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What a wonderful day! Only one problem, Roy was under the weather so he stayed in the hotel and rested. Justin and I rode around the city on the bus (red double decker). It helped us to get our bearings so that we could get around using the public transportation system. We were able to see many landmarks while we were riding...Hyde Park, Buckingham …
... colourful threads around it) from this woman who had the best dreadlocks! She styled them so well, and some of her dreads were so long that they were past her hips! It took her 13 years to grow the longest ones…that’s what you call dedication. She had stunning jewellery as well, I just wanted to buy it all.
When it started raining a bit more heavily, we headed back to the hostel to chill for a bit and freshen up. That night we went to one of ...
... us, the friendly and cheeky body guard asked us to please stay where we were, and said ' Nevin take a photo' .. He repeated what I had just said. And out if the car stepped Princess Ann. Her and a whole lot of other guards in their very shiney uniforms stopped for a photo on the park. We were very surprised, so sat and had photis with them. When they left we continued our walk to the Palace.We had a look around and took touristy photos.. ...
... Tourists and do the Hop On Hop Off Bus which was great. We stopped for a while at London Tower which was fascinating. One can't help but be grateful that torture and public be headings are a thing of the past, and of course, wearing full body armour must have not only been mighty inconvenient but really heavy! Give me a sarong any day....
The day was completed with a pre ...
... with people.
Other things we did: go see the Christmas decorations in Carnaby Road. Go to Carnaby has become our winter tradition in London. Every year they have a wonderful theme and display. This year we are actually disappointed, birds everywhere, reminded us of Twitter. But the streets around here are ...
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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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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.