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Tavistock Hotel

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We stayed at the Tavistock for two night break in London. Great find hotel is within easy walking distance from kings cross train station about 15 minutes. We arrived early and were warmly greeted by the staff.. We were allocated a room at the back of the hotel on the third floor. View was not good overlooking roof of kitchen, however we were not really concerned as we were not intending to stay in our room looking out of the window. When we booked the deal included evening meal on first night. The meal was India buffet which was really good. Choice of four main dishes very good samosas and pakoras salads rice etc. There was also a dessert included. I was not sure what one of the desserts was so asked the waiter. After some humming and harring he said it was not available. Obviously did not have a clue probably would have been better if he had gone and asked. The room was quiet enough to sleep but were woken by noice from vents outside a couple of times. Room was small bed comfortable with plenty of storage for our clothes. The bathroom was very small very powerful shower.only problem we had was very small wash basin and water seeped onto counter tops. Easily dryed so not a major problem. The breakfast is very good. Plenty of cereal orange juice coffee and tea. Found it strange when reading previous review about soggy toast from the kitchen. There are at least two toast machines where you make your own toast would be bad luck on the hotel if both of these were out of order ??!! The cooked breakfast is probably one of the best we have ever had. Bacon very good sausage tasty. Eggs small but fine very good hash browns. Always plenty available even though the restraunt was very busy. Overall the hotel is clean and welcoming. There is a bar we did not have a drink there however busy both nights we stayed. The hotel is in a great position for reaching all parts of the city within walking distance of oxford street Covent Garden etc. Lovely park opposite to sit and get your energy back. We enjoyed our stay so much that we have booked to return next week as two nights in London not enough hotel is very good value for money.

We booked two nights at the Tavistock as part of a flight/hotel package deal. It wasn’t our first choice, but due to coming to London during a European holiday weekend, there weren’t really any other options left. The Tavistock is perfectly located near Russell Square station and various bus stops. So getting there and around is pretty easy and convenient; Piccadilly line non-stop to and from Heathrow. There’s a Starbucks within a couple of minutes walk, the Brunswick Shopping Arcade about 200 Meters down the road, and a whole bunch of smaller eateries and convenience type stores around. You can also walk up to Euston station within 10 minutes. Upon arrival, check-in was quick and courteous and we got a room on the second flloor facing a side-street. Hallways are old and a bit worn-down, but we didn’t mind too much. Our room (see pictures) was actually quite ok. Though a bit on the small side, it was clean and looked quite decent in terms of furniture and fixtures. The twin bed allowed for a good nights sleep and you could open the windows to let in fresh air when the room got too hot or stuffy. Also, noise levels from the outside street were very low and not disturbing at all. Wifi worked very well and TV reception was good with plenty of channels to choose from. The bathroom was small and a bit old-style, but basic amenities were provided for and the quality of towels was good. Water temperature and shower-pressure were excellent. Shower fixtures were actually new and upgraded with a nice switch on/off button and a shower head with three different settings. We quite liked the shower, although the glas wall preventing water to spill onto the bathroom floor was too short. Also, the bathroom mirror always fogged over. We had continental breakfast included, which was very basic, but did the job for two days. In hindsight, next time, we would just opt to eat breakfast somewhere else to avoid those dismissal English continental breakfasts. They are not worth the money. Having said that, the breakfast area was actually quite nice and allowed you to sit down in a quiet and relaxed atmosphere. There is also a nice bar next to the lobby, which makes for a nice sit-down in the evening if you fancy that. All in all, though this is an average hotel, we were actually quite positively surprised. With more upgrades to its rooms and a better breakfast, the Tavistock could actually boost its appeal. We also stayed at the Royal National just around the corner. Though both seem to be part of the same group, we definitely preferred the Tavistock and thought it was by far better than the National.

Apart from the dreadful continental breakfast, picture all the toast coming out of the kitchen in a great big soggy pile and the plainest bread rolls ever. The rest of our stay was marvelous. Our room was at the front and faced Tavistock Square, it was a little on the small side but you get what you pay for. The staff were really helpful with local information and it's only two minutes to Russel Square underground station. We will stay there again, but might upgrade the breakfast

I recently stayed at the Tavistock, not having been here for some twenty odd years. Good sized rooms outfitted to a high standard. Very helpful and pleasant staff with a good choice of food for breakfast. A bit disappointed to find the bar closed before midnight. I'll definitely stay again.

