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Smart Russell Square Hostel

1.0 of 5 Hostel   |   70 - 72 Guilford Street, London WC1N 1DF , England (Bloomsbury / Holborn)
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Ranked #395 of 611 Specialty lodging in London
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This hostel advertises as a youth hostel so the common room was also filled with children. I talked to a few of them and they said they were only in 8th grade. The common room is pretty bare bones with couches, a TV, and seating. One thing this hostel did that I wish others would incorporate is a community-use iron.... More

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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

... was my first thought when I finally found it. It's currently (June 2014) behind some scaffolding for construction, so besides that being pretty loud at night, it's difficult to find and see. The Staff were pretty friendly, but the whole place has weird vibes. The rooms are all over the place, and once you finally find one, they're three... More

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Scott P, Guest Relations Manager at Smart Russell Square Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. As you've probably read we are busy improving the facilities at the Hostel - showers and power points being just two of them! We really appreciate your feedback. Thanks again. More

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Backpacking through Europe on a budget, we picked this as our hostel for London. The heatwave that swept through London during our stay added to our frustrations with this place. The room we stayed in housed 24 travelers. There is no air conditioning in the room. Our attempts to sleep left us sweating throughout the night. The general lobby area... More

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Scott P, Guest Relations Manager at Smart Russell Square Hostel, responded to this review

Hello. It's unfortunate you hit the Hostel while we're upgrading and during the heatwave. We appreciate your feedback though and cannot wait for the renovations to be finished too. Cheers. More

Wales
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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ok well I'd never really choose to stay at a hostel but this was on a organised stag trip and booked via chillisauce.co.uk location wise it's very good tube station in the street behind with a tesco express and a pret ideal for breakfast !! We were a large group split between two rooms 8 in ours bunk beds 3... More

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Scott P, Guest Relations Manager at Smart Russell Square Hostel, responded to this review

Hello. Many thanks for taking the time to write a review. The room, toilet and power situation will improve once the renovations are finished. Hopefully you can compare on your next stag do, you'll be welcome! Cheers. More

Melbourne
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good location, close to Russell Square underground and generally easy to find however i found the staff not friendly and i felt like i was bothering them when asking enquiries. Also showers were terrible (literally a hose stuck on the wall) and my dorm was right next to building construction and the workers walking past my door which made me... More

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Scott P, Guest Relations Manager at Smart Russell Square Hostel, responded to this review

Hello. It's unfortunate you hit the Hostel while we're upgrading. We appreciate your feedback though and cannot wait for the renovations to be finished too. Cheers. More

Pontevedra, Spain
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

The staff wasn't too friendly and our room had people leaving at all times of the night, however the location is great. The main complaint I have is that the remodeling makes the place look pretty dodgy. They should put up a better sign.

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Scott P, Guest Relations Manager at Smart Russell Square Hostel, responded to this review

Hi. Thanks for your review. We apologise for any inconvenience while we upgrade, it'll be over soon and we will definitely be looking at better signage. Cheers. More

Split, Croatia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Hostel is very easy to find. It´s around 10 min by walk from subway. Rooms look like in hospital. Blue courtains and very small space. What i like was locker, which was free of charge and you dont need to use your lock, cause you can open it very simply with your card. For this card you need to pay... More

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Scott P, Guest Relations Manager at Smart Russell Square Hostel, responded to this review

Hi. Thanks for taking the time to write a review. Glad you found the Hostel's location helpful. Unfortunately for our current guests we are in the process of refurbishment. We can only apologise for the inconvenience. Fortunately things will be so much better in the near future! More

Birmingham, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014 via mobile

I've stayed at many hostels in my time... So you could call me a hostel-connoisseur. Unfortunately, this one did not live up to the ratings and reviews which I have read. I really do hope that it was just a one-off because my time was not pleasant. First blunder, they did not have any towels to rent. Apparently they had... More

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Scott P, Guest Relations Manager at Smart Russell Square Hostel, responded to this review

Hi. Unfortunately for our current guests we are in the process of refurbishment. We can only apologise for the inconvenience. Fortunately things will be so much better in the near future! Hope you'll come back and compare when we've finished the upgrade. More

Guildford, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Location is the best for this hostel and it is cheap as well. However, there were no sockets in the rooms which was just unbelievable considering that everybody needs to charge at least their cell phones... There was also an extra fee if you wanted a locker. Showers were terrible. Yet, the staff was helpful and breakfast was included to... More

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Scott P, Guest Relations Manager at Smart Russell Square Hostel, responded to this review

Hi. Glad you found the team friendly and the Hostel handy. Unfortunately for our current guests we are in the process of refurbishment. We can only apologise for the inconvenience. Fortunately things will be so much better in the future, including more power points! Thanks for the review. More

Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Despite reading many negative reviews of this place, I thought it would be ok as we were travelling in a large group (11 people) and I always take negative reviews on Trip Advisor with a pinch of salt as many are incorrect and a little snooty. I highly urge you not to read this one in that way. We arrived... More

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Address: 70 - 72 Guilford Street, London WC1N 1DF , England
Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Bloomsbury / Holborn , Camden / Primrose Hill , Covent Garden
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1 star — Smart Russell Square Hostel 1*
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