To find a hotel in London where you can have a double room and breakfast for only £65 seemed too good to be true. But that was what was on offer at the Regal Guest House. Notice the word “hotel” in the first sentence: that’s how the Regal advertises itself on the sign on the front of the premises.
According to the Regal’s website, it is a “friendly, family run concern” that has been “recently refurbished to the highest standards”. The reason for the quotes will soon become clear.
There is a limited but adequate amount of parking on the hotel/guest house’s forecourt, though the cars nearest the building can get boxed in.
The first real surprise comes on entering the hotel. The Reception desk is completely covered with framed photos of the proprietess’ grandchildren, set off with tinsel and other bits of decoration. The effect is one of a shrine or an exhibition. It most certainly does not feel like a hotel reception area, more like you’ve intruded on someone’s private home. This effect was heightened by the proprietress’ lack of any sort of welcome – indeed, she seemed to resent having any “guests”. On telling her our name, she checked to see whether we had parked our car to her satisfaction then simply asked for her £65 up-front in cash.
Ah well, we thought, it’s only for one night and with newly-refurbished rooms we should be comfortable...
Newly-refurbished? What on earth did was it like before, then? Our room, to which we were unceremoniously given the key and sent upstairs to find it, was quite dismal. The bedding was a sort of off-grey colour, the sheets and pillow-cases wrinkled and certainly untouched by an iron. In fact, we suspected (no proof here, of course) that the beds had not been changed after the previous occupants had left. The towels in the en-suite were similarly off-colour (may once have been white) and were frayed; they didn’t even match each other. The en-suite smelled musty and damp and if it was indeed newly refurbished the job must have been done by a team of untrained chimps who were having an off-day.
Still, as I said, it was only for one night (thank goodness) and the bed was adequately comfortable; and the breakfast was a few notches better than the room. I only ever have toast and coffee but my wife had the full English breakfast which she said was well cooked and enjoyable, thought the bacon was fried rather than grilled. Amusingly, every place was laid ready with a bowl of cornflakes – my pet hate, cornflakes! What’s the betting mine were put straight back into the box?
Being in Golders Green Road the Regal is well placed if you want shops, or routes into Central London. The tube station is a ten-minute walk away and there are plenty of buses. However, if you’re looking for a warm welcome, look elsewhere than the Regal. But then, you get what you pay for, as they say...
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