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.
- 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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