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Swinton Hotel
Ranked #920 of 1,072 Hotels in London
Reviewed December 23, 2013

We (my girl and I went to this hotel the weekend before Christmas 2013: Rooms are very small, no closet in the room, just a bar with some draws under it, no chairs on the room, and rooms no bigger than a postmark, the shower is in the toilet, so after a shower you get a wet bottom and feet if you want to go to the toilet. My opinion is this isn't what you'll expect from any hotel in a civilised country for this amount of money.
There is also a positive side on this hotel as well, very friendly staff, its clean and the reception is open 24/7

Room Tip: All rooms very small, good for 1 or 2 nights, but no place to store clothes other than your bag/suit...
  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 17, 2013 via mobile

Avoid this hotel. It is dirty, smelly and disgusting. Avoid this hotel at all costs. Stay in travelodge across the road. Location not too bad. Never stayed anywhere like this in my life!!!!!! It is like faulty towers.

  • Stayed: December 2013
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Reviewed December 16, 2013

We arrived at the hotel (booked by the company I work for) and had to pay for it up front, we went to our rooms after fighting our way over all the dirty laundry bags in the corridors and found that our rooms were both dirty and smelly after returning to the reception to ask for our money back we were told they couldn't because the manager was not there, which is interetsing because when our boss called today he said he was! We then stayed at the Holiday Inn Regents Park, cleaner, friendlier, better located actually all round a nice holiday for a reasonable price unlike Swinton Hotel which is a disgrace.

Room Tip: Find a different hotel
  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed December 14, 2013

I stayed here because the price is pretty good and the location of the hotel is close to Kings Cross - A decision I am regretting after managing about an hours sleep due to the abysmal sound proofing in the room I am in, the window may as well have been wide open for all of the traffic noise it stopped.

Aside from that, the room is small (expected), the floor is at an angle (unexpected!) and the shower is cold. The ONLY plus point is that the wifi is free. This is the ONLY plus point.

If you want a clean, quiet and comfortable room with a nice hot shower in the morning - DON'T stay here.

Room Tip: Go somewhere else.
  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 3, 2013

This is a budget hotel in a very expensive part of England so don't expect a lot. if you don't, then there is really nothing to complain about. it's a small comfortable bed, warm shower and free wifi (something other budget hotels make you pay for. the room is very small but that's what can be expected in London. The staff were friendly and helpful. i actually arrived two hours early and my room was available. you do have to pay at arrival. of course you can go to the north of England and get a four star hotel for less but if you have to be in London then it's not too bad. it's clean and not as loud as others reviewers claim. it's kings cross anyway so some noise will be there. breakfast is your average continental but included in room rate. basically expect crap and you won't be too disappointed.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 2, 2013

Based on my one night experience in this hotel, I think I can clearly mark my bottom line of hotel services (in Europe). The group of 8 of us had booked 6 rooms in this hotel for one night. First sign that something is wrong is when they declare payment to be done in full amount before you enter the room. And when you enter the room you find:

Room size: 4 m2
Toilet: 1,5 m2 - no hot water!
floor of the room: tilted by 4 degrees

Beside two young persons from Romania, who were very nice and friendly (boy at the reception, girl - in the kitchen), the old fart at the reception in the morning was clearly ready to demonstrate that you can end up fighting early in the morning for no reason.
It is shame for all hotel industry and I really don't know how they got the license to operate as hotel

P.S. Under no, NO REASON, do not book "4 star taxi service" offered by the hotel. The two crook drivers (we ordered two taxis) will make all their best to steal your money.

Room Tip: Avoid this hotel
  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 28, 2013

We booked 3 rooms on the lateroom.com website for this hotel for business purposes.
On arrival one of my guest checked in to his room, only to find that the room was deffinately not as advertised on the website - there was a strong smell of sewage/toilet in the room, on checking around the room the carpets were all worn and marked, the hall way and other rooms were also in the same state! the other 2 guests arrived and didn't even get past reception as the appearance of this hotel is nothing like the pictures advertised. All 3 guests went and stayed at the Travelodge for less money. One of my guests was told by the gentlemen behind the reception desk what do you expect for £79.00 it's only a 2 star, it's overpriced mate!!! OMG...
The staff at this hotel are the most unpleasant and unhelpful...They do not like you to complain, they will not deal with your complaint... IF I was you .... Stay somewhere else...

Room Tip: Rooms on the south side are quieter" •"Corner suites are large and sunny" •"...
  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled on business
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1  Thank Louise H
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Address: 18-24 Swinton Street, London WC1X 9NX, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > London
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Ranked #920 of 1,072 Hotels in London
Price Range: $78 - $160 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Swinton Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 54
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