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Imperial College Accommodation
3.0 of 5 Hostel   |   Prince's Gardens, South Kensington, London SW7 2PE, England (Knightsbridge)   |  
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Ranked #55 of 684 Specialty Lodging in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Thessaloniki, Greece
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“unexpected gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

i was arriving terribly late, after 2230
was calling and noone was picking up- very stressfull
went out south kensington underground and turned right instead of left
realised after 20 mins walk i was going the wrong way
the place is actually right across exit 4 of the sub stop
people at main reception lead me to check in-different builing
young man at check in so polite i have never met anyone at busy late check in even at 4star hotels
lead me to room, ensuite, small, veruvery clean and comfortable,super shower cabin, bottle of water on arrival/coffee making facilities, little shower-shampoo, wifi on charge of 5 ppd, no hair drier ,fresh new towels, breakfast buffet, park across-right opposite, pub 2 minutes away 2.80 for a pint of stella, security extremely good,
what more can you ask for
very central, vic and albert museum, natural history and science museum just 5 min walk if you have mobility issues, else its 2 mins away
all that for 50 euros via ryanair hotels
there is also a pool but i have not seen it

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

I stayed at the Prince's Gardens accommodation which encompasses a number of student halls around the gardens. I was in a single room which was small but well laid out with more than sufficient storage space for one person with a wardrobe and shelving. A suitcase could be stored under the bed and there was also a wire basket under the bed for further storage. The bathroom is also small, but again has excellent storage space and although the shower cubicle was small the water pressure was excellent. The room was spotless, the linen fresh and the towels fluffy. The room was quiet - I hardly saw anyone else during my 5 night stay.

What you won't find in the room: TV, mini safe, mini bar. There is a heater and a fan for when it gets hot.There is no laundry service but self service laundry facilities are available for a small fee.

Breakfast is taken in the Senior Common Room at the Sherfield Building which is about a 5 minute walk from either Beit Hall or Prince's Gardens Halls. The walk was not an issue but you would need an umbrella if it is raining. Breakfast is self service refectory style as you would expect, but the breakfast was of good quality and plentiful - offering juices, cereals, muesli, fruit, yogurt, bread plus hot selections. Coffee/tea was free-flow via machines with cappuccino, latte, hot chocolate options available. After breakfast I normally took a coffee as a takeaway.

This is location, location, location. The Science Museum, V&A, Natural History Museum, Royal Albert Hall are on your doorstep; Hyde Park is a 5 minute walk away; South Kensington 5-10 minutes and Knightsbridge 10-15 minutes. The area is lovely with many churches, mews and gardens to explore. You can get into the West End on the tube in about 15 minutes from South Kensington tube station.

Both Beit Hall and Prince's Gardens Halls are well signposted as you proceed up Exhibition Road from South Kensington (yellow signs) so you shouldn't have a problem finding the check in areas. The staff were young and enthusiastic and always willing to help.

The accommodation is only available during the summer months (July-September) while the students are on holiday.

The standard rates for Princes Gardens Halls are GBP111 for a double, and GBP83 for a single including breakfast (Beit Hall may be slightly cheaper), but I got a rate at about 40% less by booking through an online booking site. At this price it was an absolute bargain for London in this location.

Would I go back? YES, YES, YES

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

I stayed at the Imperial College with 15 students recently. The accommodation is basic (Ensuite, tea and coffee provided, but no TVs in the rooms.), but the location is amazing. You are literally up the road from The V&A and The Natural History museum. The staff, especially the Manager, were very helpful, despite clearly being rushed off their feet. The only slight hitch was you had to pay for the wi-fi, which seems a little too 'cheap'.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

I stayed in the Beit building on Prince Consort Road. The room was a good size and adequately, though basically, furnished with single bed, desk, large wardrobe and lots of under bed storage if needed. I found the bed rather hard but it was very hot weather so slept on top of the duvet which softened the mattress somewhat.
Wifi available for £5 pw.
Toilet and showering facilities were shared. Two toilets a shower and a bath between five rooms and there was also a large kitchen but this did not seem to be available out of term time. Downstairs was a large common room and there was a very nice enclosed garden.
Breakfast was available across the road in the senior common room and was amazing. A choice of five hot items, toast, croissants, cereal, fruit tea and coffee.

The 360 bus stopped right outside the door and it was only a 5 minute walk to Kensington Road and buses 52 to Victoria and 10 to King's Cross. South Kensington station and various restaurants are about a 10 minute walk in the opposite direction.
On Imperial College's website rooms were offered for £38 per night but I managed to get mine through Olotel for £28. Either way a good bargain considering the standard of breakfast and the central location. Unfortunately it is only available during the summer vacation when students have gone home.

Room Tip: The rooms on south side are quite noisy with traffic starting about 6am.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Malaga, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

I actually stayed at the Beit building in Prince Consort Road, SW7.
The reception staff were more than welcoming and helpful.
The rooms were clean and adequately spacious.
I had to share shower and toilet facilities, but for all that it wasn't like a hostel!
There was a small sink in which to shave etc and a good fan which was most useful in the London 'heatwave'.
There were plently of drawers for clothes and more than adequate hanging space too.
The room itself looked onto the open square behind the building and was very quiet.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bradford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

Stayed here for the recent rolling stones concert easy access to tube and only 15 mins from kings cross can get to loads of locations (covent garden harrods theatre land) easily (oyster cards reccomended) victoria and Albert / science museums all on same road some good pubs nearby although high prices due to been in Kensington, rooms are basic but ideal as hardly in them also really secure and helpful reception area

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

Stayed here while attending a business show in July - student rooms let out during the holidays. Good, clean, basic room with tea/coffee facility but no TV (didn't have time for TV anyway!). £45 for a single room and £69 for a twin so great value to be in such a central location.
Breakfast the following day was in an adjacent building and consisted of 5 hot items, orange juice, fruit salad, toast and pastries - better than I have had in some 4* hotels!
Book this for the value - you will not regret it.

Room Tip: Great for a cheap, clean bed for the night in London
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: Prince's Gardens, South Kensington, London SW7 2PE, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Knightsbridge
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #55 of 684 Specialty Lodging in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Imperial College Accommodation 3*
Number of rooms: 722
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Imperial summer accommodation provides the perfect base for exploring the many sights and attractions London has to offer.During July, August and September, Imperial’s student halls of residence are open to the public and provide great value bed and breakfast accommodation in a fantastic central London location - South Kensington, whether you are visiting London for a weekend or a longer break. ... more   less 
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