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“En-suite not worth the £50” 1 of 5 stars
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3.0 of 5 Hostel   |   229 Great Portland Street | Marylebone, London W1W 5PN, England (Marylebone)   |  
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Ranked #190 of 663 Specialty Lodging in London
London, United Kingdom
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“En-suite not worth the £50”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

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.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

I am from the UK and this was my first time staying in a hostel here, had a night out in london and just needed somewhere to get a few hours sleep, until the trains started running again. I have stayed in countless hostels in Australia and America but never in this country. I was so impressed, the bed was great, it had a curtain along the side, so you still had your own private space. The sheets were clean and fresh smelling and there was a little light inside the bed so you could read or whatever if others were sleeping. Its literally opposite great portland street station, which is right in the centre of london, you cant ask for much better for the price.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

The location of this hostel was good but not a great place to stay. The showers were freezing! The beds did not feel clean and the floor was dirty as well. The breakfast was limited in what you could get for a decent price. The walls are very thin too and you can hear just about everything going on in the room next to you..

Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

Good price for location (visited in 2006), quite streets, some facilities nearby, very hostel-like room (we were 12 I think girls) with one bathroom. Not sure since then, hopefully has improved. Staff was very nice and quality of beds was ok.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

I had stayed at ISH for two nights whilst I was visiting London. This was my first time staying there and visiting London. This place impressed me as it is near the tube, Great Portland Station. The room is clean; the towel was changed everyday as well. The service is good; they provide you breakfast. The price is also reasonable.

I recommend this place for anyone who looking for the fine and reasonable price accomodation during travelling in London.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

The location is excellent if you are really sleeping at the given address. It's just a few meters from the next Underground station. However, they have a second building which is 5min walk and is located in 10 York Terrace East. Internet is free and speed is definitely ok. They provide you with a towel and you have a washbasin in your room. As in many hotels or hostels, you can hear noise from your neighbors. Check out is at 10:00 am and they seem to be strict (at least, I got the impression). You can leave your luggage after check out until 8pm for GPD 1 per item, afterwards I think the night fare will be charged which was about 4 GPD per item.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Barcelona, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

I think this is one of the cheapest place to host in London.It is quite far by walking from the downcenter but you can easily get there by train.Is near to the Great.Portland Street tube stop.
Another point is that you receive a ticket for breakfast of £2.19 to change it for meal.
Clean place during my stay.
You can host there for short or long term stay.If you go for a short term as me is probabbly you get a female share room for 12 beds whereas there is a division every 4beds so it is not annoying to.share it.
You can try it and is good if you are not going to stay the whole day there .

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about International Students House

Address: 229 Great Portland Street | Marylebone, London W1W 5PN, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Marylebone
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #190 of 663 Specialty Lodging in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — International Students House 3*
Number of rooms: 20
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

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