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Budget Guest House
Ranked #1,029 of 1,086 Hotels in London
London
1 review
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“cool.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2013

It was worth it, a bit untidy compared to other hotels I have been to. But we did still enjoy the night. the location was okay.

Another issue was that the bathroom was outside the room. funny isn't it.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2013

On arrival we went in to what was someones room got the keys & went in to our room. Our room wasn't very big but fine for 1 night. Beds were comfy & warm. The electrics in the place are not safe, never seen anything like it. Be very careful!!! There was loads of cobwebs on the ceiling! The Bathroom downstairs was disgusting, even a homeless person would not shower in there. Thank god the bed was comfy!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2013

MMMMMMMMMMMMMm well we stayed for a night prior to our trip to Disney - location wise spot on it was what i expected inside if i'm honest basic and dirty looking but not dirty - yes there was mold on the walls but it appeared not to be growing fungus so acceptable.The room was lumpy and bumpy with floor boards lifted up for what purpose is anyones guess the carpet student lodgings brown!

The TV did work but had a low humming noise which prevented a good QI from being remotely audible the picture was great though.

The coffee facility's were okay please do take your own mug as there was not one available however there was a Harrods tea bag which looking at the budget coffee was surely left as a treat to the new inhabitants but another guest.

The toilet and shower area was quaint with a viewing gap in the door so that you could see anyone coming up the stairs the shower was awkward due to the very loose power switch outside the shower room play around with the shower adjuster as you may freeze to death or scold yourself the floor in the shower was a little tacky underfoot but for £20 a night you don't ask yourself these questions a little dunkirk spirit is required.

We did briefly see the Manager who appeared to be living within the reception which we thought was nice.

I never really heard the trams as i was facing the front of the street smoking was allowed out of the window which was a bonus

Enjoy your stay!

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Derby, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2013

Basic hotel with small rooms. I believe the money is still a lot for what you get. But it will do and the location is quite central and easy to navigate to.
It is but a 5 minute walk out the door and you're right at the metro station on Kings Cross.
If you dont mind just staying somewhere basic with no extra's or service this is the place to go. But you pay just as much for a Travelodge which is at the next street if you keep walking down. But for just a night to sleep after going out or a concert it will do if you're not fussy.

Room Tip: If you dont mind just staying somewhere basic with no extra's or service this is the place to go...
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2012

... (they probably left under protest long ago).

- Have you ever wanted to sleep on the set of a movie - namely 'Saw' or 'Hostel'? 


- Do you turn your central heating up to max, even during a heatwave? 


- Do you enjoy playing the popular family game of ‘Guess the bodily fluid on the bed sheet’?


- Do you hate having your own personal toilet and shower facilities?


- Do you enjoy dry retching at the first sight of a communal shower room?


- Do you only need 1-2 hours sleep per night (if you’re lucky)?


- Have you made your peace with your loved ones and the lord almighty?


- Do you like going to sleep not knowing if you’ll wake up chained to the wall, and your only chance of escape is a rusty saw that will *just about* cut through human flesh and bone?

If the answer is ‘yes’ then the Budget Guest House at 23 Swinton Street, London is for you.
I’ve lived in some pretty awful places in my time so my expectations were already around the ‘well, if there’s not a human turd under my pillow, I’ll be fine’ mark.

Thankfully, there wasn’t a human turd and the pillow was reasonably clean (I still saturated it with enough fabric freshener to give myself second degree chemical burns though). Unfortunately, the rest of the room/guest house has been, at some point, subject to an out-of-hand defication party or two. And, judging by the dark brown/red stain on the net curtain, looks like someone had blown their brains out (to be honest, if I had to stay there for another night, I might have popped into King’s Cross to buy a gun myself).

After a l-o-n-g and hot day in London I was covered in a film of sweat and grime. Oh the thought of stepping into a shower to wash the day away seemed like my idea of heaven. Unfortunately the shower in the Budget Guest House was closer to hell. If anything the shower would have made me dirtier still.

So yeah… my recommendation is that, if every other hotel, B&B, YMCA, homeless shelter is fully booked… sleep rough. Either that or spend the night walking up and down the majestic and beautiful River Thames. Anywhere but this truly awful and heartbreakingly depressing place.

But, if you're completely devoid of any common sense and dignity, and decide to stay here and they hand you a key with the room number ‘B2′… run. Run like you've never run before.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2012 via mobile

Before I start. DO-NOT-STAY-HERE.
Before AND upon arrival I asked if there was parking by the hotel, the moron in reception says yes. One guess what I had on my car windscreen in the morning. Yep you guessed it, an £80 parking fine. Heating in the room was constantly on so I was sweating the whole night, the floors were manky the windows do not close and there is ONE bath room between ELEVEN rooms. (See picture) trains stormed past my window every 10 seconds, when I booked it I thought £30 was a bargain but I'd now rather walk the streets and get stabbed.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Derby, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2012

I stayed here one night. We picked this place because it was cheap and close to Kings Cross / St Pancras. The room was basic, had a sink, TV (not working), tea, coffee and a shared bathroom. Overall the room and bathroom were clean but in need of redecorating. Ok if you are on a budget, not too fussy and want the central location.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Budget Guest House
Address: 23 Swinton Street | Kings Cross, London WC1X 9NL, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > London > Clerkenwell
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Ranked #1,029 of 1,086 Hotels in London
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Hotel Class:1 star — Budget Guest House 1*
Number of rooms: 11
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