St. Athans Hotel
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St. Athans Hotel

20 Tavistock Place Russell Square, London WC1H 9RE England
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#19 of 198 B&Bs in London
4.5 of 5 bubbles
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3.9 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.1 of 5 bubbles
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
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The St. Athans Hotel, Bloomsbury, is a simple, eco-friendly, family-run bed & breakfast in the heart of London. It’s grade II listed 200 year old Georgian terraced houses retain many of its their original features, fitting in well with the historic area, and is within walking distance of the British Museum, the University of London, Covent Garden and the new British Library. We’re also only a short bus ride away from many major the attractions, such as of Madame Tussaud’s and London’s West End, with its many shops, theatres, bars, and restaurants.
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Property amenities
Paid public parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Coffee shop
Board games / puzzles
Highchairs available
Taxi service
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Wifi
Non-smoking hotel
Shared lounge / TV area
First aid kit
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Room features
Blackout curtains
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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1.5 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Budget
Centrally Located
Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, German and 2 more
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Location

20 Tavistock Place Russell Square, London WC1H 9RE England
Getting there
Great for walkers
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London City Airport
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Heathrow Airport
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Russell Square
4 minUnderground
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Ade D wrote a review Apr 2023
4 contributions1 helpful vote
Property's Favourite Review
5.0 of 5 bubbles
So it’s it not the Ritz or the Savoy, but it’s cheap and very cheerful!
Situated brilliantly between London Euston - circa 10 minutes walk, and Russel Square Tube station- 5 minutes walk. Hotel facilities very basic , if you want a kettle and choice of fine coffee and Darjeeling tea, accompanied with Hobnob biscuits etc in your room, then look elsewhere. The bed however was extremely comfortable, shared shower and toilet facilities were spotless, and all staff were extremely friendly and helpful, the TV room was our go to place with great selection of books and board games. Great variety of local bars , restaurants, coffee shops, nice parks all within a stone throw.
Will not hesitate to book St Athans Hotel on our next trip to London
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Date of stay: April 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from , Owner at St. Athans Hotel
Responded 15 May 2023
Great review - thanks very much for posting
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Polo A wrote a review June 2022
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed for 3 nights at the St. Athans Hotel. The shared bathroom situation was not a problem for me at any point during my stay. There was a mini sink in my room as well that I used water/teeth brushing. Also there are multiple bathrooms that you have access to. I was pleasantly surprised at the amazing location of the hotel. It is 1 block away from the Russel Street Underground station and definitely a walkable distance to SOHO. I wished that my key card got me into the building but they have a buzzer and the front desk is manned 24 hours a day. I got back one night at 2-2:30am rang the buzzer and someone was there in a few seconds. I have already and will continue to recommend this place to anyone looking for a decent place to stay.
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Date of stay: June 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from , Owner at St. Athans Hotel
Responded 27 June 2022
Lovely review. Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts :)
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Martin Okezie wrote a review Aug 2021
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
I've travelled to a lot of places and stayed in a lot of hotels. But St Athans was one of the most comfortable and clean places to date. Carl made us feel immediately welcome, the room was ready ahead of our arrival which is highly rare.

The room was very tidy, clean and a joy to stay in. The location is absolutely brilliant, with a convenient in between for Central London and Camden Town.

