=== Price and Availability === Me and my friend planned a trip to London on the 3rd - 6th November 2012. Because we're students we needed somewhere local to all the things we wanted to do but in a reasonable price range as well. We choose Euston hotel simply because we could book the room and pay when we got there because we got paid at the end of the month so it was ideal for us both. We booked This for three nights and we worked out that it was cheaper for us to share a double bed even though they are family friendly and have rooms with multiple beds it's cheaper to have one double so for three nights we paid £380 between us. === Accessible === We booked this not really knowing how close it was to anything we want to do. It turns out that this is located on a street between Pancras station and Euston station so it's on the line of the busy tube stations connecting London and the wider train lines connecting London to Britain so it was really easy to actually reach the hotel itself. We discovered as well when we took a late night sight seeing work to scope out the area it was just a 40 minute walk to west minister to see big Ben and all the other buildings and along the way is a cinema, shops, cafe's and restaurants so we were really lucky with the placement of this. === Checking In === Euston travel Inn is a premier Inn hotel so everything is purple which makes this hotel easy to spot, when we walked in the reception was small and to the point rather than it being really grand like you would expect for London. There were two staff members stood on the desks who asked us if we would like to check into our room via the machines on the wall, us none the wiser said we didn't know how to use them so the nice man took us through our check in, the machines were more efficient than standing and waiting at a desk and it prints the card keys which we have to have to open any door as well, after two minutes we were checked in. === Layout === The reception was quite small with some toilets located inside. As we walked around the corridor on the left hand side was the hotels restaurant and costa coffee bar which was an actual costa shop as well which was something I had never seen before. The hotel had both lifts and stairs and we decided to use the stairs most of the time while we was here simply because we wanted to keep them free for wheelchair users. We kept walking the wrong way and getting lost down the corridors to our room despite the door numbers being clearly marked everyday we always ended up on a fire exit for some reason because we took a wrong turning. === The room === In the room we had a double bed, a desk, bed side cabinates, a large wardrobe which had a mirror and various other shelves on including a TV, we also had a sofa and then our bathroom. The bed I thought was too firm but they provided plenty of extra fluffy pillows which made up for it. The sofa came in handy when we just wanted to throw our things everywhere. The room itself was spacious and laid out well and I was pleased we could actually watch the TV and it not cost anything extra which was what I was used too in other various hotels. The first thing we did when we arrived was get in bed and start watching star wars. In the bathroom they provided self soap dispensers which I thought was a good idea because it stops people stealing their shampoo's etc. === Facilities === We had a lot of things planned so we didn't get to use much of what the hotel may of had to offer, they had their own restaurant and costa coffee shop and although we could of got cheaper meals/room service we didn't use any of their food options simply because we was too busy, the only thing we knew that they provided as an extra service was they have a customer service room in which are lots of irons and ironing boards which a staff member kindly helped us find. === Local area === This hotel is in a really convenient place, Along the walk towards west minister, there are galleries, shopping streets, odeon cinema which we did go too, there are lots of restaurants as well as fast food places too really close by. We also passed downing street, the palace, the abbey, London eye, st James park and lots of other things so this hotel is really local to all the things the Thames has to offer as well as the surrounding area. ===Details === Premier Inn Euston travel lodge website: http://www.premierinn.com/en/hotel/LONEUS/london- euston?DCMP=KNC_ D_BND&mckv=sIyg7lOhc|pcrid|22340598673|kword|pre mier%20inn%20london%20euston|match|b|plid| Phone: 0871 527 8656* address: 1 Dukes Road, London, WC1H 9PJ Rooms available from £69
I recently planned a long weekend in London. I was on a pretty tight budget, so I was on the lookout for some cheap accommodation. I started off looking bed and breakfast - some of this is pretty cheap, but it's often miles away from the centre of the city. Next were the small private hotels. These start at around £45 a night for a double room, though not all of them look too nice. I was booking at fairly short notice, and was found that all the nicer places were booked up, and those that weren't gave a good clue why when my enquires received a distinctly frosty reception. I've stayed in Travel Lodge kind of places a few times, but it's only in the last few years that these staples of the motorway service station have made their way into the capital. Checking the Forte website (double rooms from around £40 was the claim) en enquiry showed that a room in central London would cost over £80 - far too much when we'd been trying to budget for a maximum of £50 a night. Searching around though, I found the website for Travel Inn. They have several hotels in central London, and all rooms are £62.95 for the night. This was stretching our budget a long way, but it seemed like the only decent place we had a chance of getting booked into. Our first choice of hotel (at County Hall) was fully booked - we were after all trying to book only a week before arrival, but a call to the Euston Travel Inn had a room booked in no time. Arriving into London at St Pancras station, the Euston Travel in is superbly located - barely a five minute walk from the station, and it would be equally handy for Kings Cross and Euston. We arrived early, but they let us check in and pay, and leave our bags until our room was ready. We stopped for a drink in the very pleasant and reasonably priced bar before heading out for the afternoon. Tottenham Court Road is only a fairly short walk away, so with a shopping trip planned for the afternoon, we didn't even need to both er travelling by tube. Visiting the British Museum on way back, we found that this attraction was also within easy walking distance of the hotel. Checking in, we found the room to be fairly spacious with a comfortable double bed. We'd chosen a smoking room, and there were plenty of ash trays. There was of course the usual tea and coffee making facilities (though two teabags seemed a bit tight). The hotel has en-suite facilities in every room (which was nice, as having our own shower was in doubt after looking at so many small cheap hotels) and they were truly superb. A really deep bath that filled in seconds, plenty of hot water, and a powerful shower that was virtually worth this price of the room in itself. Access to the room is via a key card, which can also be used to get into the hotel itself if you arrive back late at night, which is reassuring. On leaving the hotel, we were allowed to leave our bags (which are tagged for identification, and locked in a secure room) so that we could pick them up on our way past the hotel to the station that night. The hotel is ideally located, reasonably priced and comfortable. The only thing I can think to say against it, is that it's shame breakfast wasn't included in the price. Highly recommended though.