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Gower House Hotel is situated in the charming London district of Bloomsbury, an area renowned for its literary connotations. It was here in the early 1900s that the Bloomsbury group, which included Virginia Woolf, used to live and work; EM Forster wrote Room With a View and Reverend Charles Kingsley wrote the children's classic The Water Babies. The area retains an air of old-world refinement, with landscaped garden squares and elegant Georgian town houses. In one of these buildings you will find the Gower House Hotel, a low-cost accommodation option for business and leisure travellers who want to experience the sights of London in comfort, without breaking the bank.
The hotel's guest rooms are offered in Single, Double, Twin and Triple sizes and are decorated in a traditional style, with some original features such as fireplaces and molded cornices. Rooms cater for the budget traveller with basic amenities such as a colour television, complimentary toiletries, tea and coffee making facilities and wireless Internet. Some rooms have en-suite bathrooms and some use shared facilities. Rooms are clean and cosy and the hotel has a family feel, with friendly staff and a relaxed atmosphere. The hotel also allows guests to use the garden area during the summer months and there is a safe and a 24-hour reception if you have any queries or problems that need attending to. A cooked breakfast is included in the room rate, which is adequate, but some guests may prefer to sample the local cafes instead. Villandry Delicatessen offers a fantastic selection of breads and cakes and evening meals are well catered for with a range of chains such as Ask! Pizza nearby and more unique fare at Amaretto Italian restaurant, Busaba Ethai for reasonable Thai food and Dabbous for modern European fare.
The hotel is well located for sights and attractions, with the British Museum just a ten minute walk away, where you can see millions of articles of anthropological significance, including the Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies. The Wellcome Collection and Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology are both nearby for a more in-depth look at the curious wonders of the world. For those who prefer a more cultured experience, the hotel is located close to St Pancras Church, where you can view art exhibitions in The Crypt Gallery; The New Diorama and Bloomsbury Theatres are located close by for plays and comedies and Charlotte Street Blues is a popular blues bar in the area, which has live music throughout the week.
The hotel is very well placed for transport, with Euston Station just a five-minute walk away for travel throughout the UK and the Northern Line to Camden Town market, Trafalgar Square and Waterloo and the South Bank. King's Cross St Pancras is just a 10-minute walk away past the British Library, where the Eurostar Terminus is located for travel to European destinations. King's Cross also services the Piccadilly Line, from which you can travel direct to Heathrow Airport in 30 minutes.
Gower House Hotel has been praised by previous guests for its homely vibe and pleasant rooms. Some guests have found rooms a little petite, but this is typical of town house conversions, which have planning restrictions. Otherwise this is a gem for travellers looking for an affordable, central place to stay. For the optimum stay here, be sure to request a room away from the main road, which can be noisy at times.