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The Bloomsbury district of London is a curious mix of old and new; the grand buildings of the University of London and University College London intermingle with ultra-modern structures such as the BT Tower, so you can experience both London's grand history and cosmopolitan style here. It is also famed for its literary connections, as Virginia Woolf, Charles Darwin and Charles Dickens all resided here and a host of writers and artists frequented the areas pubs. In more recent years, Lady Gaga has purchased a property here, so its bohemian vibe still exists, even if the area has become a much more expensive place to live since its literary heyday.
Grenville House hotel offers low-cost accommodation in this fascinating district, for travellers who have to stick to a budget, but want a convenient location from which to tour London. Housed in an elegant Georgian building, the hotel offers rooms from Single to Family sizes, which offer the basic comforts you will need during your stay, including in-room amenities such as a colour television, en-suite facilities, tea and coffee making facilities and a direct-dial phone. The hotel also includes a continental breakfast in the room rate, however guests should be warned that continental is a rather broad term and here it means tea and crackers, so it is highly recommended to try some of the local cafes instead. Locally, The People's Supermarket is a great place to pick up groceries and The Espresso Room offers coffee and snacks throughout the day. Evening dining options are also good, with Cigala, a delectable Spanish restaurant, and Ciao Bella, which offers an authentic Italian menu, both just minutes from the hotel.
The Grenville House Hotel may be a rather non-descript establishment, but its location is truly superb. Situated just minutes from the Charles Dickens Museum and Coram's Fields playing grounds, you can easily walk to The British Museum, The British Library and the Wellcome Collection, for insightful exhibitions and events. Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road are both lined with shops, restaurants and bars, just a ten-minute walk away from the hotel, and Covent Garden, where you will find London's Theatreland district and lots of unique boutiques, is just a 20-minute walk away.
The hotel also has excellent transport links, with King's Cross St Pancras Station just a ten-minute walk away. The Eurostar terminus is located here, for travel to European destinations, as well as overground transport links to many other parts of the UK and London City airport, and direct travel to Heathrow Airport via the Piccadilly line.
In an area where low-cost hotels are plentiful, the Grenville House Hotel doesn't provide as much value for your money as other hotels nearby. Guests have reported issues with cleanliness and maintenance in rooms as well as a lot of noise disturbance, so you may wish to shop around before you book. If you do choose to stay here, request a room on the quieter upper floors, choose a local cafe for breakfast and bring an extra blanket if arriving in winter.