Royal National Hotel

Address: 38-51 Bedford Way, London, England, WC1H 0DG, United Kingdom | 3 star hotel
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This 3 star hotel, located in the Bloomsbury area of London, is near Russell Square, The Cartoon Museum, Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, and Tavistock Square.
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    TravelPod Member ReviewsRoyal National Hotel London

    Reviewed by veritybignell


    Reviewed Jun 26, 2015
    by (1 review) Perth , Australia Flag of Australia

    This hotel was actually good!

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    Reviewed by aprilandmike


    Reviewed Jun 13, 2014
    by (1 review) , Australia Flag of Australia

    We had to sleep separately and in single beds and the bathroom had no ventilation

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    Reviewed by possieb

    It's a hostel

    Reviewed Feb 20, 2014
    by (1 review) Tamworth , Australia Flag of Australia

    It was ok, free wifi in lobby only.

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    Reviewed by vacationista

    Does the trick in a convenient location.

    Reviewed Oct 3, 2013
    by (5 reviews) Toronto , Canada Flag of Canada

    Convenient hotel for many tour companies since they all start here. however, rooms are small, wifi only in the lobbies and can be noisy. Overall in a good location for a low price though.

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    Reviewed by sammiwanderlust

    Contiki meetup

    Reviewed Aug 11, 2013
    by (4 reviews) , Australia Flag of Australia


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    Reviewed by sarahmgrant

    Ok for a night

    Reviewed Jul 24, 2013
    by (1 review) , Australia Flag of Australia

    Not a bad place to stay for the night before the Contiki tour gets started.

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    Reviewed by sandraking

    Good value for money

    Reviewed Jul 6, 2013
    by (4 reviews) , Australia Flag of Australia

    I recently stayed here for 5 nights and thought that, for the price, it was good value.
    Sure, the hotel is busy and quite basic but it was well located - close to Russell Square tube station and the British Museum. If you are staying in London and wanting to get out and about, I wouldn't have a problem in recommending the hotel.
    Contrary to other reviews that I have read, I found the staff helpful and friendly - perhaps how you greet and treat people is how they respond to you.
    Overall, I was very satisfied and would stay here again, if ever in London.

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    Reviewed by madolph

    Single beds, eh?

    Reviewed Jul 3, 2013
    by (11 reviews) Winnipeg, MB , Canada Flag of Canada


    Magical moments....
    London, United Kingdom

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    Reviewed by kylieelva

    Royal national

    Reviewed Dec 25, 2011
    by (11 reviews) , Australia Flag of Australia


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    Reviewed by thefoolsjourney


    Reviewed Sep 12, 2011
    by (16 reviews)

    I don't know why I was expecting something small and intimate when I booked the Royal National because it is a monster hotel!!! A city in a city!!!

    The room was clean and serviceable but don't go expecting anything quaint or personal. Its a place to stay and little more. Likewise, the breakfast is there to feed the masses, not delight the senses.

    It did the job.

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    Reviewed by lesleyburt

    A place to lay your head

    Reviewed May 11, 2011
    by (5 reviews) , Canada Flag of Canada

    I stayed at the Royal National in May with a tour group called Contiki. I had a triple-share accommodation in the North block.

    I found the hotel to be clean, but in need of some love and care. The pain and wall-paper were peeling in places in the hallway, and there was a musty smell in the room. There was also no ventilation in the bathroom, so I also spotted some mould on the ceiling.

    I found the location to be very good (only a 5 minute walk to Russle Square tube station), but the hotel had no wifi available in room and there was a bar in the courtyard, so it would get a little rowdy and I sometimes felt uncomfortable walking through it when I came back to the hotel after dark.

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    Reviewed by meaghan84

    Good for the price

    Reviewed May 21, 2010
    by (6 reviews) Melbourne , Australia Flag of Australia

    Room was nice and clean and the hotel was close to the tube.

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    Reviewed by jules88

    Our hotel for the next 5 nights.

    Reviewed Sep 18, 1933
    by (1 review) , Australia Flag of Australia

    The room was pretty small to say the least. But all we really needed it for was to sleep anyways so it was better than nothing :)

    Greater London, United Kingdom

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    Historical Traveler Reviews Royal National Hotel London

    Good for the price.


    My husband and I traveled to London over Easter vacation. We got an excellent deal from British Airways so we were not expecting luxury. The room was very small (with twin beds) but it was spotless and did not smell like smoke like the rest of the hotel. (Incidentally, a previous post mentions that there is no longer smoking in the lobbies, we did not find this to be true, smoking was everywhere and the hotel reeked!)As for the staff, I did not find them to be overly friendly or helpful. We do travel a lot and we were thankfully able to figure out many things on our own. I am certainly used to better service.The location is excellent, close to many attractions and just blocks away from the tube.The rack rate on this hotel seems high if you are booking it separate from a package, in that case, I would not recommend it, as a part of an inexpensive package though, it was acceptable.

