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The Royal National Hotel, London. Review.
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Wow, I’m sorry to hear that, I will be in the County Hotel and a Hostel also, are the directions from the Airports to the Royal National Hotel, still accurate??? do you have facebook?
Yeah the place is easy to find. Tube from the airport to Russel Square station and around the corner. And take the advice of many fellow travellers and DON’T take the stairs at the tube station – wait for the lift <!--graemlin::)-->
Yes, I do have facebook.
Kitty Kat- When I booked to stay at the Royal National Hotel in London it was mentioned and noted that they do NOT accept check-in before 2pm, and this is the case with sooooo many travellers, and would have seen heaps of people chilling out on the couches etc etc.
Although the Royal National is not the most amazing place to stay, for how much you are paying and only using it to crash before and after the tour, I wouldnt think ppl should expect much.
I was quite impressed with the RN, although I had many troubles with the key access card and bits n pieces, they were able to let me borrow adaptors and help out with dot-to-dot service etc.
I work in a hotel, I know the deal with check-in times – the thing is I had ALREADY paid for the previous night therefore I should have been able to check-in anytime after 2pm the PREVIOUS day bacause I had bought the room for two consecutive nights – you could say I was checking in late not early. If you pay for two nights you don’t sleep at night and vacate the room during the day – you’re entitled to it from check-in day 1 to check out day 3.
And as for expecting too much for the price, regardless of how much you pay for a room I would expect the staff to at least be polite & helpful.
Kitty Kat, I’m going to be there at the RN from September 18th to 20th, which is when my tour starts. I haven’t paid for the hotel yet, and I just need a place to crash for the night, so would you recommend any backpackers places close by to stay at instead of thr RN? I need it to be close enough to the RN so that I can make it to the start of the tour at 6 am.
Well I stayed at “smart Russell Square” backpackers behind Russel square station for the two weeks I was in London after my tour – they were fine and only 14pounds/night at the time. It’s only just around the corner from TRN, about 3 minutes walk. Not that I’d reccommend TRN, but I suppose if you don’t mind paying 75pounds for a crappy room and you get there after 2pm you should be right. I’d still go the backpackers though – and I’m not really a backpacker type person. Even ifyou are getting into London early they will store your bags in a locked room for you, and they have a pretty good kitchen/lounge area
Another local hostel thats pretty good is The Generator. Its a 5-10min walk from the royal national but quite worth it. Its a bunk bed style hostel set back off the road and has a very cool atmosphere.
2 pound drinks during happy hour, for any kind of drink you want (beers, cocktails, shots).
As for the royal national, i stayed there after my tour and didnt have any problems at all. The food in the pub downstairs was awesome! Best chicken kievs ever!!
I personally would definitely try and book into a hostel…generator or smart russell square…TRN is convenient but definitely not reasonable in price.
I stayed here for 2 nights before my tour and 1 night after…the 2 nights before were good but the room on the last night before i flew home was filthy. had not been cleaned when we checked in and and even had a used tampon on the side of the shower/bath and hair all through the room.
Smart russell square hostel is cheap and from what ive heard fantastic…i havent stayed here yet but it is right behind the train station and is literally 2 minutes to TRN so its not hard to get there on you departure morning!
Hi Kitty Kat,
we were going to stay at the TRN, but i thought the price that the travel agent had quoted us was too expensive for 1 night pre and three nights post. It was going to cost us $720 AUD each…
So i found accommodation myself which is gonna cost us roughly $500 AUD for the both of us. We’ll be staying at The Generator, which i’ve heard great reviews about.
Hopefully we won’t have any troubles there…fingers crossed…
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