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Historical Traveler Reviews Grange Fitzrovia Hotel London
very convenient location within walking distance of oxford street and west end two minutes from tube station
stayed in an exective room very large plenty of storage space
staff very friendly and helpful breakfast plentiful and well presented
didn't eat dinner in hotel as we had an early theatre performance returned from theatre via cyclist rickshaw very cheap and quite an experience
staff still helpful and friendly late at night
Smallest bed in the world
We booked the room through Laterooms and even though it was a bargain (£70 for a double with breakfast) i was extremely disappointed. The location was brilliant just round the corner from Tube station. The lobby and bar area seemed nice and we were very optimistic until we opened our room door. The room was smaller than my bedroom as a kid and the bed was only a three quarter! My partner went down to ask if it was a double and was met with sniggers from the staff and as they had no 'executive' rooms we just had to lump it. The room should have cost £220 full price and i would have been horrified if i'd paid that much.
The bed was ridiculously cosy and pretty uncomfortable for two people. It was the same room as someone else has mentined (room 407) and i wonder if this is the room they give away very very cheaply. It was so uncomfortable we paid an extra £35 for an upgrade to a normal sized bed for the second night! The room was ok but the tv didn't work, we were made to feel very guilty for asking for non-feather pilows, they emptied the bottle bins right outside our window at 3 am and there was no hot water in the moring for a shower! All in all very disappointung and horrendous as this is supposed to be 4star.
I never normally make a fuss and usually give people the benefit of the doubt but this was a really unpleasant hotel all round!
Good overall - better in winter than summer
I have stayed in this hotel several times as the company I work for has offices over the road.
Overall, it is a nice hotel. Some of the rooms are a little small but all are nicely furnished and clean. The hotel is quite quiet for central London as it is located off Portland Street. The food is of a good standard and I particularly enjoy breakfasts at the hotel. I usually eat out in the evenings - the excellent but pricey Villandry restauarant is opposite the hotel.
The only time I have been disappointed in my stay at the Fitzrovia was during a couple of days in August 2004 when London was experiencing oppressive weather and thunder storms. My room on this occasion was stuffy and the a/c did not seem up to the job. In contrast, staying in autumn, winter etc, I have enjoyed the cosyness of the hotel rooms.
i was excited to be staying in the grange, the room was a disapointment, bathroom needs sprucing up, all though it was clean.
The ironing board didnt stay up, the iron was broken, small tv about as far away as possible from the bed, pretty poor.
The hotel lobby is not bad, the bar opens 24hrs a day, the breakfast on the other hand was not very good, nobody came over to seat us, so we sat down and helped ourselves to the buffet (very poor quality for a 4 star), only on finishing breakfast did we finally attract the attention of a member of staff.
maybe iam being a bit unfair, its well located clean, and i suppose these things happen in any hotel, just book a bigger room.
the holiday inn just round the corner is £30 per night cheaper and i would say much better.
Overall very good
We stayed at the Grange Fitzrovia in the beginning of Sept 2004 while on vacation. The staff was very friendly and accomodating and the hotel was clean and pleasant, despite being a little smokey, when we first walked in. The rooms and the beds were a little small but nice. The breakfast is mostly boring but does serve a good cup of coffee in this tea drinking country. The location was a little out of the way of most of the attractions but it is very near the Great Portland Tube Station which will get you anywhere in the city. The hotel has a bar which is reported by the staff to be the only bar open 24 hours a day in all of London. This is a nice benefit because the pubs close between 10-12 pm. There is a good pub two blocks away called the Crown and Sceptre and Pret a Manger is a good place to supplement the dismally boring breakfast about a block away. Overall we had a very pleasant stay.
There were 5 of us who stayed at the Fitrovia...5 adults!! An odd number but they accommodated us well. We had two rooms a twin and triple..the third bed was a put you up, but was adequate and mattress comfortable!! They put the two rooms next to each other which was fantastic. Rooms clean and batroom very nice.
Hotel reception staff were polite and helpful..
Buffet breakfast was nice and all round i had no complaints.
