The Silk House is a tall, late eighteenth century building at the end of a street of little terrace houses. It's quite a distance from Hackney Central, but very well placed for Homerton overland rail station - just two minutes walk, and that will take you into central London.
The bad points first: The decor is desperately in need of work. It's a listed building, and apparently it's difficultt o get permission to do anything with it - but think flaking woodchip walls, dreadful thin velvet-like flock carpets and very tatty fixtures.
Some of the walls seem to be paper thin. You can hear noise through many of them, and the place seems absurdly hot as you mount the stairs.
ok so that all sounds awful.
However, I had two really good nights sleep. the building itself was an extremely elegant one in its dday, and the original georgian spiral stair case and some original features remain.
My room was on the top floor (there is a lift) and was large if sparcely furnished. My bed, however, was comfortable, spotlessly clean and had a good, thick duvet.
Bathrooms are shared, and somewhat remeniscent of 60s boarding houses, but there is at least a proper bath and the room was of excellent proportions.
The service manager at reception (which is open 24 hours) is extremely friendly. He knows the limitation of the place, but it was only around £35 a night and in london, that's extremely good value.
Also, there is free wi fi.
To conclude. If you're not bothered about luxury, and you don't mind the smell of cooking which inexplicably (as no one is cooking here) pervades the staircase as you mount, this is quite a find for its convenience and space.
If they ever do it up properly, it would be really good, but then it would probably go up in price too.
I was in room 404 on the top floor, and had no problems there.
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