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Imperial College Accommodation Prince's Gardens
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Reviewed 23 July 2012

Last year we stayed at Imperial College Southside and loved it. Clean, well serviced room, great location. this year we decided on Beit Hall as it is located next to the Albert Hall for the Proms.
Regretted it instantly the moment we entered the room. carpet had not been hoovered, debris from previous occupants lying on bathroom floor, didn't auger well ! The shower tray had obviously not been cleaned as there were hairs still in the tray UGH ! There was a notice by the bathroom tap advising not to drink the water !!! although bottled water was provided this was only for the first night. Reception told us to keep the bottle and refill it from the water cooler in the reception area, not a very good idea from an infection control point of view !! We were told it was probably ok to use the tap water to clean our teeth and to use in the kettle !!
The room was quite hot with not much flow of air from the windows due to restricted opening. A fan was provided which helped to cool the room !The chairs were stained didn't really want to sit on them !
One very flat pillow was provided for each bed, not very comfortable, had to go down to reception for another pillow !
Had to ask for towels to be refreshed as we had to use one of the towels as a bath mat, as none was provided.
Tea and coffee sachets provided with the minimal amount of milk, not everyone likes black tea/cofffee and on our last day left with even less milk and teaspoons taken away, so that when we got back difficult to make a hot drink, asked at reception for a teaspoon and couldn't provide !
having said that, Beit Hall is in a great location for South kensington area, reasonably cheap for the area, but stinting on cleanliness and basic comfort is not acceptable. Shame on you Beit, Princes gardens much better, learn from them !!

Room Tip: Ask to see the room first to make sure that it has been cleaned and has sufficient pillows etc
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank HuntingdonKiki
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Reviewed 23 July 2012

I stayed here in 2011 just to go to the Proms which is in walking distance. I had stayed in a luxury hotel for a couple of nights before on the other side of London so I shouldnt compare .
i certainly didnt get it for £30 more like £80 but even then it was value for money and served its purpose. I found having lunch in the students hall quite enjoyable as Im an observer and it was fascinating to mix with so many nationalities over breakfast. A good experience.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled solo
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Thank angelique5
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Reviewed 22 July 2012

Of course this is excellent value for a stay in central London with the best location if you want the museums but it was not as good as the last time we stayed 3 years ago. The rooms are absolutely fine - no complaints at all but the breakfast, if you were expecting a real English breakfast, is a great disappointment. Also, I did not like being asked to pay a one pound membership fee to drink in the bar; they don't do this at their Princes' Garden bar. But I would definitely stay again and just eat continental!

Room Tip: Ask for a quiet room or you might be put with a school party
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank gailSheringham
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Reviewed 15 July 2012

I have been reading some reviews on here and was surprised to find what people paid for their rooms. I paid 30pounds/night, originally for a different building, but was upgraded a few days before my arrival (at no extra cost). I'm basing my review on the fact that I only paid 30 pounds per night for this amazing place... However, I would also be content with the services at up to 70pounds.

If you have never stayed in student residences before, I highly recommend this as a place for the budget conscious traveller. Benefits: you get your own private room (unlike a hostel), still have access to a kitchen (can save some money by preparing your own food), get breakfast included (depending on the place you pick (or are upgraded to)), and there is daily cleaning service (unlike many hostels). I have absolutely nothing bad to say about this place, my stay has been excellent, especially for the price I paid. Would highly recommend any of these students residences to other travellers.

Stayed: July 2012, travelled solo
Thank shmoo17
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Reviewed 14 July 2012

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!

the hotel:
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.

service:
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.

breakfast:
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.

location:
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 =)

conclusion:
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! =)

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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