| ||Kings Cross Road, Kings Cross and Bloomsbury, London, WC1X 9HX, United Kingdom|
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| 9.4 (based on 2 user reviews)|
| Holiday Inn Kings Cross: An Average Hotel in a Below Average Area by Gill Devlin|
|Posted 30 August 2006 about a visit in August 2006|
I booked via the Hotel Direct website, which I use regularly. We visit London 3 times a year for a weekend break. We like to sample a range of hotels & try different locations, which adds to the fun.
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This hotel appealed to me, as up to 2 children under 16 were accomodated free. Also, I thought the hotel was close to Kings Cross station, which it wasn't. (I should have checked it out more thoroughly). I paid £104, including continental breakfast. £114.95 including our daughter's breakfast. The hotel was advertised by Hotel Direct as 4 star, so I thought the price very reasonable. The hotel was not 4 star standard in my opinion.
I booked a room for 2 adults & 1 child aged 15.
We arrived in London at 8.30am & were able to leave our luggage at the hotel to enjoy our day.
The hotel was quite a trek from the nearest tube station. We like to use the tube all the time just for the convenience of getting around central London quite fast! Also, the location of the hotel was a bit too rough for my taste.
Our room was non smoking, clean & basic with air conditioning. 1 double bed & a bed settee. We were not given a choice of pillows. We had 3 rather flat pillows. I did however request another 3, which were brought to our room promptly.
Some staff were friendly. Upon returning after seeing a show, we were asked all about our evening, which was nice.
The dining room was very busy for breakfast & we had to wait to be seated. We were allocated a table in full glare of the sun. Unfortunately there were no drapes, or blinds at the windows, (just net curtaining), so breakfast was uncomfortable.
I can't comment on the hotel's facilities, as we didn't use them. The pool did look quite inviting though.
I wouldn't book this hotel again. It wasn't central enough. It was too far from the nearest tube & the hotel's location was in quite a run down area.
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| Holiday Inn Kings Cross: Excellent for Everyone by stephanie|
|Posted 21 February 2006 about a visit in February 2006||Overall rating: 9.4|
|I have just returned from a short break to London with my two teenage children. I wanted a hotel that accomodated 3 adults in one room and therefore needed a hotel that has rooms with two double beds. Not many hotels in London have this, Marriot do but they are expensive and the prices quoted rarely include VAT which really puts the price up. After extensive research on DIY Travel, reading reviews and getting prices I settled on the Holiday Inn at Kings Cross. |
Firstly this isn't really located in Kings Cross but Bloomsbury. It is a bit remote if you want to walk into the West End or Covent Garden but I only paid £122 per night for a room that sleeps four adults and a full english breakfast and VAT were included in the price. I booked directly through the Holiday Inn web site and got the 3 day advance internet rate. They say on the web that you will be charged for this immediately but I was not and did not pay anything until we checked out of the hotel. Having checked loads of other websites on a regular basis this was the cheapest rate I could find. Superbreaks quoted £120 but breakfast was not included for the children which would have been an extra £10 at least. Also if you book with Holiday Inn direct you can register for their loyalty programme and collect points.
We got to the hotel about 2 hours before the advertised check in time (2pm), our room was ready and we had been upgraded to an executive room which was extremely well equipped, clean and quiet. You can also state whether you want smoking or non-smoking rooms which is good. The beds were big and very comfortable and you can choose what type of pillows you want ranging from soft synthetic for a pure feather and down type. I requested more towels as we needed an extra set and these were delivered promptly. The maids were very helpful and asked if we needed more shampoo, tea etc.
We went to the theatre in the evening and returned to our room to find our beds turned down and a chocolate placed on each pillow. This is a service you usually find in the deluxe 5 star hotels .
The hotel has a good room service menu which we didn't use but another guest told me they had for their young children and it was excellent. There are two restaurants, one for plain tastes and another trendy indian. The bar area is very comfortable and the staff attentive. Breakfast is a buffet, (as with all the Holiday Inn's). It was half term when we stayed and there were lots of families and the hotel was busy but the food was plentyful, fresh and hot. We didn't have to queue, although there was a notice saying this does sometimes happen at very busy times, but the staff coped.
The leisure centre is very good, not 5 star spa but clean and offered everything you need, including a swimming pool. Children are not allowed in before 8am which is great because if you want an early moring swim you can have one without being jumped on. There is a charge of £2.50 per day for this but it is well worth it.
As for the location of the hotel it is fine as long as you don't want to be in the heart of the West End. Some websites have stated the hotel is in a bad area but I felt safer here than the West End where I've stayed on business many times. You are far more likely to get pestered by some drunk on Piccadilly or Park Lane than you are in this part of London.
As for public transport, The No 63 bus stops right outside the hotel and takes you to Kings Cross, which is about a 10 minute walk away as is Farringdon Tube. We didn't use the bus but took taxi's, there are often taxi's parked outside the hotel and if there is not they drive past, we never had trouble getting one. The fare worked out between £5 - £7 to the West End depending on where we were going and the traffic. For our two day stay I spent around £23 on taxis, yes that is extravagent and a luxury but when you get to stay in such a lovely hotel for such a great rate you can afford to spend a little bit extra.
I would definately stay at this hotel again - especially as it was so much cheaper than many of the London hotels. I would recommend it to anyone visiting London. If you are down on business it is ideally located for The City, Camden and the West End and only a short distance from Kings Cross and Euston. It is a great sightseeing base for families, and I believe they also have rooms adapted for the disabled.
Well done Holiday Inn Kings Cross and thank you for a most enjoyable stay. We will be back.
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