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Thistle City Barbican

3.0 of 5
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120 Central Street | Clerkenwell, London EC1V 8DS, England
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Ranked #610 of 1,052 Hotels in London
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 3 days ago
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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TheCottage
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45 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I stayed one night (thank God) on the the hottest night of the year in London. For £120 I had a tiny box room with a single bed and no air conditioning. I now know how Captain Brodie felt in Homeland when he was held and tortured. I got about 1 hours broken sleep. My room faced out onto a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Stayed across three nights in July, hotel is meticulously clean, breakfasts have great choice, close to Barbican tube. Staff are incredibly helpful and had no problems in moving me after an issue with beds - if you are staying in the single the beds are slightly short.

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Sven S, Manager at Thistle City Barbican, responded to this review

Dear Adam G, Thank you for posting your comments on Trip Advisor following a recent stay. I appreciate your comments about the cleanliness of the hotel, location and our fantastic breakfast! Thanks again for sharing your comments and do come and visit us again soon! Kind regards, Sven Steijvers Value Centre General Manager More 

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25 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very convenient place for city tour. very near to Bus stop of Hop in Hop off. It is also nearer for Tube railway ( metro services ).Euston Staion was also nearer for further journey for Windermere and Edinburgh. Breakfast was good and chef was very cooperative to prepare some items of our choice. First night we got room of twin... More 

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Sven S, Manager at Thistle City Barbican, responded to this review

Dear pcgupta, Thank you for posting your comments on Trip Advisor following a recent stay. I am pleased that you made full use of the location of the hotel. It looks like you enjoyed your sight seeing around the London area and it is great that you used Thistle City Barbican as your home away from home! Breakfast is a... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Awful - this is how I imagine hotel rooms to be like in the 70s. The only vaguely redeeming factor is the staff, who are incredibly professional and try and make up for the very poor standards. Try a premier inn instead if you're looking for a budget hotel in London. Much better standard of rooms and they come with... More 

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Sven S, Manager at Thistle City Barbican, responded to this review

Dear Hamishspaniel, Thank you for posting your comments on Trip Advisor following a recent stay. I appreciate your comments about our team very much - Thistle City Barbican has some incredible staff and I am very pleased that you recognised it. The hotel is benefiting from a continuous investment program and I look forward for you to see these further... More 

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11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I have stayed here a few times now and would say the room is adequate. It is okay for a night's stay however the renovated rooms are much better. Location is a bit out of the way however the room is good for the price you pay. Breakfast really makes this place so please get this if you have the... More 

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Sven S, Manager at Thistle City Barbican, responded to this review

Dear Singam62, Thank you for posting your comments on Trip Advisor following a recent stay. It is great to read that you enjoy the renovated rooms so much as well as our breakfast buffet in the morning. Come and join us again - we look forward welcoming you back! Kind regards, Sven Steijvers Value Centre General Manager More 

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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

You're paying for location here but it's worth it if you plan to get around on foot or via the Underground. Approximately a 10 minute walk from the Barbican station (Hammersmith & City Line,) it's central to nearby markets, food stores and restaurants. I needed Google maps to guide my walk but very easy to find once you get your... More 

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Sven S, Manager at Thistle City Barbican, responded to this review

Dear Colleen M, Thank you for posting your comments on Trip Advisor following a recent stay. Our hotel is very well located through the various transport links and I am pleased that you shared this through your post! All our Premier rooms have air conditioning and should you opt for a different category room, in that case we have standing... More 

London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The room is basically an old tiny room that looks like a college dorm room. No air conditioning and therefore hot and stuffy. Definitely do not recommend for business or leisure. Not much nearby, definitely with springing the extra few pounds and staying at the nearby doubletree, the m or the st marks apartments.

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Sven S, Manager at Thistle City Barbican, responded to this review

Dear VancouverOz, Thank you for posting your comments on Trip Advisor following a recent stay. We have different room category's available, suiting a variety of different budget's. Our Premier rooms all have air conditioning which I can recommend as an alternative choice on a future occasion. Thank you again for your post and I look forward welcoming you back to... More 

Saltcoats, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The website doesn't make it clear that standard rooms have no air conditioning. My room was stifling and the best they could offer was water and ice which would be luke warm within 20 minutes Apparently they had no fans left which is absurd , you should ensure there are enough fans for each room. This is a horrible experience... More 

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Sven S, Manager at Thistle City Barbican, responded to this review

Dear NickyG67, Thank you for posting your comments on Trip Advisor following a recent stay. I regret that you did not have a comfortable night sleep with us. I understand your frustrating about the room temperature which is certainly not being assisted with this week being one of the hottest on record for our city / country. I have noted... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a short Business trip to London in early June. It was quite a short notice kind of visit. Got to know about the trip Thursday, confirmed Friday and flew off to London Saturday night. So hotel arrangement was short and that how i've stumbled upon Thistle City Barbican Hotel. It seems the nearest to the office and a walking... More 

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Sven S, Manager at Thistle City Barbican, responded to this review

Dear Arhamid, Thank you for posting your comments on Trip Advisor following a recent stay. It is great to read that you considered the Thistle City Barbican for your short stay in London. I trust that our team members were able to assist you with your reservation query. Our breakfast is indeed liked by all our guests and I am... More 

Carlisle, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Easy walking distance to Saint Paul's. Large comfy bed. Good wifi. Bathroom dated and in need of revamping. Breakfast good. Popular with hens, stags and children. We had a room on the first floor maybe worth paying extra for a better shower and bathroom facilities. . Nice lounge area and the coffee was good even if the baman was grumpy.... More 

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Sven S, Manager at Thistle City Barbican, responded to this review

Dear Jennifer S, Thank you for posting your comments on Trip Advisor following a recent stay. I am pleased that you enjoyed your stay so much! I agree, what is not too like - great coffee, super fast, free WiFi, comfortable beds and great price / value for London! Come and see us again - we look forward welcoming you... More 

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