61-63 Guilford Street, London, United Kingdom
Doubles from: $124
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
What makes the Celtic Hotel one of our favorite in London? Probably its magical combination of reasonable rates, a fabulous Bloomsbury location, and friendly proprietors.
Pros: Sweet staff. Impeccably clean. Homey. Convenient Bloomsbury location. Cheap.
Cons: Rooms are basic (and sometimes small). Reserving can be difficult, as it fills up.
First, let’s get this out of the way: The Celtic Hotel is one of our favorite budget hotels in Europe. It ticks off the boxes for all of the things we hold dear: lovely proprietors, reasonable rates, clean rooms, and a central location. In short, it’s hard to find anything to complain about (aside from the difficulty of booking a room, given the hotel’s popularity!).
As the Celtic is comprised of three townhouses combined into a hotel, its 35 rooms vary quite significantly in size. However, high ceilings and pastel-toned walls help make even the tiny singles feel a little less cramped. Furnishings are basic and utilitarian, with simple curtains and comforters, but there are a few details (like framed floral prints and cute lamps) that increase the charm quotient.
All rooms offer free Wi-Fi and TV (and the list of amenities end there).
The bathroom situation depends on which type of room you book: The most basic (and cheapest) singles and doubles share toilets and showers, although all are equipped with their own in-room sinks. The most expensive rooms have private bathrooms, while there are also middle-of-the-road rooms that have either only a shower or only a toilet.
Whatever the configuration, the bathrooms are spotless (they actually look brand new), and there are plenty of shared facilities to go around. The especially modest should note, however, that the “shower-no-toilet” rooms have free-standing showers—with no separate door.
The Hotel Celtic has two spacious lounges, each done up with a mishmash of comfortable furniture and traditional fireplace. One has a television, and both are great for curling up with a book or stroking the resident cat (named “Dog”).
Mr. and Mrs. Marazzi, the Celtic’s very friendly Italian owners, keep the place comfortable and homey. The family is so delightfully friendly that when they moved operations (from the St. Margaret’s Hotel, a former EuroCheapo favorite located just a few blocks away), virtually their entire staff wanted to move with them. (Read our Q&A with Mrs. Marazzi here.)
The Celtic goes way beyond standard duty for a hotel in its price category. Its rates aren’t the absolute cheapest in London, but given its top-notch service and its location bang in the center of town (across the street from Russell Square, and very near the British Museum, Kings Cross Station and the West End), the hotel represents a great value.
Breakfast, included in the room rate, is made to order and served in a light, airy room with mirrored walls.
In 2012, the Celtic opened a small apartment in the basement that sleeps up to four. It’s a homey space with an old fireplace, one double bed, two twins and a small kitchenette.
Note: The hotel does not have an elevator.
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor and is recommended based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Breakfast Included
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Bathroom: Private
About the Celtic Hotel neighborhood
Leafy Bloomsbury is centered around Russell Square, north of Piccadilly Circus and the West End, and boasts the British Museum, University of London, and Georgian townhouse-lined streets. Budget-friendly B&Bs line Gower Street, just west of the University.