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Posthouse Hotels in general
Date: 02/08/01, updated on 02/08/01 (185 review reads)
Advantages: Air conditioning in lobby
Disadvantages: No airconditioning, Small rooms
When my parents told me they would be coming to London for a visit, I went on the web in search for a reasonably-priced hotel in central London. I found an offer on lastminute.com for a double room in the Posthouse Bloomsbury for £50/night. It was impressively rated 4 stars and was only a short stroll from Russell Square. Ideal, I thought.
It was only until after they checked in that I went to see the hotel first in. Location was good- literally only 3 minutes or so from the tube station. The hotel lobby was marble floored and very cool. The air conditioning was pumped in and there were lots of people sitting on leather chairs in the lobby. Good sign, I thought. Up I went in the lift to the second floor, the doors opened and it was hot. I walked down the corridor, they answered the door and it was even hotter in their room. The windows didn't open up very wide and there wasn't any air conditioning in sight. Very misleading.
The room itself was pretty spare and small. One big double bed in the middle of the room. A small desk and one chair. A closet without a door. A trouser press. A small bathroom with tub (with those weird suction bathmats in the tub) and power shower that smelled kind of like sewage.
No wonder so many people were taking refuge from their rooms by sitting in the hotel lobby. Since all of the chairs were taken when we went downstairs, we decided to try the little bar downstairs- it was cool and not very busy. To our dismay, one little glass of coke was £1.60. Complete highway robbery.
My parents tried breakfast in the restaurant hotel. The hotel restaurant had the absolute balls to charge £13.95 per person for a buffet breakfast that only included cold food- cereal, yogurt, fruit, toast and coffee. The hot food was roped off and unavailable to guests. Again, highway robbery.
It was not until the very end of my parents' stay that we caught one of the housekeepers with a portable fan. We aske
d her for it and she reluctantly surrendered. It made things a lot more bearable but was obviously something that the management did not want to relinquish to all hotel guests.
At least they only paid £50/night. On the boards in the lobby, rooms are advertised at £199/night. Someone somewhere must be laughing.
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