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Thistle City Barbican, Shoreditch
Ranked #576 of 1,078 Hotels in London
Reviewed May 13, 2013

I spent one night at the thistle barbican hotel as part of a package deal when we went on a stag night in London. This hotel was more than what was expected. It was clean, comfortable, spacious and great value for money. Great food and a good bar area to relax.

The staff were extremely friendly and the concierge booked us a taxi which arrived within minutes. I was very impressed and all the stags said how much they enjoyed this hotel.

The only downside is the tube is not that close. Angel and old street are recommended by google but we found "barbican" to be the closest (and its on the main circle line)

Thanks for a nice day and night barbican hotel. We will definitely be back again.

Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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b170utter, General Manager at Thistle City Barbican, Shoreditch, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 2013

Dear Roy E
Thank you for taking the time to write a review of the Thistle City Barbican .
i was delighted to read that you and your friends enjoyed your stay with us.
Thank you for your feedback and recommendation and I look forward to welcoming you back
on a future occasion .
Kind regards

Jane and team

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Reviewed May 13, 2013

This hotel was booked as part of a package deal with Omega Travel. We were surcharged an additional £20 but thought this would be worth it for assured comfort and satisfaction. disappointed to discover reception requesting another surcharge on booking in for 'an upgrade' We declined. Our room was a reasonable size, the twin beds were comfortable but....there was no hair dryer, the carpet was in desperate need of cleaning or replacing, there was no alarm clock and the window was very stiff but opened after a struggle. (There was no AC) Requested room with walk-in shower, but found the shower was over a bath. Not easy wen elderly and infirm. A hair dryer was produced, when requested.

Room Tip: It seems, requests are ignored.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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b170utter, General Manager at Thistle City Barbican, Shoreditch, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 2013

Dear Douglas W
Thank you for taking the time to write a review on the Thistle City Barbican .
I was sorry to read that you felt your request had been ignored and we will look into our communication with Omega travel , as we should have informed you that we do not have any rooms with walk in showers, all of our rooms have showers over the bath .
Thank you for your feedback .
Kind regards
Jane and team

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Reviewed May 13, 2013

I stayed in this hotel just for one night and it was quite well located. The room and bathroom were spacious and adequately furnished. The room was also clean and there were plenty of towels in the bathroom and they were good sizes. I did not use any other facilities so cannot comment on them. The tea and coffees were placed in a drawer which I thought was unnecessary. I would recommend this hotel if you just want somewhere to stay and are not too bothered about luxury.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Thank KathyKent
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b170utter, General Manager at Thistle City Barbican, Shoreditch, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 2013

Dear Kathy Kent
Thank you for taking the time to write a review on the Thistle City Barbican
I was delighted to read that you enjoyed your stay with us.
Thank you for your feedback and recommendation
Kind regards
Jane and team

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Reviewed May 12, 2013

heard some bad reports about this hotel,but i can only praise the staff, my room 2342 was clean and tidy i had a good nights sleep on the comfy bed everything was as it should be staff all friendly
and helpful .breakfast very busy and a Que was present but the staff just told us in a pleasant way please be patient, and two mins later given a table. breakfast,there was plenty of choice and i really enjoyed it .i would stay here again no problem well done the manager,and the team.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled on business
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Thank graduateLancaster
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b170utter, General Manager at Thistle City Barbican, Shoreditch, responded to this reviewResponded May 12, 2013

Dear GraduateLancaster
Thank you for taking the time to write a review of the Thistle City Barbican .
I was very pleased to read that you enjoyed your stay with us, thank you for your very positive comments and recommendation .
Kind regards
Jane and team

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Reviewed May 12, 2013

I have just recently got back from staying at this hotel and for a Thistle i was quite disappointed.

The hotel itself is quite a long walk away from Old Street tube station. You can either go through the estate which is slightly quicker to get to the hotel but it is a bit dodgy, otherwise when you come out of the station you can walk straight down Old Street which does take a bit longer but is safer as its a main road all the way down. If you walk down Old Street you need to keep walking until you get to a junction & you will see a road called central street, you will need to walk down there past Tesco metro to get to the Thistle.

When i eventually found it, the hotel staff were very friendly and very helpful. I was going to just dump my bags and go again as i couldn't check in until 2pm but luckily my room was ready, but if you aren't so lucky they do have a luggage storage facility for you to leave your stuff safely before you can check in. The main public areas of the hotel are very clean. The room itself for a single room was very spacious and it also had a decent size and a comfortable bed which for a single room is rare! Although i don't know how they can justify charging £249 for a 'standard single' as that is what it is. Very standard. The room was clean and comfortable but i think the place could do with a refurbishment as its starting to look a bit worn as you head to the rooms.

