Tavistock Hotel

2 out of 5 stars2 Stars

Tavistock Square, Bloomsbury, London, WC1H 9EU, United Kingdom

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Value Score Average Value

Rated 10% higher but also costs 31% more than other 2 star hotels

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  • Families45
  • Couples55
  • Solo58
  • Business44
  • DAO's Profile Photo



    If you are looking for a clean, reasonable, well located hotel – this is it. Sorry. I meant to say this is it if you are a heavy sleeper. Or you get lucky with the people on either side of the walls of your room. The Tavistock looks to have once been a grand hotel and there are some nice Art Deco features still in the lobby. Any semblance of this is gone once you arrive on one of the floors. All the corridors reveal an amazing labyrinth of small rooms. There are an amazing 395 (small) rooms in this hotel. They obviously had a builder strip out the entire floor then throw up thin walls in little boxes. There is a staggering amount of rooms here. The rooms themselves are ok. Clean, modern, small, but functional. There are coffee/tea making facilities, a desk, closet, even a hair dryer. Toiletries are basic, but you didn’t ay that much. My bed was ok. The only problem I has was with one of the neighbours talking loudly on his mobile phone to his home country at 11pm when I wanted to go to sleep. I’m not shy, so I knocked on the door and spoke to the man (through the door). I think he understood that I was willing to be polite the first time and I heard him go straight to bed.

    The Tavistock is fairly well located to Kings Cross/St. Pancreas Train Stations and the tube. It also does a very good buffet breakfast with hot and cold dishes. The price, if you search for a bargain, is excellent by London standards. They have a nice bar as well. I found the staff friendly and helpful throughout my stay. The only problem is that you need to be either someone that will insist the neighbours are quiet or a very sound sleeper. They save a lot of money when they built the walls between the rooms.

    So a bit of a mixed story.

    My apologies for the poor quality of the pictures. It was a cheap camera I regret buying when I forgot to take my camera to London on a business trip.

    Nearest Tube Stations:
    Russell Square (Piccadilly)
    Euston Square (Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan)

  • SallyM's Profile Photo

    Good value for the location


    This hotel is located in Bloomsbury, handy for the British Museum; Piccadilly line tube from Heathrow and not far from the Eurostar terminal at St Pancras International.

    Although it is within walking distance of Covent Garden and the West End, it is situated on a relatively quite and leafy square.

    Unique Quality: For a central London hotel it is remarkably good value. When I stayed there last summer it was £69 for bed and breakfast in a single room (I got a free upgrade to a double). However the rooms are fairly basic (think Travelodge, only with breakfast included). At time of writing, the price for a single is £75, which is still excellent for central London.

    Don't go expecting great luxury, but if you want something better than a hostel and with more character than a Travelodge, in a convenient location, this is a great choice.

  • if you like a heart attack breakfast this great


    The place is threadbare, inexpensive, the staff friendly and the breakfasts deadly:
    two types of meats: sausage and some other red meat with fat dripping and hanging off the pieces; white bread toast; white flour rolls; coffee and tea; scrambled eggs; hard boiled eggs and sugary jams and jellies for your toast and rolls, whole milk and sugar laden cold cereals and juice in pitchers.

    If you're interested in ANYTHING healthy & non artery-clogging (e.g. yogurt, fresh fruit, fresh vegetables such as sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, etc, whole grain breads or rolls, cheeses, etc., )bring your own or go to the Tesco supermarket about 4 blocks away and eat in your room.

    If you want to get rid of your mate, spouse, etc., give them a Tavistock breakfast. It's guaranteed to keep ambulance drivers, emergency room physicians, and mortuary staff in pay and non-redundant.

    Directions: Bloomsbury

  • St_Vincent's Profile Photo

    OK for one night


    I stayed here one Friday night in January 2009 after getting stranded at Euston Station without any trains. The room was small but functionable with a decent shower. The price was £64 which included breakfast and I thought it was reasonable value for money. The lifts are quite small so it's an advantage if you are on one of the top floors, there were a couple of times when people calling a lift from lower floors couldn't get in and had to wait for the next one. Luckily I was on the eigth floor, with a good view over the park. The Tav Bar serves a good pint of Abbot Ale although the decor seems to be aiming for Art Deco but ends up looking more like 1970's Kitsch. Unless you can bag one of the sofas, the seating in the bar is a bit uncomfortable and annoyingly they wont let you take drinks into the more comfortable lobby area. Part of Imperial Hotels Group which has a number of hotels on the road between Euston and Holborn.

