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The Arriva has 75 rooms, all of which are equipped with colour TVs, a hairdryer, Wi-fi connection (at a charge), tea and coffee making facilities and direct dial phones; all decorated in a clean, minimal style with comfortable beds. The hotel is non-smoking and offers guests the option to book an airport shuttle for convenience, and also has a 24-hour reception, for assistance around the clock.
Breakfast at the hotel costs extra and has been called uninspired, so it may be best to try one of the many cafes in the area. There is a Starbuck's a few minutes walk away, where you can also find free Wi-fi. There is also a Pain Quotidien and a Paul's bakery nearby. The hotel has no restaurant, but there are plenty of eateries in King's Cross, to suit all budgets, such as Carluccio's for Italian cuisine; Camino for tapas and paella; Itadaki Zen for healthy Japanese food; and Thai Aubergine for taste of the east.
You are just a stone's throw from London's Bloomsbury district, which is renowned for its literary associations as the home of the Bloomsbury group (which included Virginia Woolf) and E.M. Forster. You can stroll around the picturesque square where the group lived and socialised and the excellent British Museum is also just a short walk away, containing over 7 million artifacts of anthropological significance.
If the British Museum has inspired you, you may wish to head to the Wellcome collection near Russell Square, about 15 minutes from the hotel, which houses a collection of medical curiosities from around the globe and has a programme of superb temporary exhibitions. The shops and theatres of Covent Garden are about a 20-minute walk away and Angel, with its wide range of shops, trendy bars and restaurants is just a ten-minute walk away. If you want something a bit more lively for your evening's entertainment, music venues Mondo Water Rats, The Scala and The Lexington are within walking distance where you can hear up and coming bands.
The hotel is ideally placed for transport; just a few minutes walk away from the extremely well connected King's Cross St Pancras Station. This station services the Northern, Piccadilly, Victoria, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan and Circle lines, so you can reach almost anywhere in London with ease. If you need to travel further afield, the station is also the Eurostar terminus, and has direct links to Heathrow Airport; Victoria Station (where the Gatwick Express terminates); and Paddington Station (which offers another route to Heathrow via express train). If you are driving to the hotel, it is situated close to the main A4 road, which can be accessed via the M4 and M25; however, guests should note that the hotel is in the congestion charge zone.
Previous guests at the Arriva have complained of minor annoyances in rooms such as broken appliances and rooms, which haven't been cleaned, so some attention to detail is needed, but overall, this two-star hotel is great if you plan to be out and about during your stay. If you have a romantic break or a special celebration, it may be best to stay elsewhere. Guests should note that rooms on the first floor can be noisy and those in the basement are next to the noise of the laundry, so request a room on a higher floor when booking.