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Member Name: milly234
Date: 08/05/10, updated on 08/05/10 (29 review reads)
We stayed here last week using the offer of 'Sunday Supplement' whereby you can stay for £35+VAT if you spend £75 in the restaurant (you don't get breakfast). That made the whole room and dinner only £117 which for a central london poshish hotel, and a good meal, I dont think was bad at all.
For that deal we got a double room which was really nice. The en-suite had a bath which was an ok size and the mal toilettries which they 'encourage you to take away'. The room was quite big, had a lovely comfortable double bed, a fridge and mini bar, a good TV (Although E4 seemed to have no volume..), a hairdryer, big assortment of tea and coffee and a kettle (you could ask for free fresh milk in the morning for your drinks but we forgot to put the sign out in time) and each room also had an ironing board and iron, a desk, a bottle of wine (£13 extra) and 2 wine glasses. All the things you could possibly need really for a quick night away.
Location-wise, this is on charterhouse square really near to Holbourn and the sainsburys head office. It is near Farringdon road where there are lots of busses etc, and it is not far from farringdon tube station. This was closed while we were there so we walked from Chancery Road (?) station and it wasn't too far. Going this way, we walked past a small Sainsburys and were able to pick up some drinks for in our room as we didn't want to pay the extortionate mini bar prices (£4 for a 140g dairy milk bar anyone? or £3 for a CAN of coke?). The hotel is also very near the old smithfield markets and the very famous night club Fabric. If you were going there for a special night, this hotel would be in the perfect location for you.
We ate in the brasserie of the hotel for dinner as it was part of the offer and I have to say - it really wasn't hard to spend £75. It was £4 a pint, and main meals started at about £15. It wasn't that great food and we had a really annoying, noisy couple near us which was very offputting but at least they went to smoke between every course giving us a few moments peace.
The staff were nice, very posh and accomodating although they actually messed up a few things I ordered in the restaurant. They were nice though, as were the check-in staff.
We didn't pay for the room in advance we just booked over the phone and my boyfriend gave his credit card number. When we got there we checked in and he authorised them to charge up to £120, before he paid the exact total the next day on check out.
So we had a nice time, the room was lovely and I think we paid a good price however, and I might sound like a bit of a cheapskate but we are both quite poor and trying to save up for a house deposit but I wouldn't dream of paying the going nightly rate for this hotel (Think this room starts at £175).
If you are loaded though, or someone else is paying, or you can get a good deal like we did, I would go for it!!
Summary: do it if its on offer
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