wow the comfort inn kings cross. excellent. they have incredibly friendly staff and oh my god they have an ice machine! i am so glad they had internet access because i am an internet freak! i am quite suprised they had a safe in my room which was very usefull to me since i carry alot of money. the intercontinental breakfast was very pleasing and the rooms were very clean and attractive. they actually have decent movie channels on the tv and i was so happy that they had a coffee/tea service available in the room instead of me going down the road to a coffee shop. all this was only ?50 per day! i would seriosly recommend staying at the comfort inn kings cross.
Small but cosy
Stayed here 3 nights and have to agree with the previous reviews. The rooms may be a bit on the small side, and there was some traffic noise, but then this is London. And what else are you planning to use your room for but to spend a few hours sleeping? The staff were all extremely friendly. I missed the ice machine & vending machines though as I had a room on the other side lobby so I didn't find them until the last day. As for being out of the way? Well Kings Cross is about a minutes walk away and, with six different tube lines and a BR rail station, there are very few places in London that aren't just a quick ride away. If you're looking for somewhere fairly cheap (I payed ?50 per night from the internet) but clean I'd recommend trying here
Small rooms, great staff, so-so location
I enjoyed a six night stay at this small property on the north side of London. My single room, although cramped by American standards, was clean and quiet. The breakfast room downstairs provides an average Continental breakfast. Staff members were always pleasant and cooperative. The location may be considered a drawback as Kings Cross is not the best area in London. I (as a relatively large and relatively young male) experienced no difficulites walking back from the Tube stop late at night. The hotel is close to the station with the British Library within walking distance and the British Museum a few minutes away on the Underground. On the negative side of the ledger, TV reception was poor. I also stubbed my toe numerous times on the drop-off from the room to the private bath.
Great Budget Hotel
The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. The rooms are small and the showers are tiny, but everything was clean. The breakfast is acceptable, though nothing special. Access to the tube station is perfect. Overall a great deal.
Spartan, but convenient and cheap
The hotel room was very small and the bathroom shower stall was extremely small... being a fat American I had to remove the doors to be able to take a shower... Otherwise though, the room was comfortable and suitable... I was thrilled to see they had an ice machine... and they have an internet terminal in the lobby you can use to check your email for like 50p for ten minutes or something along those lines... I got a very good deal on the room, so I was not expecting anything deluxe...
They offer a breakfast in their basement cafe room which is decent, though nothing too nice. I did think the staff was very nice and welcoming and that added to the experience, making me willing to consider going back if the price was right. Kings Cross, as an area, is not the greatest. I got propositioned by a prostitute while walking to the tube station (the Kings Cross station is only a short walk... and the bus is even more convenient and involves less stairs) and there are little food shops nearby so you can pick up food and eat in your room... and buy a coke and drink it with ICE which in England, is somewhat a luxury. I have to say the ice machine was a pleasant surprise... and they had cups right there too, nice, big, American sized drinking cups...
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