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I would certainly recommend the Arosfa Hotel
We spent three nights at Arosfa Hotel in late March 2006. I found the hotel to be good value for the money (66 pounds per night). It was very clean, looked like it had been newly painted. The owner and his wife were very friendly and helpful. The breakfast was good and copious. The bathroom was small, but we expected that, and it was functional. The location is good, close to the British Museum. All in all, we were pleased with our stay and would definitely book there again in the future.
A very warm welcome
We spent 2 nights at Arosfa whilst visiting London to see a show and go sightseeing. We were very impressed with the warm welcome and hospitality on arrival and throughout our stay. The rooms were spotlessly clean and warm; although the shower/toilet room was very small, this presented no problem to us as we are of short stature! There was a very comfortable lounge with free unlimited tea and coffee dispenser. We found it very convenient for the underground which we made full use of by buying day passes. The breakfast was well cooked and tasty. We would thoroughly recommend Arosfa and will certainly be going back when next in London.
There must be a lot better than this!
Worst hotel experience ever! On the websites that recommend this hotel it states the number of rooms as 16. Well, we booked a double for one nights stay and were shown to Room Number 17,at the very top of the building (6 flights of stairs). The room was absolutely tiny and very hot (without radiators on).The bed,which was a very small double,was fit into a room that really should have only been a single - The bed was against the wall with only a foot of space to the right and a foot of space at the bottom. The bathroom was the size of an aeroplane's lavatory, my boyfriend actually had to back out and down a high step as there was no room to manouevre! The laughs I had watching him do that! As we were only staying one night the size of the room wasn't too bothersome, yet as if to compound our disappointment of the room size, once we retired to bed we had the most uncomfortable nights sleep ever.The bed was hard and lumpy ,we felt so squashed and the pillows matched the bed in lumpiness. I had to climb over my partner to go use the bathroom in the night.We both were wide awake at 4am not able to sleep, and the next day I was aching everywhere.
I made it to breakfast alone the next morning,and was asked if I minded sharing my table with another man and a couple as there was no room for diners. The food was alright and the service good but this just finished me off! A terrible experience .I won't be staying at this hotel again and wouldn't recommend it either.
Fifth time and would go back again
We've stayed at the Arosfa five times over the past eight years and would go back again in a heartbeat! The rooms are spotless, the location perfect, and the service impeccable. My husband and I's most recent visit to the Arosfa was on our honeymoon, in early October. We stayed for four nights in a double room, with a newly added bathroom and shower facility. While admittedly on the cramped side, the facilities are absolutely immaculate and are a welcome addition to this charming hotel. Located just off Tottenham Court Road, the Arosfa is very near to the tube station and there are a number of excellent restaurants and pubs in the neighbourhood. Soho is also quite nearby - easy walking distance for dinner every evening. Shopping is prime, with Oxford Street just a few blocks away, and groceries are easily purchased with a Sainsbury's, Marks & Spencer's Food Hall and Tesco all in the neighbourhood.
We can't speak highly enough of the Dorta's, who run the Arosfa. They are friendly, welcoming, and provide incredible customer service at all times. Mrs. Dorta's breakfasts are the best and she welcomes you with a smile and cheery hello every morning. The Dorta's have done a wonderful job of maintaining and running this small hotel. Highly recommended for any traveller looking for a "home away from home".
Great value for money
We stayed 4 nights in early October. We asked for a Triple ( 1 double, 2 twins) room overlooking the garden in the back. The room was small but we put our luggage on the twins. There was a room fan, but we didn't need it as it was cooler. They provide hair dryers upon request. They are serious about the non-smoking policy--I loved it! Not a whiff of stale cigarettes anywhere! No lifts, but Mr. Dorta helped us carry up the luggage. Mrs. Dorta was friendly and gracious and a good cook. The rooms were as immaculate as the other reviews said. Our bathroom was one of the 'add ins'...about 2 1/2' x 6 or 7'. We were fine, but if you were a large person, you'd have trouble manuevering. Again, the bathroom was immaculate. Mr. Dorta seemed friendly, but reserved, but the morning that we're were leaving, he helped carry the luggage out to the side street and then stood there chatting to my husband for almost 10 minutes until we spotted an available taxi (at 6:30 in the morning!) That was above and beyond service to us! We paid 79GBP per nite and considering the area, the cleanliness, the breakfast, the convenience and the owners, we would definately stay there again. The other nights we were in London we stayed at Hotel La Place in a suite for 139 GBP as it was our anniversary (and it is a great value for money hotel), but we were very happy that we'd found the Arosfa for the first 4 nites.
Small but perfectly formed (if you get a room at the back)
This is a nice family-run hotel - more a guest house perhaps. It's spotlessly clean and the ensuites are new and ours was reasonably sized. The room had no air conditioning but did have a desk fan which we had to keep on all night as it was very hot when we were there. Breakfasts are served by Mrs Dorta who is friendly and always offers seconds of juice, tea and toast. Cooked breakfast includes three items each morning, a combination of bacon, sausage, egg, beans, tomato etc. The hotel is extremely convenient to pretty much everywhere you would want to go - Soho, Covent Garden, Oxford Street, Hyde Park, the West End and theatre district, tube stations and everyday shops, British Library, British Museum etc and even the London Eye and Parliament are within easy walking distance. We scarcely had to use the tube at all, except when our feet were tired from so much walking!
