Editor's Note: This property was formerly the Thistle Islington.
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Grimsby, England, United Kingdom
December 1, 2012
London pt. 2,
Uk Hotels part 2
Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
June 1, 2004
Called the Thistle Islington, it is not too far from the Angel and Upper Street (the heart of Islington), and it is ideally located for Kings Cross and St. Pancras mainline train stations - within a couple of minutes walking distance but not so near that you get the sleaze that surrounds the immediate area of the station.
The rack rate should have been around 175.00 Pounds but we paid just 63.00 Pounds for a double room - a great saving and a very good price for a four-star hotel in London. When we arrived early on Saturday morning our room was not ready so we took up the option of having the concierge lock our bags away safely until we returned later in the day. When we did return we checked in and were told that we had been upgraded to an executive room which a quick glance at the rack rates showed would normally cost 214.00 Pounds. We found our room to be clean, comfortable and equipped with everything we needed.
The en-suite bathroom had a bath with an overhead shower and everything was spotless.
The bed was perhaps a little small - my partner is a shade over six feet tall and his feet were just over the edge of the bed, although this was due in part to the sheer bulk of the pillows. The bed was comfortable and we were not disturbed by traffic noise or noise from other guests as they came in and out past our door.
Tea and coffee-making equipment was tidily hidden away and there was a trouser press, hair-drier and television with terrestrial TV and radio stations and a couple of pay-per-view channels.
All rooms in this hotel have air-conditioning, which was greatly appreciated, as it was a hot night.
Breakfast was not included but was available for around 9.00 Pounds, which we thought, was a bit expensive and wanting an early start we preferred to eat elsewhere.
Service was OK - not exceptional or particularly friendly - the only contact we had with staff was at reception - the concierge though was pleasant and chatty.
The hotel also has a restaurant ("Faya") which serves a range of light meals and a variety of main dishes and there is a bar situated next to the hotel entrance. The Thistle Islington has secure parking spaces but these are limited. Reception can advise on price of parking and availability.
Providing you can get a reduced rate I would recommend this hotel unreservedly. Clearly you pay more for quiet and comfort but why pay over the odds?
We booked through www.lastminutelondon.co.uk but enquiries can also be made to
(Family rooms can only be booked through reception not through any websites)
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