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“Better after a refurb”
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Tavistock Hotel
Ranked #574 of 1,078 Hotels in London
Reviewed 19 July 2012

This is the second time we've stayed at the Tavistock and it looks and feels better after parts have been refurbed.

For the price the hotel is good value - you can do a lot worse in London - it's basic but you don't feel ripped off.

Pros:-
- Reasonable Nights Sleep (ask for a room overlooking the Square for the best views)
- Location - you are 10 mins from Tottenham Court Road or Kings Cross station if you walk. That means that Oxford Street, Chinatown, all the other West End attractions are walkable, as is Regents Park/London Zoo and awful places like Camden Market are a short busride away.
- Breakfast - this is a buffet affair so eat as many sausages, eggs etc you can to stock up for the day
- Staff - don't seem to have a high turnover which means you've got some decent experience.
- Cosmopolitan atmosphere - no matter where you come from you will meet people from your own country - it's great to get to talk to people who are new to the UK.

Cons
- As with all London hotels the rooms could be bigger as could the beds
- Some people expect more from the customer service side of the hotel - remember you are in London in a "budget" hotel
- The hotel can be excessively warm at all times of the year
- Room Locations - as I said - get a view of the Square if you can, otherwise it's the standard view (and noise) of overlooking roofs with aircon systems...
- The rooms are a bit tired and could do with a makeover.

Overall I would recommend this hotel to travellers looking to stay in London on a budget - wherever you are from.

Room Tip: Ask for one overlooking Tavistock Square.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 July 2012

I really like this hotel. It's in a convenient location and very well priced for London. This time I requested a room on one of the upper floors as they have been refurbished I think. I got one on the 7th and it was great. Nice view out over the square. Decent enough cooked breakfast and helpful staff. I'll be back.

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Reviewed 16 July 2012

We stayed 5 nights at the Tavistock, and it was a largely pleasant experience.
The hallways and rooms were a bit tired looking around the edges in places, but the bed was comfortable and the towels were in good condition.
The cooked breakfast was a blessing, as the continental breakfast was awful - definitely recommend paying the extra at the start to get the cooked.
For an obviously busy hotel, it was quite quiet, although having a room on the corner of the main road did mean a couple of nights of disturbed sleep before getting used to the noise.
We had meals included for 3 nights with the weekend package, and tried Royal National first (average, but fast, which was great at 9pm) and then the President second (ok, but not great) and were seriously surprised at just how good the food was a Jaques - the chicken soup was a meal in itself and that was just a starter!
Nice and close to multiple underground stations, and only 10-15 minutes walk from Kings Cross / St Pancras stations, which was great when arriving and departing by train.

Room Tip: Try and be as far up the building as possible
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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 July 2012

The room me and a friend shared was clean and a decent size, if a bit dated - could probably do with a good lick of paint and some more modern bedsheets, but that's neither here nor there. A full English breakfast buffet was included in the price - there was plenty of choice to keep you filled. Staff were perfectly helpful, if a bit grumpy - to be honest they rarely smiled but we didn't interact too often so it didn't become an issue. Location is superb however: five minute walks to the British Library, the British Museum, and Kings Cross and Euston stations, not to mention a two minute walk to the closest underground station. Nearby is a handy and cheap convenience store, a cafe, and a few lively pubs. Soho and Camden are also a short tube ride away. Quite enough area. Would probably stay again for the price.

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Reviewed 15 July 2012

Ideal for our weekend in London, very convenient for train travel a few minutes walk from Euston, close to all the main sights and lovely meditative garden in the square opposite. I thought the Art Deco features were appealing. All amenities in hotel clean and delivered by friendly staff. English breakfast had plenty of choices but would have liked fresh fruit. Our double room on corner was superb, great view and lots of light with plenty of windows. Bed comfortable. Requested extra towels. Windows open at night meant some road noise. Would use again for short stay in London. Good value.

Room Tip: Higher floors at the back of the hotel likely to have less road noise.
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Additional Information about Tavistock Hotel

Address: Tavistock Square | Bloomsbury, London WC1H 9EU, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > London > Bloomsbury
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #574 of 1,078 Hotels in London
Price Range: ₹ 6,547 - ₹ 12,405 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Tavistock Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 395
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on Tavistock Square Gardens the hotel offers stunning views as well as offering remarkable value for a historic Bloomsbury hotel. A great choice for business or leisure guests. You will find the Woolf & Whistle - a friendly bar nestled in the Art Deco ground floor of the Tavistock Hotel. Retaining the hotel's original 1920's features with a modern and elegant twist, Woolf & Whistle takes its inspiration from the famous 20th century writer Virginia Woolf, who once lived and worked in the neighbourhood. Providing a welcoming haven to our guests, locals and visitors to the area; our pub serves classic cocktails alongside traditional pub favourites in a relaxed yet sophisticated atmosphere. After all, a wise woman once wrote, ‘’One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.’’ The Tavistock is perfectly located for the health club and American style bowling alley as well as the exciting sites of the capital. ... more   less 
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