Stayed at the "Big Barn" twice. Great location, a short walk from Russell Sq. Tube Station. Plenty of stores, pubs, etc., near by.
For the money, it's a perfectly nice place to stay. Bed, TV, big bathroom (for european standards), Hot water, good water pressure. Had breakfast included, it does get boring after a couple of days.
Make sure to observe the dynamics among the dining room staff especially between (dare I say) the Maitre-d and the others.
Anyway, a bowl of cereal, some off-white eggs, some mystery meat and a bunch of coffee and your fortified until the 11:30am Pub run starts!
Bottom line, if your looking for American standards for the price, it won't happen. Just be happy with a nice comfortable room, good staff, and wonderful location.More