Tavistock Hotel

Tavistock Square, Bloomsbury, London, WC1H 9EU, United Kingdom
(2 star hotel)
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Pleasant (2.5 out of 5.0) 9 reviews
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A CHEAP BOX

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on August 26, 2012


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.

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

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Good value for the location

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on March 31, 2012

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

Terrible (1.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on February 17, 2010

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

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OK for one night

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on May 23, 2009

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.

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less for more....

Bad (2.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on March 19, 2007

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

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A faded old hotel

Bad (2.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on November 5, 2005

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

Terrible (1.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on January 23, 2005

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.

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Correct place, good price

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on January 13, 2005

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.

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Good Tourist class hotel

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on March 13, 2004

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

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