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The Crescent Hotel is a low-cost, 3-star hotel situated in the elegant north London district of Bloomsbury, notable for its literary connections. It was in Bloomsbury that the famed Bloomsbury Group of writers, which included Virginia Woolf, lived and worked, and here E.M.Forster wrote A Room With a View and Reverend Charles Kingsley wrote The Water Babies. The hotel is housed in an attractive 19th century building, evocative of a more refined era, an overlooks one of the many picturesque, landscaped garden squares dotted about the area, where guests can walk and relax in summer months.
The hotel's rooms have a homely feel and are decorated in a traditional style. Rooms are available from Single to Family sizes and all but some single rooms have en-suite facilities. Rooms are basic, but cosy, with an eclectic, vintage charm to the furnishings. Rooms come complete with colour TVs, tea and coffee making facilities, direct-dial telephones and Internet plugs are available if you wish to connect your laptop. The hotel also offers a range of extra facilities if needed, with hairdryers, ironing facilities, baby cots, multilingual receptionists, bathrobes, safety deposit boxes and curling tongs available from the 24-hour reception. The hotel also has access to four tennis courts nearby, and can loan racquets and balls if you wish to play. A full English breakfast is offered in the traditional style breakfast room, which is reportedly very good.
The hotel doesn't cater for evening meals, but this well-heeled area has some delectable eateries very close to the hotel, with the Queen's Larder Restaurant & Pub serving traditional gastropub fare, North Sea Fish Restaurant, Number 12 serving elegant British cuisine and plenty more to tempt your taste buds.
The hotel is also in a fantastic location to see London sights. In the local area you can visit The Wellcome Museum along Euston Road, for a collection of medical oddities; The Crypt Gallery, for a subterranean art experience; The Horse Hospital for directional contemporary art; The British Library for fascinating exhibitions and talks; and Bloomsbury Theatre and the Renoir Cinema for cultured evenings out. The hotel is also close to King's Cross St Pancras, just a ten minute walk away, where you can catch the Eurostar to European destinations; the Piccadilly tube line all the way to Heathrow Airport; and trains to many other areas of the UK. The King's Cross area has been regenerated in recent years and has some fantastic gig venues, including the Scala, Mondo Water Rats and The Lexington Pub.
The hotel enjoys excellent transport links, with Euston Station just a five minute walk away, where you can catch trains to many other areas of the UK and you can catch the Northern and Victoria lines to many other areas of London, from Leicester Square, to Bank, to London Bridge and Waterloo for the South Bank exhibition centres. The Victoria line takes you directly to Victoria Station, where you can catch the Gatwick Express Train to the airport as well.
With such excellent transport links and such a convenient location, The Crescent Hotel is a good accommodation option for those on a budget, but it also seems to be a cut above many of the low-cost hotels in the area, with very friendly staff and spotlessly clean, well-maintained rooms. There are a few annoyances, as the hotel has no lift, and rooms at the front can be noisy at night, but rooms are available on the ground floor for people with mobility problems and rooms on the higher floors offer light sleepers a calmer nights sleep.