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“Horrendous Ripoff”
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Elmwood Hotel
Ranked #379 of 563 London B&B and Inns
Reviewed 25 July 2017

I booked this hotel through booking.com, for a birthday trip for my best friend and twin sister. We wanted somewhere with a good location, close to underground links, and a triple room for us to share.
After struggling to find somewhere that had location, availability and a triple room, we found Elmwood Hotel.
It looked a bit basic considering the £180 price tag for one night, but we were running out of time, so booked it.
On arrival, we were somewhat disconcerted, as I'm not sure how they're able to refer to themselves as a hotel - this feels like a B&B.
After speaking with a wholly disinterested individual on the front desk, we were given a key to a room on the third floor - lots and lots of stairs, no lift - this is not the place to be if you are infirm or disabled in any way.
The room was in the eaves of the roof, and words fail me to describe the impact this nasty, tiny, cramped, smelly, stuffy room had on us.
This room was where we were actually going to stay, and I'd just paid out £180 for the privilege.
Nasty, filthy looking bed covers, ancient mattresses, not enough room to put anything away - there was no way any of us were going to use the tiny, mould ridden bathroom for anything other than necessities..... the only redeeming thing about the entire experience is that it was only for a single night.
The next morning, we sceptically went to the 'breakfast' room, where 2 incredibly angry looking women were working in the kitchen. The food looked absolutely gag worthy, and all the people in the room had the same shell shocked, aghast look that we felt.
The milk was rancid, and stank, and one of the women tried to tell me it was fine, so I removed the lid from the jug and made the other woman smell it, at which point they took it and replaced it.
The cheese slices looked like they'd received many outings to the buffet area and no one appeared interested in touching anything on that table.
We drank black coffee, had some toast and fled the place.
if you're paying anything more than £50 or £60 a night to stay here, you're being massively ripped off.
I should have paid much more attention to some of the more recent comments on tripadvisor regarding this 'hotel'. I won't be making the same mistake again.

You may review the pictures and think 'it's not THAT bad", but having paid out £180 for one night's stay, yes, I do think it's that bad.

Room Tip: don't bother.
  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 July 2017

After booking on booking.com I realised I had booked the wrong date, minutes later I tried using the contact information on google (email address and phone) and then tried using the contact information on their website (email address and phone). No answer via any method, I left 2 answerphone messages requesting to change my booking and to contact via phone or email. Days later received a reply saying that they couldn't accept my cancellation as the date had already passed and they had reserved that room for me and were unable to resell it. However they would have been able to sell it if they were at all contactable. Awful service.

  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled solo
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Thank NezzyBear
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Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

Window wouldn't close and just had that unsafe feeling. Lamp shade was cracked and table was chipped. Curtains hanging off and only half of head board visible. Bathroom very small. Dirty cups in room. For the price paid expectation was much higher. Was on top floor and no lift. Only good thing was the WiFi!

Stayed: July 2017, travelled on business
1  Thank Katrina M
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John G, Manager at Elmwood Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2017

Thanks for your review towards your recent stay at Elmwood hotel, please accept our apology for any enconveince caused during your stay , and do not judge us from one night stay , it would be great if you could email me direct please and I can sort some discount to you .
And all the issues you mentioned I have reported to the management to fix it straightaway.
John Girgis

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Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

We were in room 28, heating didn't work at all. Complained to the man at reception 3 times during our two night stay and nothing was done.
Room was very dated, run down almost. Ugly, old, musty red bedspreads that aren't washed as often as the rest of the sheets.
The bed was so noisy and creaky just sitting on it, god help the other guests if a couple decided to have some fun.
They still have the old sash windows in, don't close properly and leave a gap in between. This coupled with the no heating situation made for a very chilly sleep. See attached pictures.
Bathroom is a shoe box that anyone larger than a 7 year old would struggle to use, towels that they provide are hand towels not bath towels. 1 hand towel per person aswell.
Room safe didn't work either.
Was instructed by the man on reception that our room key must be left at reception every time we left the premises, never heard this before. He also assured us that no one would enter the room while we were gone, as I didn't feel my belongings were safe. The reason for this policy according to the man is that, they don't have a master key.
After specifically requesting no maid service and asking no one enter the room, the maid came in and moved our belongings and made the bed. She actually made the bed over clothes I had laid out for changing into that day!!

