Due to the joy’s of international business I found myself with a need to get on a train at some ridiculously early time so that I could meet clients who knows where country England. Naturally that mean looking for a place to stay in close proximity to Euston station. Hotels in Euston vicinity there are many. They vary from less than budget to national debts in price and so I found myself dragging a suitcase along a backroad to a hotel that had the appearance of every other building in London. Bland and boring faded tan interrupted by repugnant grey. It did not look positive. I subsequently discovered that around Euston is like that.
Never mind, to bed. I have previously elucidated as the my preferences for rooms and it all starts with the bed. Clean sheets, big bed, check. Ooo bonus marks, the bed is firm and pillows middling stiff. Best hotel bed for a while. Bathroom is clean and there are no mold bits or wet patches, check.
Is the place a shoe box? No room to swing a cat. Or in this case no opportunity to unpack a suitcase short of having it up on the bed. Is there a fridge with things in it? No. Is there bottled water there for free? No. Is the room well laid out? Surprisingly yes. Is the desk usable for work? Not really there is a TV in the way. Is there a weird smell? No.
The important things. Where are the power points? Next to the desk? No but it’s close enough. Pass marks. Next to the night table? Well there is no night table but there is a second point right next to the bed. Pass. Lastly and perhaps almost as important as the power. Do you have free, good quality internet access? Good.
Room, Bed and in room Facilities – 3.5 star
I was greeted by some fantastically nice staff but unfortunately they seem to be governed an acranistic set of rules. Why on earth do you need to give hotel staff your passport number. Firstly I am an English citizen and secondly people living in England with English accents seem to avoid this. Still it’s not the fault of the staff.
When there are was something that I needed the staff to do they were more than willing to accommodate my need for clean laundry and to hold onto a bag for 6 hours.
Staff, service and checking out and in – 4 stars
I took the breakfast package as part of my stay. After staying at more expensive hotels in London I was not expecting the cheaper Thistle to offer a breakfast as good. I was in for a surprise and though there wasn’t the same level of options for the breads (I don’t eat a lot of bread) on the side I would say that this was the only short coming.
As I mentioned above Euston is not the center of the party when it comes to London. So going out to find a meal and some for of entertainment was a bit of an ordeal. I ended up having a meal in Euston Station. A bit of a let down to be honest but staying at Euston is about convenience it is not a foodie or entertainment destination.
Food, beverages and entertainment – 4 stars
Though there are a number of things that annoyed me about my stay at the thistle such as the small room and the fact that breakfast starts at 6:30 all in all I enjoyed my stay at the Thistle and I would stay there again.
Hotel score: 4 stars