A well-kept, family-run spot, the comforting Alhambra is an inn with heart, and a top value. Its proprietors, whose family has owned the land for decades and isn’t at risk of being elbowed out, take pride in the family business, and they keep the prices low. Picture simple but dignified rooms (LCD TVs but no phones, always spotless) squeezed into old spaces and freshened up with bright bedspreads; cream pinstripe wallpaper; inviting royal blue carpeting; and built-in desks with chairs. Frank Valoti, the patriarch, does the cooking, and he dabbles in art, too; in the basement breakfast area, check out the pastel still life he drew to show Europeans what’s included in his generous full English breakfast. Bruno Cabral, his attentive son-in-law, handles the hotel’s modernization, such as the addition of free Wi-Fi and in-room safes, a rarity for this price point. If you share a bathroom, there are plenty to go around. The same family runs an annex across the street that has the same high standards. In winter, it’s easy to negotiate rates down by as much as 30%.
17-19 Argyle St., WC1
Our Rating Neighborhood King's Cross Transportation Tube: King's Cross St Pancras Phone 020/7837-9575 Prices Singles £69–£97, doubles £80–£111 Amenities Full breakfast, lobby computer, free Wi-Fi Units 52 units Web site Alhambra HotelBook a Room Now
Map17-19 Argyle St., WC1 London
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