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If you are planning to stay at St. Ermin's Hotel, here are five helpful things to know:
1. Finding the hotel. Although there's a nearby street called St. Ermin's Hill, and some maps seem to indicate it's at the end of this, the hotel is in fact accessible (though set back) from Caxton Street.
2. Breakfast options. As breakfast is not included with rooms as standard, it's good to know your options. Caxton Grill is the best place for a big breakfast — it's £19 (US$29) for the tasty continental buffet or £24 (US$36) for one hot meal (from salmon and scrambled eggs to a full English) plus the continental buffet — but those are the only two choices. Therefore, if you only desire a small breakfast, order individual items from room service.
3. Inconsistent Wi-Fi. While there is complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the London hotel, the signal is stronger in some rooms than others — and sometimes can drop off completely if you're in the wrong place. So if connectivity is essential, check the signal in your room as soon as you arrive. If it's not good, request to be moved or commit to surfing in the lobby.
4. A hidden gym. Although it isn't particularly advertised, and is difficult to find — indiscreetly hidden away beside room 264 — the gym at the luxury hotel is wonderful. Accessible with your room key 24 hours a day, the air-conditioned suite includes Precor treadmills and bikes (with built-in TVs), cross-trainers and a wealth of free weights. You can even hire a personal trainer for £130 (US$195) per hour. And as it's hard to find, you will likely have it all to yourself.
5. A long history. St. Ermin's Hotel is named after an ancient monastery reputed to have occupied the site prior to the 10th century. Granted, this isn't essential information, but it is quite interesting.