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... so excited to see something. The tour first started off in a theatre where we watched Harry, Ron and Hermonie welcome us to the Studio which had been their home for the last 10 years. At the end of the short film we walked through the doors behind the big screen and were welcomed to the entrance door to the famous Great Hall. Once those doors opened I was in complete awe. What an incredible sight! I was in the great hall, THE great hall! All the ...
... old?) lol. First things first we walked around aimlessly down what we thought was Kings Cross Road but realized we went the wrong way. After walking for about 20mins we eventually found the Hostel. Upon arrival, as I mentioned earlier, I hated the place. It had old tiny rooms and was just generally odd compared to where I was used to staying. We were stuck here for only one night I told ...
... at the same time. We took the Tube to the show, but had some more issues along the way. The Northern Line was closed and we had to take a detour. Thankfully the signage for the Tube is good and we got to the correct station with only a minor hiccup.
We left the station and turned the corner to the Ministry of Sound. The line was wrapped around the building! We heard from a fellow patron that it was a 2 hour line. God be with us. We waited pretty close to ...
... but the mannequins were downright creepy. Knowing I was up against the clock with a 6:15 train departure I hopped on again and hopped off at the Roman Baths. I found this way more fascinating than I thought it would be. I feel so smart now about Roman life in Britannia in along time ago AD. The audio guide was essential and extremely interesting. One part that wasn't covered is how the English ...
... to come along and share our venture together.
She got here the day before yesterday in the afternoon. After I picked her up at the airport, we came back to the flat and David showed up with the kids. He had taken them the Harry Potter Studios, just outside London. At the HPS, they have sets with amazing detail, costumes, props, etc, all original from the movies. They LOVED it there and said it was just AMAZING!! Allie said that people should come ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Kingsley by Thistle London
Absolutely the worst hotel I ever visited in London !!!
We stayed there last spring. It was a great location for our needs. We had a triple and the room was large for London and pretty quiet, given the locale. The overall look and condition of the public rooms was good. But the room upkeep was pretty bad. The windows were dirty and depressing to look through during the day. There were cracks in the ceiling. The central heating didn't work and we had to use an ancient and dangerous looking space heater one night. The worst thing was the bathroom. The paint job was old and dingy throughout, but within the tub enclosure the paint was peeling, ugly tendrils hanging down. Creeped me out. How can anyone who cares about quality not notice this and fix it up? It could be made infinitely better with a quick scrape and touch up, but no one bothered.
I found Thistle Bloomsbury to be lovely. We spent four days there in January. The heated towels, the down comforters, and the delicious breakfasts make it a wonderful stay. Also the location is wonderful. We were right in front of the British Museum, near the Tube, and there were many shops near by to browse through. I will choose to stay there again if I ever get back to London.
Better than expected - and so close to everything
Got a good deal on Thistle Bloomsbury thorugh their own website for a single executive. Thsi was the most psacious single room I have had in London. Very traditional high street room interior with alle amenities. Otherwise the hotel is charming in a British way. And best of all it is so close to everything. A five minute walk and you are in the midst of everything nightlife, and you don't have to think of getting a cab home (and they can be difficult to fid on a weekend night). My rate did not include breakfast, but that I found at the cafe just around the corner.
By the way, British Museum also just around the corner, and several decent pubs nearby.
We stayed here a Friday and Saturday in December 2003. We got a nice room with a four poster bed. Large and comfortable. On the negative side the view from the window was a brick wall (but no street noise, though). There was no airconditioning (not needed in December), there was no smoke detector in the room (bring your own combined smoke and intruder alarm). Bathroom had silicon and tile cracks. Details in a nice room that will be very costly from water damage in the near future. It is amasing that the hotel owners don't have maintainage people that are proactive and fixes all these things. On the second day we called the reception asking for soap (the old one was removed by the cleaner). 4 hours later we were offered the soap! The bar had problems with the beer tap and the coffee machine. All in all a hotel with some very nice rooms, but also a block of standard rooms. The system of maintaining the various services in the hotel is not very well organized. Would choose another Thistle Hotel next time.
Dirty and Shabby
I booked an executive room at this hotel, from Thistle online. The hotel certainly did not live up to the descriptions on the Thistle website.I had to change rooms, after one room had no working heating.
It took over an hour to change rooms and the staff were very slow. The next room was no better. The bathrooms were a disgrace for a 4 star hotel. The bathroom had rust and mould on the walls, the bedcovers were threadbare at the corners and the windows were old and not double glazed. The next morning the desk staff were very obnoxious when I complained about the room, and didn't even oblige to apologise.A waste of money.
This hotel is located right in front of the British Museum. It is not expensive (went directly through the Thistle website) and is very close to busy tube stops. It provides great close location to Covenat Garden and Charing Cross and Soho. Also walkable to the university area, which is different. Clean, and appointed in a nice manner.
Small But Clean
I found the Bloomsbury to be very convienant location. The room was very small with low lighting. TV reception poor. Bedding and bath very clean, but a bit run down. The towels very plush, and staff friendly and helpful. If I went back to Bloomsbury area I would try to pay a bit more prehaps for the Thistle Bloomsbury, which is a 4-star hotel.
While the service is good (the concierge is very friendly), the cleaning leaves much to be desired. The shower tiles were gross with mildew. Over a third of them were black with it. It was disgusting . The lady at the front desk was unconcerned and unhelpful. The management, when finally called, had a maid do something, but guess what, she did a half-a** job. 90% of the black mildew was gone, but she hadn't cleaned it all. No manager ever followed up with us to see if the problem had been taken care of. I would never stay in any Thistle hotel again. Horrible, horrible!
Clean and convenient.
We visited London for three days. We ended up staying at the Thistle Bloomsbury as it was nearest to the Dominion theatre where we had booked to see "We will rock you". The hotel room was of average size and had a walk in wardrobe and ensuite bathroom, all very clean. There was a TV, a safe, a hairdryer and iron with ironing board. With complementry tea and coffee. The breakfast was included and was a help'ur'self buffett so there was lots of food! This hotel is close to two tube stations which made it very convenient to get about. All in all there was nothing to complain about and yet nothing really to rave about!!