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Thistle City Barbican

3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   120 Central Street | Clerkenwell, London EC1V 8DS, England
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The room was basic and in need of redecoration. The bed was comfortable. The most annoying thing was that all the taps ran scalding hot. Both taps in the basin and bath. Even the toilet cistern was warm! I had to run a bath and let it cool down overnight to wash. Moving room would have been inconvenient given my... More

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Florence, Italy
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We staid there on the last weekend (18th to 21st of July).I read some of the reviews before booking and it didn't sound so bad. Even when we get to the reception it looked quite nice, it was only when I got the the room that I realized how bad it was. One of the worse rooms I staid in... More

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Des Moines, Iowa
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stayed here 6 times over 12 years. It has been updated nicely in the last 2 years since our last visit. Nice location for the City of London financial district, close to the Barbican & Globe theaters, St. Paul's, Millennium bridge, Tate Modern. Not all rooms have air but usually isn't to warm in London. Rooms are on the... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

In the past I have stayed, amongst other places, in an open log cabin in the middle of the Costa Rican jungle, a non air conditioned shoe box room in Cairo at the height of the Egyptian summer, and a caravan in the Northern Territory of Australia. None of those were as uncomfortable as spending the night in this overpriced,... More

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Dover, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Stayed here for one night for a works night out in London. We were going to Leicester Square and cabs were readily available outside the Hotel. Clean, comfortable and reasonably priced for London. The Staff were extremely accommodating and patient, when their tempers must have been tested, upon the return of a couple of the younger members of our group... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 hotel reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I recently had to stay in London for work purposes and had an overnight stay at the Thistle. The location is fine, being 5 - 10 minutes walk from the Tube station. The rooms were clean but basic. The reception staff were friendly and accommodating. Fine for a quick overnight stop. No major gripes but nothing stand out.

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b170utter, General Manager at Thistle City Barbican, responded to this review

Dear AJWM41 Thank you for taking the time to write a review of the hotel . I was pleased to read that you had a pleasant stay over all and thank you for your positive comments in regards to our reception team and the service you received . I am sorry that breakfast service was not as smooth as expected... More

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22 reviews 22 reviews
20 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed one night on business. Location good and reception efficient and friendly. Found the room to be a bit tired looking. Bathroom in need of a make over; bed sheets were clearly freshly washed but there were signs of previous marks which hadn't been completely removed. Windows single glazed and so could hear conversations going on in the street loud... More

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b170utter, General Manager at Thistle City Barbican, responded to this review

Dear Reviewer Thank you for taking the time to write a review of the hotel I was pleased to see that you had a comfortable stay with us. Thank you for your feedback which we do appreciate Best wishes Jane and team More

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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stayed here overnight for business, during July heat wave!! No air on in room, we were offered an upgrade for an extra £20 each (and rooms were not cheap in the first place) decline this as the staff said we could have fans for free - so noisy I had to turn it off and leave window open. Room very... More

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b170utter, General Manager at Thistle City Barbican, responded to this review

Dear Sarah Thank you for taking the time to write a review of the hotel . I was really pleased to read your comments about our breakfast and our team which is really appreciated and will be shared with them. we appreciate your feedback and constructive comments . Kind regards Jane and team More

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31 reviews 31 reviews
28 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Having read some of the reviews I was unsure what to expect ...and I was pleasantly surprised. I found the staff all most helpful and friendly both at reception and in the restaurant and my room was very large and clean - with air conditioning. admittedly furnishings are a little dated but it had a very comfortable bed and I... More

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b170utter, General Manager at Thistle City Barbican, responded to this review

Dear Alison Thank you for your lovely review of the hotel and its team . I am pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and I hope we will have the opportunity of welcoming you back in the future Thank you for your recommendation . Best wishes Jane and team More

Solihull, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This hotel is not just tired, you would need a general anaesthetic to feel at home. There was NO AIR CONDITIONING in mine or my friends rooms!!!!!! The only positive thing about my stay last night was leaving. I booked a room at just under £150 per night. When I arrived, the gentleman kindly offered with a smile and wink... More

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b170utter, General Manager at Thistle City Barbican, responded to this review

Dear Clarissa We appreciate all guest feedback and I am very pleased that my team have been able to contact you and discuss your comments . Kind regards Jane More

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Address: 120 Central Street | Clerkenwell, London EC1V 8DS, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > London
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Hotel Class:3 star — Thistle City Barbican 3*
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Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Within walking distance from Old Street and Barbican tube stations the Thistle City Barbican provides easy access to the whole of London and its many attractions. We have convenient transport links for King’s Cross & Liverpool Street National Rail as well as St Pancras International station for Eurostar.Ideally located on the edge of the City of London, with the financial district just minutes away, we are also in a prime location for business travellers. Our dedicated conference facilities with 13 flexible meeting rooms will cater for business meetings, corporate special events, private dining and banquets for up to 170 delegates.Inclusive with your hotel booking you can enjoy the Otium Health & Leisure Club to work out, for a refreshing swim or simply relax and de-stress in the Jacuzzi, Sauna and Steam room. Whether you are here for business or leisure our Otium Health & Leisure Club has all you need to make your experience complete.Thistle City Barbican Hotel features 463 bedrooms including Standard, Deluxe and Family rooms as well as Suites. All of our guestrooms, meeting rooms and public areas are equipped with BT Openzone Wi-Fi internet access. For guests travelling to the Hotel by car there are 10 car parking spaces available which are allocated on a first come first serve basis. Alternatively there is a NCP carpark within walking distance. ... more   less 
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