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“Worst stay ever”
1 of 5 bubbles Review of Barkston Rooms

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Barkston Rooms
Ranked #510 of 837 Specialty Lodging in London
Aarhus, Denmark
1 review
“Worst stay ever”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2012

I don't even know where to begin.
Arriving at the Barkston Hostel we (my study group and I) realized that the Hostel was undergoing a renovation. The place was being repainted and everything was a mess!
We were living in rooms of 6 people and there was no bed light, only one light bulb in the middle of the room. Since we were girls, we were a bit disappointed that there was only a little mirror by the sink, and the lamp above the mirror didn't work.
During the stay, the showers were out of order one day and generally, the water was usually quite cold. When going to the toilet, we weren't allowed to throw the toilet paper in the toilet (this made the toilets smell a bit!)
Okay, the last thing that I have to add, is the night we were leaving the Hostel. The receptionist had orders taxis for us (we were 19 people in total). The first taxi to arrive was an unauthorized taxi, and 6 people left with him. The rest of us waited for a long time, and just before leaving to get another taxi, the SAME taxi arrived againg to pick the rest of us up. We only had 10 minutes until the airport bus was leaving from Victoria Station, so we had to get all 13 (!!!) into the taxi, including bags etc. It was horrific! Never have I had such a nerve-racking drive!
I would never recommend this Hostel to anyone. Period

Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    2 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Cranfield, United Kingdom
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2012

Quite poor customer service. They do not even have lockers for your stuff. Extremely small dorms. It is like your are sleeping with your roomate and not in different bed. There was a lot of wall painting when i was there so there were lots of workers in the hostel. Great inconvenience.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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No hot water for one day for shower. On other days, water is either too hot or too cold. Water pressure is so low, it's like showering in the rain. No table in private room. Comparing with another same level of accommodation standard, Hipotel in Paris is cheaper and better.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2012

The staff is very friendly and kind.
It's well located (subway is 1 minute on foot).
The building has not a lift, so we had to bring our luggage for 3 floors of stairs.
Rooms and shared bathrooms is clean enough, but in my opinion it's for very short stays. (max 3 days)

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2012 via mobile

We stayed in a dormitory for one night before leaving for Paris and we were glad to leave in the morning. The showers were filled with dirty stuff (maxi pads, hair, old plaster, etc.)
The hostel is well located, easy to find and on the same line as Kings Cross-St.Pancras station. The staff was friendly and helpful and we felt welcome.
In other words, pricy hostel, dirty bathrooms, just for a quick stay.

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2012

I went to this hostel to try and help my friend check in as he is not a native English speaker and suffers from a disability. The receptionist was rude and discriminatory and threatened to 'kick him out' if any one complained about him as he was in a shared room, soley on the basis that he was disabled. My friend understood perfectly what was going on and was hugely offended. I was mortified, so dissapointed that this was one of my friend's experiences of this country. There also did not appear to be any disabled access.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Barkston Rooms
Address: 1 Barkston Gardens, London SW5 0ER, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > London > South Kensington , Earls Court
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Ranked #510 of 837 Specialty Lodging in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Barkston Rooms 2*
Number of rooms: 87
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