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Review of Imperial College Accommodation Prince's Gardens

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Imperial College Accommodation Prince's Gardens
Ranked #29 of 828 Specialty Lodging in London
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Frankfurt, Germany
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21 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“You get what you paid for!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2009

I stayed with my boyfriend 3 nights at Beit Hall. Well, you get what you paid for. Everything in the room was in very old shape. The room was pretty tiny and not clean at all e.g. some of the towels were dirty (green) - I was happy that I brought my own towels.
I was also shocked when I saw the cups in our room (which you can use for making tea or coffee) - they were dirty and I am not sure if they cleaned those from the guest before. Well, a good sign for their claim of cleanliness.

I also didn't like the breakfast. The coffee was unenjoyable and the food was simple and tasteless.

There were also some good things: Internet was available (5 GBP) and the staff was very friendly and helpful.

All in all I would not recommend this accommodation to anyone who is looking for a nice and clean room and I really feel sorry for the students at Imperial College who have to stay there. I am definitely not staying there again.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2009

I stayed for one night, alone. The staff were friendly and helpful. There is internet access, you have to pay £5 for it, for the length of your stay, which is good if you are there a week, expensive if you are only there one night. there are also 2 computers in the common room you can use. I paid £35 for the night, whichI felt was an acurate reflection of the level of comfort. There was a piece of bubble gum or something ground into the carpet, which I stood on a couple f times, so I covered it with paper. I had a little single bed next to the wall, it wasn't very comfortable, with one thin pillow, but the betting was clean. there was a tiny shower/toilet room. I had to go to my meeting before breakfast started at 7.30 so can't comment on that. Itis a long walk to the nearest underground station, about 10-15 minutes, though there is a bus stop outside. The hotel is very handy for the museums, natural hisoty, science and Victoria and Albert. As a woman traveling alone I would not pick it again, most of that walkis through a subway tunnel and in the room you could only lock the door by pushing the handle up, which did not feel very safe. I would rather have paid a little more and stayed in a real hotel. However if you are on a tight budget and in a group it is a good choice as it is cheap and clean enough.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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thefamousemily
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2009

I stayed for a week in Beit Hall at the end of the summer after studying at Cambridge University for 8 weeks. I booked a room weeks in advance because I knew inexpensive housing in London would hard to come by last-minute. I’d heard college dorms were a bargain and I knew this area of London was wonderful from prior visits to the city. So when I found Beit, so close to Kensington Park, I knew I’d found a great deal per night stay (about 30 for a single room).

However, the service was a little lacking even for a dorm-turned-“hotel”. Be warned, if you aren’t out of your room when the cleaning staff is ready to clean you don’t get room service that day. And don’t think the ‘Please Do Not Disturb’ sign has any significance if it’s on your door, they’ll come in anyway.

Also, make sure you leave the room fan on all day if you stay during the summer. Whether it’s warm outside or not, the rooms are beastly hot…especially in the afternoon when the sun shines in. I might add that I’m a very small, usually cold girl who LIKES the heat, but this was almost too much to bear and sleeping was rarely comfortable and often sweaty.

One other thing I should add is that while it’s peaceful and quiet during the day it’s very loud at night. In the courtyard is a café/bar that’s open quite late and people stay there and, naturally, grow progressively louder as the night goes on.

But, again, it’s not all bad. It IS a great location and close to two tube stations, making it easy to get around London. It’s also within walking distance of Kensington and Hyde parks, the Portobello Rd Market (a bit of a hike but not too bad), the upscale shopping of Knightsbridge, and many museums.

So, if you’re willing to tolerate some inconveniences to save money, this place will be fine. I’d recommend NOT spending time in the room and instead exploring London as much as possible…which is why you’re here anyway, right? And the money you save on accommodation will give you more leeway when doing “touristy” things, going shopping, and eating out.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Carlisle
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2009

After having stayed at Imperial College's Beit and Southside Halls, we were quite surprised at the downtrodden state of Garden Hall, located on the north side of the park, directly across from Southside Hall and next door to Ethos, the sport's facility. To top it off, we paid just 6 pounds more per night to stay at the sparkling clean and convenient Southside Hall, with its in-room tea-making facilities, complimentary cookies and bottled water, in-room clock radios, and clean, modern rooms, than we did to stay at Garden Hall! Shame on Imperial College for renting out this dump to unsuspecting summer guests!

The room we were given was tired, with stained carpet and a hodge-podge of furniture, though there was a small refrigerator in the room. Guests climb several flights of stairs to get to their rooms, and once in the room, must negotiate their way down, and then up, and then down again, in order to use the toilet or to take a shower. The room where the single toilet was located (which was shared by four guest rooms), was the size of a toilet closet on an airplane and the pull down shade covering the window in the room was absolutely filthy. The room was so small that the trash can had to be place at eye level on a tiny window ledge. The tiny shower room was dangerous, to say the least, with steps up and down, and a slippery tile floor.

Amazingly, there's no guest reception at Garden Hall - guests check in and out at Southside Hall, where no information about is given about Garden Hall. It's up to guests to figure out where tea-making facilities, restrooms, laundry, etc., are located within the maze-like Hall. Unlike Beit and Southside Halls, towels are NOT replaced at Garden Hall. Each guest gets one bath and one hand towel for their entire stay - and we stayed for four nights! The two disposable plastic cups that were in the room when we arrived were not replaced either.

