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The Royal National Hotel

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

I felt like I was staying in a frat house. There were so many 18-25 year olds staying here and they were so loud at night. The bed in my room was broken and the carpet was so dirty. The heat also was not working in my room. Location is good, but that's about it.

First arrival to the hotel the check in line was about 45 minutes long. They would not accept my reservation on my smart phone and needed a printed copy to check me in. There was no internet in the room . The only WIFI was in the crowded restaurant and had a very weak internet signal. The room was very basic and outdated. The hotel is designed to accommodate mass quantity's of tourist for a budget price. The line for the free continental breakfast was out the door in the morning and the only thing left for breakfast was cereal and toast. Two elevators were out of order and cause a long wait the use the lift. I would not recommend this hotel. Spend a little extra and stay somewhere else.

This hotel charges extra charge 5 pounds per breakfast. The next door hotel offers the same breakfast free of charge

We were disappointed by our stay here. This is a large hotel with numerous rooms - and hospitality is lacking. The hotel staff mocked me when I mentioned at 11:30 pm that the room was quite noisy and asked if we could be moved to a quieter room - just said they would ask the people in the pub below to be quiet! Really?? All they needed to do was to say they were fully booked and had no other room available. Although they found another room for us for the next night which was quiet, I did not appreciate the condescending attitude I received the first evening of my stay at all, and perhaps this colored my view of our entire experience here.

Breakfast is poor, hotel is so loud. There is another hotel in blocks is much better

they met our needs, was on the tour list for hotel pickups

Okay, I admit I was just looking for someplace inexpensive to lay over for the night between trains at Euston. But this place was poor. Stale rooms, poor beds, overcrowded lobby and reception and breakfast as well. The place is huge and they just don't have the personnel or facilities to deal with everyone. Wifi in lobby only, which leads to people sitting in every available spot, including the floor. (Plus, it doesn't work well.) No shampoo in the room. So, I call and am told I can't get any until housekeeping opens at 8 a.m.--after my train leaves. No iron. No hair dryer. Stay away unless you have little other choice.

Great location, OK room quality. You get what you pay for and this is pretty much what I expected. I would stay there again as I do not spend much time in the room or at the hotel.

Very busy, big business place. Huge operation with no personal touch.

This hotel is a party hotel: the people on the street party all night, and the people in the hotel party all night. If you're actually looking to get a good nights sleep, re-think this one. We stayed here 2 times in 7 days (pre-booked) and we regretted the decision. There were kids everywhere making a lot of noise, and the adults were no better. Someone was knocking on my door at 2a.m. This hotel is very noisy. We paid a lot for this room, and we would never stay here again.

A good cheap way to stay in London with easy access to bus and Tube.

The hotel was too crowded and eating breakfast was a joke! Beds were like sleeping on a slab. Hard to sleep at night due to street noise of people and vehicles. In additional,we were on the 1st floor and could hear the bar music until after midnight. Hotel was overpriced ($250 per night)and would not recommend it.

The Royal National Hotel is extremely close to the British Museum, a must see for mummy fans. Although somewhat confusing as to which side of the hotel to check into (the south side) and lacking internet in the rooms, the hotel was adequate, if a bit pricey. The free breakfast is a little meagre, but you can upgrade for 4.50 pounds. Internet in the lobby tended to be slow during peak hours, but easy to access (Many Univ. of London students were availing themselves of the service).

The room was very comfortable and the bathroom was well lit and clean. The entire facility appeared to be very well maintained. The continental breakfast was entirely satisfactory. I would certainly stay here the next time I visit London and would encourage anyone else seeking an excellent value in a convenient neighborhood to stay there. (Easy short walk to 2 Tube stations on different lines; easy walk to the British Museum and other Bloomsbury attractions; only a 15-20 minute walk to Covent Garden area or to the Kings Cross area.)

