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Budget hotel london.. similar to Celtic would be great

Hello.. last year we stayed at a hotel I found via suggestions on this site.. its a small hotel not offered on booking sites.. and its a gem. However they have not responded to repeated emails.. and I do plan on phoning them tomorrow ( my first email to them was a week ago ) .. but just in case there is a problem I need some back up ideas.

That hotel is the Celtic ( formely St Margarets I understand) and we loved it.. great breakfast.. spacious ( for Europe and for price) room.. private ensuite ( although hotel does offer cheaper rooms with shared bathrooms) .. no ac.. but we are going in May and don't need it.. and no elevator, but we also don't need that.. Had a great included breakfast and that was bonus!
Location was convenient to walking to some sites and to the tube station, Russell Square.

Anyways.. so I need either two double rooms.. or one triple and a single, or some sort of combination of rooms. I need an ensuite. .toilet.. not just a wash basin,, and other then that clean and good location. Our visit is only for 4-5 nights.. so not interested in renting an apartment in the suburbs.. would prefer a hotel for this visit ( or guest house etc)

Budget is about 100 GBPs a night.. give or take a bit.

Thank you in advance!

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Pat--How about the Ridgemount Hotel, also in Bloomsbury on Gower. Double ensuite lists for 106 GBP through March 31. Was reminded of them in the Bad London Hotel thread, I believe they are a Fodor's recommendation. Tried to get them back in 2013, they were full(we were looking for early July), and wound up discovering the Celtic. Other than a booking snafu over room type, which they did resolve for us when they could, we were happy with the Celtic. I am finding it odd that you can't reach them.

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Also can recommend the Captain Bligh House in Lambeth across from the IWM, slightly more expensive, and no breakfast as they are housekeeping units, but owners incredible. We think of them as a B and B without the Breakfast. 5 "apartments", all fully equipped.

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You may indeed be able to get in touch with them by phone. Here's the Trip Advisor page on the Celtic, with the latest review by a man who stayed there September 2015, so they are not closed.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g186338-d734596-r311291894-Celtic_Hotel-London_England.html

My back-up suggestion would be the Premier Inn Southwark-Borough Market. We stayed there in the fall a couple of years ago for 134 GBPs per night. Very nice.

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Thanks for alternate suggestions!!

Happily the Celtic got back to me so have London stay sewn up, now on to plan the following 17 days, and we have no idea where that will be!

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Pat, or anyone else who has stayed at the Celtic: It looks like the Celtic is in a great area. Is the hotel itself quiet? We're generally only in the hotel to sleep, but a peaceful night is very important. And how's the breakfast? (Also important!) Thanks.

Oh, I just read the OP more carefully, and see that Pat mentioned "Great breakfast." Details?

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Breakfast is adult acceptable English breakfast, with some options. Sorry, forgetting the details. Lise we di not have an issue with. However,due to a snafu on our reservation, on one night we were split and I was in a small single at the back on the ground floor. From where the rumble of the Picadilly line passing under - the back is just south of Russell Square Station - could be felt/heard. Not noticed higher up. We also had to go to the common area to get wifi. In all, perfectly fine, especially for the price and location.

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Well we stayed there 4 nights and did not notice noise from tube.. ?? Perhaps we are insensitive or maybe since our room was located at front of hotel it was a non issue( think line is behind hotel not in front) We were only on the first floor up, and we had to leave windows open because it was warm.

The breakfast was good. We liked the way it was served in courses. You did not have to eat all of them of course.. but we did.. I usually started with oatmeal, hubby with granola. Main dish was eggs,' bacon, ham , sausages and blood sausage.Toast

At first we didn't realize we could custom order.. default seems to be one of each type of meat with two eggs fried. .. but we then figured it out and I would get just sausages and scrambled eggs.. and hubby would ask for three eggs over easy.. and double blood sausage.. ( yech) . juice coffee tea, we found breakfast girls were very nice.

Rooms are not fancy.. but we found them comfortable, and for price, a decent size.. We find London very expensive.. and on same trip last year we stayed at Studios2Let near Euston Station and it was horrible.. more expensive. and bathroom was so tiny you could not shut door without it hitting your knees if you sat on toilet.. so second half of our trip , room so small bed was against wall on one side and only two feet at end of bed to wall.. , arriving at the Celtic.. was such a relief!

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Thanks to both of you. We're also checking out the Ridgemount, in the same area. I've emailed both for reservation information, and should hear back from them today. The area looks really interesting. We're planning to do some intense sightseeing this time - didn't have much free time on our Best of London trip last spring, and then I got sick... Anyway, we have a lot of things to check out, and the Russell Square/Bloomsbury area seems perfect.

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Ground floor, at back. I am unfortunately noise sensitive when I am trying to sleep. I would hear the low rumble, bass is a killer to me, and let it bother me, admittedly I was having a bad night. This would likely not be an issue for most others, and certainly not in any room off the foundation. Once asleep it did not wake me.

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Pat, how did you get in touch with the Celtic? I've tried emailing them (2 different addresses) and have not heard back yet.

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Jane I admit it was a pain.. I emailed them like three times too.. they finally got back all apologies..

I used reservations@celtichotel.com

I was finally going to phone them .. when they replied.

I know it seems unnerving, and that's understandable.. it wasnst so bad for me since I had stayed there I knew they were family run and the lady is just a bit slow.. ( as in slow responding)

I looked at the Ridgemount too and it seems like a good choice also.

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Thanks, Pat. That's one of the emails I tried; the other was .co.uk instead of .com. I did hear back from the Ridgemount; they're already booked for our dates next May! I'll wait for the Celtic; in addition I found a cheaper rate for Kensington Gardens, a place we've stayed in the past and enjoyed.

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I just want to say thank you to everyone who has contributed to this thread.
We're looking for a hotel in London and, based on what we read here, we've narrowed it down to either the Ridgemount or the Celtic. We have rates for a quad (it will be my wife and I and our daughter and her husband who are currently living in Swansea, Wales. And while four adults in a room can be a bit much, they are young and we've traveled with them many times before - after the four of us in a cruise ship cabin, we can probably stay anywhere) from both and they are comparable in price.
Now, we just have to select one. It appears the Ridgemount is my wife's choice.
Thanks again,
Cary