Hotel Meridiana

Address: 43 - 44 Argyle Square, London, England, WC1H 8AL, United Kingdom | 2 star hotel
 
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This 2 star hotel, located in the Mayfair/Soho/West End area of London, is near British Library, Regent's Canal, Foundling Museum, and Gay's the Word.
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    Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Meridiana London

    Great location, bad hotel

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    Cheap hotel only 2 blocks from King's Cross Station and the location is really the only nice thing about the Hotel Meridiana (anywhere of interest in London is a tube ride away). The hotel wasn't awful but I WOULD NOT stay there again. We asked for a double room ensuite. Because we weren't paying for a 4 star hotel, my husband and I weren't expecting much. On first glance, the hotel exceeded our expectations. The room looked nice, had a toilet & shower, appeared clean, and was in a good location. The room came with a full english breakfast included in the price. We started to notice problems with the room as we went to sleep the first night. The bed was ancient and the metal springs poking our backs all night made for an EXTREMELY uncomfortable and fitful night's sleep. The scratchy sheets didn't help. Because of the age of the bed, the duvet, and the down pillows, they were full of dust mites. I didn't see any as they are microscopic, but I have a severe allergy to dust mites and could tell there were millions of them in the bedding by the extreme swelling of my eyes upon awakening each morning. The extremely dusty lamp shades next to the bed made my allergies worse as well. So anyway, back to the first night and the uncomfortable bed... when we awoke in the morning, my eyes were swollen, my husband's nose was stuffy (he discovered he has a very mild allergy to dust mites), and we we both had backaches from the bed. However, we were excited about our complimentary English breakfast and shrugged off the problems, quickly hurrying for our breakfast at 7am. The breakfast was the worst breakfast I have ever experienced. Only two people were staffing the kitchen and breakfast room. There were four tables full of guests and the staff could not keep up. It took 15 minutes for the server to acknowledge our presence and then another 10 for her to bring us our coffee/tea and thimble-sized glass of orange juice. We ordered breakfast and were by now, absolutely ravenous. She didn't ask how we wanted our english breakfast) but I figured I was hungry enough to eat anything. I was wrong. Typically, english breakfasts consist of 2 eggs fried or scrambled, canadian bacon, sausage, maybe black pudding, fried tomatoes and/or mushrooms, beans, and toast. To our dismay, we received one runny, greasy fried egg, a teaspoon of beans, 2 very fatty & very small pieces of canadian bacon, and 2 slices of toast. It wasn't enough to feed a child, let alone two hungry adults who had been looking forward to this breakfast our entire holiday (my husband is English and has been craving an english breakfast since coming to the US). Several of the other hotel guests asked for more coffee or food and it took the staff nearly 20 minutes to accommodate their requests. We asked for more beans because it was really a meager amount and got more toast instead. Heinz baked beans are not that expensive so there is really no excuse for the extremely small portions. After our bad breakfast experience, my husband and I decided to skip the breakfast and sleep longer the next day. More swollen eyes and allergies. When we returned from our day's activities, housekeeping had straightened our room and left the window wide open for anyone to enter and steal our belongings. Our room was on the ground floor and the area right near King's Cross Station is not that great of an area (as we could tell by the various drunks and addicts yelling from the park in front of the hotel). When we closed the window, we discovered it would not lock anyway. Finally, when we checked out, we had to pay 5% extra because we used a credit card. We knew about the fee beforehand, but after our not-so-nice stay, it felt like adding insult to injury. If you don't like english breakfasts and have absolutely no dust mite allergies, then the hotel might not be that bad for you. However, the very uncomfortable bed and non-locking wondow might be enough to make it worth staying elsewhere.

    TripAdvisor Reviews Hotel Meridiana London

    3.50 of 5 stars Very Good
     

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