Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Hitmanx57 Business Trip - Overnight Stay April 24th 2013
Booked late due to change of plans.
Room was good - comforatable and clean.
I didn't use facilities other than room due to circumstances.
Staff were pleasant, polite and professional.
April 29, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by pault6670 Marathon Package
I booked a two night stay for the London Marathon and found that the hotel overall was good. I was disappointed that I had to pay for Wi-Fi when I have been able to have free wi-fi in cheaper hotels and other Holiday Inn's with my priority club... In this current age I find it shocking that any hotel feels the need to charge for internet!!
The food was average but the staff were really friendly and very polite and helpful.
Would I stay in this hotel again, probably, but it wouldn't be my first choice.
The pool and spa was certainly a good facility but I would have also expected access to be inclusive to hotel guests.
April 27, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Internationaltraveller Still in the dark ages
Unfortunately a typical London Hotel.
No recognition of Priority Club status.
Still charging for internet (it IS 2013 - when will UK hotels wake up!!!!).
Typical grumpy London staff
Better IHG properties available in London - my preference is always the Crowne Plaza St James on Buckingham Gate Road which recognises it competes in an international marketplace and looks after its guests (although also charges for internet :-( )
April 23, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Colin658 Comfortable modern hotel, good facilities
We had some communication problem with receptionist on arrival but otherwise reception staff were good and helpful. We did not eat at this hotel but there were 2 x restaurants. It was disappointing that there was an additional charge for use of the leisure facilites. The hotel is a little bit away from any tube stations but is on a bus route, we walked to tube station which probably took about 15 minutes. We were on the 6th floor at the back of the hotel, it was very quiet and so were able to relax and get a good sleep. The room was clean and the beds were comfortable, there was an additional sofa bed which we just used as a sofa. Hotel was within walking distance of the British Museum, so we paid a visit there. There was a nice pub restaurant across the road where we had dinner one night.
All in all we had a good weekend and found the hotel had a nice relaxed atmosphere. Thanks.
April 22, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Tech3 No wake up call
I am required to take medications at a certain time. I requested a wake up call at 5:30 am each morning. I did not receive a call on the first day or the third day. Until I complained to management I then received my calls. This is unacceptable. The rooms are very tired looking. In fact the sofa in the room was so dirty I would not sit on it.
April 18, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Expat88 Brilliant!
I stayed here with my younger sister for 3 nights from the 8th of April.. It's a short distance from Kings Cross station and there is a bus from Kings Cross station that stops right outside..if you have a travelcard for the London Underground, you can use it for the bus. The hotel is gorgeous. The check-in was quick and the staff were very helpfull and very friendly! The room was described as one double bed and a sofa bed but it turned out to be two large double beds which we were very pleased about..We didn't use the facilities..as in the swimming pool/restaurant so no opinion on those but the hotel was very clean, room was cleaned by chambermaids everyday, tv has a good choice of channels, bathroom was great with a tub, beds were very comfy...the only downside is the noise from the busy road outside but after a day of exploring London we were too tired to care..All in all this is a brilliant hotel in a great location and good value!
April 17, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Nelliebettie Good quality room but expensive extras.
The room was fine and I was happy enough to pay for wifi ( even though in some hotels this is free) but felt it was out of order to pay for the television and the swimming pool, which I have never had to pay for before.
April 15, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Jane27 Not as booked
I recently returned from a short break with my husband and two sons. My booking confirmations specified one room with two double beds and another with one double bed and a sofa bed. However when we arrived we had two rooms with one double bed and a sofa bed meaning that one of my sons had to sleep on an uncomfortable sofa bed.
The day after we returned I emailed Holiday Inn with my concerns and received an auto reply the next day telling me that they were experiencing high volumes of emails and would reply shortly - that was four days ago!!!!
I found this hotel to be rather tired and shabby with little personality. The bar was only open in the evening so the hotel had no atmosphere during the day and the small shop in the lobby was more like a tatty corner shop, but with Harrod's prices.
We ate in the hotel both nights because one of my sons was not very well, the first night in the restaurant where the service was very slow - we waited about 40 minutes to order drinks. However, once the food came it was very good and the room service food was also very good - the room service menu was more comprehensive than the restaurant menu????? The buffet breakfast was also very good although more guidance from the waiting staff would have been useful.
April 15, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by paul657 Showing its age somewhat ...
I have also stayed four months ago in this hotel so am not negative on it for a variety of reasons. However, it could and should be improved quite quickly. The hotel could be a gem still but it's just showing its age throughout. Rooms are fine but seem rather "old" in a lived in sense - time to throw out old curtains and some fixtures. Location is good - it would help to mention the bus links on the website as it is then easy to get to/from Kings Cross and the centre of London, etc. Too bad the internet is so expensive, even in the bar and public areas. Many other places in the neighbourhood and other Holiday Inns offer free WIFI. Personally after two separate stays it's time to look elsewhere for my next visit.
