This is my best experience of London ever. For the price that I paid, there is nothing to fault with this stay, and lots to be happy about. The location is excellent as well - short ride on the tube to most of the major sites.
Breakfast in Europe will never be as crazy for choice as in Asia, but in Arosfa, there was everything I would expect in a proper hotel - English breakfast, eggs anyway you like, yoghurt, fruits, pastries all to standard.
The rooms were very clean, and comfortably decorated. Not shabby or mismatched, which is often the case in London B&Bs. Although Gower Street can get quite busy, the room sound insulation was fine, and there was not much disturbance from outside. During my stay, the place was fully booked out, but all the guests were very civilized too.
But the staff was just magnificent - always polite, never intrusive, and extremely attentive and sincerely helpful. Nothing was too bothersome, and they would be going around to everybody at breakfast to talk about the weather and offer umbrellas, just to make sure that that detail would not spoil your trip too much. They were absolutely lovely. It's rare to get that sort of sincerity in any hotel. Even in our early communications, they offered us any room that were available, even though I was a lone traveler, and updated us when they had cheaper options to see if I wanted to switch.
If I ever go to London, I would go there again... probably even if not on a budget!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Arosfa Hotel is a refurbished 200-year old Georgian Town House in the heart of historic Bloomsbury district, the former home of the famous Pre-Raphaelite artist Sir John Everett Millais. The cool white garden squares and wide streets of Bloomsbury have been a pull to thinkers for centuries, and it sometimes seems like every second house has a blue plaque denoting that a great writer, scientist or philosopher once inhabited the building. It was in Bloomsbury that Karl Marx created communism, Virginia Woolf defined the twentieth century British novel, and Charles Darwin first conceived the theory of natural selection. The imposing bulk of the British Museum, home to seven millennia of human art and artefacts, dominates the area, and there are plenty of other academic institutions including Birkbeck College, the beautiful University of London Library, and RADA, London's grandest drama school. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Arosfa Hotel London
- Arosfa London