Having read some of the reviews of the Golden Star before arriving, it's fair to say I was not expecting much. But nothing could have prepared me for just how truly AWFUL this 'hotel' is.
We were greeted by a grubby man in a cramped stairwell, (apparently what passes for a reception area here) with a mixture of confusion and disinterest. We were made to write our details on a piece of scrap paper, pay up front in cash (after having him quibble about how much was actually owed) and then shown to our room.
The room, in short, was smelly, dirty, damp and dismal. The tap dripped continuously, no soap or hand sanitiser was provided, no towels, nothing. Next door to our room was our shared toilet / shower combo room, essentially a mouldy cupboard where one is expected to step over a toilet bowl to get into the shower. Again, nothing looked clean or maintained. We would certainly not be showering while staying here.
Perhaps the greatest insult of all was that we were not even provided with a duvet on our bed. Just a dirty mattress, two stained pillows and what can only be described as an oversized tablecloth to sleep under. We ended up sleeping fully clothed with coats on to stay warm. This was in late February, goodness only knows how anyone could sleep in this room in December or January.
To summarise, our experience was wholly and irrevocably unacceptable. Nobody, regardless of budget, deserves the kind of accommodation found in the Golden Star. Do not give these people your money. Avoid at all costs.
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- Also Known As:
- Golden Star Hotel London, England