April 13, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Howie1 bed was good,location is good staff are very good
We arrived friday night and left sunday morning during which time we had no hot water in our room.
The whirlpool in the swimming pool area was not working
The room was very clean but the curtains had holes in them as did the very worn furniture and there was dirty marks on the walls
This is NOT Holiday Inn standard
April 12, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by jacques201 nothing
breakfast very poor. i have never drunk coffee like that
April 12, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Dean044s 2 night stay - great breakfast - room was too hot.
Excellent breakfast - good choice and friendly staff. The rooms were to typical hilday inn standard - clean and approrite size. The only issue we had with the room is that it was uncomfortably hot (even when it was snowing outside!) The air con had no effect and made sleeping and getting ready in the rooms uncomfortable.
The location was good - within walking distance from the Kings Cross station which made the last day nice and easy - left the luggage at the hotel - went off to explore and then collected luggage on the way to the station.
Taxis are very accessible from outside the hotel.
April 10, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by David704 Watch out for the smoking rooms
I have listed most items as good but the overall experience, room and comfort would have been rated as excellent had it not been for the fact that our first room allocated was a smoking room despite me requesting a non-smoking room. The entire corridor of the 5th floor reeked of cigarette smoke and the air in the room almost unbreathable. it took about 3 or 4 minutes of the phone ringing constantly to get anyone on reception to answer the phone. That said, once they did they promptly changed our room for one on the 4th floor. The overall experience from there was excellent in all respects.
April 9, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Rowlands Excellent value for money.
We had a family room for 4. Our room was very clean, modern and relatively spacious. it had everything we needed for an overnight stay. This was our first experience of a Holiday Inn hotel. It was much better than we expected and we will definitely use this hotel again.
April 8, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jenz Excellent room
My daughter and I stayed for 1 night but would like to have stayed for more. Had dinner in the hotel and wasn't disappointed, very tasty. Beds were very comfortable and shower was excellent . Breakfast was as tasty as dinner and there was enough choice to suit just about everybody.
April 7, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Giz62 Great location
A fantastic location for visiting all parts of London. Nearby Exmouth market 10 mins walking distance great for pubs and restaurants.
April 6, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by frnklnzu Good Option In London
Given other options for like pricing in London, this is a great location and resting place at the end of the day...great to have a workout facility and good food on the property...the English breakfast option and the Rasa restaurant are great adds....only complaint is the charge for internet access- very much old school....
April 6, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by AprilMay39 Clean and close (if you take the bus)
All the reviews I read said to be prepared to walk a ways from King's Cross Station. Really if you take bus #63 it is just 5 minutes a way and a lot easier if you have luggage! It was freezing outside during our stay so us Floridians loved the warmth of the hotel. The Lobby and room were very inviting and the staff was extremely helpful. We were recognized as Priority Club Members and upgraded to a 2 double room bed upon check in. This was a great perk as my two girls had more room to sleep. The only cons were the extra cost were way too high. The internet access and food price are quite UNreasonable and who charges for use of the pool and fitness room??? We were put off by this so we didn't use any of those items (except the food). I guess that's just because all the hotels where we are from offer all of those amenities for free. These weren't deal killers though as the rest of the hotel was AMAZING! We would definitely stay again.
March 31, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Magickpyggie2 Nearly, but not quite
I have stayed at this hotel on a number of occasions due to its proximity to Kings Cross railway station and its excellent restaurant but my plans went a little wrong when I checked in on a Sunday afternoon. Check in was quick and I was upgraded to a very pleasant room on the eighth floor at the end of a long corridor. The room was very comfortable and I was soon having a nap before heading downstairs in anticipation of a nice spicy curry but I was disappointed to find Rasi in darkness. I went to the lobby restaurant that was seriously undermanned and was able to order a pint of lager and decided to try the haddock and prawn fishcake with a spicy salsa and the salmon with king prawns which I was assured were head on but shelled but turned out to be unshelled. The salsa was excellent, very spicy and the king prawns whilst fiddly were well cooked as was the salmon. Breakfast however, can only be described as dismal. The so called toaster producing only warm bread, the eggs bullet hard and the sausages baked beyond redemption, the coffee best described as tasteless brown water. Check out was prompt and I was soon on my way. Why do hotels assume that a sub-standard breakfast is acceptable, surely the General Managers check these things out from the customers viewpoint? Or are their standards so low too?
March 31, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 Great location
I stayed on business - arriving on Sunday afternoon
Went straight out to a function and arrived back at 10pm.
The bar was fairly quiet but a good atmoshpere - International guests all enjoying a drink or bite to eat and relaxing
There was sport on the TV and the barman flicked through the chanels to give us all updates on the available news.
The room was very comfortable, large and clean, also had a good view over the city.
I loved the swimming pool for a quick swim before breakfast - only a couple of people in th epool so very private
Breakfast was the highlight as there was lots and lots of it - and the chef at the counter was only to happy to help get fresh eggs, omelettes or replenish the dishes.
