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“Good value, but some odd rooms”
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Goodenough Club
Ranked #27 of 837 Speciality Lodging in London
Certificate of Excellence
Manchester, UK
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111 reviews
105 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
“Good value, but some odd rooms”
Reviewed 13 December 2013

Having stayed here on a number of occasions, I am beginning to get a handle on the good and bad rooms - and there are a real mix of the two. This time I was in 491 which is in the basement of the house next door to the main reception building. The room is massive - especially by London standards - with a very big bedroom and separate lounge-type area with a sofa (probably a sofa bed, but I did not investigate). The bed was comfy enough, but the noise from the (quiet) road outside meant that the night was not completely undisturbed. The issue with the room was the bathroom. It was freezing cold (separated from the lounge and with only the smallest of radiators and single glazed windows) and the over bath shower was placed that you would have to be less than four feet tall to be able to stand underneath it. It is an odd experience having to sit in a bath to use the shower! I guess that the design of many of the rooms in this place are directed by the existing architecture, but some more careful planning would have really helped.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled on business
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Brooklyn, NY
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Reviewed 12 December 2013

Went to London on a business trip and stayed in the room on the ground floor. The bed was huge and comfortable and the bathroom was small but OK. Everything was clean, the staff was friendly and welcoming and they offered breakfast every morning.

The hotel is part of a college, weird right? Regardless, it is an affordable and conveniently located place for a short stay.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
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North Yorkshire
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Reviewed 11 December 2013

Lovely comfy bed, but the shower room was tiny and had no noise insulation from the bedroom. I've given a terrible rating because our room had two glass walls and blinds which wouldn't close properly - completely unsuitable for a bedroom.
I mentioned this on check out, all the receptionist advised was to ask for a room in the main building in future, he did not seem to grasp that a glass box with inadequate screening is just not appropriate for a bedroom.
Fitting curtains would solve this problem.

Room Tip: Don't go there if you get a mews room until they consider replacing the blinds with curtains.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2013

Interesting hotel, opposite a very nice park. About 8 minutes walk for the nearest tube, and within walking distance of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical medicine. Quite a scenic part of London and if you like shopping, near a small mall and walking distance to Oxford circus, if you don't want to take the tube. Breakfast was nice though the variety of (free)beverages was limited. My main peeve was the lack of a lift...if you have heavy boxes to lug upstairs, could be a problem, but the staff are very helpful and took mine up and down when i was checking in and out. Was told it was due to rules, so a lift cant be installed. The staircases are innumerable (or so it felt) and my first night i got pretty lost 3 times, trying to locate the exit!

Room Tip: Ask for one on a lower floor if you have lots of boxes
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled on business
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Middle England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2013

This is a somewhat unusual place to stay being a part of the post graduate Goodenough College. The accommodation is spread across a number of regency houses in a quiet square. There is no lift but some rooms are on the ground floor. Had a single room which was basic but comfortable and probably my best night's sleep in Central London. Breakfast was only average with cooked breakfast being available in the College's large common room across the square.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled on business
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Leuven, Belgium
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2013

We booked this hotel toghether with some friends because of its price. We had a good enough experience but not more than that.
Location : it's situated in a quiet street what ads to a good night rest, really little london noise to hear. Its a 12 minute walk from St Pancras train station, but also some 8 minutes to the nearest tube station , wich is awfull Rusell Square station (lifts !!). All in all good but also not close enough to get around quickly, nice neighbourhood (bloomsbury)
The hotel : is divided over 5 houses, but there is no connection between them, so reception is in nr 23 , we had a room in nr 22, means you go out again and enter again next door. Also no lift, so be prepared to carry your bags up the stairs your self
Rooms : our rooms had to small a double bed and to small a bathroom, but it was clean and comfortable, with a little fridge. Windows are worn down and single glazed, also not much isolation between rooms, we could hear our neigbours quite good
Breakfast : strangest part, you have to go outside for it. Continenatal in bottom of nr 23, or full english breakfast 200 m further on the square in a student building. It not so nice to have to go out for it, but the english breakfast in the college building is worth it, altough its really a strange experience to sit on a large table togheter with other people, feeling students again, if you don't mind that, it's a good breakfast buffet
Check in/out : very friendly and smoothly, one of our rooms was available altough we arrived early
All in all : if you don't mind the lack of a bit of luxery and are aible to adapt to the occasion, this is a good place to stay

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Murcia, Spain
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2013 via mobile

We picked this hotel mainly for its location and the fact that they advertise themselves as a 4 star accommodation. The location is the ONLY good thing about it, believe me. Russell Square station is close and the area is lovely. The housekeeping is very poor, dirty floors, dusty surfaces. The bathroom is tiny and not as spotless as some other reviewers thought, the furniture is of student accommodation standards, as mentioned in many other reviews. We had to go down 64 steps and go out our building to have a not very good continental breakfast. We never went to the other building to have the English breakfast since we don't have cooked breakfast. The people at the front desk were kind and attentive: the radiator next to the bed was leaking and made the carpet soggy. They sent the plumber quickly but the carpet was wet for most of our stay. It looked like the housekeeping team had not noticed that soggy carpet for a few days. I also think they should give ample warning about the lack of lifts. Anyway, read ALL the reviews and look around the area before you pick this hotel. I regretted my choice because the price we paid didn't correspond with what we got for it, even for London, notorious for its poor value for money hotels.

Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Goodenough Club
Address: 23 Mecklenburgh Square, London WC1N 2AD, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > London > Bloomsbury , Euston / Kings Cross /St Pancras
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Restaurant Suites
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Ranked #27 of 837 Speciality Lodging in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Goodenough Club 4*
Number of rooms: 63
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Goodenough Club provides a home from home for visiting academics and those in related professions from all over the world. It occupies 5 fully refurbished Georgian townhouses and a mews which overlook our beautiful Mecklenburgh Sq Gardens, 2 acres of private gardens with tennis court and BBQ area, in the heart of Bloomsbury and a 10 minute walk from the Eurostar at St Pancras. Guests are welcome to join the thriving academic community that has been home to international post graduate students for over 75 years and to attend the talks, lectures and concerts which take place. ... more   less 
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