The Royal National Hotel - Imperial Group Lt, London, GB was good value for the money and a great location to spend a few days, especially if you are coming into St. Pancras RER and want to spend some time at the West End. There's also a Double-Decker pick-up location right around the corner. The two rooms we rented were very adequate, clean and spacious. The hotel is quite old, but well maintained. The check-in was a little slow and we did not get the adjoining rooms we requested. The concierge was not helpful in acquiring theatre tickets, but he did provide the theatre's phone number and we were able to get great seats on our own. The dining facility was exceptional - much more than we expected.

The hotel is just off of both Russell Square and Tavistock Square (where one of the bus bombings took place; take time to note the memorial plate outside the British Medical Association). The Bloomsbury area is great. The hotel is one block (as the crow flies) from Russell Square Tube stop and just two blocks from the British Museum. If you're young and healthy you can EASILY walk from the hotel to Leicester Square and also to Trafalgar Square. The hotel was extremely clean and odor free. I had a street view and if you lean your head out you can see Russell Square. This was my second one-night visit in the same week (I was in Manchester for most of the trip). On my first arrival at about 11:00 am no room was available, so I had to leave my bags. They have a GREAT sort of machine-like method of leaving bags so you can go out and do stuff right away. On my second stay, I arrived at about 10:30 am and my room was ready, so I was able to pop up and leave both my bags and some breakables from Manchester. When you arrive, there will ALWAYS be tons of buses in the courtyard, and lots of people meandering in the lobby. Don't let it frighten you; they are in large tour groups, so just politiely make your way to the check-in desk. Check-in both times was quick, efficient and easy (despite the crowds of bus-tour folks). My only real complaint is breakfast. The included breakfast is toast, rolls, butter, jam, various cereals/canned fruits/yoghurt. The full English was, as I recall 4.99 pounds (so about $10). That is fine, but the table set-up is like a large U.S. public high school. That is to say, 6 people to a rectangular table. The tables are very close together, so basically, you're tense and crowded. Get there as soon as it opens (check the time for the given week day or weekend day). I don't like people on top of me while I'm eating, so I had my toast, jam and coffee and left. Again, the hotel can't be beat for location. It lacks any ambiance; there's a nice bar there if you need a beer afer hours, but otherwise no real common space. However, one is only sleeping and showereing there after all. The station is within walking distance, so the hotel's location was doubly convenient. It is also within walking distance of St. Pancras and King's Cross (unless you're lugging a LOT of heavy or breakable things). If looking again for a Bloomsbury Hotel, I would consider it. London single-room hotel rooms simply don't get much cheaper than $150 US anymore (not without facing grime or geographical inconvenience). So, bottom line: if you stay here, you'll probbly have no real complaints, AND you'll be able to walk to quite a few must-see things without putting out the significant cash for a cab or tube fare.

The Royal National was not what I expected. They had to give you the floor layouts because it was that complicated. It is a pretty long walk to the local attracations.

The Royal National is a good middle of the road hotel. Not fancy but generally well maintained. The room was large with separate bathroom and vanity areas. Closet was large enough and adequate hangers for clothes are provided. Vanity area was more than adequate and the room was clean with one double and two single beds. The location is good with walking access to Trafalgar square, buckingham palace and the London eye. A number of pubs and resturants are within easy walking distance and bus service to reach further destinations is nearby. Check-in and out was easy and the staff was helpful although a little stressed at times due to the number of people checking in and out. This is a large hotel and seems to have a lot of charter bus traffic so at times the front counter is quite busy. They also seem to have a lot of young (children) groups although they seemed well behaved and did not create undue noise even when we had about 50 of them on our floor. The breakfast was good and in and out was quick. The only complaint I had was that the matress on the bed needed to be replaced as it had a week spot in the middle from use and this tends to make couples get a lot closer than they might otherwise plan to be.

38-51 Bedford Way London England

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to University of London and Russell Square
  • Onsite dining
  • Business center
  • 24-hour front desk

Located in Bloomsbury, The Royal National Hotel is within a 5-minute walk of popular attractions such as University of London and Russell Square. This 1271-room, 3-star hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like a restaurant, a business center, and a 24-hour front desk. Centrally located in London, the hotel is also a short walk from The British Museum and St George’s, Bloomsbury.


