I sometimes feel like I must have stayed in a completely different hotel than the other reviewers but I read the review from 'disappointed' and agree with everything there. I stay in hotels for 250-275 nights of the year. I chose this hotel because of the location and I didn't want to spend and arm and a leg for accommodation which you can easily do in London. We had a wonderful greeting and we were shown to our room which was in fact, spotless! As I know that London rooms are usually quite small we booked a family size room for the two of us at £115 or about $200US dollars for the night. Our room measured 9 feet by 11 feet with a small "double?" bed in one corner and very small bunks built into the opposite wall. The two of us bumped into each other continuously, so I don't know how a family would have managed. Our ensuite was 3 feet by 7 feet which is rather what I expected. What I did not expect was towels that were so threadbare that they started to rip when used. They of course, were also very clean. Cleanliness was never and issue unless you were trying to shower. There was barely a trickle of water and I worked that sop and worked that soap but could never come up with a lather. The bed was the hardest bed I have ever slept in with threadbare sheets and blankets and a pillow that was about an inch thick. All very clean. Our room was right at the top of a stairway and when the front door was open and closed our door rattled and then the window rattled so bad we thought it might fall out. This happened all through our stay. As we were by the stairs, we also heard every person who trudged up and down the stairs as our room shared a wall with the stairwell.
As there is 60 rooms in this hotel and only 5-6 tables in the dining room, we decided to have a later breakfast in order to miss the rush. We arrived about 1/2 hour before the end of breakfast time and the same woman who had greeted us so warmly the day before, barely has a word for us. We are not asked anything or really acknowledged but in about 10 minutes we were served a small plate with one egg, one rasher of bacon, one sausage and about a teaspoon on beans. We are checked on from the kitchen during the whole meal and then before we had even finished, our plates were cleared and we were made to feel like we needed to leave. As there was nobody waiting and 2 empty tables, we were quite bewildered. As I shop in the UK quite often I would say that the breakfast cost was around £1.50 for each of us which I thought was very cheap considering that we paid £115 for the night.
I thought long and hard about leaving this review as I hate to leave less than positive reviews but I wanted to share my experience with this hotel.
In comparison, we stayed in Edinburgh for the next 2 nights. Edinburgh is not an inexpensive city either but we stayed in a lovely little hotel just a few blocks off of Princes Street. We had a large, beautiful room with wonderful large comfortable bed and huge ensuite with luxury toiletries and a huge, fluffy towels. We had an amazing and leisurely breakfast with fruit, cereal, breads and anything cooked that we wanted. We only paid £60 a night here. Almost have of what we paid at Macdonald Hotel and received so much more!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just 150 metres from King’s Cross St. Pancras, this bed and breakfast is 5 minutes’ walk from St. Pancras International Rail Station, which offers Eurostar services to Europe. Euston Rail Station is within a 15-minute walk. Oxford Circus, with Oxford’s Street’s shops, is a 5-minute tube journey away. Regent’s Park is just over a 10-minute journey from King’s Cross. Buckingham Palace and its gardens are less than 3 miles away. A full English breakfast is served at the Macdonald Hotel. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout. A TV, tea and coffee facilities and a hairdryer are included in each simply decorated room. Some rooms also have a private bathroom. ... more less
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