Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury
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June 10, 2012
Today was the first day of the tourist attractions here in London. We planned to hit quite a few locations including Harry Potter's Train Platform 9 and 3/4's, St. Paul's Cathedral, London Bridge, Tower Bridge, Tower of London, and the London Eye. We knew it would be a busy day of walking!
We headed back to King's …
Good venue Access through rear fire exit into room and can park the van in the service area Hotel staff can be a little indifferent to requests but overall fairly friendly Nice accommodation Good bar!
Holiday Inn London, Bloomsbury
... the thrill had worn off and I decided to wend my way back up towards Fleet St and the buses.
intending to get the most out of my 7 pound investment in London transport, I hopped on the first bud which came along and headed off through Piccadilly, along Regent Street which was splendid in its Xmas decorations but decided when I reached Paddington Station that might be best to return.
I'd had a big day and I was starting to feel weary, not to mention my feet were beginning ...
... on the south side -the Queen's walk, which seemed more lively, perhaps because by now it was lunchtime, but also because there where more shops and cafes. One stretch had stalls set up for National Malaysia Week, and I wished I hadn't had a sandwich, the food looked amazing, and smelt fantastic. I fancied an ice cream but didn't want a soft serve from the vans along the way. Saw a cafe at Southwark Cathedral advertising cones, so went in and asked. ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHoliday Inn London Bloomsbury
Nice hotel, rooms were clean, breakfast was very good. The location was about a 10 minute walk from King's Cross station so it had good access to any location in London. A bit expensive in my opinion but was a nice place to stay.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury
extremely kind stuff, comfortable and perfectly clean rooms. we had a marvellous staying, and the buffet was so delicious that we are still trying to loose weight.
Surprisingly good hotel
Visit June 27-30, 2004 With all the negative reviews on this hotel, I was pleasantly surprised with the excellent service, size of the rooms, distance from the Russell Square tube station and close to a Safeway supermarket and restaurants.
The size of the room for four persons was quite large - not tiny at all. Clean bathroom.
The staff (especially Musfta) provided excellent service on tours, transportation and other tourist tips. There was a tube strike during our stay. Musfta reserved for us two large vans for our party of ten to the airport as it was going to be difficult to hail two or three taxis for our party.
The hotel is one block from the Picadilly line stop. Overall, a wonderful stay. I would definitly stay here again.
Awful, Awful, Awful
I booked 5 rooms in this hotel for a family reunion. My family were travelling from Liverpool and Cheltenham for this occasion. Everybody had arrived at the hotel by about 3pm to check-in, however we were told that the rooms were not ready. We eventually got our rooms at 5:15pm.
Here is a run down on the rooms that we waited so long for. Room 1 - Executive Room, broken glass covered the wooden floor Room 2 - Had no toilet seat. Maintenance said that the toilet seat would be fitted while we were at the restaurant. On returning at midnight, this had not been done and it was then too late to do it. Room 3 and Room 4 - These were triple rooms but they only had 2 single beds. Room 5 - Mouldy bathroom with 'something' disgusting in the shower. There were further problems that I could highlight! This is possibly the worst hotel I have ever stayed in in my whole life and I generally stay in hotels for about 60 nights per year. Management who all seemed to be female and foreign were absolutely useless. I would advise people NOT too stay in this hotel if you do not want your holiday spoiled!
Nice Hotel for the Price
Stayed at this hotel for three nights in February. Great location, just one block from the Russell Street tube station on the Picadilly Line.
You can ride the tube directly from Heathrow to this station. The hotel appeared to have been recently renovated, or is currently in the process of renovation. I was assigned a room on the 5th floor of this six story hotel. The room was small (by American standards) but all of the furniture appeared to be new. The room was spotlessly clean. The bathroom also appeared to have been recently renovated with all new fixtures. The only negative comment was the absence of a secure secondary door appliance (only a flimsy chain that didn't work very well) and the carpets in the common hallways and elevators were in much need of cleaning and replacement.The front desk staff were pleasant, but not overly helpful with tourist type information. The service in the bar and restaurants was poor (twice we had to search for a waitperson to assist us) and the food was mediocre at best. Given the currently poor exchange rate with the US dollar this made our restaurant / bar experience all that much more unpleasant.Overall, a nice hotel for the price. We would stay there again but suggest dining elsewhere.
