The hostel is centrally located, clean and pretty tidy for the money. However, I spent an absolutely terrible night there after 3 people were allowed into my 4 bed dorm - they had no luggage and had clearly just come in off the street at 4am. Thirty minutes later, the police were hammering on the door as one of them had been reported a missing person. Once the police had left, they were snorting cocaine off the handbasin next to my bed.
I realise that the hostel cannot entirely be blamed for their behaviour, but when at 5am I dragged all my stuff downstairs to ask to switch rooms, the staff were pretty unconcerned and didn't seem to understand why I was upset - it's not like anyone had been arrested! They allocated me a new room, but really there was very little apology for the fact that I was woken up by the police and a bunch of druggies in the early hours of the morning. This was my first experience of staying in a hostel alone and considering how insecure it made me feel, it will probably be my last.
Oh, and after all that, burnt toast set the fire alarm off at 7am.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This hostel is in the heart of London, a 10-minute walk from King's Cross Railway Station and the British Library. It provides budget accommodation with free WiFi access throughout. The Smart Hostel Russell Square offers beds in mixed-sex dorms. Linen is provided and security lockers are available in all rooms. Shared and en-suite facilities are available depending on room type. Reception is open 24 hours a day, and there are no curfews or lock-out times. Guests can receive tourist information and discount tickets for major attractions. The hostel's common room features a large TV, and some shared kitchen facilities are available. Self-service laundry facilities and an internet cafe are also offered on site. Russell Square Underground Station is 252 yrd away. The Foundling Museum, Islington Farmers Market and University College London are all within 10 minutes' walk. Camden is a great choice for travellers interested in Theatre, Museums and Culture. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Smart Russell Square Hotel London
- Smart Russell Square Hostel London, England