Hotel was ideally situated near West end, for shopping, eating, theatre and clubbing!!
I would definately stay there agian and have no problem recomending this hotel to anyone
Good hotel but Rooms are Very small not as the Web Site!!!
I spent many hours on the internet seeking out the best deal to take my wife to London for a birthday surprise weekend, 18 - 20 June 2004, which also included a visit to see Mamma Mia and much sightseeing.
I was delighted to secure The Grange Fitzrovia booked through hotel-doormanas I felt a four star hotel would complete an excellent package.
On arrival at the hotel the staff were very pleasant and friendly and the check in process was smooth and quick.
However when we entered our room we were greatly disappointed. Whilst I accept that a deal is a deal and you may not be allocated the best room in the house I expected better from a Hotel with a four star rating. The bathroom was big enough but the bedroom was tiny and the bed itself even smaller, My heart sank what a way to start the weekend. My wife and I are no more than average size but we knew we were going to have difficulty sleeping. My wife contacted reception to check that we had been allocated a double room and it was confirmed as a Standard Double, she mentioned the size of the bed but to no avail. By the way it was room 407.
As I do not normally carry a tape measure with me I was unable to establish the exact width of the bed. However it was the length of four Yellow Pages wide, which, on my return home, I estimate to be just over 4 feet, the standard double bed is 4'6" wide. It may seem trivial but two nights in that bed in a Four Star hotel is unacceptable and vey uncomfortable.
The hotel in general is in a good location as descibed by other reviewers and the continental breakfast was good especially as it was included in the price. We had the full English Breakfast on one morning and that was also good.
However based on my experience I would not suggest using the Grange Fitzrovia if you want a good nights sleep, I will not be using a Grange Hotel again, it was the only thing that spoilt an otherwise excellent weekend.
Excellent deals available for Weekends
We recently stayed at this hotel while having a weekend break in London. We had a standard double roon and paid £65 per night (for the room, not per person - booked through HotelDoorman).
If you pay about this price you have got excellent value for money. The room, although not big, was very nice. Continental breakfast was included in the price as well and that could not be faulted.
To be fair, we did not use the hotel much as we were out and about all day and evenings, so I don't know about everything it had to offer. Its location is ideal for a weekend break. It is 2 minutes walk from Great Portland Street Underground station - which is on the Circle line so is easy to get to almost anywhere in the city. In the other direction, it is only a few minutes walk from Oxford Street.
Overall, a great hotel for a short break if you can get a good deal.
Pleasant stay overall
My sister and I truly enjoyed this hotel. As younger women, we got some surprised stares from the generally older crowd frequenting the hotel, but the staff members were extremely hospitable and helpful. Breakfast was good, the bathtub in was gigantic, and everything was in working order, making for a comfortable stay. The biggest surprise for us was to stay in the floor below reception, which was the same floor as the breakfast room, because we could hear the low rumble of what sounded like the nearby underground from time to time (the Great Portland Street station is nearby). Even so, it was an extremely quiet room! Terrific location as well, we could walk to Bloomsbury or to Baker Street with ease, as well as numerous terrific restaurants. We'd return for another stay without hesitation.
Enjoyed The Grange Fitzrovia Hotel for 10 nights
The Grange Fitzrovia Hotel is a 90 roomed hotel in traditional British style. There are a couple of king bed rooms. Our 2 twin bedded room was small but comfortable. Good restaurants close by also one in the hotel. There is an elevator and there are safes in rooms, double line telephone with voice mail, computer modem point, mini bar, trouser press, hair dryer, TV with satellite channels, and security locking. There is the a Cocktail Bar. We were in an executive room which had individually controlled air conditioning. All bathrooms are in marble and granite with power shower and bath. Our room included a full English breakfast and taxes in the price (1135 pounds for 10 nights). The Grange Fitzrovia is situated on Bolsover Street, a relatively small and wonderfully quiet street just off main shopping areas such as Regent street and Oxford street. Even better ask for a room in the back. Transport links are excellent with several nearby tube stations and bus stops. We walked easily to the soho area for plays and the british museum. I booked through hotel-assist. No problems at all.