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“Hit and miss but ok if you're on a budget” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Pickwick Hall
Ranked #562 of 1,086 Hotels in London
Certificate of Excellence
Europe
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13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Hit and miss but ok if you're on a budget”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2010

I've stayed here a few times and it depends on which room you get and how many students, ozzies and kiwis are staying there. It can be noisy but it can also be quiet. Sometimes the room is clean and then other times not. It really is a bit of a gamble. The shower wasn't working one time I was there. Breakfast? Well, it'll keep you going for an hour or two. Perfect if you're broke.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank BudgetBuddies
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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toronto
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9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2010

Unfortunately this hostel was the worst of our whole trip, but mostly because it was disgustingly dirty. The whole building itself is old, but the interiors were badly run-down. We had booked a double, but were given a room for four. Of the four beds, all of the bed covers had large blood stains and other stains. Even the walls had brown stains on them.

The bathroom was just as terrible. It smelled horrible (from the damp and probably because our room was in the basement), and looked so unclean I couldn't bear to use the shower.

Our disappointing breakfast was a choice of three types of bagged sliced bread (like Wonderbread) and jam/butter or cereal, coffee and tea, nothing else. The staff was eating fruit, but there was no sign that fruit was available for anyone else.

The woman on staff was a bit curt, but the older gentleman was really very nice and very helpful. He told us where there were good spots to eat, how we could save money taking the tube to St. Pancras rather than the Gatwick Express to get to the airport, directions to the museum, and let us keep our bags at the hostel after we had checked out.

The wifi is free, but was acting a bit wonky when we were using it.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank Isabel F
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Oslo, Norway
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15 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2010

The hostel smelled of bad Indian food (or something). Moldy bathrooms and stained bedding, but I could tell it was cleaned. Free internet was nice and breakfast minimal. Location good, but there are far better places to stay in London for the same price.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank honeydoo08
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Maine
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2010

Don't get me wrong, the place is in awesome location, but if you can find a hotel or hostel close by, go with that. There is a reason why this place is cheap people. The showers didn't get hot, and the toilets worked half the time. The place was dirty too, stains all over the carpet and you could tell bleach has not seen the bathrooms in years. I found Patrick, the owner, to be rude and not very accomidating. Continental breakfast consisted of making your own toast and a glass of milk, if there is even any left in the fridge. If you like camping, this place would be ideal...

  • Stayed November 2007, travelled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 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
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 Thank paradigm207
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ontario
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2009

Lovely hostel. Free breakfast was just what was needed to get a good start on the day. Rooms were just right. A mirror with sink, desk, chest of drawers, fridge and microwave were in the room as well as two towels per person and a bar of soap. The hostel had free internet access and a comfortable environment. The washrooms were just fine and the showers were clean and working properly. The walls are very thin though and I did not sleep the best as the street noise was quite loud.
Overall, it was a nice hostel and a great place to stay if on budget!

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank magicandrea18
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France
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2009

We spent 5 days in this hotel , and it was terrible. The walls were full of mould. It was actually to harvest the mushrooms in the corner and cook a tasty meal out of it.
In addition to this the walls had huge cracks and the windows didnt close proberly --> it was very cold .
the fridge and microwave oven were completely useless and it was impossible to sleep while the fridge was plugged in.
breakfast was very poor
staff confused
shower disgusting
shower curtain green of mould
carpet full of stains
bed sheet dirty
never ever again

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank CaptainCha0s
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Pietarsaari, Finland
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25 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2009

We spent 7 nights with my husband and his children at the Pickwick. Arriving in the middle of the night wasn't a problem as there was a night porter to escort us to our rooms.
We had booked two rooms, we were staying on the top floor with shared facilities which was ok for us.
The rooms were not cleaned daily, we had to ask them to hoover our carpet, the towels weren't changed during our stay. The beds were comfy, we had one room facing the back and another facing the front of the building. The location of the hostel is the best, near to Oxford Street, Covent Garden or any of the city centre sights. The location is very quiet in the evenings, safe to walk in the streets at night, a lot of pubs and restaurants in the area, close to two tube stations, one bus stop just in front of the hostel.
Breakfast is ok, just toasts, coffee, tea, jam, butter, cereals, milk. But there is a micro and a fridge in the room, and you can make your lunch or dinner in the breakfast rooms kitchen. Unfortunately there isn't a TV in the rooms, it would have been nice to watch the news in the mornings. The two computers in the lounge were always occupied by two American ladies in the mornings or in the evenings, so impossible to use them.

  • Stayed September 2008, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Jeppis
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Property: Pickwick Hall
Address: 7, Bedford Place, London WC1B 5JE, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > London > Bloomsbury
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge
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#17 Best Value Hotel in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 15
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