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“Convenient and reasonable” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thistle City Barbican
Ranked #580 of 1,089 Hotels in London
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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66 reviews
54 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Convenient and reasonable”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2014

A 10 minute (safe feeling) walk from Barbican tube station, Thistle City Barbican is an ideal base for a night in the nearby area. Extremely friendly staff on hand with a prompt and efficient service.
Comfortable room, if a little tired and ragged round the edges, very comfy bed and decent shower.
Wifi is free throughout as it should be (more and more places cottoning onto this at last) and decor gives a classy impression overall.

The seals on the window could do with replacement, the wind could be heard howling all night and there's a significant draught.

Would happily stay again, got a great rate for a friday night stay and expected less than I got.

Dirt cheap eateries-a-plenty literally over the road if you don't want to spend hotel prices on food. (Full breakfast over the road any time of day for £3-4)

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
    • 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
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank barnabybleach
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b170utter, General Manager at Thistle City Barbican, responded to this review, 13 February 2014
Dear Reviewer
Thank you for taking the time to write a review of the Thistle City Barbican
I was very pleased to read that you enjoyed your stay with us and that we exceeded your expectations .
We do have some very good weekend offers and the location of the hotel is great for visiting all
the key sights and also exploring the exciting parts of the city such as Shoreditch and Hoxton ,
I do hope we have the opportunity of welcoming you back to the hotel on a future occasion
We appreciate your recommendation
Best wishes
Jane and team
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Westgate-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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136 reviews
40 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2014

My partner has stayed here in the past on business and always recommended we stay here if we came up to London for leisure. We received an email offering a special offer during February so we decided to book a night out. It was far better than expected! Check in was great and we were offered an upgrade for £10. We were given room 5135. Nice room, the bathroom was lovely plenty of hot water, flat screen TV, the bed was huge and very comfy..I have a bad back and its very difficult for me to be comfortable! it was also nice and quiet, we didn't hear any thing or any one! it was a very smart hotel and the staff were really friendly.
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It was the best I have had in a hotel in this country!! About 5 different fresh fruit mixtures including Figs (yummy) there was greek yogurt, plain yogurt and a couple of fruit yogurts. There were numerous cereals to choose from, the fry up selection were of a high class, I am fussy with my sausages and they were 1st class!! the bread selection was large and you could cut your own! there was a chef to cook your omelette. there were an array of pastries and croissants for those who like some thing sweet to eat, skimmed and semi skimmed milk, bread for toast, high quality orange juice and apple juice....plenty of hot tea and coffee. The restaurant staff have badges with their names on and a flag of the country they are from so as the customers can identify the certain staff who speak their language..How fantastic is that!!! The day we checked out we went to the spa in the basement which was very enjoyable! Next time there is an offer on we will be going back!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Michelle W
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b170utter, General Manager at Thistle City Barbican, responded to this review, 10 February 2014
Dear Reviewer
Thank you for taking the time to write a review of the Thistle City Barbican
I was very pleased to read that you enjoyed your stay .
Thank you for your very positive comments and recommendations.
We look forward to welcoming you back on a future occasion
Kind regards
Jane
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New Delhi
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105 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2014

Visit Date: February 2014
Stay: 7 days

I will start with the worst, so here it goes:

Front Office: Needs more education how to deal with travel cards and most importantly to resolve issues. They pre-authorised GBP 1600 on my card which is still to be cleared. They gave me no solution but to pay through another card at the time of check-out. The amount they took preauthorisation on is still not credited to my account.

Sleep quality: Very poor. You can hear vehicles driving by all night inspite of keeping the windows closed. Party animals loud chatting (yelling) will surely keep you up beyond midnight. Beds are OK, but the pillows suck.

Rooms: The standard double is very small, very claustrophobic. Upgrade to premium double - it was worth extra GBP 10 per day.

Overall service: Generally poor, below average on most of the days of my stay.

Food: Average, but the only saving grace.

Conference facilities: Rooms are big, with all amenities. But they should get the toilets cleaned more regularly. Housekeeping wasn't good at the conference floor.

Final word, no unless you must have to stay (like me. Had a conference in the same hotel).

