Hub by Premier Inn, King’s Cross London

We booked this place before it had even opened and we got three nights for £151 – a price we’re unlikely to ever get again for that length of stay in central London.

Grateful for the bargain, we expected little more than a clean place to stay in the Big Smoke. It’s a convenient five minute walk from King’s Cross Underground and the brand new hotel is as modern as they come.

But the technology didn’t get off to a great start when the automatic check-in machine failed to recognise my reference number. My name did the trick, however, and we were soon on the way to our third floor room.

The rooms are tiny, with barely enough room to stand between the bed and the wall. A giant, cartoon map of London adorns the opposite wall and a small, unopenable, window gave us a view over the train tracks below.

Lights and heat are all controlled by a panel built in to the headboard, which led to my clumsy ass accidentally dimming or brightening the room on a number of occasions. But once you get the hang of it, it’s a nifty little system.

The shower room is small but has everything you need, while a hairdryer, coat hooks and a beer bottle opener (yes, really) are fitted to the wall behind the room’s door.

The TV is more than big enough and has all the basic channels. Only one bath towel and one hand towel are provided, which was a little disappointing since there were two of us in the room.

Staff were pleasant and helpful with directions while the bar looked clean enough, with a steady flow of customers.

For the price, you couldn’t really ask for much more. And as for the location, you’ll do well to find a more handily placed hotel anywhere in London. Ideal.

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