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The Royal National Hotel, London
The Royal National Hotel (London)
Member Name: gaelygael
The Royal National Hotel (London)
Advantages: Quite central, near tube station, bus stops and some shops nearby. Comfortable and enjoyable.
Disadvantages: Ceiling above bath was low and bumped my head on it when getting out the bath.
We went to The Royal National Hotel in London a few days after the royal wedding celebrations in May this year. We booked this through a city break package for a 3 night stay for 2 adults and 2 children including first class rail travel from Dundee to London for an excellent deal of £600 for all of us. The hotel is a short taxi ride from Kings Cross Station which cost around £8. When we arrived at the hotel we checked in at the desk. Now I did find the people at the desk helpful and we checked in speedily, there was no queue although there was a lot of school children around in the foyer waiting on check in too. I think this hotel is used for international stays for children and students worldwide. Once we checked into our room via swipe card, there was 4 beds in the room, a double wardrobe, 3 sets of drawers, trouser press and TV. We had a family room which sleeps 4. The room was very roomy and there was 2 radiators in the room, which we did use although we left the window open. there was also a kettle and the usual tea / coffee / biscuits etc. It was very quiet at night and the only noise we heard was the sound of ambulance sirens now and again. The bathroom consisted of a bath with shower and sink and the toilet was in a separate room on its own. There was plenty of soap, toilet rolls and towels and these were replenished for us every day. The beds were comfortable and we all slept extremely well each night. The breakfast room is entered through the foyer accross the courtyard of the hotel. The room was huge and it was full of children, students and families from all nationalities. The choice for breakfast was brilliant. There was something for everyone, different cereals and fruit, tea, coffee, juice, milk, rolls and toast, butter, jam, marmalade. We had full english breakfasts which was self service although a waitress was on site, the choices were sausages, eggs (poached, fried, boiled and scrambled), bacon, hashbrowns, beans, mushrooms, tomatoes. You could go up as many times as you liked to replenish your plates but we only went once..... Once we had this breakfast this would set us up until late afternoon / early evening which was great as we had lots of time for sightseeing. There is a tube station just accross the road from the hotel. Bus stop right outside the door of the hotel. The sightseeing bus tour stop is right outside the hotel as well, which we went on. There are a some shops nearby the hotel, for convenience foods and papers, pizzas, subway, small tesco. There is also a pizza restaurant in the courtyard of the hotel where you can order pizzas. It is also a fully licensed bar but they also sell hot chocolate, coffee and teas etc. We went in there one night and it was quite empty you can also use their wi-fi facilities for a small price. On the whole we enjoyed our stay at the Royal National and London itself. We were out most of the day from breakfast time until around 8.00 pm at night and were pretty exhausted by 11.00 most nights anyway.
Summary: Comfortable hotel convenient location for sightseeing London.
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