|In the shower at the St Giles Hotel, London|
For the past two years, I've been commuting to London. I'm always in the Capitol for events, research trips and seeing friends, most of the time it's a case of go early in the morning and get a late train back home, which sometimes means I miss the best bits of parties and events, but staying in London is expensive and for me, being just over an hours train journey away, unjustified.
With tickets to The Comedy About A Bank Robbery
booked for myself and Adam and with a few places we wanted to visit as well as the show, I did the romance ninja
move and booked an overnight stay, a staycation so we could do and explore more without the time constraints or pressure.
|Our comfy bed for the night|
I booked via booking.com
and basically looked for the most central London hotel, in zone 1
at the lowest price (I'm on a student finance budget, I'm not hiding that!
) I booked a double room at the St Giles Hotel
with the option of cancellation up to 24 hours before. I secured my card and paid £76 for the night
at the hotel on arrival. I didn't opt for breakfast and neither did Adam: when in London, experience all the amazing eateries!
|The storage and desk |
The St Giles Hotel is on Bedford Avenue, on the end of Oxford Street, a stones throw away from Soho and a 5 minute walk from Bloomsbury / Holborn area. It's a great central location. For shopping, bars, restaurants and clubs, theatres, the British museum and quite literally opposite the new Tottenham Court Road Station.
Don't let the central location put you off though, it's quiet (unless the steel pan band is playing over the road!) Overnight there was no noise disturbance on a busy night in London, I even opened the blinds in the windows to get a better view of what was going on in the city because it was so quiet.
The hotel itself is a miss match of rooms and a leisure complex, with shops below the hotel and a casino. It's an old building trying to adapt to the pressure of 12 floors and probably about 600 rooms + , the stairs wind around the building and take forever to get you down a floor, even if you're just going from 1 to 0, you can use the lifts but you could wait 10 minutes just for one to arrive.
|Settling in for the night|
It's an old building trying to keep up with the growth and demands of modern life in a hotel and every travellers needs.
|All the essentials in the poorly lit hotel room|
The hotel room itself, 113, was just what we needed. A small space that incorporated lots of storage and hanging space for our clothes, belongings and overnight case and bag. The space was well organised, allowing you room to move and store everything, as well as home comforts such as the TV, kettle and hot drinks as well as a desk and chair.
The bathroom was a petite little room with a shower, toilet and sink with a massive wall mirror, result. The shower was heaven! I'm so down for a hotel power shower. Top shower marks, St Giles! The towels and soap were provided and were cleverly placed and slotted into the small washing space.
|Giving the shower a whirl!|
Overall, It's a compact hotel space that you'd expect in any inner city hotel, but very clean, could not fault the cleanliness and freshness of the hotel room despite not having an openable window. The window panels featured blinds within them, which I opened to get the best line of eye sight from my bed. When I woke up in the early hours, I just watched the busses go by, very relaxing in a weird unusual, I don't do this every day way.
|The view from the window|
It was a short but sweet overnight staycation at the St Giles Hotel in London and I'd happily stay there again.