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Small hotel in Bloomsbury..under 150 us if possible

Old Dec 1st, 2005, 05:34 AM
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In preparing for my trip to London, I did quite a bit of research into lodging. When I was in France, I stayed in Bed and Breakfasts and I wanted to do the same, to save money and to get the personal feeling. For the price, Arran House in Bloomsbury was the clear choice. I made reservations through the internet and everything was exceptionally smoothe. I had to make a couple of changes in the room because a friend decided to join me. There were no problems. When we arrived, we were greeted graciously by the owner and the very kind young ladies that run the hotel. Our room was very, very clean with fresh, fresh linens that were ironed so well a pin would bounce off of them. The duvets were absolutely incredible. We had an en suite room. The morning breakfast buffet was expansive and kitchen priviledges turned out to be a great benefit for us. We shopped each day and had wonderful meals in the kitchen each evening. We prepared our own things and cleaned and put away the dishes. There is a refrigerator for things to stay cold. They have a nice video library and the films can be veiwed from your room. Also, each room has a TV, some with DVD players. There's an electric teapot in each room with fixings for coffee, tea, and hot chocolate.

Arran House is located in the safe area of Bloomsbury. There are several similar hotels in the area and the university is across the street. Goodge Street, Warren, Tottenham Court, and Euston stations are all within a few minutes walk. Arran House is safe, clean, and cozy. The staff is amazing. You will not be disappointed.

Here are a couple of things you should know --- hot water is at a premium. If you have an ensuite room, make sure the water is hot before you get into the shower. The en suite bathrooms are teeny-tiny. Understand, these were added to this historical building after the fact. They were constructed with convenience and privacy in mind -- not spaciousness. The common bathrooms are very, very nice and a great option if you are looking to save a bit and don't mind getting there in your robe. They are very close to the rooms. This is an old building and London is a noisy city -- buses, cars, etc. We had no problem with noisy students -- as some reviewers did. The only noise problem I had was the one night when my room was under the stairs. Requested a room change -- no problem. Very accommodating group. No elevator/lift. Not a problem for everyone, but could be if you have mobility issues or are traveling with a lot of luggage.

Cannot say enough good things about Arran House. For the price, it cannot be beat.


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Old Dec 1st, 2005, 05:35 AM
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Here's the link to Arran House

http://www.london-hotel.co.uk/newsletter_1205.htm
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