Room Tip: I'll not recommend this to other travellers.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Wilson_and_Wanderer
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b170utter, General Manager at Thistle City Barbican, responded to this review, 10 February 2014
Dear Reviewer
Thank you8 for taking the time to write a review of the Thistle City Barbican
I was really sorry to read that our front office caused you issues with payment and will follow this up with the manager concerned to ensure that the monies held have been released with the bank.
Thank you for your feedback which has been noted and will be acted upon .
Kind regards
Jane
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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84 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2014 via mobile

Really nice hotel that I will stay at again in the future.. Good quality room with comfortable bed. Breakfast was exceptional with a selection of food that far exceeded expectations.. If it was slightly closer to an underground station it would be perfect - although I believe they hotel does provide a shuttle service

Stayed January 2014, travelled on business
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Thank Buzby4
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b170utter, General Manager at Thistle City Barbican, responded to this review, 10 February 2014
Dear Reviewer
Thank you for taking the time to write a review on the Thistle City Barbican
I was very pleased to read that you enjoyed your stay with us . Thank you for your very
positive comments and recommendation .
We look forward to welcoming you back to the hotel on a future occasion
Kind regards
Jane
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Newport, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2014 via mobile

Walls are thin- could hear man coughing next door and people's conversation outside room.
Woke up to find i'd shared bed with foreign hair and fingernail- euuu!
Having dropped something on floor found another nail and a contact lens. Disgusting!
Complained to reception- the guest services manager offered me her card for when i stay next time??? Next time- there wont be a next time.

Stayed February 2014, travelled on business
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1 Thank kittylala123
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b170utter, General Manager at Thistle City Barbican, responded to this review, 10 February 2014
Dear Reviewer
Thank you for taking the time to write a review of the Thistle City Barbican
I was really sorry to read of the problems you encountered during your stay . I understand
from my front office manager that we have been in contact to discuss the issues you encountered directly with you .
Kind regards
Jane
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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193 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2014 via mobile

The light and bright reception gives the impression that you are walking into a modern fresh hotel. The reality is that the hotel is dated and in urgent need of refurbishment. The corridors are stale smelling and over heated and the rooms are much the same. The pillows are cheap and overstuffed, the quilt was so old and flat it felt like a dead weight and the air con wasn't working. The saving grace are the hotel staff who were friendly and a reasonably good breakfast. There are much better hotels in this price range. I wouldn't want to stay here again.

Stayed January 2014, travelled on business
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1 Thank Holidaylover186403
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b170utter, General Manager at Thistle City Barbican, responded to this review, 31 January 2014
Dear Reviewer
Thank you for taking the time to write a review of the Thistle City Babrican
I am was sorry to read that you were disappointed with some aspects of your stay and your comments in regards to our corridors will be followed up as there is no need for them to be stuffy as the heating can be adjusted .
Thank you for your positive feedback in regards to the team and breakfast which is appreciated
Kind regards
Jane
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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126 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2014

I have stayed at this hotel on a number of occasions. Its ok, but nothing to shout about.

Rooms are mostly good, I prefer rooms on the lower levels.

Food is always freshly prepared and of a decent standard. Staff are always friendly.

Location is not that good, not much to do in the immediate area and a fair distance away from any Tube station.

Room Tip: I prefer rooms on the lower floors
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank IRW1968
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b170utter, General Manager at Thistle City Barbican, responded to this review, 31 January 2014
Dear Reviewer
Thank you for taking the time to write a review of the Thsitle City Barbican
I was very pleased to read that you have stayed with us on several occasions and have enjoyed your time with us.
Thank you for your positve feedback and we look forward to welcoming you back on a future occasion
Best wishes
Jane
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Property: Thistle City Barbican
Address: 120 Central Street | Clerkenwell, London EC1V 8DS, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > London
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #580 of 1,089 Hotels in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Thistle City Barbican 3*
Number of rooms: 463
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Within walking distance from Old Street and Barbican tube stations the Thistle City Barbican provides easy access to the whole of London and its many attractions. We have convenient transport links for King's Cross & Liverpool Street National Rail as well as St Pancras International station for Eurostar.Ideally located on the edge of the City of London, with the financial district just minutes away, we are also in a prime location for business travellers. Our dedicated conference facilities with 13 flexible meeting rooms will cater for business meetings, corporate special events, private dining and banquets for up to 170 delegates.Inclusive with your hotel booking you can enjoy the Otium Health & Leisure Club to work out, for a refreshing swim or simply relax and de-stress in the Jacuzzi, Sauna and Steam room. Whether you are here for business or leisure our Otium Health & Leisure Club has all you need to make your experience complete.Thistle City Barbican Hotel features 463 bedrooms including Standard, Deluxe and Family rooms as well as Suites. All of our guestrooms, meeting rooms and public areas are equipped with Free BT Openzone Wi-Fi internet access. For guests travelling to the Hotel by car there are 10 car parking spaces available which are allocated on a first come first serve basis. Alternatively there is a NCP carpark within walking distance. ... more   less 
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