I can't wait for a friend to go to London, just so I can jump up and down and recommend the Harlingford Hotel for them to stay at. I came across the hotel listing through Fodor's, and after looking at their website, thought that it would be a suitable pick for me, my mother, and cousin (a girls holiday, if you will).
I am always pretty nervous about accomodations, especially since in the US, me and the SO won't really go all out to stay anywhere very special. I haven't travelled internationally, unless it is to visit family in the Philippines, and hadn't been to Europe since high school, so I had my worries- especially since we were going to stay there fo 5 nights.
Location was really important, since we did not want o stay too far outside the city, nor right in the heart of it. The Bloomsbury neighborhood is absolutely perfect if you're looking for a lively scene, that is also quiet and peaceful. There are restaurants right across the street, as well as pubs, several convenience stores, and a large shopping center with restaurants, coffee shops, clothing stores, drugstores, and a Waitrose supermarket. The hotel, which is on Cartwright Gardens, is also right between two stops on the Tube- Russell Square (which is smaller) and the huge Kings Cross Station/St. Pancras Station- we had originally planned to take two days in Paris, but decided not to, but this would have been perfect as the international trains leave from St. Pancras. From R. Square you can catch the useful PIccadilly line (stops at most important places in the city) and Kings Cross/St. Pancras, at least four lines plus the Piccadilly. This was really useful too, as on our departure, we had heavier (and more) luggage, and the lifts and layout at Kings Cross is a lot user-friendly compared to Russell Square. Along with its excellent location, you are up the block from University of London, The British Library St. Pancras Rennaissance Hotel ( a beautiful work of architecture) and the British Museum.
The hotel itself is like a small boutique/European style hotel. There are no lifts, so keep in mind if you're traveling with anyone who needs help going up the stairs. With my mom, we stayed on the first floor , and it was fine. There is a cozy common room with a fireplace, books, computer, and magazines. The breakfast room is airy and bright, and perfect to start your day- full breakfast is included in your stay and it is brilliant- buffet with yogurt, fruit, cereals, jams, breads, and juices, and the option to order three types of breakfast- full English, full English with scrambled eggs, and scrambled eggs and smoked salmon. All dishes were delicious, and the perfect amount of food to tie us over until mid afternoon. They also serve copious amounts of toast, tea, and coffee.
The staff at the hotel is made up of really friendly and accommodating people. The kitchen staff were made up of Filipinos, so we had a good time with them every morning, and my mom got to joke around with them in Tagalog and they offered us a lot of advice about the area and suggested things to see. Their hospitality was tremendous. The front desk ladies and gents were also wonderful- able to help us with a scale to weigh our luggage upon our departure, and they hold your luggage if you get in before check in and even after check out, the latter of which was very helpful as we had five hours until we had to leave for Heathrow and wanted to do the British Museum.
The rooms are cozy and comfortable. The bathrooms were in-room, and our triple had a full size bed, and a twin size. They use memory foam mattresses, and my back did not hurt at all the whole week! There is a spacious wardrobe, though no set of drawers, other than the one cupboard they had for storage under the small dresser. They give you a tea kettle in the room, tea bags, instant coffee, hair dryer, and a flat screen tv. The ceilings are high and the decor was lovely and French inspired- yellow and blue, fleur de lis and paintings on the walls. Lots of lighting, and large windows that opened onto the main street. Though we were not in the room a lot during the day, it was good to come home to such a lovely space.
Other amenities- free wifi, which was great for us, as we brought along an Ipad for our tech needs. They have lots of brochures and guides in the common room.
I would not hesitate to stay there again, if I find myself in London i the future. The rates were reasonable, and the only upcharge we had was for the one local phone call I made. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone visiting - a couple or a three some like us. You will not be disappointed at all!!
I stay at the Harlingford every time I travel to London for work (office near St. James Park station) and it's always great. Hotels in London are insanely expensive and I've tried other hotels that are in the price range of the Harlingford or cheaper, and there's always been some major downside (like no wifi, shared bathrooms, etc). Since I am traveling for work, I'm typically short on time and on a tight schedule so it's nice to know that things will be the same each time and that the wifi will work and so forth.
Everyone working there is very friendly and the one time that my shower was kind of wonky (really the only issue in the 8 or so times I've stayed there), they fixed it by the time I got home from work.
There is no elevator and the stairs are narrow all the way up to the fourth floor so it's probably not the most handicap accessible place. There are bathrooms in the room with standing showers (no tubs) so in that sense they are pretty accessible. I usually do bring an extra bottle of conditioner even though they provide soap and packets of shampoo, because the packets are a bit small. It's no frills though, so that's to be expected.
The single/double rooms are small but always clean. There isn't any air conditioning so in the summer it could get a bit warm, but there are fans in room and it's never been THAT bad. There is a tv in the room with a decent number of channels. Also a small wardrobe to hang clothes. Usually about three outlets as well, plus an in-wall hair dryer.
There is a dining room that serves an English breakfast menu and cereals, fruit, muffins, toast, yoghurt, juice, cheeses, croissants, and individual french press coffee pots. It's included with the room cost and is pretty standard, but it's a nice way to start the day.