I agree, this hotel is the pitts!
I totally agree with the views of the people below. I stayed there because it was close to the venue of the conference I was attending.
When I got there they had no record of my details, even though I had paid in advance through an agent. I found out that it was not my agent's fault but that holiday inn had made a stuff up. The staff were rude, had little command of english and before checking that they were in the wrong, they were defensive. The room was hot and the airconditioning did not work. The lifts were inadequate during peak hours. Long queues at check out too. Unless you are getting points on your frequent flyer programme, or it was really close to where you need to go, best ot avoid it. On the plus, it is newly refurbished.
A mediocre hotel
Spent 5 nights at this hotel recently at a very good price. Lobby is bright and cheerful but when you step into the lift, you feel you're in a real tourist class hotel. The hallways are bright although the carpet is coming apart at the seams. The rooms, despite the hotel's claim of renovation in 2003, could use some work. Seems as though single rooms were converted to doubles by installation of large beds - beds which nearly occupy the entire room and you have to turn sideways to get past. Otherwise the rooms are OK although the furniture has seen better days. Overall I would recommend this hotel if you get a good rate, less than GBP60 per night. The location is excellent as others have said with the tube and buses a block away and the Brunswick shopping center adjacent. So if you aren't looking for a fancy place but rather a clean and convenient place with a few rough spots, this hotel will do.
Hello,The Holiday Inn Bloomsbury is a typical 3 star hotel. Rooms are normal in size. The beds were pretty comfortable and bathrooms are very spacious. I would recommend this hotel if you don't want to be in the buzz of the city. The British museum is 3 blocks away. Russell Square tube station is just around the corner. The staff at the front desk and extremely helpful and if you are not happy they'll go out of there way to accommodate you. Would recommend the rooms on the higher floors they are newer and brighter. overall hotel is good for a good night sleep. oh one thing don't eat at the hotel, not worth the money and service!
This was the worst hotel I have ever stayed in! I was there on business last year and everything that they could get wrong they did. On arrival they allocated my colleague to a room where someone was already staying! Their system was down when we checked out so we could not see the bill, they then charged us twice for the rooms and added a bunch of bogus mini bar charges also! Then they would not refund the charges without many protracted arguments with various staff, who couldn't speak much English. The manager was very rude. The restaurant was bland and the tuna was not fresh as it gave me food poisoning. The decor was grotty and generally unpleasant.Stay somewhere else!!
Great Location, horrible hotel
I chose this hotel for our 3 nights in London because of the great location. The Tube station is around the corner, 2 blocks away is the British Museum, Russell Square. They offered me a great rate of about $120.00 per night. When we arrived, of course the room was not ready even though I had emailed ahead and asked for early check-in. After wandering around in a fog, our room was ready at 130pm. The room was a disaster. First, it reeked of smoke yet it was a non-smoking room. It was so tiny that with 2 adults and 2 suitcases, you could barely turn around. The heat was unbareable and could not be turned off from the wall unit. On top of a that there was construction going on, drilling at all hours, wires down in the hallways, workmen everywhere. And our room was right next to the elevator shaft so after the construction ended, there still was no sleep to be had because of the noise of machinery and people in our wall. Then we tried the restaurant...don't bother. Not an Englishman to be found, they couldn't care less if you had expired at your table, and the food was not worth the expense. But there is a fun Irish pub also attached to the hotel. To sum it up, skip it, find a different hotel!
Holiday Inn Bloomsbury Experiences
I have stayed at this hotel on a number of occasions for business and from a location and convenience viewpoint it is excellent for access to central london (Russell Square tube station is 1 minutes walk from the hotel).
Just don't dine there. The service in the restaurant one evening was appauling - the waiters were rude or indifferent (and usually imported) and the cost was extremely expensive for what was on offer. The food was bland and the whole experience was disappointing. This is a shame because the rest of the hotel is actually not bad (so long as you get a good rate).
I will stay there again but probably wont eat there again - why should I when there are so many fabulous eateries in London?