For people with a limited budget who want to stay in the city center, this hotel offers great value for money. Otherwise you end up somewhere much further away and you spend more time using public transport. We were able to do everything on foot (but a metro stration is nearby). The staff was very friendly and helpful. We arrived several hours before check-in time, but they ensured we got a room. It is an old hotel, so the rooms are not the newest, but they were clean. In addition, we noticed that it was quiet during the evening, night and morning. So no problem with noise from outside. The only negative point was the continental breakfast. There was only jam and marmelade to eat on your toast, not even cheese or ham. An English breakfast was available for a surcharge of £5. But the price difference between a continental and English breakfast for an outsider was £2. So the surcharge was more than double this price difference! Why do guests have to pay much more compared to non-guests?

Stsyed at this hotel the night before London Marathon 2018 ( my friend was running not me!) .. the hotel was in great location - 2 mins from Euston Station , lovely , clean and friendly hotel . Would definitely stay here again !

Having an early morning Eurostar to catch, we needed a hotel close to St Pancras International station and booked a night at the Tavistock Square Hotel, 15 minutes walk away, despite some fairly negative reviews. First impressions were favourable as we arrived at the hotel and booked in at reception; the ground floor is full of 1930s features and is quite attractive. Our room was on the third floor with a lovely outlook over Tavistock Square opposite. It was of reasonable size, particularly compared with some London hotel rooms. It also appeared to be well sound proofed against traffic noise, although not sufficiently so against the piercing sound of emergency vehicle sirens. The furniture and bathroom suite were fine but perhaps in need of updating. We found the room temperature with no heating switched on the warm side even for late April and the mattress was too firm for mine and my wife’s comfort. I would beware of booking a room at this hotel in the warmer months as lack of air conditioning would necessitate opening the room windows, making it noisy. Breakfast was a help yourself buffet and would definitely have benefitted from the provision of a more continental breakfast of cold meats, cheeses, croissants and pastries; the choice was a bit limited. It would also be better if you could make your own tea; the tea in the pots provided had clearly been standing some time and was stewed. In summary, although I have graded this hotel ‘average’, I would have given it 3.5 stars, ‘above average’ if that was an available option. The rate we paid was reasonable and I think we probably got value for money.

The vilest hotel I have ever stayed in. It’s dirty, smelly, gritty, dated. DO NOT STAY HERE!!!! I’m horrified that this is classed as a hotel. I’ve never experienced anything as disgusting in my whole life. Try elsewhere!!!!!

I have been a regular visitor to the Tavistock Hotel for the past 40 years. I really used to like the 1930's slightly faded-regal atmosphere, and the normally high standards of service. Sadly though, things have slipped. I always looked forward to breakfast at the Tavistock because it was rather special, but sadly it has now become rather ordinary. The atmosphere of spacious grandeur in the restaurant has gone, as have the linen tablecloths and the cups and saucers. They've been replaced by plastic table-tops and mugs. The coffee is no longer brewed at the coffee stations around the restaurant, it now tastes like cheap instant coffee and is mass-produced in the kitchen and jugged into the restaurant. I suppose the slightly insensitive renaming of part of the hotel as 'Woolf and Whistle', and the announcement in large letters of the joys of 'hot birds, cold beer' might give a clue to the motives behind the recent restyling exercise. After 40 years of loyal custom I think it is sadly time to find somewhere else for my London sojourns. What a shame that good things rarely last!

First time I have stayed here - very convenient to my london office and reasonable choice. Welcomed warmly by staff in training. Great location and a range of restaurants nearby. Room small but most are in London. Two single beds in the room. My biggest let down was that the beds were very uncomfortable. There is no air conditioning but even being in central London I was able to keep window open all night and not be too disturbed by noise.

Tavistock Square London England

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to University of London and University College London
  • Free breakfast
  • Onsite dining
  • 24-hour front desk

Located in Bloomsbury, Tavistock Hotel is adjacent to University of London and within a 10-minute walk of other popular attractions like University College London. This 395-room, 3-star hotel has conveniences like free breakfast, a restaurant, and a conference center. It's in central London and also a short walk from Russell Square and British Library.


Free breakfast is included with your stay. In addition to a meal at the onsite restaurant, you can also enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service.


All 395 rooms feature coffee makers, safes, and phones. For entertainment, guests can expect to find TVs. Hair dryers are also standard.

Property features

At Tavistock Hotel, guests have access to features like a conference center. The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help secure valuables, and answer any questions about the accommodations.

Room options

Single Room

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Triple Room

Twin 3 | Sleeps 3

Double Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Family Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

50.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 2789 reviews