No Air conditioning
This hotel is situated nicely in Russell square which has alot of activities in the vicinity. However, due to the recent bombings, the Underground tube in Russell square has been closed down for repairs making trips by underground train anywhere (especially to Heathrow airport) a mess. The hotel is still in the process of renovating & the accomodations appear nice & appealing & the rooms are decently sized. However, we went during the summer when it can get somewhat warm during the day. The a/c units appear fairly new & in no form of disrepair yet none of them worked. It became unbearably hot in our room after the heat from the bathroom shower filled the bedroom. I complained to a somewhat unsympathetic front desk & instead of being offered another room, we were told a fan would be brought up to us. It was a cool night & had the windows NOT been bolted down, we could have been comfortable. A porter came to our room & agreed that the room was hot & he also was unable to open the windows. We were then offered another room by the front desk - this room was 2 rooms down with a non-working a/c unit also. However, the windows could be pried open & were given a fan. It was tolerable but not up to par with the high praise that was given on other reviews. This place would be nice to stay in during the cold or cooler months BUT I would NOT recommend to stay here during the summer.
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