Dining

You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge or visit the onsite restaurant for a bite to eat. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room.


Rooms

The 1271 rooms have coffee makers and phones. For entertainment, guests can expect to find TVs. Rooms also include hair dryers.


Property features

Guests of The Royal National Hotel have access to a business center and a hair salon. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to help secure valuables, and answer any questions about the area.

Room options

Double Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Twin Room

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Triple Room

Twin 3 | Sleeps 3

Single Room

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Guest reviews for The Royal National Hotel

Everyone (1) Couples (4) Business (4) Family (6) Other (3)
2

location is the only positive comment

Everyone

I felt like I was staying in a frat house. There were so many 18-25 year olds staying here and they were so loud at night. The bed in my room was broken and the carpet was so dirty. The heat also was not working in my room. Location is good, but that's about it.

By on Dec 1, 2016

1

father/daughter vacation

Families

First arrival to the hotel the check in line was about 45 minutes long. They would not accept my reservation on my smart phone and needed a printed copy to check me in. There was no internet in the room . The only WIFI was in the crowded restaurant and had a very weak internet signal. The room was very basic and outdated. The hotel is designed to accommodate mass quantity's of tourist for a budget price. The line for the free continental breakfast was out the door in the morning and the only thing left for breakfast was cereal and toast. Two elevators were out of order and cause a long wait the use the lift. I would not recommend this hotel. Spend a little extra and stay somewhere else.

By on Sep 17, 2014

3

london's family getaway

Families

This hotel charges extra charge 5 pounds per breakfast. The next door hotel offers the same breakfast free of charge

By on Aug 6, 2014

2

will not be coming back!

Couples

We were disappointed by our stay here. This is a large hotel with numerous rooms - and hospitality is lacking. The hotel staff mocked me when I mentioned at 11:30 pm that the room was quite noisy and asked if we could be moved to a quieter room - just said they would ask the people in the pub below to be quiet! Really?? All they needed to do was to say they were fully booked and had no other room available. Although they found another room for us for the next night which was quiet, I did not appreciate the condescending attitude I received the first evening of my stay at all, and perhaps this colored my view of our entire experience here.

By on Jul 12, 2014

3

one night at russel square

Singles

Breakfast is poor, hotel is so loud. There is another hotel in blocks is much better

By on Jul 8, 2014

4

good hotel

Families

they met our needs, was on the tour list for hotel pickups

By on May 16, 2014

2

not good

Singles

Okay, I admit I was just looking for someplace inexpensive to lay over for the night between trains at Euston. But this place was poor. Stale rooms, poor beds, overcrowded lobby and reception and breakfast as well. The place is huge and they just don't have the personnel or facilities to deal with everyone. Wifi in lobby only, which leads to people sitting in every available spot, including the floor. (Plus, it doesn't work well.) No shampoo in the room. So, I call and am told I can't get any until housekeeping opens at 8 a.m.--after my train leaves. No iron. No hair dryer. Stay away unless you have little other choice.

By on Apr 29, 2014

3

royal national nov. 2012

BusinessTravelers

Great location, OK room quality. You get what you pay for and this is pretty much what I expected. I would stay there again as I do not spend much time in the room or at the hotel.

By on Nov 26, 2012

2

seemed like a college dormitory

Couples

Very busy, big business place. Huge operation with no personal touch.

By on Jul 7, 2012

1

re-think this one

Couples

This hotel is a party hotel: the people on the street party all night, and the people in the hotel party all night. If you're actually looking to get a good nights sleep, re-think this one. We stayed here 2 times in 7 days (pre-booked) and we regretted the decision. There were kids everywhere making a lot of noise, and the adults were no better. Someone was knocking on my door at 2a.m. This hotel is very noisy. We paid a lot for this room, and we would never stay here again.

By on Mar 23, 2012