We (a young couple) just came back from our short trip to London (5 days).
We found out about the summer accommodation at the Imperial College on the internet and were lucky to get a room!
This reviw is about Beit Hall in South Kensington!
As most of you know, this is no real hotel, but a hall for students.
But during the summer holidays they offer the rooms to tourists, giving them the possibility to stay in an excellent location for little money.
We stayed in a Twin Ensuite Bedroom, while most of the rooms share bathrooms.
So book early enough if you do not want to share ;)
The room was bright, altough more or less facing another part of the building.
There was no AC, but we did not need it anyway, since it was a London summer ;)
Anyway, you could open the windows to get some fresh air.
The furniture, two beds, two cupboards, two wardrobes and a desk, seemed to be quite new and did not appear worn down at all.
Everything was clean and nice.
Like in most hotel rooms, there was an electric kettle (also very clean, no scale inside) with two cups.
But here there were not just a few bags of tea, but fair-trade tea, instant coffee (with/without caffeine), brown and white sugar, little packs of milk and even two small bottles of water (tap water in the bathroom not for drinking!)
Furthermore we had a small fan and a clock radio.
The bathroom was very small, but we expected that.
It looked a little bit older than the rest of the room, but this does not mean that it was filthy! Not at all!
You could see that everything was cleaned but in general it looked a bit worn down.
Yet there were fresh towels, little soaps and shampoos.
If you want to do something for the environmen you can hang up your towels in the bathroom, so the service staff knows they don't have to change them every day.
As already said our room faced towards the inner courtyard, so traffic noise was not a problem for us.
But for three days there was some kind of acting class near our room so we could enjoy the sound of singing and acting ;)
The corridors were clean and bright too with many signs, so you won't have a problem finding your room.
The reception was situated in a nice, big room with cosy sofas and some vending machines.
The staff was very polite and friendly.
Our check-in was very quick and we were offered to enter our room earlier as it was already cleaned without asking for it.
There was always someone at the reception desk 24/7.
The cleaning staff was very firendly, too.
The breakfast was in a different building, the Sherfield building, just across the road.
It was really less than five minutes to get there and the staff at the reception explained the way to every single guest at the check-in.
When you check in, you get a little piece of paper, your breakfast voucher with which you "pay" the breakfast.
At first it may seem strange that the amount of food you can get at the buffet is restricted (5 hot items, 1 croissant, 1 bowl of fruit salad or cereal, ...) but if you would really get everything you can, you would propably roll out of the building!
Considering the fact, that the breakfast is included, it was a great breakfast!
There were warm typically British dishes such as beans, sausages, scrambled eggs and so on.
But you could also take a croissant with jam or nutella, cereal and fruit salad.
Fruit salad means pieces of peach, ananas, orange, grapefruit, mixed fruits, raisins, muesli and yoghurt.
They even offered soy milk and lacto-free milk for the cereal!
In addition you could choose between a cup of coffee and a glass of different juices.
The cantine was still used by members of the college, so some tables were reserved for them for certain times, but we always found a nice place to sit.
The location was great!
We arrived at Earl's Court with the Easybus and walked to the Accommodation without problems, since we just had to follow one of the bigger roads, Old Brompton Road.
You basically stay between some of London's biggest tourist attractions: Royal Albert Hall is right next to it! V&A Museum, Natural History and Science Museum are only one block away, just five minutes of walking down Exhibition Road.
And if you follow Exhibition Road up, you can either enter Kensington Gardens to your left or Hyde Park at your right.
The next Tube station is South Kensington and also just five minutes away.
Around the Tube station there are many small restaurants, a Pret-A-Manger, a (very) small supermarket and a cash point.
I would also recommend the Queen's Arms Pub in the nighbourhood.
We only visited this Pub once and very short, but it was crowded with all kinds of people, students, businessmen...and the food lokked great =)
If you are looking for a central place to stay in London during the summer and don't expect luxury, don't hesitate booking this!
It is really worth the (for London little) money! =)
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Imperial College Hotel London