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Smart Russell Square Hostel

71 - 72 Guilford Street, London WC1N 1DF , England
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
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    2.5 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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Maple Ridge, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Really surprised by the quality of the accommodations here. Used for field school with Canadian students. Great locations, close to Tube. Everyone courteous and facilities clean. Would stay again, highly recommended for both group and individual travel! Can't beat location or prices! Happy!

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The toilets were clean and toilet paper were in stock but there is only 1 or 2 sinks per floor which is nowhere enough. The bed was surprisingly comfortable and the blanket was warm, I had a great night sleep. I like how each bed had individual curtains for privacy, and the linen were washed really clean. Location is excellent.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent! Way better than I expected. Clean, quiet. Had booked single room. Very tiny airplane size bathroom...ok for a small person. Larger ppl will find this bathroom too small to use, the shower in particular. Properly cleaned daily. Nice manager. Helped us store all the bags for a group of 17 people! So convenient to Tube and museums. Will stay... More 

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Melbourne
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed here when looking for a place to stay more longterm in London. I stayed in a smelly 15 bed dorm. The showers are very far underground. The wifi was poor. But overall it was super cheap - and you get what you pay for.

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yes it is cheap and the staff were friendly enough. But the rooms are tiny with as many beds squashed into it as possible with absolutely no air flow, no storage space for luggage and the smell of stinky shoes.

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Smart Hostels L, Public Relations Manager at Smart Russell Square Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are happy that you found our staff welcoming, it is unfortunate that you had a bad experience with our dormitories. Our objective is to supply accommodation in central London at a competitive rate. Being so close to the centre our floor space is limited but we do have a wide range of room sizes... More 

Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've done a lot of travel in the USA, Europe and Asia, and this is by far the worst hostel I've ever stayed at. We stayed in a 9-bed dorm. It was TINY. Three beds in three bunks, and no space. There was no lockers/storage so what little room there was, was filled with bags etc. There was a small... More 

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Smart Hostels L, Public Relations Manager at Smart Russell Square Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. We apologise there were aspects of your stay you did not enjoy, we aim to provide clean and cheap accommodation close to the centre of London. Being so central, floor space is restrictive but we have a wide range of room sizes to suite a large spectrum of budgets. Our rooms have 2 power sockets... More 

London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The epitome of average. I booked for 4 nights and was informed on arrival that I would have to move to a different room after 1 night, it proved rather difficult trying to get my luggage up the stairs to the third floor as there is no elevator. The rooms are very stuffy and there is little ventilation, even with... More 

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Hamilton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First visit and we shared a 4 bed dorm..Great location close to everything we wanted to see (British Museum, Theatre land etc) plenty of room for us. Plenty for breakfast (most importantly coffee) included. I have limited mobility and struggled with the stairs so not for those who can't do stairs unless you want to share a 12 bed dorm.... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 via mobile

Well what a delightful stay was had at the smart Russell hostel. I was worried as this was my first visit to a hostel, how wrong was I. The staff went out there way to make our stay memorable. The security staff actually paid us a visit around 2am probably just to check we all made it back ok. What... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 via mobile

Cracking hostel beds massive and comfy only problem is the showers I could piss more powerfully and warmer. Night staff liked a moan as well for just farting too loud other then that decent clean place

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