Holiday Inn London - Kings Cross / Bloomsbury
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First time away from home me Luke and Luke D
Well we are here for a few days an this time decided to stay out of the CBD of London the tourist trap of the world, today is wash day so nothing exciting we went around afterwards to see if we could have a sticky at the Charles dickens Museum but it was closed for a function so went back and just walked around a few streets …
It seems like no matter how hard I try, I cannot get a decent night's sleep here--two or three hours at a time, for no more than about seven hours a night. It kind of sucks. But I think it's perhaps because I've been so excited and my mind (and body) have been racing a million miles an hour for the last 11 days that I'm just too hyped up to allow myself the time and space to rest.
It makes days like today seem so much longer when ...
... and that only enhanced the wonderful experience we had at this superb bar in north London. We will probably try to go back just once more before leaving the city on Monday. Now, I turn the keyboard over to D so she can write about our dinner experience... It is a little saddening that for my first contribution, I have the dubious honour of documenting the only low point in our culinary adventure so far...ah well, I'll just have to make up for it by ...
... to see such treasures. All that viewing of old books made us very thirsty so we left the library and headed to an Irish pub that we had spotted earlier. Avis had a cider and I had my Guinness which we enjoyed with a traditional plate of fish and chips with mushy peas. And no, I did not eat the peas. They serve peas with everything here. The food has not been remarkable, probably our best meals have been here at the hotel. Tonight we went to ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Holiday Inn London - Kings Cross / Bloomsbury
Clean and friendly
We have just stayed at this hotel 11-14 March 2004 with 2 children and found the family room fairly good in size and clean. Value for families are very good in regards to B&B options, which were free accommodation for children with free continental breakfast for myself and my husband, which we upgraded to Full English at no extra cost. We travelled all over London with the tube @ Kings Cross giving you great access. We did walk to Oxford Street and this took about 40 mins. admittedly we did get lost slightly. The staff on reception were very friendly and helpful and would recommend this hotel for short breaks in London. All in all good value for money, as there are some terrible hotels out there. Must say the heating was a little hard to control, but as we stayed there in March we were glad of the heat, hope it is easier to control in the summer, as you cannot open windows(Safety Policies)
Good value for money hotel - but poor food
By London standards this hotel is good value for money. Nice big clean rooms. The location is not too good, not much in the area, and a good distance from the tube. The hotel is let down by the food, it is very poor. It's a pity, as I like this hotel, and a little bit more effort on the food, would make a great deal of difference to peoples stay.
Not Bad At All
Overall, we are happy with this hotel especially after reading on the Internet about so many lousy hotels in London. We were given a family room for 2 nights since there were 3 of us (adults) at 95GBP per room per night. The room and bed size are big as compared to London standard, we got 2 double beds in the room with room to spare. What we are not really happy with is their overpriced English breakfast. We don't understand why it only includes 2 English breakfast when we booked a triple room. Therefore, we had to pay 12.50GBP for an additional English breakfast. The breakfast is good if you it's included in your package, otherwise it's not really worth paying 12.50GBP for it. It's not that near to the King Cross tube as it was shown, at least 15 to 20 mins walk to the tub station. It's a quiet area. Don't mind going back again.
We booked the hotel at a good rate (Â 45 p.person per night, kids free - and we have two of those...).The hotel is okay, although it is lacking a games room or anything else to keep the children occupied for an hour or so. There is a small indoor pool, but the level of chloride in the water is way too high. Just open your eyes under water once and you will definitely not try it again.........It is a 7 minute walk to King's Cross tube station but a bus line (route 63) can take you there in about 3 minutes. The busstop is only 100 meters from the hotel.
I liked it
I?ve stayed in this hotel on 23-25 January 2004. I listened that hotels in London were bad and expensive. Holiday London Bloomsbury no. 81 GPB per night per room with taxes and service includes for a family room (we were 3 persons). The hotel is new and very cool. The room good, a bit small but beds comfortable. Bath was clean. There was too, cofee and tea facilities, and trousers press. Holiday Inn Bloosmbury is set near (3 minutes walking) from Russell Square Underground Station. British Museum is 10 minutes walking from hotel. If you ask me if I?ll return I must say yes.
Overpriced and unfriendly
In October of 2003 we stayed at the Holiday Inn London-Kings Cross/Bloomsbury. While the hotel was fairly clean and quiet we did encounter some problems during our brief stay.
First, the hotel claims it's within half a mile from the Kings Cross rail station and is a great location for travelers. In reality, the hotel is a 30 minute walk from the train station and is situated in a questionable neighborhood.
Upon arriving, we were given a room keycard that did not work. It took more than an hour and four trips down to the lobby before the staff decided to switch our room. The hotel general manager finally let us into our new room but was apathetic towards our inconvenience.
This hotel is quite expensive and the staff could care less. Save your pounds on this one!
A very good hotel
big and comfortable rooms, very nice bath, good food, low prices , a little distance from west end , but at end : a very very good deal
Disagree with other Review
I disagree with the severity of the comments in the other Review as I have stayed in this hotel often. True if you want to be in the heart of the West End its no good, but it is well appointed and often has special rates to compensate. Its 20-30 mins by tube to the centre of town including walking to the nearest station. The hotel is well appointed and comparable with any other good Holiday Inn. Staff have always been very polite. On site dining is limited, yes, just an Indian resturant (now the UKs national dish) but there are places nearby (go south to Farringdon Road not north to Kings Cross). There is casual dining in the immediate vicinity. You may end up with a room opposite the Mail Sorting Office but this has never been an issue for me as the hotel is soundproofed and airconditioned. Good if you are on business or DON'T want to be in the swarm of tourist in the West End.
Holidy Inn Kings Cross
This Hotel is a bad choice for London. It is too far out of the way, the staff is rude, there are no good dining choice in the Hotel or close by. The only saving grace is the cheap price if you book far ahead. But then the expensive cab rides from the poplular sites need to be added on to the cheap price to see what your real cost is.
Great Deal for London
Spent a great deal of time researching a place to stay in London for my family of four. I was surprised at the wide variation of accommodations and prices. Decided to stick with a name I knew and a price I could afford. This led me to the Holiday Inn in Kings Cross. First off I was able to get a 21-day advance rate of 60 pounds a night which by itself is great for London. Next we got a hotel that was first and foremost clean and cordial. Our room had two double beds and although it was a bit tight it wasn't any smaller than what we had had at other hotels. Everything in the room worked and they were exceptionally clean. My only complaint was with the beds which were quite hard and took some getting used to.The staff were helpfull and polite. Don't be surprised if you have to repeat yourself a few times though as many use English as a second language. The Hotel is located a bit away from the major sites (British Museum is an easy walk) but two tube stations are an easy fifteen minute walk away and the buses are everywhere. If you are looking for an inexpensive breakfast there is a small diner across the street that has wonderful food at a very good price. In all we thoroughly enjoyed the hotel and would not hesitate going back if we visit London again.