Despite the attractive location and price, the publicity fails to mention that the hostel is essentially built on top of a (giant?) night club, which is thumping all night. Perhaps if you are a member of the deaf commuty, this is not a concern, but I could hear (and feel) the bass through the earplugs. This may not be the case in the middle of the week, but if you need a good rest, give it a miss on the weekend.
Secondly, the management burst into my room with their keys at 8:45 am, saw me sprawled on the bed, turned around with no apologies and let the door slam. This is despite clear warnings that checkout is at 10. Possibly they are used to resident students oversleeping and need to hose them out of bed, but this is completely inappropriate for guests (on a Sunday morning).
The advertised "free WiFi" was also not available in the room except for a pathetic occasional trickle.
I have not braved the shower yet and will not comment on the odd construction of the little bed and awkwardly-placed shelves directly above it, reminiscent of torture devices for the Spanish Inquisition, but I think the information above may provide enough warning to stingy travellers looking for ways to save a buck.
What an unfortunate reminder of how low students are percieved and treated in the strata of Western society.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- International Students House (ISH) is a student residence and a unique social, cultural and recreational centre. ISH is a central place to meet people from Britain and around the world. International Students House offers accommodation in single, twin, quad and multi bed rooms. We are located in zone one opposite Great Portland Street tube station and only a ten minute walk from the delights of Oxford Street and attractions such as London Zoo and Madame Tussauds. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- International Students House Hotel London
- International Students House London, England