The Kingsley Hotel (Thistle) review
Just checked into The Kingsley Hotel and it's pretty posh. Or maybe it's not posh, because I don't really go anywhere that's posh. But by my lowly standards... it's posh. Even the cleaner I bumped into is nice and polite and posh. Every time you pass a member of staff they smile and say hello like they've met you before.
I'm sitting on my bed writing this, so let me describe the room to you. It's pretty pokey. Are all 4-star hotels this pokey? It's no bigger than some of the 3-stars I've stayed at. It's pretty nice though. Got all the normal TV, satellite channels, radio, wifi, kettle and a cup of tea... but this always winds me up big time... this is my pet hate... they give you bazillions of tea-bags and coffees and sugars, but only 2 milks! How are you supposed to drink all those other tea bags when you've only got 2 milks? If I ever own a hotel then that's the first thing I'll do -- supply a load of extra milks to the rooms. They give you a piddly little biscuit too. It's like a fun-size one. Have you ever seen those little fun-size cans of coke, that are about as much fun as a boot in the nuts? Well, I never knew before today that it was possible to buy a fun-size biscuit, but here it is... I actually lost it in my mouth, that is how small it is. The crumbs are bigger than the biscuit.
I've got a nice view out the window... let me describe it to you. It's basically a fire escape and a big brick wall, with some black netting all over the place to stop the birds crapping on the windowsill. And I've got a load of residential windows opposite as well, so I can peer into peoples' rooms if I get bored.
Okay, now I'm sitting on the toilet (yeah I know... too much information). This is a good example of how posh this place is -- they've got a bar of "green tea and ginger soap" on the sink. Green tea soap? What is that all about? I might try and melt it in the teapot once I've used up all the milks. They've even got a flannel in here. I've never been to a hotel that gives you a flannel before. Usually you get two towels that are about the same size as a flannel, but this place gives you a few towels plus a flannel. Luxury!
I'm sitting in the downstairs bar now. The kind of places that I normally go to have a bowl of peanuts on the bar, but this place has got a bowl of bananas and soft jazz playing in the background. There are a few business types dotted around all suited up and chatting to their business buddies, wearing business suits, talking about business.
The restaurant is nice enough and the staff are friendly too. Breakfast is a self-serve affair with baked beans, scrambled eggs, sausages, bacon, hash browns, toast, muesli, cereal, fruit... whatever you want.
As for its location, that's pretty good to. It's literally 60 seconds from the British Museum. If you walk along the road it will take you all the way down Shaftesbury Avenue to Piccadilly Circus (12-15 min walk). Leicester Square is very close too, and Covent Garden is within stagger distance. St. Paul's and Big Ben are probably at the absolute limit of where I'd walk to (half-hour at my pace)... any further than that and I'd have to get the bus. There are loads of bus stops and a tube station nearby.
To sum up then... a nice hotel. Not my all-time favourite, but I'd happily stay here again.
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