On checkout i left my bags with concierge and on returning that afternoon - the porter returned my bag as he recognised me even though i misplaced the ticket - great customer service!
March 29, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Andy38 could do better
For a hotel of this standard, I wouldn't expect to be provided with towels that had holes in them. Especially as they were thin and quite small for bath towels. The public areas of the hotel seem attractive and modern, but the rooms - at least the one we had - was a bit tired. It would also help if the plethora of staff behind reception could actually serve customers, it seemed inordinately difficult to do fairly simple things like check-in. That said,once we had attracted the attention of a suitably qualified member of the reception team, the service was polite, friendly and efficient. But why is this hotel badged as "Bloomsbury"? It certainly caused us some confusion as I intended booking the other HI that is in Bloomsbury rather than this one,which seems to be in, er, um, Kings Cross, Farringdon, Clerkenwell, or somewhere around there. Definitely not Bloomsbury.
Would I go back? Possibly, but there are better options around, and some even have hot water in the showers in rooms on the top floor.
March 25, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Alec1955 Will definately use again
My wife and I used this hotel for easy access to Eurostar.
The staff were extremely helpful and answered any questions we had.
The rooms were both comfortable ( we stayed on two different nights) .
Hotel is handily placed for the West End. On the first night we had an appointment in Aldwych and we walked there and back with no trouble
March 24, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by smebbie fantastic service
We got an amazing deal for 2 nights in london
The hotel is in a good location and the staff could not do enough for you.
The breakfast was excellent so much choice and always hot.
I would definately recommend this hotel as a stay in london
March 22, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Justin1234 Frequent traveller review - Average-Good
Hotel was clean and staff helpful. Had to change room upon arrival as 'non-smoking' room wasn't respected by previous guest...
Spacious, quiet and clean room at reasonable prices... Leisure facilities/Wi Fi were at additional charge, although small and semi-reasonable this wasn't clearly advertised and would have left a bitter taste had the room price been any higher!
Bar overpriced but staff curteous and polite/proffessional.
Good location - but confusing name #Two 'Bloomsbury' Hotels: Coram Street and Kings Cross!#
March 22, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by ivm1 Good location
The hotel is in a very good location. The room might be tight for 2 adults and 2 kids but we survived.
March 21, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by toe18 great location and fantastic room
this is excellent...friendly staff, warm comfortable room and a lovely breakfast...
March 20, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by smith2108 Nice hotel - Staff not so great
All in all the hotel was, Ok... It didn't blow me away by any stretch of the imagination, it is what it is.
The breakfast was nice enough although it did often feel like feeding time at the zoo, the staff are quite awkward at breakfast and not exactly the chirpiest at 7:30am.
Stay clear of the concierge, absolute waste of time... The point of his job is to assist the guest? agreed? He didn't know simple answers to simple questions like 'how long roughly will it take to get from her to the station' for example and he horrifically over priced a journey by black cab, on asking the cab driver how much it would be it was £20 not the £40 the concierge had said, the driver wasn't very happy because it's not the first time it's happened from this hotel and it's putting guests off getting black cabs.
The fact that all food stops at 10:30pm is a bit poor - We went to see a west end show and it doesn't finish until 10ish, to me you are missing a trick there.
The small shop is horrible, AVOID AT ALL COSTS unless you take a second mortgage - £2.99 for jaffa cakes, £1.50 for a pint of milk - It's scandalous!!
The receptionists weren't particularly pleased to see us, they speak awful fast with European accents and i couldn't understand a word they said, they don't seem content with their jobs....
March 19, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by BusinessTraveller27 Ok, but not that great
Location wise it is much further away from anything than I had imagined, so ended up spending more on taxis. There isn't much around there.
The hotel itself is fine. Fairly stock-standard. A little dated. But nothing too bad. It does lack in facilities - like printing. And the internet is ridiculously over-priced. I wouldn't recommend this as a business-stay hotel. The pool/spa area is really nice though, so that was a nice little treat.
The staff were not very good at this hotel. No one ever answered the phone when calling through to reception or housekeeping. My room would often get missed by housekeeping, and when it was cleaned they forgot to replenish things like the breakfast order form (to hang on the door). The breakfast was a little bland too.
All in all it was an ok hotel. I probably wouldn't stay here again or recommend it. But can't complain too much as you get what you pay for.
March 18, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Maddi ANOTHER NIGHT IN LONDON
This hotel was clean and the staff were extremely good. Enjoyed the time in the hotel just I find all hotels in London just a little epxensive!
March 12, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Tamarinda Holidya Inn King´s Cross- I can only recommend
We stayed with three persons for three nights at this hotel. The check in was very friendly. The room was large enough for us. The breakfast was great; we had a mixture of Continental and English breakfast. The way to the tube took us some minutes. All over all I can only recommend this hotel. We enjoyed our stay!
March 11, 2013