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Goldsmiths House
Ranked #409 of 571 London B&B and Inns
Reviewed June 25, 2012

This was my second stay at Goldsmiths. In 2010 I stayed a few days, this time I stayed 5 weeks: the maximum for someone over the age of 35. The place is unbeatable for price, warmth, location and cleanliness. It is rather institutional and bureacratic though, so you just have to grin and bear some things about the place. For example, in spite of being emailed and given about 35 pages of paperwork to read and sign I wasn't told that I needed to supply my own linen and crockery for a stay of 5 months and over. The signage everywhere (eg Please Flush the Toilet) is an unfortunate necessity, as some of the other residents are apathetic and lazy and don't clean up after themselves. While I was there I almost stepped in broken glass in the kitchen, as someone had dropped a glass and didn't clean up the shards. Other residents are friendly and generous. When you arrive, check out the front table in the dining area for food and misc that a departing resident has left behind. New furniture was brought into my room while I was there: a big wardrobe, bed with drawers underneath, desk with shelving and cork board backing, so the room was perfect for studying. The location is great - it's just a short walk away from 3 Barclay's bike stands, and it's perfectly located for Camden, UCL and London central. I would stay here again, in spite of the price increase, but you do have to know what to expect.

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  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 18, 2012

The room was small but clean. Wifi , kitchen facilities/ utensils provided . You even have your own allocated space in the fridge.

Walking distance to the Tube , Restaurants , Cafe , Shops and Pubs.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 12, 2011

This hostel is great for those on a budget and not looking for any creature comforts. The kitchen facilities are extensive and a great asset, and the location is fairly easy to access using public transport without the noise and bustle of being on a main thoroughfare. Euston station, the British Library, and Regent's Park are all within walking distance. However, the beds were fairly uncomfortable, and there was only one electrical outlet in the room. Service was spotty. For the most part, the people manning the front desk were very helpful and friendly, but a few were more gruff and seemed to not want to be bothered. Finally, the elevator was out of service during our entire stay, and lugging our bags up several flights of stairs was not fun.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with friends
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1  Thank annish33
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Reviewed July 28, 2011

The hostel is a women's one and located conveniently about 5 minutes walk from Mornington Crescent. You get your own allocated space in the kitchen fridges and a cupboard with cooking utensils so if you're staying in London for a few days, you can keep costs down. The rooms are basic, sometimes quite shabby, but clean and ok. It's a quiet and peaceful place to stay and I particularly like the garden in summer, it has beautiful roses that are well maintained.

When I last stayed here it was £25 per night for a single room. Great. That was last year. In May 2011 the price had increased to £34 per night, a LOT. It's almost making it not worth staying as you need to cater for your own breakfast. Other hostels, for single rooms are becoming more competitively priced.

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  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 8, 2010

What a fantastic find! I only wish I'd found it in January instead of spending 5 months staying in second class, grubby West end guest houses!!! For £25 a night, you get a bright, clean room with sink, wardrobe, desk and bed and a really fast internet connection which allowed me to watch eastenders!!

The showers are clean and very powerful wich makes a huge change from dirty drips I have been used to and the toilets are roomy, clean and plenty. There is a beautiful garden with birds singing and I had an extremely restful nights sleep. You get your own keys for the outside door and a key for a cupboard in the kitchen with a plate, bowl, cup etc... very useful as eating out in London can be expensive.

The staff are very friendly and helpful and the women I met were friendly and quiet. Its the perfect place for a buisness London regular to do some work and relax!

Its obviously set up for long term residents but this doesn't detract from its beauty of short stay too. A truly beautiful place to stay, my weekly London trips will be all the better for finding this!

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled on business
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1  Thank ClaireWatsonLaney
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Reviewed June 2, 2010

Depending what you're after, this seems like a real hidden gem. For only a couple of pounds more than a YHA dorm bed, you get your own little room in a clean, quiet, pleasant location. It's such good value I feel guilty for being a woman (it's women only).

It's not very central and it's a bit of a walk to the nearest tube, though, and the atmosphere seems quite muted. If you're on holiday with friends, or looking to meet people, it's probably not suitable.

It's an odd place, in a way - it seems to be geared towards longer stays: you get a key for a kitchen locker, and the bedrooms have lots of storage space - this, and the poster on the noticeboard emphasising that drug use won't be tolerated but residents with drug problems will be supported, made me wonder whether it was some kind of halfway house for Troubled Women. But there was no sign of Troubled Women, just a very helpful receptionist and a girl using the free wi-fi in the lobby.

It's acceptably clean - I've seen better, but I've seen far worse - and has quite a homely feel (reminding me a bit of boarding school). The bed was narrow but comfortable; the curtains weren't very thick and let the light in, but there was a sink in the room, and a desk, chair and wardrobe.

It's on a quiet road, and although you can hear the trains going along the nearby line, you don't get the normal hostel sounds of teenagers clattering along the corridors, or the heavy door-slams that blight my Travelodge nights.

I had a really good night's sleep and will definitely stay again.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled on business
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3  Thank katiescarlett78
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Reviewed August 3, 2016
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  • Stayed: September 2015, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Goldsmiths House

Address: Goldsmith House Park Village East, London NW1 3SX, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Regent's Park / Kings Cross
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #409 of 571 B&Bs / Inns in London
Number of rooms: 82
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Female only property located in a quiet residential street in Camden, near Mornington Crescent Station (Northern Line Zone 2). This site benefits from a central location with excellent transport links for the City and within a short walk from Camden Market, Regents Park, the London Zoo and all the amenities of the West End. Also in near proximity with Euston Station, Kings Cross and Pancras National Rail stations. • Single and shared rooms • Linen and towels included • Each room is fully furnished • Free Wi-Fi access • 24 hour reception • Launderette • Garden • Communal social spaces • Comfortable TV lounge • Close to supermarkets and convenience stores ... more   less 
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Goldsmiths House London, England

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