Mom and I stayed here in for four days in September as a friend recommended it from her last trip. The rooms are not large, but if you have stayed in large, old cities and historical buildings, this is normal. Room was decent, clean, and there was room for your stuff in the closet and to hide your suitcase and you were not crowded. Mattresses were new, bedding soft and comfortable, and they had memory foam toppers, which was my favorite! In all the beds I stayed in on this trip, it was the best. Inside the hotel is quiet. Cute reading room as you enter off the right side, warm and inviting. The flat screen TV with satellite in the room was nice, but we barely turned it on, except for news and background noise. English Breakfast is included and every morning we were asked, "brown or white toast?" Food was good, but there is a short wait as they make it as you order it. There is a continental breakfast too. I love this location for its convenience. It is a short walk (mind that in London a 20 minute walk IS short) to the British Museum and the Russell Square tube stop (15 minutes of leisurely walking.) (Note: There are several tube stops within a short walk, if needed.) Harlingford was very close to King's Cross and Euston stations for quick train day trips. Area is very nice and I felt safe to walk anywhere the entire stay. The Bloomsbury Brunswick shopping centre was just up the street with everything you could need....Boots (pharmacy/chemist,) Super Drug (chemist,) Waitrose (grocer) and many restaurants, like Nando's Peri-Peri chicken (ah, another review...) and other shops to visit. There is launderette (coin laundry) just around the corner, which was a help. And there is a plethora of small mom and pop restaurants' around the corner, as well as, small grocer stores for wine, beer, water, and snacks- if needed. Charles Dicken's house is around the corner- closed until January, 2013.
Drawbacks: next to the University of London and our windows face the dorms. They can't smoke inside so they loitered on the side walks until 11 or 12 o'clock. I had ear plugs, so I never noticed, but my mom sure did. There is no air conditioning, which is normally okay and you really don't need it, but it was warm when we arrived so we could only open the window. And only one opened. It was chilly at night so, it was closed anyway. There is no elevator (lift) so I carried my mom's and my bags up three short flights of stairs. We were on the first floor which was easy at least. Every time we shut the bathroom door, small panel would fall off sink. (Got funny after a while.) Front desk staff were pleasant, but not overly friendly. Since there is not a safe in the room, I asked the front desk to put our passports and other valuables in their safe and it seemed as an inconvenience. Wait staff at breakfast were Asian and sometimes did not understand what you wanted for breakfast.
Overall, nice hotel for a base jumping off point. You never left hungry, slept comfortably, clean and everything was replaced daily. I would come again for sure!
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