It's all about the location and the cleanliness of the hotel.
Our double en-suite room (£ 85) was on the last floor (4 flights of stairs). It was a real challenge to go upstairs with our luggage. I was aware of the lack of an elevator, but I haven't realized how narrow would be the stairway. At first, my husband was put off by the size of the room, but relaxed later with the cleanliness of the place and how close it was from Denmark Street (2 blocks). The breakfast was very basic (English buffet: beans, sausage, eggs, tomatoes or just jam/butter [only salted] and toasts [white or brown]- drinks: coffee, tea, hot chocolate (if requested), orange juice), cereals (Corn Flakes). Monday to Saturday breakfast is served from 7 AM to 9h30 AM and on Sundays from 8 AM to 10 AM (if I'm not mistaken).
Positive points: Clean, central location, free English breakfast.
Negative points: The low water pressure in the shower, sudden change of water temperature was annoying and I was a bit disappointed with the lack of a window in the bathroom. If I come again and decide to stay here, I wouldn't stay on the top floor, because that's where the basic rooms (i.e., shower and WC are outside) are, so our room was beside the toilet... Yeah, we would hear everything... There was also a noise coming from upstairs that would only stop in the middle of the night and restart in the mornings. The view from our room window was depressing (back of a building, pigeons drinking dripping water from gutters).
If you fit in one (or all) of the following, the hotel isn't for you:
a) carry lots of luggage (*tiny rooms, narrow stairway, no elevator)
b) is claustrophobic (*)
c) is very obese (*)
d) is very tall (*)
e) is not fit and got no strong legs (narrow stairway, no elevator)
f) if you're coming in the summer (there is no a/c)
Unique Quality: Clean rooms/bathroom, Free English breakfast, hairdryer and tea/coffee facilieties, but most of all the central location.
Directions: Nearest tube station: Tottenham Court Road or Covent Garden or Leicester Square.
1) Hotels on Monmouth near Covent Gardens, are they noisy at night, because of clubs or is it mostly shops,we are looking at Seven Dials Hotel.
2) The Grenville and the Guilford in Bloomsbury are 2 stars... is that bad? What's the difference between 2 star and 3 star hotels in London? Is there a difference between diamonds and stars in hotel ratings?
Can only answer about the star rating system, I'm afraid.
The various rating groups (such as the Tourist Board, AA and RAC) have joined together to create an overall star rating standard for hotel accommodation. This is the same everywhere in the UK. This link explains stars:
Guest houses are rated using diamonds, not stars. The difference between a hotel and a guest house is that the former will generally have more facilties (bar, lunches/evening meals)and offer more services. www.country-accom.co.uk/grades.html has the diamond rating details.
You can't get much more central than Seven Dials, it is a busy area, but mainly shops. A very nice area full of boutiques and interesting shops.
There are lots of different organisations offering star ratings to hotels. The hotels have to pay for the pleasure, not all bother.
There may be some noise from revellers on a Saturday night if you are unlucky, but generally there shouldn't be any. Seven Dials is about as central as you can get, but isn't really a direct late night route for anyone. The area is mostly shops, businesses, restaurants and theatres.
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Address: 7 Monmouth Street, London, WC2H 9DA, United Kingdom