A must for all travellers. I shall certainly be staying there again.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Karl Geyer, Owner at St. Athans Hotel
Responded 13 Aug 2021
I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay with us and then took the time to share your positive experience. Its always the best form of compliment when our guests come back to stay again. See you soon.
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Caitlin wrote a review Sept 2021
Telford, United Kingdom34 contributions18 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
After doing a lot of looking online, we decided to stay here as it looked pleasant. However, it wasn't as good as it looked online. If you're someone looking for a last minute stay and you're not bothered about cleanliness etc then this is for you. However, it certainly wasn't for us.
When we arrived we were greeted by two lovely ladies, we filled out the relevant information for Covid (However, it seemed like a lot of unnecessary information that they wanted compared to other places). We were then shown to our room, by a new lady who didn't know where she was going so we went the wrong way a few times, which is fine as everyone has to start somewhere.
The stair cases and the corridor outside our room had a horrible smell, but luckily it wasn't in our room. Then we come to our room, which was very very small, with just one set of plug sockets, and wasn't all that clean to be fair, the floor definitely needed a hoover and some of the visible corners looked like they had never been cleaned as there were a lot of cobwebs. The window in the room didn't close either so immediately we were on edge and wondered if we could stay here.
We then took a trip to the shared bathroom, which was down some stairs and felt like a basement. It was dark and scary, we decided we would stick to going in a pair when needed. The shower only got luke warm and when you came out you had a tiny towel on the floor to stand on that looked like it had been used by others. In the end we decided we wouldn't enjoy our time in London if we stayed here and felt very uncomfortable so ended up leaving and not staying the night we had book. We opted for the premier inn round the corner instead.
The staff were lovely, but the hotel just wasn't what we were expecting, a bit disappointing and a waste of money.
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Date of stay: August 2021
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from , Owner at St. Athans Hotel
Responded 21 Sept 2021
Sorry to read your review. Our hotel is based in a 200 year old Georgian Townhouse which is why the rooms are small, the shared toilets and showers are all between floors and the place is generally quite quirky (unlike Premier Inns) - so it not for everyone. However, as we take cleanliness very seriously we're unhappy to read this - so will review our room cleaning checks, and hope to do better.
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KAGG wrote a review Feb 2024
London, United Kingdom3 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My son and I stayed in early January and really enjoyed it. Probably the best thing was the location - you’ve got the tube station around the corner but you can walk to so many great places too. The British Museum is a must visit and as it’s only 5 minutes walk, and free, we went twice. We slept well in a twin room, the bedding was crisp and clean and while the room was basic (nothing fancy) it was fine for what we needed. We paid more to have an en-suite room but I used the shared bathrooms a couple of times and they were fine. We had a room on the third floor and there is no lift so there were a lot of stairs - if you have a lot of luggage or mobility issues that could be a problem.
After a bit of research I found if you book through the hotel website it’s cheaper than if you do it throughExpedia/Booking.com, so we ended up with a really good value deal. Lastly, our train out of London wasn’t until the early evening but the hotel has a locked luggage room where they kept our bags for free. We look forward to our next visit.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled with family
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Tony wrote a review Jan 2020
2 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We only stayed one night in this lovely hotel, on the first day of our London trip. It was truly a warm, homey experience. We arrived hotel very early in the morning and the staff kindly let us check in so we could leave the luggage in the room and start sightseeing. The next day we went to Cambridge for one night and would come back to London the following day. Even though they knew that we would not be staying in this hotel upon our return to London as we had booked a hotel elsewhere already, they still proactively offered to store our two big luggage suitcases in their storage room, so we had a much more convenient Cambridge trip! We felt very at home here - looked after as though we were family. For a stay in central London, I think this hotel is a good value for money.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Stefangeyer, Owner at St. Athans Hotel
Responded 13 Jan 2020
What a lovely review - thanks for posting. - Stefan
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Trip163725 wrote a review June 2022
Belfast, United Kingdom1 contribution3 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Unfortunately my husband and I tested positive for covid and are due to stay at this hotel on Friday. We had hoped to get a refund so that we could book again when we were well but I appreciate that we didn’t choose the free cancellation option when booking. Hopefully the hotel’s other customers will not mind us staying whilst we are both positive with covid. Just in case anyone is staying who may have an underlying health condition I’m posting in case you want to consider using your free cancellation option rather than risk coming into contact with us during your stay.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from , Owner at St. Athans Hotel
Responded 5 June 2022
Booking a Non-Refundable reservation is what it says on the tin. When the Pandemic first showed up we gave all Non-refundable bookings a chance to rebook, but after the 2nd wave it was clear that people now knew the risks of choosing this type of booking. It’s the gamble you take for paying a few pounds less. Now in the UK, Covid is now treated as like the influenza it is, and is no longer considered a danger to the public. I trust that you will wear masks when in public areas and inform the reception when you arrive. Safe travels, and see you tomorrow.
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SyrusDrake wrote a review June 2022
Switzerland5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Small but clean room. Can get a little loud outside at night. Bathroom located outside the room, but private. Staff is very friendly. No elevators available, so ask for a ground floor room if you're mobility-impaired or have heavy luggage.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from , Owner at St. Athans Hotel
Responded 27 June 2022
Great review - thanks for describing us well. Just to mention we do also have ensuite rooms, just choose that when booking
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Stacey M wrote a review Nov 2022
2 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This hotel is super-conveniently located in a very vibrant, youthful part of London, walking distance to several tube stops and steps from a bus that can take you right through London to the south bank! Many restaurants, cafes, and small museums surround the hotel also. It is charmingly decorated and staffed with friendly helpful folks. Be warned though, it is made up of several adjoining small hotels, build when humans were smaller. The halls and stairs are narrow, and the bathroom is shared. But the windows open, the bed was super comfortable and the decor lovely. And the price is very affordable. Highly recommend this hotel in Bloomsbury1
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Date of stay: November 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Cafe Moreish on the corner is a stellar place for coffee, breakfast or lunch!
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Response from , Owner at St. Athans Hotel
Responded 2 Jan 2023
Thanks for the thoughtful review - exactly what others thinking of staying with us need to read :)
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Joanne B wrote a review Aug 2021
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spend our time in the family room and I have to say it was really clean. The staff were so friendly and helpful. The price was really good for the hotel standard and it is based very locally so you can get everywhere very easily.

