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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
When you think abstractly about London budget hotels, a hotel just like the Seven Dials is probably floating around in your head. It’s a cramped two-star hotel in just about the best location possible, smack-dab on Monmouth Street in one of the cutest—and most crowded—corners of London’s West End.
While not the cheapest pick, this simple yet sweet hotel is perfectly placed for exploring much of central London by foot.
Pros: Superb location. Very clean. Friendly staff.
Cons: A tad pricey (but good for the location). No elevator. Cramped rooms.
The 18 guest rooms at the Seven Dials Hotel are connected by a tiny, warren-like staircases and hallways. They’re clean, basic and bright, with hardwood floors, simple blonde furnishings and green-and-white striped bedspreads. They show some signs of age, but all is tidy and comfortable at this simple spot.
All rooms are equipped with coffee and tea facilities, a fan, telephone and TV. Despite the triple glazing (yes, you read that right) of the front windows, light sleepers should request back rooms. Monmouth is a hub of activity and you won’t want to be awakened by the din of late-night partiers.
The private bathrooms are clean, reasonably spacious and private. Some are comically small, and all are equipped with a hair dryer but no toiletries. (Note that one room has corresponding private facilities located outside the room.)
The only communal area at the Seven Dials Hotel is its nondescript basement breakfast room, where a full English breakfast (included in the room rate) is served.
The Seven Dials clientele consists mostly of business and tourist visitors, with nary a backpacker in sight. Guests come from the UK and elsewhere in Europe.
Free Wi-Fi reaches most, but not all, rooms (ask ahead if you require a room with Wi-Fi). Note that there is no elevator, and that the staircase is steep.
The hotel’s name is no lie. It is in fact located near the Seven Dials junction, where seven lanes come together in a roundabout crowned by a pillar which features, rather confusingly, a sundial with just six faces.
It’s a prime location, just behind the lively shops and restaurants of Covent Garden, and well placed for catching London’s theater scene. The Seven Dials is also within walking distance of the British Museum, bustling Picadilly Circus and lovely, leafy Bloomsbury.
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
- Cable TV
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About the Seven Dials Hotel neighborhood
Soho, bounded by Oxford, Piccadilly, Cambridge and St. Giles Circus, is a storm of activity, convenient to all of central London. Small streets buzz with nightlife, and overpriced boutiques sit next to fast food restaurants. Soho is a good launching pad and a fun—if noisy—place to dine, dance, and bed down.