    Reviews on Royal National hotel, London


    I have stayed in Royal National hotel this March 2003.I was there for four nights.The room which I got was a big one, enough for tiple sharing.Three single beds, a big toilet, a mirror and a wardrobe a television and a heater. The hotel rooms are the same size as one you can find in any of the 5 stars hotel in Singapore.Hotel food quality is okie only, you must get English breakfast as you will have eggs, toasted bread, cereals, bacon, tomatoes, baked beans, orange juice, coffee and tea.More variety but the breakfast menu is the same everyday.Might get bored after a while.They served western food at their lounges ranging from fish n chips to spaghetti, but food quality also not that good.Price is about 5 pounce per plate.The hotel is filled with cigarettes smell, including their hotel rooms and lifts.Cleanliness of the hotel is acceptable, but the hotel staff are really unhelpful and unfriendly especially at the reception counters.No porters to help you to carry your luggage up the room.You need to check out the hotel by 11am and if you are leaving at night, can leave the luggage with them, but each luggage is chargeable at 40 pence.Opposite the hotel, has a convenient store which is opened till 1pm.can get a variety of stuff at this store if you are hungry at night.Behind the hotel, got local tour agents, i think it's Insight Vaction.Post office is very near the hotel, just a few steps away from the hotel.I f you take bus from Holborn station, outside Sainsbury, have to alight slightly before the post office and walk a distance into the hotel.There is AIRBUS service just outside the Post office, you can buy the ticket at 8 pounds each from the hotel lobby.the AIRBUS service is available at every hour of the day to Airport terminal 1, 2,3.Convenient place to stay as a tourist.

    Small, but great


    Small room, but comfortable ... since I was on my own, I used the second bed as a table for my suitcase and "stuff" and it worked well for me. It's close to the British Museum and within walking distance of Covent Garden ... with a lovely park only a block away. There can be noise from the courrtyard - and I guess if you aren't accustomed to living in a large city it could be disturbing - I didn't even notice it. There's no smoking in the lobby areas any more, so the folks with that previous complaint - know it has been resolved. The continental breakfast is served on the ground floor only (while I was there) and included juice, rolls, butter, jam, cereals and tea and coffee. More is available for an additional fee. For the price from British Air, I don't think it is possible to do better in London. Highly recommed to single travelers.

    Location, Location, and well, Price


    I've stayed at the Royal National three times out of my four trips to London (always off-season). Booked through an air package it's really cheap. I found the rooms large by London standard, the full baths, a treat. The rooms that face the courtyard are really noisy, though. One trip, I decided to treat myself to a "first class" hotel at more than double the price of the Royal National. The staff was openly rude "superior single" was so small that I had to step over my suitcase as there was no place to store it...the bathroom had only a tiny shower. I checked out of there and went back to the RN. I do reccomend it to friends all the time. The location can't be beat, walking distance to the West End an easy trip to Camden, close to Euston Station, basically across the street from a tube stop and Bloomsbury is such a nice area. That said, skip their breakfast!

    Royal? HA!


    I stayed at the Royal National Hotel in November 2002. As some of the other reviwers, I booked the hotel through a special British Airways deal. Pros: 1. The room was clean, pleasant and well-maintained. We had a thrilling view of a heating vent on the back of the building, but otherwise, it was fine. I didn't have any problems with noise. 2. The location can't be beat. It's in the Bloomsbury section of London, a stone's throw from Russell Square, the British Museum, the Royal Mail office and various shops and markets. Transport connections are easy: There is an Airbus stop down the street, numerous useful bus lines are nearby and the Russell Square Underground station is about a five minute walk. Cons:1. THE STAFF. In the four nights I stayed there, the only pleasant employee I encountered was the housekeeping staff. The front desk clerks were surly, angry and rude. They acted as if the guests were a terrible inconvenience to them. --On the second day, my magnetic key card stopped working. I brought it downstairs, where a clerk silently took it, tapped something in on the computer and handed me a new key. When I asked what the problem had been, she snapped, 'It should work now" and went back to her computer. Nice! --I went to the front desk to ask about our very early checkout. The first clerk snapped something unintelligible and then ignored me. Although there were several others at the desk, they ignored me until I approached them one by one. --I asked the travel desk if it would be possible to book a taxi in the early morning hours, because I had a connection to the Stansted Express train. They assured me this would be fine. When I went downstairs to check out, the night clerk REFUSED to call a taxi, claiming that the fare was "too small". He suggested I hail a taxi on the street and refused to offer any other assistance. I ended up dragging my luggage to Russell Square station at 4am and rousing a cabbie sleeping in his car by the station. I missed my Stansted Express train and had less than an hour to run through Stansted. By the Grace of God I made my flight, but not until I had been considerably stressed and inconvenienced. 2. BREAKFAST. The so-called 'breakfast' was a joke. The breakfast room was poorly maintained. Glasses and utensils were grimy and spotted. Dirty dishes were left on tables next to clean plates and food. As for the food itseld, well, you can't mess up cold cereal and bread too much. There was an "English breakfast" on offer--for an extra fee, of course--but it looke dhorrible--rubbery eggs left sitting in a buffet bar. No thanks.3. THE LOBBY really is horrid. There's smoke galore, so if you are asthmatic, beware. The Royal National gets a lot of tour groups, so the lobby is always busy and clogged with people. 4. THE AMENITIES. There's a gift shop and a cash dispenser, but no public telephone or place to buy even the smallest food item, like a Coke. I suppose they want guests to use room services.BOTTOM LINE: If you don't mind staying in The Overlook, go to the Royal National Hotel. However, I wouldn't stay there again, and I wouldn't advise anyone else to stay there. For the same price, you could stay at one of London's lovely B&B's or another hotel that actually values and respects its guests.

