The comforting Alhambra is an inn with heart, and a top value in Frommer’s ever since Europe on $5 a Day. They care. Its proprietors, whose lineage has owned the land for decades and aren’t at risk of being elbowed out like so many others, take pride in the business and they keep prices low. Picture simple, small, but dignified rooms squeezed into old spaces, but always spotless and freshened up with bright bedspreads, inviting royal-blue carpeting, built-in desks with chairs, and flat-screen TVs (but no phones). Bruno Cabral handles the hotel’s modern service, such as the addition of free fiber-optic Wi-Fi and in-room safes, rarities for this price point. If you share a bathroom, there are plenty to go around. Guests can use the lobby computer. The same family runs an annex across the street that has the same high standards with rooms sleeping up to four. In winter, it’s easy to negotiate rates down by as much as 30 percent.
17–19 Argyle St., WC1
Our Rating Neighborhood King's Cross Transportation Tube: King's Cross St Pancras Phone 020/7837-9575 Prices £87– £118 single, £98 –£143 double. Rates include full cooked breakfast. Amenities Lobby computer; free Wi-Fi Units 52 units Web site Alhambra Hotel
Map17–19 Argyle St., WC1 London
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