Definitely recommend St Athens hotel
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Karl Geyer, Owner at St. Athans Hotel
Responded 13 Aug 2021
Thank you for taking the time to write such a great review. As we are a budget hotel we concentrate on getting the basics right and so its nice to hear we are providing clean, comfortable and good value accommodation. We hope to see you again sometime.
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Answer from Nicola B
Amsterdam, The Netherlands2 contributions
I also booked a room with its own bathroom but saw that there were two rooms next to my room which had a shared bathroom between them. I think it depends on which building and which floor your room would be located, the hotel is made up of several buildings laying next to eachother, connected on the ground level via a long corridor. Best to ask the hotel?
Paul W asked a question Aug 2019
Dublin, Ireland164 contributions113 helpful votes
Do all rooms have private shower/toilet?
Answer from Trip793319
8 contributions10 helpful votes
Don’t know if they all do, but I was able to get a room that did.
Answer from Stefangeyer
London12 contributions
Hello. We currently have en-suite rooms with a single and double bed, not two single beds. So larger than you might need, but otherwise fine.
Answer from gig-girl2
Massachusetts108 contributions71 helpful votes
I don't know the location of the triple room. Best to let the hotel staff answer that.
WRONNIE asked a question Aug 2017
2 contributions
Is there laundry facilities or laundromat close by?
Answer from Stefangeyer
London12 contributions
Hey Wronnie, we don't have any laundry facilities for guests to use, but there's a laundromat on Marchmont St, less than half a minute from the St Athans, and also a Dry Cleaners just around the corner. - stefan
Ed P wrote a tip Nov 2023
Leeds, United Kingdom14 contributions6 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Scope out good places for breakfast, and if like me you're sensitive to noise, bring your earplugs."
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AnnieC353 wrote a tip Sept 2023
45 contributions14 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Not wheelchair accessible"
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dolphinboy1 wrote a tip Feb 2023
Manchester, United Kingdom452 contributions172 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Request (and pay for ) when booking :)"
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Y WU wrote a tip Jan 2023
Hong Kong, China1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Some rooms do not have bathrooms. It is better to book a room with its own bathroom."
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Stacey M wrote a tip Nov 2022
2 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Cafe Moreish on the corner is a stellar place for coffee, breakfast or lunch!"
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PRICE RANGE
AU$156 - AU$221 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
United KingdomEnglandLondonBloomsbury / Euston / Kings Cross /St Pancras
NUMBER OF ROOMS
40
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Frequently Asked Questions about St. Athans Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to St. Athans Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Faulty Towers the Dining Experience (0.4 km), British Library (0.5 km), and The Foundling Museum (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at St. Athans Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, baggage storage, and a coffee shop.
Is parking available at St. Athans Hotel?
Yes, paid public parking nearby is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to St. Athans Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Choppaluna, Albertini Restaurant, and Pizza Sophia.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at St. Athans Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Polish.
Are there any historical sites close to St. Athans Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Houses of Parliament (2.8 km), Tower of London (4.0 km), and Churchill War Rooms (2.6 km).
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