    Royal National, not the best


    We stayed at the Royal National for 2 nights as part of a British Airways deal. It was about 2 blocks from the Underground which was convienent. Unfortunately we must have been on an ambulance route because the sirens went on until the early in the morning. The room was a sauna upon arrival and the staff was prompt in turning off the heat. The water in the shower was tough to regulate and could be scolding hot or cold when you tryed to adjust it. They also held us to the 2 oclock check in and charged us a couple of pounds to mind our bags. Unlike K West who checked us in at 11 am Ihours before our 2 pm check in. I wouldn't stay in this hotel again, the staff was ok but its amenities were well below par

    Loved it


    I have gone to London twice so far and the hotel that my mom and I have stayed at is the Royal National Hotel. We have stayed there the two times we have visited London because it was affordable, clean, and a few mins. away from the major attractions. This hotel should recieve 5 stars because it was a really nice place to relax without disturbance.

    You get what you pay for


    Go only if desparate or poor or locked in on package, as we were.

    Smallish room okay, clean with good updated bath room. But to get there you need to go through hellish lobby scene, smoky, crowded, unpleasant at all hours of day. Also huge courtyard is alive with the sounds of shouts and yelling at all hours of night. No doorman to control the noise. Staff overworked and under-experienced, giving out poor and conflicting info as to car hires and taxi services and prices. Breakfast rooms a zoo with long waits for self-serve toasters and undrinkable coffee and tea. Just keep telling yourself: "it's cheap." Note:we reported broken door handle, which wasn't fixed during five days of our British Air package stay.

    Good buy and value for london


    Good value for easy relax stopover,not the ritz but very good value for downtown london,the tube is a two minute walk, and easy access to all areas,wax works,museums, and all mainline stations.

    A very casual hotel,help yourself style is the norm here, rooms very clean and uptogether plenty of hot water and fresh bedding towels each day, Also the airbus from heathrow airport stops inside the courtyard no problem with the english rain ! and heaper than the express,anyway sit back relax no rush on vacation.

    Royal National has plusses and minuses


    I stayed here a week in late Nov. This was on a BA package. It's a huge 2 star place in an excellent location in Bloomsbury with busses at the door and tube at the corner (but that tube station was closed due to firemen's strike). Groceries,restaurants, post office, British Museum, Russell Square all very close. 3 or 4 tube stops to West End theaters.

    The two lobbies are charmless and the staff was polite but only sometimes helpful. The ins and outs of large tour groups kept them busy. It took 3 days to get a cracked toilet seat replaced.

    For a tourist hotel with discounted prices, I was more than happy with my relatively spacious clean single room which was really a small double. I had 2 single built in beds, chair, desk, large closet, small refrigerator, up to date TV, suitcase shelf and a nice tiled bathroom with a tub, shower and plenty of water pressure and hot water. Decor was basic modern. Lighting was excellent. Plenty of towels. As a double, the room would be smallish for two.

    I never heard any noise in the halls. Corridors are very long. Street noise was typical of a big city.

    The included Continental Breakfast buffet had unlimited toast, rolls, jams, real butter, oj, cereals,coffee, tea and milk. Quality average.

    I would stay here again and would recommend it if you're not looking for charm or ambience.

    TripAdvisor Reviews Royal National Hotel London

    2.50 of 5 stars Fair

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