Charing Cross London

The Strand, Charing Cross (Formerly Thistle Charing Cross), London, WC2N 5HX, United Kingdom
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Guoman Charing Cross (previously the Thistle)

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on October 20, 2007

We had been invited to a wedding in central London and decided to make a night of it and stay in a hotel for the night. That said, we didn't want to spend too much money on a swanky hotel, so settled for the Guoman Charing Cross (previously the Thistle) as it was reasonably priced (by London standards) and in a convenient location for us.

The hotel is located right by Charing Cross train station, so is incredibly convenient to the West End and its attractions. It has 239 rooms, and it was a bit of a walk to get to ours….which turned out to be right next to the elevator - not always the best place to be due to noise. We had booked via a "cheap" deal, so I guess you don't always get the best room in those circumstances. As it turned out we didn't have any problems with noise thankfully.

Unique Quality: The room was a decent size for a London hotel, and decorated tastefully (well, if you are in to flowery padded headboards that is). All the staff we came into contact with were friendly. We decided not to pay the extra charge for breakfast the next morning, and headed off for a big breakfast elsewhere.

The hotel suited our needs perfectly and it was a fine place to stay. Not sure we would bother again, as at £130 it wasn't really a cheap night, but it is certainly well located for tourists looking for a central 4 star hotel.

Directions: Nearest tube/train: Charing Cross

Best location for a hotel

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on August 21, 2007

Service was excellent. Room was very neat, though did find wall-paper peeling from a corner wall.
The best part of this hotel is its location, right next to Charing Cross station and a block away from Trafalgar square. From here, you can get anywhere via foot, cab, train, or subway. Restaurants, theatres, and bars are abundant in the immediate 3 square blocks. Covent Gardens is a 5 minute walk. Not much farther to Piccadilly, museums, and galleries.

Unique Quality: Location is the most important.

Directions: Trafalgar Square

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In almost all streets

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on June 16, 2007

Thistle is everywhere in London, you must have the correct address, else even taxi drivers are confuse.
However the hotel is good and presents a high quality service, a very good international staff.
The rooms are outstanding, very large and pleasant.

Unique Quality: Apparently in June 2007, it is still allowed in UK to smoke in bars, restaurants and hotels lounges.
Restaurant is top quality.

Directions: Very easy: Charring Cross railway station or subway, just after Embankments and Waterloo, if you came with Eurostar.

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Priceline-Mayfair/Soho, best yet!

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on January 25, 2006

Once again, I looked to Priceline to book my hotel and decided to bid the Mayfair/Soho area since I needed to be centrally located and I was pretty sure that I would get this hotel. I ended up bidding $80 per night to stay here and it's probably the best bargain I've ever gotten on Priceline. The hotel is fabulously located within walking distance of Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, Covent Garden and Piccadilly Circus and within walking distance of the Northern, Central, District and Piccadilly tube lines not to mention many of the central bus routes.

To get to the hotel from Heathrow, consider taking the Piccadilly line to Hammersmith where you can change to the District line on the same platform and get off at Embankment. Use the Villiers St./Covent Garden exit, walk up the cobbled street (slight incline) and turn left at the top, hotel is right there over the Charing Cross station.

Breakfast is not included in the Priceline rate but there's a fabulous place to get breakfast at the nearby Cafe in the Crypt at St. Martin's in Trafalgar Square. A full English breakfast is around L6 and they give you enough food that you don't have to eat lunch.

Oh, and if anyone tells you to rent the movie "Creep" before you go here, just don't do it!!!! It's a horror movie set underneath the Charing Cross tube station which you'll likely use every day. That is, unless you watch this movie!!!!

Unique Quality: Room-very spacious, loads larger than lots of London hotel rooms! Contemporary decor, amenities included a minibar with some space for your stuff, in room safe, ironing board. Bed was comfortable with a down comforter, choice of down or regular pillows. No movie channels unless you wanted to pay extra, internet connection if you have a laptop. Electronic "do not disturb", don't forget to turn it off though! And a doorbell :-)

Bathroom-plenty of hot water, decent water pressure, heated towel rack. Toiletries were only shampoo, soap and bath gel, no conditioner or lotion

Guest services-I don't typically use the concierege when I stay at hotels but they were helpful with directions. Check in was at 2pm and the room wasn't ready until then.

Directions: Right above the Charing Cross rail station, within walking distance of Embankment

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Very central location

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on February 18, 2005

My personal opinion is that if you want to be bang in the middle of most of the tourist sites, then you can't go too far wrong with this hotel. It is a few minutes walk from Whitehall/Downing Street, Horseguards Parade, St James' Park, Trafalgar Square. Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus are all not much further too.

It is right next to Charing Cross train and Undeground stations so it is well connected too.

This is not the greatest hotel in London, but is not bad, and the location is hard to beat.

Directions: Charing Cross Station. It's virtually on top of it!

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Address: The Strand, Charing Cross (Formerly Thistle Charing Cross), London, WC2N 5HX, United Kingdom

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