I stayed at Imperial College for four nights in September 2011. I booked a single room at the Beit, but since they were restoring the building they eventually put me at the Prince Garden facility.
It was definetely an upgrade, though I wish they would take the time to inform me about that because I lost almost one hour to get around with my luggage and find out what was going on (reception closed at the Beit and no info provided).
Please take the South Kensigton underground exit and not Gloucester Road : they recommend both of them but the second one is by far farther. The location in South Kensigton area is really good, a quiet area close to everything. The campus is very safe area and you access the building and your room through an electronic card.
I was given a single room with private bathroom on the first floor. Room was modern and essential but nice and extremely clean. Mine was overlooking the garden.
They do also provide a little set of toiletries, tea and coffee facilities and a small bottle of water.
In teh room you will also find an alarmclock with the radio and a lamp but no hairdryer.
When you check in you are given the breakfast voucher, it includes a selection of 5 items from the full English breakfast and a bowl of cereals OR fruit salad (canned), fruit juice, a croissant or two slices toasted bread and tea or coffee.
I read enthusiastic reviews on that but in my opinion it was not that good and I just skipped it. I am not a fan of English breakfast either to be honest.
Access to the gym is sometimes included and sometimes not, depending of your booking agent: if it is not included you can access it by paying 5 pounds.
They do not clean the room the room, nor they replace the towels; they just make the bed.
You are required to check out at 10 in the morning and in my case they didn't store the luggage. It was quite inconvenient since my flight was in late afternoon.
Apart from these inconveniences, I do believe that you cannot beat the overall value of this accomodation.
- Also Known As:
- Imperial College Hotel
- Imperial College Hotel London
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- Imperial summer accommodation provides the perfect base for exploring the many sights and attractions London has to offer.During July, August and September, Imperial’s student halls of residence are open to the public and provide great value bed and breakfast accommodation in a fantastic central London location - South Kensington, whether you are visiting London for a weekend or a longer break. ... more less
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