My one complaint is that our room was at the front, overlooking Gower Street. This is a very noisy road with a lot of traffic which goes on literally all night. With the window open for ventilation I did not sleep at all the first night because of the noise, though my partner did. I had to get earplugs for subsequent nights. Rooms at the back are much quieter (based on my experience of the nearby Ridgemount Hotel). Ask for a room at the back if you can.
Great Little Hotel
Even though it is small, the hotel is immaculate. A large breakfast is served each morning. Close to the tube and near the British Museum. There are a couple of pubs nearby that are not very expensive that serve food. Nice place to stay!
Are you going for a hotel or to see london
We have been to London 15 times and have stayed at Arosfa 5 times for a total of 40 nights. Hey it is convenient. You are only 5 minutes from a sainsbury, The Goose pub( great meals for 4-6 pounds and beer 1-2 pounds) close to the tube. 15 minutes to convent Garden. The food is good, the people keep it clean. We have stayed in all seasons could use more heat in Winter. Hotelink gets you there in 90 mins from lhr. Give it a chance
Tiny but clean
as someone else mentioned, a busy street. the proprietors are not the friendliest but typical of london. the room was the smallest but the cleanest room i have ever stayed in. meticulously maintained. the place is a couple of hundred years old and there's not even a paint chip!
in summer, rooms can be hot.
Size sometimes matters
The Arosfa Hotel, 83 Goodge Street, is more a B&B than a hotel. It is one of several small hotels along busy Gower Street. In any of them (including the often-praised Morgan), I would recommend requesting as I did, a room at the rear in any of them, as Gower Street has traffic noise most of the time.No website as of yet. They have a fax machine.
(0)20/7636-2115.ll room rates posted at the Arosfa refer to en-suite bathrooms, room accommodations range from singles to quads. Breakfast is included. No lift, no a/c, no hairdryers, no washcloths, no tissues, no phones in rooms. There is one pay phone in the lobby. TVs but no satellite stations. Premises are no smoking. Soap provided, but not shampoo. I paid 45# per night for a single, doubles 50-something ((59?) quads go for approx 95# (I saw the rate list but forgot to write it all down.) For some reason my 3-prong plug adapter for my dual-voltage hair dryer didnt fit the wall outlets, but the hotel owner was happy to lend me an adapter that fit.My single overlooking a back garden was the smallest room I have ever stayed in. Its length is exactly that of a twin bed, entry wall to window wall. Its width slightly less than that.
Perhaps 6X 5? In addition, in a narrow 3 X 2 alcove was a hanging cupboard and a couple of small shelves. I found the hanging space and shelves to be adequate because I left most things in my suitcase, and thankfully there was a tiny desk on top of which I could leave my suitcase accessible. I hate scratching other peoples furniture, so I put one of my plastic dry cleaning bags on the desk before placing my suitcase on top. When I first saw the room I was dismayed by its size, it occurred to me that prison cells might be larger. But the room was in good repair, spotlessly clean, and the bed covered with a pristine white chenille bedspread, and I got used to my nook. Cozy, or just tiny? Choose your own adjective.The bathroom was more challenging. The Arosfa is in an old building (though again, in good condition) and I suspect that the bathrooms were originally fitted into what were closets. My bathrooms width measured less than 3, and that includes the shower area. The depth of the bathroom (entrance to back wall) was the depth of a toilet plus 5 or 6 , which meant that when a person sits on the loo, the shower curtain touches one arm, the tiny sink touches the other arm, and ones knees are touching the bathroom door (and I am 57 tall). The shower area is not separate from the rest of the bathroom and was surrounded by a curtain on a rail, but despite my elaborate attempts to keep the curtain tightly closed, water inevitably seeped onto the entire bathroom floor. I mopped up with the bathmat afterwards.The proprietor inquired about the adequacy of the hot water every day, because one of two boilers had broken down just before New Years Day, and as my stay coincided with New Years weekend he wanted me to know that the repair company wasnt going to respond until my last day there. However, I had hot water whenever I needed it.While there I also asked to see a double and a triple room so as to contribute a little more information here. The double room accommodated a double bed (I dont think they have twin rooms) with perhaps one foot or two to spare on either side of the bed, and a bathroom the same size as the one I had. The triple room had three twin beds with several inches in between each, and a very slightly larger bathroom. Single rooms in most small hotels are often the worst of rooms; if I go there again on my own, I will request a double. The hotel seems to be doing well; on two of my four days there, a no-vacancy sign was posted out front.Breakfast was modest but adequate: every day: cold cereals, a cooked egg with bacon and one other item (tomato or a sausage or beans), two slices of toast, jam and butter, orange juice, and tea, coffee, or hot chocolate.
I was always offered seconds on the juice, toast, and hot beverage.Proprietors (Mr and Mrs Dorta) are reserved but kind and helpful.Hotel Location: nearest Tube stop is Goodge Street, a five-minute walk. At ten-minute walks were Tube stops Russell Square, Euston Square, or Tottenham Court Road. Gower Street is as I said busy and not particularly charming, but the neighborhood is useful and safe.
On one evening I was returning after the theatre, and on my short walk to the Arosfa from the Goodge St stop I was aware that the side street (Torrington Place) I was walking on was rather deserted, so I was glad to reach my little hotel. It is not that the neighborhood appears in any way to be dangerous; I just dont like streets to be quite so lonely when I am walking at night, even in the very best of neighborhoods.I havent overly praised the Arosfa, but in fact Im just trying to be explicit, and if budget suggests, I will stay there again (but in a double). I would have rated it excellent but for the bathroom size. At more elaborate and more expensive places I wasn't sure I was getting best value penny for penny, at the Arosfa I was sure I was.
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