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Smart Russell Square Hostel

1.0 of 5 70 - 72 Guilford Street, London WC1N 1DF , England
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    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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I booked an en suite dorm room but arrived to find they'd overbooked and put me in a room without a bathroom. It wouldn't have been as bad, were it not for the fact that they are renovating the building so the nearest toilets (on on another floor!!) were closed leaving the whole hostel to use one set of unisex... More

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

Friendly welcome, hot water in the showers and a bed to crash in-for fourteen pounds a night in central London you can't really expect much. Showers were kind of clean, curtains around the bed was odd but made getting dressed easier and blocked out some light. Plug socket for each bed. Could have much better ventilation as the rooms were... More

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is hands down the most disgusting place I've ever stayed in. We cancelled our last night there and slept at a bus stop in the freezing cold because we couldn't stand to be in this building a minute longer. The only thing that was true about the description of this hostel was that there is security at the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

This hostel is VERY cramped, with beds that are perhaps 180cm long - so no good for tall people!!! Curtains in front of the bunks and lack of any chair or table in the room makes the rooms very "anonymous"; the only place to socialize is the common room on the ground floor. In addition they absolutely have the Ryanair... More

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Caitlin W, Guest Relations Manager at Smart Russell Square Hostel, responded to this review

Hi there, thank you for your feedback. Our bunks were chosen to suit guests up to 5ft10 which is taller than the average, however we are currently looking extending this for the comfort of our guests! We receive alot of positive feedback in regards to the curtains for the bed as they provide both privacy and a barrier for the... More

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Do not be fooled by the nice exterior of the building - this hostel is an absolute joke! Our room was the size of a cupboard, and the bathroom the size of one in an airplane, with the sink, toilet, and shower practically touching each other. The staff were not helpful at all about local attractions and sites, and the... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Customer service here is good and is centrally located. It is cheap so I didn't expect a lot from this hostel... this place is recommended if you are tight on your budget. I find it quiet too which made me sleep good at night. Front desk were very helpful.

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Caitlin W, Guest Relations Manager at Smart Russell Square Hostel, responded to this review

Hi there, thank you for your feedback. As you mentioned, we are situated very close to two major tube stations; one being Bayswater (district & circle line) and the other Queensway (central line). We pride ourselves on our central and convenient locations. We are glad you also enjoyed the manner of our staff. Our goal is to provide clean, budget-conscious... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014 via mobile

The location is good, close to several tube stations and a telco just around the corner. That is the only positive I can say about the place. The rooms - Smelled bad! I stayed in a room for 9 which consisted of 3 triple bunk beds, lockers and a very small sink with a mirror above. Thankfully I didn't get... More

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Caitlin W, Guest Relations Manager at Smart Russell Square Hostel, responded to this review

Hi, thank you for your feedback. We are situated very close to two major tube stations; one being Russell Square (Picadilly Line) and the other King's Cross St Pancras (Hammersmith and City, Circle, Metropolitian, Picadilly, Northern, Victoria underground lines as well as National and International overground rail services including the Eurostar). We pride ourselves on our central and convenient locations.... More

Newport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Reception were very helpful, otherwise the accommodation was basic but quite adequate. Reasonably clean despite the large numbers of people. Breakfast was basic but good, cornflakes and milk, coffee, tea and toast. Mattress was better than many hotels. A list of services (luggage room, lockers) would be helpful on reception as I am slightly deaf and with the traffic noise... More

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Caitlin W, Guest Relations Manager at Smart Russell Square Hostel, responded to this review

Hi there, thank you for taking the time to provide valuable feedback. We are glad you found our reception staff helpful! Our team are continually receiving training on customer service and care. We offer an all-you-can-eat basic breakfast includes fresh toast, cereal and tea and coffee. We are pleased you enjoyed this complementary service. We understand the current problem with... More

Brussels, Belgium
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Having stayed in around 100 hostels, if not more, around the world, I'm usually easy to please, but this one was so bad I feel compelled to write a review. Firstly, their are not enough bathrooms to go around, and more than likely it will be as far from your room as possible. Also, despite being Irish, and my girlfriend... More

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Caitlin W, Guest Relations Manager at Smart Russell Square Hostel, responded to this review

Hi there, thanks for taking the time to provide some feedback. We are currently investing alot of money to improve the facilities in our hostel so very soon a majority of our rooms will be upgraded to include ensuite facilities. In the meantime, we have a large gender split shower room in our basement to ensure our guests don't have... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

I stayed here with a friend in a 9 bed dorm for one night. My experience was pretty good as we were using it to sleep, that's the role of a hostel! If u are looking for a 4 stars hotel, you better pay for that, here you have what you pay for. Clean common areas, comfy beds (be careful... More

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Caitlin W, Guest Relations Manager at Smart Russell Square Hostel, responded to this review

Hi there, thanks for your feedback! We do not pretend to be a hotel, however we do aim to provide clean, budget-conscious accommodation in Central London. We are really happy that you enjoy the area and manner of our staff! We offer an all-you-can-eat basic breakfast includes fresh toast, cereal and tea and coffee. We provide this service free of... More

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Address: 70 - 72 Guilford Street, London WC1N 1DF , England
Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Bloomsbury / Holborn
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1 star — Smart Russell Square Hostel 1*
Number of rooms: 60
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