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The Excelsior is a low-cost hotel, situated in a secluded garden at the heart of King’s Cross, right on the border of the West End., a mere 5 minute walk from the station. King’s Cross is a great place to base yourself when visiting the UK’s capital; it is within walking distance of many attractions and is also home to great tube and rail links. King’s Cross tube station is on no less than 6 lines meaning that it is easy to get anywhere else in the city, and there are also plenty of buses should you prefer to travel in that way. If you wish to head out of the capital, King’s Cross rail station services much of the East of England and the North, including Scotland. Visit cities such as Leeds, Edinburgh, Newcastle and Oxford. St Pancras station (adjoined to King’s Cross) provides the Eurostar link to Paris.
Closer to home, you will find lots to do when staying at the Excelsior, much of it accessible by foot. Yet by staying in King’s Cross you will avoid the high prices of hotels right within the West End. Less than half a mile away sits the beautiful and imposing British Museum, a fantastic history museum showcasing the best of artefacts from throughout the ages, including Egyptian mummies and prehistoric bones. It will appeal to all age groups and what’s more it provides an all-weather solution.
Equally close to the hotel is Madame Tussauds, a hugely popular tourist attraction, particularly for younger visitors, so a great way to entertain the family. The huge array of celebrity waxworks should satisfy even the hardest to please teenager. When you want to give attractions a rest and want simply to shop then you are hard pressed to beat nearby Oxford Street. It’s the busiest retail stretch in all of Europe so all tastes and budgets will be catered for. Try department store Selfridges, as steeped in tradition and fame as the more expensive Harrods, or for youthful visitors Topshop’s huge flagship store.
When you’ve shopped till you’re ready to drop, neighbouring Soho has a fantastic range of restaurants covering all budgets and all cuisines, as well as an eclectic mix of bars, from jazzy Ronnie Scott’s to GAY. Or simply head back to the Excelsior to rest in their TV lounge.
The hotel itself is overlooks a lovely garden, providing some quiet from the busy streets nearby, and is in a traditional, terraced London townhouse. There is also a children’s play park in the square, should you be travelling with a young family. Rooms are simply decorated in a modern style, having been refurbished relatively recently. Rooms are ensuite, unless you have opted for the basic room, in which case it’s a shared bathroom. All rooms come with a flatscreen TV and free internet connection. Should you require it there is also street parking available at weekends.
Breakfast is a simple affair and served at their sister hotel at 29 Argyle Square, a mere 30 seconds walk away. A continental breakfast is served between 7am and 10am giving you plenty of time to eat at your leisure. If you are after a heartier affair try Smiths of Smithfields in nearby Clerkenwell, which you can reach by foot, or a one tube stop ride to Farringdon. Famed for its breakfasts and brunches, weekends are a buzzy affair whilst weekdays sees tourists and business meetings alike.
Overall, you will be hard pressed to find a cheaper option, with all available amenities, so close to the centre and so accessible. A great option for the more budget conscious.