The location of the hotel is great, as well. It's near plenty of cafes, bars, and restaurants, a Waitrose, Boots, and a short walk from three tube stations: Russell Square (closest), Kings Cross, and Euston Station. I can usually get in a decent run on Euston Road down to Regent's Park if I wake up early enough (otherwise it's a commuter thoroughfare, more dodging than running). There are a lot of university students milling in the area because there a few schools and dorms nearby, so sometimes it gets pretty loud on Friday/Saturday nights but not outrageous.
All in all I highly recommend this hotel to anyone who is traveling to London and want a decently priced hotel that gives great access to the major attractions in London and a reliably comfortable stay each time.
Don't let the lack of stars deter you from booking a room here! This is not a five star hotel resort or anything which is why I didn't leave a full five stars. Someone might get confused? This place is lovely and located very near a tube station with a lift (if you have huge pieces of luggage; this deserves a star of its own) and King's Cross Station is a five minute walk away. The room I stayed in was clean, warm, and well lit. The bathroom was clean and everything worked fine. Breakfast was very good. You can choose from continental or English breakfast. There's nothing like hot food that someone else made for you as soon as you wake up. The staff was very friendly. I really liked their reception area. It was a sitting room with books and magazines with a warm fire going. So cozy.
As far as hotels go, this is a basic hotel. It has a bed and breakfast feel, really, but I really think it's a cute place. I stayed there so briefly that I didn't really get to explore the area around it, but there is a cheap pub around the corner called "Rocket" that seems to be popular. Dining options are a short walk away, too. I would recommend this place to a friend.
We had a great stay at Harlingford Hotel in London. The hotel is perfectly located, right between King's Cross , which is a big subway stationand Euston, both are big subway underground stations, and there was a third underground stations only a couple of minutes away, Russell Square. It only takes literally a few minutes to get from Harlingford Hotel to any central place or sighting in London. Russel Square has the Piccadilly Line, which goes directly to Piccadilly Circus and other central tourist attractions in London.
There is also trains coming in directly from Heathrow Airport to King's Cross, so if you only have a couple of suitcases, you can save a lot of money by going by train from Heathrow and directly to King's Cross. From there you'll only have to wheel your luggage a couple of blocks and you are at your hotel.
The hotel was very nice. We arrived at the hotel a little early, check in wasn't until 2pm, but they allowed us to set our luggage in the breakfast room so that we could wander around without worrying about carrying all that stuff with us. There was also a very nice "living room" type area with an internet PC and several comfortable chairs and sofas to sit and read or chat or just plainly relax.
In the morning they had a very good breakfast buffet. It had the traditional breakfast items, such as cereal, some croissants, ham and cheese, nutella, jams .... They also had fruits and clotted cream and if you were early enough, you could even get yourself a scoop of really good oatmeal before they ran out for the day. Also they cooked up certain breakfast items to order. Every morning I had salmon and scrambled eggs with toast, and my husband had an "English Breakfast" which had eggs, bacon, sausage and toast. These we ordered from the waiters and the food was cooked in the kitchen upon order.
There were plenty of places to eat and shop as well in the area. There is a mall right down the street that has a big grocery store (cheap if you're looking to stock your room with some snacks and drinks), a few hip eateries and some clothing stores. There is of course a pub on every corner, we tried a couple of those and I don't really have any "Stay Away" warnings, they were all pretty good & pretty reasonable.
If you do pass by "Mabel's Tavern" though ..... I highly recommend stopping in for one of their steak and ale pies. I suspected that a dish that had both ale and steak AND pie combined .... had to be wonderful .... and by george it was! This tavern is only a couple of minutes away from Harlingford, I'm sure you'll find it ;-)
Anyway .... we will most likely stay here again when we visit London in the future. I don't see why I would pay more for anything else, nor stay anywhere else. This hotel was comfy, clean and centralized enough so that go everywhere we wanted to go.
I highly recommend getting day passes for the subway for the days you'll be staying, that way you are set to travel wherever you wish to travel!
Safe journey & good luck!
Harlingford Hotel deserves a personal four stars if for no other reason my wife gas come here across three decades. Her first visit was in 1985 (same owners then too) she was back in 2005 and again with me in 2011. The owner was in for breakfast one day and was delighted to hear the story. He said the most loyal guest had visited from the age of 5 to 90.
Here are reasons pertinent to choosing the Harlingford yourself:
* It's affordable and pleasant.
* It's a short bus or tube ride or a moderate walk from Soho/Leicester Square Theatre
* It's a short walk to a couple of tube nexuses where you can jump on nearly any train line
* It's close to attractions like the British Museum
The hotel is a two-star hotel and will be a different experience than a Hilton or W Hotel. However the price offsets this difference as you're saving £100-200 per night!
The free full English breakfast can give you a substantial and quick start to your day. If you are addicted to Starbucks there are two within two blocks.
There are several nearby dining spots including an Indian restaurant named Depa and a city-class fish shop named North Sea Fish Restaurant.
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The Harlingford must be my top pick among the gazillion hotels you find around the Euston- and St. Pancras-stations. The prices are in the average London category for everything above Travel Lodge and hostels, so you'll pay around 90 £ for a night - but the rooms are very tidy and bright, and the designer-fittings and clear green tiling of the bathrooms add some luxury. Decent breakfast, free Wi-Fi and a very attentive, no-frills service that will see to every request you have in no time. Plus, they have a friendly hotel-cat and you can use the tennis court in nearby Cartwright Gardens for free. 3 Minutes from Euston, 5 Minutes from St. Pancras.
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