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We rented a room with two twin beds and shared bathroom. We were in the basement, but still had a nice large window with lots of light. It was nice to have plenty of storage space in the room too. The bathrooms were clean, although the toilet and the shower were practically touching and there was no sink (we had to wash our hands back in our room which had a sink). The included breakfast was a classic English breakfast, with cereal and fruit salad (not fresh though, a canned version) options as well. Overall, all the staff were friendly. If you like tennis, there is a court right across from the hotel and the front desk will lend you equipment for that.
The location was ideal - very close to Euston and Russel Square (ideal for taking the Picadilly line from Heathrow airport). The British Museum was also very close, and many other sites are in walking distance. There are many good pubs in the neighbourhood and all the amenities you need in a plaza by the Russel Square (grocery store, pharmacy, restaurants, etc).
For the price in London, we were very happy. An ensuite would be better, but we rarely had problems accessing the bathroom when we needed it.
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We stayed at The George for a total of three nights. The rooms were clean and neighborhood safe. The staff were friendly and there are plenty of restaurants in the area as well as a tube station.
The bad-the advertised "full English Breakfast." Not worth staying in for. Powdered eggs and CANNED tomatoes.
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Definitely not worth the price. Checked out early. Desk staff surly, unhelpful; bfast and cleaning staff good. Bathroom smaller than on boat or camper van. Furniture heavily worn, filthy stains inside drawers, bug crawling across floor. Kept our belongings in plastic bags hung in closet to avoid contamination. Room security poor- door bolt and frame flimsy; no locks or screens on windows. Front door security at street good. Quiet neighborhood and st, but noisy guests behind flimsy walls.
From being greeted with the fact that they had no record of my reservation the staff were uniformly unhelpful and inhospitable. The hotel has no elevators, and no staff to help you. I arrived with a broken ankle and my 86 year old mother, our room was on the second floor. There was no-one to help take our luggage upstairs. The one bright point was the young receptionist on our departure morning who did help carry a suitcase downstairs. Don't be a moment late for breakfast, which is served only between 8 and 9 am, there is no leeway, not even for a glass of juice. Very worn and tired hotel. Be prepared to sleep on mattress springs. There are many better hotels close by at the same or less rate.
Unimpressed, wouldn't return
My wife and I stayed at this hotel for two nights in mid september. We ended up with a basement room that was supposed to include a shower and bath. The shower never worked and the staff's answer was to simply use one of the public baths. If you stay at this place try and determine the room you'll get ahead of time. I found the basement room extremely cramped and in general feel the hotel needs some repair. The hotel is close to a tube stop so if that's important this might be worth while.
But aside from the included breakfast little about my stay at this hotel would cause me to return.
We (family with one little child) stayed at the George for one weekend.
We had a room with shower and they just put in a shower cabin in one edge of the room. The WC was on the floor and more than 50 years old.
The third bed - where our girl slept - was extremly weared down in the middle. The wooden bench of our window was totaly wrecked and there must have been minimum 10 covers of paint on the window. The staff was friendly and the breakfast o.k. but thats not what you need most in a hotel. So I can't recommend the hotel since they dont improve and renovate the rooms.
Ok if you have luck with the room
Some of the staff are very nice but there are also unfriendly people among them. Good location. Very poor furniture, well I only expect a cupboard that doesn't fall apart when you open it. Nice breakfast. We were 5 people and we changee twice the rooms, so we have seen half a dozen of them. And there is a great difference in quality among rooms: you can find a nice wide room with garden views or a narrow, cave-like hole with no light nor ventilation in the basement. We had bad luck: we arrived during this summer heat-wave, and this hotel doesn't have air conditioned, so we suffered serious heat. The bathroom are really small. Conclusion it's a fine place if you have a little luck with the room and don't spend much time in it.
Ok at the time!
Stayed here in 2001, at the time under the impression that this was reasonable value for money. After living in the UK for a year, and travelling frequently to London, have discovered that one can book 3 or 4 star hotels in great areas for at least as much as we paid here for a twin room with no bathroom!! Definately a lesson learned. Personally I'd rather stay at the Radisson than here, and it sometimes can cost the same!!
I stayed at another one of the Cartwright Gardens hotels (the Euro) when I was 18. I remembered it fondly, so I tried to book it again for my honeymoon, but it was full, so we stayed at the George, right down the street.
Had stayed at the George a few years back and always remembered how friendly the staff were. Nothing's changed from that score but the hotel has had a make-over and the room I had was newly painted and furnished and the place was much nicer than I remembered. This was a pleasant surprise. I had a room without a bathroom as this was much cheaper and the bathroom I shared with other guests (never had to wait to use it) was only just along the corridor and down about 6 steps. I arrived early as my plane flew in at 6.30 a.m.! Very attractive and friendly receptionist who was also from Australia. Checking in was easy as they had my emailed information at the desk but my room wasn't ready. No problem, they took my bags, sent me into breakfast (which they didn't charge me for) and then I went out for a bit of sightseeing while they cleaned my room. Good location which was only about a 10 minutes walk from Soho. The breakfasts there are something else and you can eat enough to carry you through to lunch.Apparently, due to the Gulf War, London's suffering from a lack of tourists this year so they've reduced prices to try to attract more customers. Every cloud has a silver lining and my room was about the same price that I paid 4 years ago.The free use of the guest computer to do my emails was a bonus. This hotel's a gem.
Enjoyed our stay at George Hotel. The off-season rate was great, 61 pounds for double w/shower. Location is about 4-5 blocks from British Musuem (and lots of bookshops). Our room faced back and could have used a little fresh paint and carpet, but neverless was quite clean and we received fresh towels etc. daily. We would recommend having a room w/shower in winter months as hallway shower and toilet room were quite cold (rest of rooms nice and warm).The staff were friendly and very helpful with directions and suggestions for eating out. Also nice is there's free internet access available.The breakfast, though, capped it for us! There is plenty of juice and breakfast cereals to choose from. But while you're on holiday, why not indulge in the English breakfast? The food is fresh and there's plenty of it (sausage, bacon (bit salty), toast, eggs, beans, tomato).All in all, a nice stay and would definitely come back to it!