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“sub standard hostel NOT a hotel”

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Hostel Strand Continental
Ranked #345 of 556 London B&B and Inns
Stevenage, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“sub standard hostel NOT a hotel”
Reviewed 18 November 2013

Do not be fooled by the photo!! The hotel entrance is a small door way between shops and leads up stairs to a reception area.

The room stank of stale cigarettes, the shared toilets were unclean, the whole place was very unpleasant. We returned to reception 5 minutes after checking in and handed back the key - the receptionist was very rude and would also not issue a refund. We left immediatley, £75 out of pocket....Avoid at all cost.

I would not recommend this sub-standard hostel to anyone.

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Gravesend, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2013

After reading horrific reviews about this hotel I was anixous to say the least. Desprate for a affordable hotel in central london, this seemed the only option. On arrival the steps are bad indeed. Also, this hotel is more of a hostel- below basic. Our room though was ideal, small but comfortable. Two toilets, a shower and a bathroom per floor was more then enough - never once met anyone else on the way to the loo. Best of all this place is clean- the rooms spotless. To save money to booked a dorm over a family room but found that this includes nothing- literally not towels or even a kettle. After a bit of haggling i got my mum a kettle and cups (£10 deposit of course) but refused to pay £2 per towel (we used a spare bedsheet, worked very well!). Give the indian resturant a miss - though cheap its sad, small, grubby and looks derelict. Such rude staff too!! To sum up, not a terrible place nor a good one - simply average. The location though is incrediable - so close to Convent garden, st. james park and a local supermarket plus train and tubes. As we didnt spend much time in our rooms it was ideal.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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1 Thank Megan H
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Melbourne, Australia
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16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2013 via mobile

The hostel is conveniently located on the strand in the theatre district with plenty to see and do nearby. However, it is incredibly difficult to find. You need to look out for a small sign that also says Indian restaurant on it. Also frustrating that there are no lifts in the building, especially as the rooms are on level 3 upwards and we were on level 6. Room was clean and bathrooms tidy.

Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank reneeashort
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2013 via mobile

Basically a hostel rather than hotel. Very basic rooms, adequate for our one night stay. Shared facilities not in the best state of repairs. Poor continental breakfast of cereal toast and drinks. For price fairly reasonable for location.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 September 2013 via mobile

Definitely should be re branded as a hostel not a hotel as it once probably was many years ago.
Plus points, they let us check in an hour early and it's very well situated, there's even a Greggs next door!
Staff helpful and friendly. Now the bad, room very very basic, below travelodge standards, walls marked with something black, piece of cardboard blocking up a vent. Lots of climbing to get to the rooms, shared but not particularly clean bathrooms and toilets. If your room is on the front remember London never sleeps so expect traffic noise through the night into the small hours of the morning. Breakfast, well continental is a bit of a stretch to say the least, choice of 3 cereals, toast with jam. Marmalade or slices of processed cheese? Hmmmmm. It's cheap, it's a hostel, it's near the theatres, its not a really family friendly place to stay.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Thank Andrew R
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 September 2013

If location is vitally important and all you need is a secure place to sleep for one night with a decent dinner, this is the place. The Indian club restaurant is a mix of spartan charm with genuinely good Indian food. Shared bathroom is a bit of a down-side and the reception staff are somewhat hostile, but beyond that, it does the job.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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1 Thank silkroadster
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Camposanto, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2013 via mobile

We (me and my girlfriend) stayed here for 3 nights from 4 Jan 2012 to 7 Jan 2012 and we enjoyed our stay, rooms are small and cheap but for those who want to turn London all day and only use the hotel as a base is perfect. Moreover staff is very friendly and helpful. Ok breakfast is not the best, but for this price it does the job.
Recommended!

  • Stayed January 2013
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Thank Francesco L
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Property: Hostel Strand Continental
Address: 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > London > Trafalgar Square / Embankment
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #345 of 556 B&Bs / Inns in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Hostel Strand Continental 2*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fantastically located on the famous Strand in London. With the River Thames behind you and the lively West End in front of you, you will have an easy time finding everything you came to London for! Not only is this little gem well located it is also steeped in history and well facilitated. Facilities include a 1940's styled bar and restaurant, free wi-fi, free continental breakfast. ... more   less 
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