When in London in May I stayed for a week in an Air BnB apartment. The final night however, I decided I would try and find a hotel near St Pancras station. This was because the next morning I had to take the Eurostar to Paris. So I looked around for something suitable and not too expensive. And so it was I ended up at the Elmwood Hotel.
Location-wise I couldn’t have done any better, the Elmwood Hotel was less than five minutes walk from both St Pancras and King’s Cross stations. Just down a side street opposite. There were a few places to eat naturally enough as well.
The reception was a cute little window, and they put me up on one of the top floors. I had so much to lug, I asked if there were any other options (there was no lift) and kindly they put me in a room on the below ground floor, one set of stairs down, next to the breakfast room. They had no vacancies that night so that was very kind of them.
The room was small, for sure, especially the bathroom but it was all I needed. There was wifi of course! A real ‘single room’, with just the one single bed. A television which was nice. It was clean if basic. A small desk. A window to a small courtyard where they hung the washing.
The bathroom was a bit basic and cramped, even for just the one person, so that’s probably the biggest minus of the place.
The price included a buffet breakfast and it was actually very decent indeed. I filled up well on the one morning I had there before walking down the street and across the road to St Pancras station. The breakfast room was full too, people were having to wait for tables to be vacated before they could sit down and have their breakfast. I was actually quite surprised at how many people there were staying there, because I’d hardly seen a soul since arrival.
So, the Elmwood Hotel. It’s adequate, that might be the best way to summarise. It was all I needed for a quick getaway in the morning, and that was all it was meant to be. I can’t imagine having a long stay there, it would be too small and cramped, but for one or maybe two nights, well, it’s just what was needed. Price is, though, a bit steep for what you get, basically a budget room at mid-range prices. But, it is London and if you’re looking for something cheaper, well, you probably will get something worse!
Value for Money: 2.5/5
TOTAL: 16/25 (64/100)
Thanks for reading – May the Journey Never End!