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The Garth is a small, privately owned hotel, in the centre of London. The hotel is housed in a Grade II listed, 18th century, Georgian town house of historical interest. It was the birthplace in 1839 of William De Morgan, the famous potter and novelist, just one of the many notable literati who lived in the Bloomsbury district of London, including the famous Bloomsbury group, of which Virginia Woolf was a part. The hotel also offers a charming historic atmosphere inside as well, with walls lined with period prints and traditional decor in guest rooms.
Guest rooms at the hotel range from single rooms with just a shower unit and shared bathrooms to a range of en-suite rooms and Quad rooms for families and groups to stay in. Rooms have been recently refurbished and offer an eccentric take on old-world English style. Rooms also come complete with a range of amenities, including central heating, a colour television, a free Wi-Fi connection and tea and coffee making facilities. The hotel has a 24-hour manned reception, a Mediterranean style garden for guests to use and a full English breakfast is included in the room rate, which is reportedly good, although nearby cafes such as the Sacred Coffee Stand and Planet Organic offer an alternative choice.
Whilst the hotel itself has some signs of wear and tear and it has been remarked that rooms are on the small side, it's main selling point is its proximity to London's sights and attractions, which is, of course, why you are visiting in the first place! The British Museum, British Library and Wellcome Collection are all a short walk away from the hotel, offering fascinating exhibitions and historic collections. The University of London and University College London campuses are nearby, making this a great hotel for visiting prospective students and their families. The theatres and shops of Covent Garden and Shaftesbury Avenue are just a 15-minute walk away, with Oxford Street shops just 10-minutes away, where you can visit Selfridges Department Store and the huge Topshop flagship store. Leicester Square cinemas and clubs, Soho nightlife and Chinatown's excellent selections of restaurants are all within easy reach by foot, bus or tube, and Regent's Park, home to London Zoo and exquisite greenery is just a pleasant stroll away.
Transport links from the hotel are also good, with an Airbus direct to Heathrow Airport stopping at Russell Square and Euston, Euston Square tube station providing a direct link to Paddington Station via the Circle line and Goodge Street tube station, which services the Northern line, for direct access to Waterloo Station for transport to London suburbs.
The Garth Hotel is a bit basic and some guests have complained of maintenance issues in the rooms, however, for the remarkably low prices and superb location, this is a good choice for those who aren't too fussy about where they sleep. Minor annoyances are that there is no lift at the hotel, so guests with heavy luggage and mobility problems should choose a room on the ground floor and rooms at the front can be noisy; so opt for a room facing the garden for more picturesque views and fewer disturbances.