Arosfa

83 Gower Street, London, United Kingdom, WC1E 6HJ

Price from: £64

Arosfa B&B - exterior

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expert-rated hotels in London
Expert overall rating:3.6 out of 5
Location:
4.4
4.4
Bedrooms:
3.5
3.5
Eating/drinking:
0
N/A
Public areas:
4
4.0
Leisure facilities:
0
N/A
Service:
4
4.0
Value for money:
4.1
4.1
Recommended for:
Culture vultures, Education

Expert review of Arosfa

Cheap and friendly bed-and-breakfast near the British Museum.

Friendly owners and equally friendly room rates make this my pick of the traditional b&bs strung out down Gower Street. I also like having access to the sheltered lawn out back.

Location: 

These terraced houses are dark grey and a look a bit stern, which I think is rather appropriate for London’s university district! You’re a block north of the British Museum and a couple of blocks south of the British Library. It’s also an easy walk to the restaurants and shops of Soho and Covent Garden. Goodge Street station is your nearest tube - a couple of minutes' stroll along Chenies Street on to Gower Street.

Bedrooms: 

The street is pretty busy with traffic, so ask for a back room if you’re a light sleeper. The owners are steadily updating the rooms - double-glazing, new carpets and flatscreen TVs are already in, while the tiny pod-style bathrooms are steadily being taken out and replaced by proper tiling. Expect room sizes to vary, as with every historic townhouse. There’s free Wi-Fi throughout.

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Public areas: 

The house is a couple of hundred years’ old, which leaves no room for a lift. I found the décor charming but a little confused - there are sweetly bling touches like the silver lizard on the hall table, the handsome and comfy lounge (with free internet station for guests) has a black-and-white print of the New York skyline, but there are Pre-Raphaelite prints in the hall (the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood was formed at no.7 in 1848, where Millais painted Elizabeth Siddall for his famous Ophelia). The sheltered back lawn (with resident canary) is open to guests.

Eating and drinking: 

Full English breakfast is served in a basement dining room from 7.30am to 9am (8am to 9.30am Saturday and Sunday).

Service: 

Friendly and accommodating.

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Who stays there: 

A spot for tourists after a bargain, especially those keen on the bookish pleasures of Bloomsbury and the British Museum.

Price advice: 

Payment is routinely taken the day before departure. Breakfast and tax is included in the room rate.

Pros: 
Good prices for central location
Comfy lounge
Cons: 
Some small rooms
‘Pod’ bathrooms still in many rooms

More information on Arosfa:

Price from:
£64
Type:
Bed & Breakfast
Address:
83 Gower Street, London, United Kingdom, WC1E 6HJ
Amenities:
High-Speed Internet
Neighbourhood:
Bloomsbury

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