Search for cheapest prices: Thanet Hotel
The Thanet Hotel is a welcoming, family-run hotel in the refined Georgian district of Bloomsbury, notable for its literary legacy, with writers such as Virginia Woolf, E.M. Forster and Charles Kingsley all holding residences there in the early 20th century. The hotel offers low-cost accommodation close to major London sights and attractions, with The British Museum and the 300-plus shops of Oxford Street within walking distance, making this a good choice for business and leisure travellers on a budget.
Guest rooms at Thanet hotel range from Singles to 5-bed rooms, to accommodate solo travellers, families and groups alike. Rooms are decorated in a charmingly eccentric style, with a bold mixture of patterns and colours in the furnishings and fittings and some have original period features such as fireplaces and ornate molded cornices. Rooms come complete with a handy range of amenities including en-suite bathrooms, a hairdryer, remote control TV with digital channels, radio, tea and coffee making facilities, complimentary toiletries and a direct-dial phone. The hotel has a free Wi-Fi Internet connection throughout, although some bedrooms have an unreliable connection, so it is advised to use the free connection at the Starbucks just a five-minute walk away.
The hotel also has a luggage storage service and offers an excellent breakfast buffet, included in the room rate, with hot and cold items, which has proved immensely popular with previous guests and is a lot less stingy than some other low-cost hotels in the area. The hotel doesn't cater for evening meals, but there are plenty of reasonably priced eateries in the surrounding area, from chains such as Prêt A Manger, to traditional fish and chips at Fryer's Delight, to Konditor and Cook for some divine cake creations.
The surrounding area also has plenty to see and do, from unique museums such as The Wellcome Collection, The Dickens Museum and Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology to institutions such as The British Library. It's unsurprising that this is an area rife with educational exhibits, as the University of London and University College London campuses are both located close to Thanet Hotel, and Great Ormond Street children's hospital is just a short walk away. From the hotel it is easy to reach Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Street shops, which are just a 10-minute stroll away and the theatres of Shaftesbury Avenue and Covent Garden, which also has some fascinating independent boutiques are just a 20-minute walk away, making some of the city's most vibrant locales convenient for guests.
The hotel enjoys excellent transport links; with Russell Square tube station just a five minute walk away. This station services the Piccadilly line, which runs directly to Heathrow Airport in 30 minutes and to King's Cross St Pancras Station in 5 minutes, where the Eurostar terminus is located, making this extremely convenient for international travellers.
Thanet Hotel may be low in price, but it doesn't skimp on value or quality, as it is one of the more well-appointed and maintained budget hotels in the area. The combination of price and location is superb and perfect for anyone who wants to stay somewhere comfortable and friendly but traverse London's streets on foot. Guests should be aware that there is no lift at the hotel; so disabled visitors should request a room on the ground floor. Aside from this minor annoyance, this is well worth considering for your London stay.