  • davecallahan's Profile Photo

    less for more....


    Stayed here once when on business travel. The room was 8 foot by 10 foot. There was one shared bathroom for 20 rooms. (I ended up taking showers at the gymnasium of the Harrow worksite.)

    This was no cheap hotel. It cost plenty to be close to the Euston Station but the room quality was not up to the price. Everything was clean but old. The staff was courteous but not especially friendly ("stiff upper lip and all that, old chap").

    Luckily it was business travel so i was able to get the cost back from a company voucher but I asked for another hotel the next time I was in London.

    Directions: just south of Euston Station, on Woburn Place

  • Paul2001's Profile Photo

    A faded old hotel


    The Tavistock Hotel is emblematic of a problem that you will face when attempting to book a hotel room in London, that being that the hotels are grossly overpriced for what you get. The Tavistock is marketed as a budget hotel with prices starting at 61pounds! This makes the Tavistock one of the most overpriced hotels I have ever stayed at for the rooms here are small and from what I see from the photographs on the website, they have not been renovated since I stayed there in 1989. The walls are very thin and you can here what is going on in the next room. I had experience that would really gratify a voyeur.

    Unique Quality: There are some pluses about the hotel. It had a good and friendly bar as advertised. The staff here was actually very friendly. Probably the best thing about the hotel is the neighborhood which is safe. The British Museum is nearby as are many good pubs.

    Directions: Near the Russell Square tube station.

  • Accessible but expensive old hotel


    This is not a "value for your money hotel". It looks nice and cozy in the internet but at the price we paid, is not worth it. A similar 3 star rating hotel in Sweden is probably their 5 star suite accomodation. The service is good though. The amenities is very basic. I wouldn't recommend this hotel. Its old and not well maintained.

    Unique Quality: The staff are courteous and friendly.

    Directions: Walking distance from the Underground train and main train station.

  • ris_ez's Profile Photo

    Correct place, good price


    We got this offer through "viajar.com": 3 night, continental breakfast, two persons, New Year's date --> 230€ (a bit less than 40€ p person & night, which I guess around 50 $).
    It is a huge hotel (around 400 rooms) in the same building of another hotel of the chain (Royal National). Located in a calm area, is easy to find, in front of Tavistock Square. Rooms are clean and spacious, we were in a non-smoking one; wc separated from the bathroom; tv; internet connection (paid apart). The breakfast restaurant quite big and the waiters attendant but looking tired of.... don't know. The breakfast isn't varied: toasts and rolls to smear with butter and jam, and tea or coffee. You can choose the English breakfast to change for a day, which is advisable.

    Unique Quality: Having time, you can go to the gym just on the corner. Nice view of the square, specially if you don't go on winter, so ask for one room of these.

    Directions: The hotel is 2 minutes walk from Russel Square tube station and 3 minutes walk from The British Museum.

  • tvor's Profile Photo

    Good Tourist class hotel


    I stayed here a number of years ago and it's still quite a popular hotel with tourists. Good prices, good location. I have stayed in this area of London a few times. Close to Euston Station, King's Cross/St. Pancras and Russell Square. The Tavistock is handy for Bloomsbury and the British Museum and not that far from the theatre district.

    All rooms en suite, some smaller than others, breakfast included may be continental or full English, depending on price.

    Unique Quality: Overlooks a nice green leafy square. Two blocks' walk to Euston Station or Russell Square. Russell Square is on the Picadilly line to Heathrow airport.

    Directions: 2 blocks south from Euston Station along Woburn Place. 2 blocks north along same from Russell Square.

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A very good experience

by A TripAdvisor Member

My wife and I stayed here for six days in November, 2003, and we are going back for a week this November. Our room was clean and comfortable, the staff was friendly and helpful, and the location is excellent. It isn't a 5-star place and doesn't pretend to be, but it was perfect for us.