The food is very expensive for what you get. I paid £16.95 for a breakfast which really wasn't that great. They do have a normal menu as well but are willing to charge £14.95 for a burger and chips?! So i would say you are probably better off venturing out into London to find somewhere to eat and you will probably get better quality for a decent price.

Overall i would say this hotel is probably ideal if you have a business meeting in Old Street but besides that you can probably get something better for less money. Because of the location as well as the price, i wont be staying here again.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled solo
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Thank micheevans
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b170utter, General Manager at Thistle City Barbican, Shoreditch, responded to this reviewResponded May 12, 2013

Dear Micheevans
Thank you for taking the time to write a review of the Thostle City Barbican .
I was very pleased to read that you found your room clean and comfortable and that we were able to accommodate your early arrival.
Our room prices are flexed with demand and are always set in line with our competition in the area , this is the same with our menu prices but I have noted your comments.
Thank you for your feedback .
Kind regards
Jane and team

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Reviewed May 11, 2013

We stayed for 2 nights. Rooms were smallish and basic but scrupulously clean. Reception, Bar and Restaurant staff were all friendly, cheerful and helpful. Bar was well stocked and prices, though high, were not unreasonable for a London Hotel. Equally restaurant prices were not unreasonable for London and there was a good choice of meals. Breakfast was expensive at £12 but was excellent - there was a complete selection from Full English to Continental via everthing in-between - and I think well worth the money.
Two slight niggles: the rooms had no air-conditioning which was no real problem when we stayed but which could be serious if Summer ever arrives; and it is a good 15 minute walk to the nearest underground stations (Barbican and Old Street).

Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
Thank Richard G
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b170utter, General Manager at Thistle City Barbican, Shoreditch, responded to this reviewResponded May 12, 2013

Dear Richard G
Thank you for taking the time to write a review of the Thistle City Barbican
I was very pleased to read that you enjoyed your stay and found your room clean and comfortable.
I was delighted to read that you enjoyed our new breakfast offer and thought it was value for money .
Thank you for your feedback and recommendation
Kind regards
Jane and team

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Reviewed May 10, 2013 via mobile

I stayed here early May and didnt arrive until late but 3 staff all greated me with smiles. lobby and bar area were all very swish but as we all know in London it doesn't mean the rest of the hotel is. I was put on the 1st floor in a massive room, very dated furniture and decor but super clean which is the most important thing for me so I was pretty pleased. I didnt have breakfast or use pool so can't comment but for £148 a night a proper hairdryer would be good rather than a 70's tube thing!

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Thank whiteplus
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b170utter, General Manager at Thistle City Barbican, Shoreditch, responded to this reviewResponded May 12, 2013

Dear Nicepeople
Thank you for taking the time to write a review on the Thistle City Barbican
I was delighted to read that you enjoyed your stay .As a note we are replacing the tube hairdryer with more powerful ones that we are placing in the dressing table drawers .
Thank you for your very positive feedback about the hotel and team .
Kind regards
Jane and team

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Address: 120 Central Street | Clerkenwell, London EC1V 8DS, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > London
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Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #576 of 1,078 Hotels in London
Price Range: $88 - $239 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Thistle City Barbican, Shoreditch 3*
Number of rooms: 463
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Within walking distance from Old Street and Barbican tube stations the Thistle City Barbican provides easy access to the whole of London and its many attractions. We have convenient transport links for King's Cross & Liverpool Street National Rail as well as St Pancras International station for Eurostar.Ideally located on the edge of the City of London, with the financial district just minutes away, we are also in a prime location for business travellers. Our dedicated conference facilities with 13 flexible meeting rooms will cater for business meetings, corporate special events, private dining and banquets for up to 170 delegates.Inclusive with your hotel booking you can enjoy the Otium Health & Leisure Club to work out, for a refreshing swim or simply relax and de-stress in the Jacuzzi, Sauna and Steam room. Whether you are here for business or leisure our Otium Health & Leisure Club has all you need to make your experience complete.Thistle City Barbican Hotel features 463 bedrooms including Standard, Deluxe and Family rooms as well as Suites. All of our guestrooms, meeting rooms and public areas are equipped with Free BT Openzone Wi-Fi internet access. For guests travelling to the Hotel by car there are 10 car parking spaces available which are allocated on a first come first serve basis. Alternatively there is a NCP carpark within walking distance. ... more   less 
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