The place is like a maze with many, many doors, stairways, and halls, and wouldn't pass any kind of fire-code safety inspection in the U.S., for sure, as it would be very dangerous to be in Garden Hall should an emergency occur. We recommend that anyone considering lodging at Imperial College during their summer holiday ensure that their room is located in Beit or Southside Halls and NOT Garden Hall.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Devon, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2008

I couldn't believe how cheap this place was, especially given the location (just behind the Albert Hall). Rooms are basic and functional, which is what you expect in this price bracket, the breakfasts are great (although the dining room is a bit of a hike to another part of the site) - I would stay here again without hesitation and thoroughly recommend it.

  • Liked — Price, breakfast
  • Disliked — Walk to the dining hall (small point, but not fun when it's raining!)
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Wales
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2008

We stayed in the Imperial College Beit Hall for 2 Nights in mid September. After Days & Days of searching for a hotel in a decent location that was under £100 per night we came across Beit Hall. Apart from my Days in University i've never stayed in a Halls of residence so was a little unsure of what to expect but I was suitably impressed....

Location is perfect, almost next door to the Royal Albert Hall, One road back from Hyde Park / Kensington Gardens, 5mins walk to the Science & Natural History Museum, 10mins Walk to Knightsbridge, and a Bus Stop right outside that takes you into Central London - Picadilly.

We checked in straight away without any problems, very helpful and professional staff.

We booked a Twin (En-Suite) which was situated on the 2nd floor and overlooked the main street. The Decor was plain and Simple & reminded me of my own Halls of residence. The main thing was that everywhere was clean. The Room was quite spacious, with two single beds, Wardrobe, a bedside table and extra large desk. The windows were huge so it was quite light even on a dull London day! The bathroom was fairly basic with a small shower but adequate for a short stay. I did overhear somebody saying that the rooms on the higher floors with shared bathroom were very small and claustrophobic so pay the extra for an en-suite if you can.

The only downside to the room was a large set of shelves that jutted out of the wall making it quite difficult to pass the bed to get to the Window. By Boyfriend bumped into one day and cut his shoulder. And the other problem was that although they had Tea & Coffee making facilities they only had De-Caff (No good for a Caffeine addict like me!) and the carton milks were past their use by date which resulted in a lumpy Coffee!!

The best thing by far was the Breakfast (included in the Price), taken in the Senior Common Room which was a short walk across the road into another building. The Common Room had plenty of Tables and always a fresh stock of Hot and Cold Food. Your Breakfast Voucher entitled you to a Full English Breakfast, Fruit or Cereal, Toast or Crossaints and Juice or a Hot Drink. Unlike some other Buffett Food i've had it was always Hot and Fresh and they never ran out of anything. They also had a lovely Coffee machine which you could use to have a take-away coffee.

Beit Hall is a lovely Old building, the Quadrant (Courtyard) has Benches/Tables/Chairs where you can enjoy a drink from the Student Union bar - which was always busy in the evenings. Even though your room was so close to the bar we never experineced any noise from it.

We had hoped to stay an extra night as we were having such a good time in London so we enquired about the price for an extra night. We had originally paid £50 per night through the GTA Hotels website and Beit Hall were offering us a room for an extra night for £90. Having had a quick look on the Internet we saw that you could get 4* Hotels for £80 so it didnt seem worth paying the extra for 1 more night. Instead we just stored our luggage their for the day and went to do a bit more sight seeing.

In summary - If you can get it at the right price it's well worth it. Simple, Great Value accommodation in a good location and the Breakfast itself is well worth the stay! It's not a Hotel so dont expect all the usual facilites & services of a hotel, and dont expect Luxury. You get what you pay for and the Breakfast is an added bonus!

Would def go back again.

P.S. If you've got time Go and See "Wicked" in the Apollo Victoria Theatre- Tickets bought in Leicester Square for £35 - Great seats 11 rows from the stage. An Excellent Show - Must See!

  • Liked — The Location & English Breakfast
  • Disliked — The layout of the Room
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2008

Firstly, the accommodation offered here is in a great location, being a short walk from South Kensington. I had booked because of the price and good previous reviews and wasn't disappointed.

The staff on check-in were polite and helpful, giving advice about local shops etc. When I arrived at the room, it was what I had expected, with the exception of having no television. Admittedly, I hadn't asked if there was one but I just expected it. As I had no book to read, I went to the SU bar downstairs, which was lively with a variety of ages. Although I didn't eat there, the food they were serving looked pretty good. The beer, which I did try (!), was great, with real ales and even cask ciders available.

The room was quite difficult to sleep in, for two reasons. The heat was incredible - this was during a hot period. Naturally for a halls of residence, there is no air conditioning, so the window was open fully. This led to the only other problem - the courtyard below has picnic tables, serving as a beer garden. The noise from this was hard to sleep through....I was just glad I had joined them earlier....

These things aside, it is a welcoming place with a good atmosphere and incredible value for money - especially considering the good breakfast in the morning.

  • Liked — Location and atmosphere
  • Disliked — Noise and heat
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Raisonable
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Property: Imperial College Accommodation Prince's Gardens
Address: | Adjacent to Exhibition Road, London SW7 2PE, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Knightsbridge
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #29 of 828 Specialty Lodging in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Imperial College Accommodation Prince's Gardens 3*
Number of rooms: 722
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Princes Gardens is located within easy walking distance of South Kensington Tube station and attractions, including the Royal Albert Hall, Natural History, Science and V&A museums, Harrods and Hyde Park. Part of Imperial College Prince's Gardens accommodation offers over 700 contemporary bedrooms set around a quiet leafy square in central London. Guests can benefits from: • 24 hours Reception • Buffet Style Full English/Continental Breakfast • Tea/Coffee making facilities in each room • Daily Housekeeping Service • Complimentary access to Ethos gym and swimming pool • Communal areas • 45 min. train ride from Heathrow Airport ... more   less 
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