Didn't attempt to try the breakfast option after seeing the shambles that they called "accommodation"

The "secure luggage storage" that they charge guests £5 per case to use, is the hall way behind room 8 that everyone in the hotel has access too.

Trading standards need to visit this place as they cannot provide a basic standard of service and charge you £100 a night for it. Payment is taken before you even see your room, which seems shady to me.
If I had known this beforehand I wouldn't have stayed there.

The only good thing - close to Kings Cross Station.

Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
2  Thank Shan1985
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Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

The only positive is it's close to kings cross.

We arrived and the bedding was dirty so asked for it to be changed. Was told they don't change the top covers daily but the others are. Surely you should change all when new guests arrive!! Anyway our bottom sheets had the same mark the following day so hadn't been changed. One of our top covers had a very suspect looking stain on the underside and marks on bottom sheet.
Room was dusty headboard especially. See photo to show what was found on one half of a head board.
Holes made in the laminate floor to stop bed moving. Curtains wasn't even long enough to cover the windows.
Can't comment on the breakfast as didn't fancy it. If our room was like it was didn't trust what the kitchen would be like.

Have stayed in many hotels over the years around this area and this is the worst.

We don't need luxury hotels with big rooms when we stay (elmwoods are small) but clean rooms are a standard requirement surly.
Really not worth what we paid.
Wish we had looked on trip advisor 1st as we are not the only ones with these issues.

Stayed: July 2017, travelled with friends
1  Thank butterfly3717
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Reviewed 10 July 2017

We arrived tired, expectant of a good nights sleep.
Booking in went fine but we were told where our room was: downstairs and down the corridor on the right. We went back later to reception and found a family booking in who were directed to an upstairs room up a narrow staircase : they had enormous heavy suitcases and no help was afforded.
Our room was small: the furniture fitted exactly. The bed fitted snuggly between a narrow wardrobe and a bedside table. The bedside lamp was made of a block of wood.
The bathroom was bijou. The shower head attachment balanced precariously in to the wall fitment so that if you turned the attachment in any direction, it would not remain there.
It was warm at night. Therefore, many occupants had their windows open, so noise was more than usual. However, all the water flowed down the pipes outside of the room. The walls are thin. There was no air conditioning in the room.
Breakfast consisted of cereal, boiled and scrambled eggs, toast, jam, cheese and cold meat + tea/coffee/juices.
It is a question about paying for a room in London in July and value for money for that room. This isn't value for money.

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Bob S
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Reviewed 29 June 2017 via mobile

Not much to say, hotel is basic, very basic, but clean and friendly staff, breakfast included and was very nice, only concern was security , on returning late at night, our room key was handed to us without asking a name or reservation. If you are looking for cheap and cheerful this is the place to go.

Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Elmwood Hotel

Address: 19 Argyle Square | Kings cross London, London WC1H 8AS, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > London > Bloomsbury , Euston / Kings Cross /St Pancras
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #379 of 563 B&Bs / Inns in London
Price Range: $95 - $287 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Elmwood Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Elmwood Hotel is convenient for all London Travelers, leisure or Business travelers, The Elmwood hotel is located just few minutes walk from kings Cross International,National and local under ground station,where is the Euro Star Train & the Direct connection to Paris, and all the UK cities and Towns, also the very central Location of the Elmwood hotel gives you a special experience and saves your time,The hotel close and 15 minutes walking to the British Museum, and Library, also to Euston train station, and few stops to Madam Tussaud's Museum, and 10 minutes by tube to the west end, Piccadilly, Covent garden and Trafalgar Square, nothing else you need when you are in London to be in a very central location such our Location, we are proud to provide this family run business of 35 en-suite bedrooms, budget clean and nice accommodation,with free WIFI,and breakfast. All our rooms with private en-suite shower and toilet, LCD & DVD TV, coffee and Tea facilities in the room,24 hours central heating,room safe deposit,and 24 hours front office.if you think of arranging a sightseeing tour in or outside London or having a trouble to manage your trip in the City, you will find us helping you in organizing your trip and planing it for you via our helpful front office staff and our reception desk, we will great you since the first minutes of your arrival with your free London city map, and up to your departure with our shuttle bus and the direct connection transfer to your airport.Our Job is to please you and seeing you smile and returning back to us, with out 12 years hotel experience we trust and ensure that your stay is trouble free with Elmwood hotel. ... more   less 
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