Ambiance plus !

by TripAdvisor Member Vicki10

We stayed at the Tavistock for four nights in mid August ...... and a very pleasant stay it was. The rooms are quite small but impeccably clean. We looked out over Tavistiock Square and the view was green and peaceful. The room is basic but has everything you need. The staff were helpful and courteous. The brekky was OK ..... toast and tea and the service was attentive. The whole place has an art deco feel .... it looks like something out of an old movie. The bar is spacious and comfortable and we were able to catch the Olympic highlights on the big screen. Transport is easy .... the tube station is one block away at Russell Square.... takes you directly to the centre of London in minutes....and the Hop on/Hop off tourist bus stops around the corner.... you can see all the sights this way. Also around the corner is the Airport bus .... leaves regularly, takes about 1 hour but costs only 8 pounds to Heathrow... tickets available at the hotel tour desk. This hotel represents great value for money .... we booked through the British Airways web site and got a great deal. Highly recommended !

Great Value.

by A TripAdvisor Member

If you are reading this review you probably have the same concerns I had when I was looking for a budget hotel in London. I can honestly say that this hotel is well beyond it's price range and given the fact that Lodon is a very expensive place to tour you won't regret saving some money on your lodging.
The location is excellent to say the least. A 15 minute walk puts you in the midddle of Soho, Picadilly and Oxford St.
There are a number of restaurants and grocery stores nearby.
Around the corner you have a choice of two tour buses that will take you all around london. Of course you can also take a cab or get on a transit bus if you like to do your own tours. The Russell Square underground station is only 5 minutes away. This is a good thing since you won't need to take a cab from the airport.
The rooms were clean and quiet. They are not too big but remember that in Europe, unlike the U.S., everything happens to be small. Just take a look at the Underground trains and you'll see what I am talking about. One reviewer complained about the size of the beds, well I am 6'2 and shared a double bed with my girlfriend.No problems at all.
The staff was friendly and very helpful.
The hotel has a restaurant and a bar. There is also a gym around the corner that you can use for a small fee.
When booking ask for a room with view to Tavistock Square. Mine was on the eighth floor with a nice view of this park.
This hotel was well beyond my expectations and I would most defenitely stay at this hotel again.

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Tavistock Hotel?

by SummerSCSA

I'm staying at the Tavistock hotel for a week in March. I've already booked travel on a bus to take me from LTN airport to Victoria Station. My question is...how do I get to the hotel from there? I know the nearest Tube station is Russell Square, so do I hop onto the tube at Victoria and get off at Russell Square? How do I find the hotel from there?

Also, are there any decent restaurants nearby that are relatively unexpensive? An italian place would be heaven.

Thanks for any help.


Re: Tavistock Hotel?

by Jasoninlondon

When you get to Victoria you will need to get a "Victoria Line" (Light Blue) tube heading towards Walthamstow Central (North). Get off at the next stop which will be Green Park. Here you need to catch the "Picadilly Line" (dark Blue) towards cockfosters. You will need to get off at the fourth stop which is Russell Square.

If you go to:
It should show you a map with the arrow pointing at the hotel. You can also see the station. Looks like an easy walk.

Good Luck and enjoy London!!

Re: Re: Tavistock Hotel?

by chrishc

Knowing the geography, the train from Luton comes into St Pancras which is close to Russell Square, Victoria is across London. A very short taxi ride from St Pancras is all that is needed, shouldn't cost more than £5.

There are plenty of restaurants around that area, and it is quite quiet in the evening.

Have fun.

RE: RE: Tavistock Hotel?

by Morjem911

Hello Summer! We also stayed at the Tavistock, and I must warn you first, the room was sooooo tiny when we first walked in! I couldn't hardly believe it! But after the initial shock, I never noticed it again. The bathroom was huge, and our room was spotless! It's really a great place for the money! There are some little convenience stores on the block, and a big Safeway down the street. As for finding it from the Russell Square station, it's simple. When you walk out of the Station, go directly across the street, there is a Tesco there, which was really handy. While facing the Tesco, turn to your left and start walking. You'll cross one very small side street, then come to Woburn Place. Cross to the other side of Woburn, and you'll be looking directly at a post office. Turn right onto Woburn, and the Tavistock is at the end of the block. Well actually the little cafe attached to the Tavistock is at the end of the block, you can either go through there straight into the lobby, or turn the corner and go in through the main entrance. All in all it took me with a nine year old, about 3 minutes to walk.

If that doesn't make sense, try this link:


Hope that helps! Have fun!!



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Address: Tavistock Square, Bloomsbury, London, WC1H 9EU, United Kingdom