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St Athans Hotel is a family-run budget hotel in Bloomsbury, Central London. The nearest tube station is Russell Square (0.2 miles away), on the Piccadilly Line, which has a direct service to London Heathrow Airport. Euston is 0.4 miles away, has a mainline rail station and tube station serving the Northern and Victoria Lines. Take the Victoria Line to Victoria mainline rail station, Victoria Underground and nearby Victoria Coach Station. Kings Cross and St Pancras stations are 0.5 miles away. Stations in Central London are in Travelcard Zone 1 and in the London Congestion Charge Zone.
Situated in Bloomsbury, with its pleasant Georgian townhouses, elegant squares and quaint streets, St Athans Hotel has a good Central London location. Bloomsbury is famous for being the home of The Bloomsbury Group, an influential group of English writers, intellectuals, philosophers and artists including Virginia Woolf, John Maynard Keynes, E. M. Forster and Lytton Strachey.
The hotel is 0.4 miles from the University of London and British Library, and is 0.5 miles from the British Museum and Wellcome Collection, which displays medical artefacts and artwork exploring the connections between medicine, life and art. The Foundling Museum (0.3 miles away) tells the story of Britain’s first home for abandoned children. Oxford Street is 0.9 miles away with famous shops and stores. South of that are London’s main theatres, cinemas, clubs and restaurants. The large green space of Regent’s Park lies to the northwest, and is a lovely place to go for a walk or a picnic, or to visit the Open Air Theatre or London Zoo. Hyde Park is to the southwest.
The Geyer family has been running the St Athans Hotel for almost 50 years, offering clean, basic and inexpensive accommodation with friendly service. Most of the bedrooms are small and have a wash basin, but share bathroom facilities with another couple of rooms. There are some en suite rooms with private shower, WC and TV. Cleanliness is a high priority and all the bathrooms are cleaned twice a day. The 200-year-old hotel is full of character and charm, but has lots of stairs and no lift. Those with mobility concerns should request a ground-floor room, although the hotel cannot cope with wheelchairs.
Bedrooms available include singles, doubles, twin and triple-bedded rooms as well as rooms with a double bed and up to three single beds. Facilities within the hotel include a TV lounge with free internet access and Wi-Fi. Linen and towels are provided. A photocopier and fax machine can be used during office hours. St Athans Hotel also offers free storage for luggage and bicycles. Ironing facilities are available between 6pm and 11pm. Pets are welcome at the hotel
The receptionists speak languages including French, German, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. At the reception desk you can book taxis, buy stamps, borrow a hairdryer and ask questions about things to do in the area. To help guests save money, the hotel has compiled a list of free things to do in London and offers free maps of the city, recommended itineraries for good days out, a free book swap service, free magazines and board games and a commission-free reliable taxi booking service. Also, all guests are entitled to a 10% discount at the nearby Bloomsbury Coffee House.
St Athans Hotel also prides itself as being a sustainable business with green credentials. As well as striving to reduce waste and cut energy consumption, it reuses, repairs and recycles furniture and fittings to minimise its environmental impact.