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Imperial College Accommodation Prince's Gardens
Ranked #30 of 837 Speciality Lodging in London
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“Good basics but missing the details.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2011

My partner and I stayed at Imperial College - overall it's good value and a good place to stay, but don't expect a proper "hotel experience".

We arrived early on our first day (along with a great many other people, judging from the waiting area) but weren't able to check in before our room was ready at 2:00pm. We were able to leave our bags, but only in out in the main waiting area along with a bunch of other travelers' suitcases...definitely not where you'd want to leave anything of value.

Once we checked in and got up to our room, we called down to ask for two more pillows. We were told that they were really busy at the moment, but that somebody would drop two more off before the evening and that we didn't need to wait around. None ever came, and we had to go downstairs to the front desk the next day to get more pillows ourselves (we were out too late that evening to do it that first night).

We also had no hot water one morning, but the front desk did fix it before we returned that evening from sightseeing.

The housekeeping always changed the towels and made our bed, but they always missed the little details...used-up toiletries weren't replaced so we ended up just buying our own, and we had to call down and ask for more toilet paper (as the empty roll was ignored!).

Despite all of this, the room itself was exceptionally clean and well ventilated, the bed was very comfortable, and there was a lot of useful storage. We never felt cramped despite the room being pretty small.

The location can't be beat either...the South Kensington tube stop is a short walk away, and the "Museum/Royal Albert Hall" tube station exit is literally across the street from where you check in. The V&A, Science, and Natural History Museums are all right there as well...you don't even have to leave the area to sightsee! There's lots of food choices down near the tube station as well, and South Kensington was an easy station to get to from Gatwick Airport.

A total bonus was the hot breakfast included with the room...it's cafeteria food, but hey - the price is right! The basics of a full English are all there...eggs, bacon, sausage, beans, croissants/toast, cereal, juice/tea/coffee - you can't go wrong. Far from gourmet, but far better than just "passable"...we ate breakfast there pretty much every day of the week we stayed.

Overall, we'd stay there again - Imperial College certainly isn't a hotel, but as long as you don't demand or expect hotel levels of service you certainly won't be disappointed.

Room Tip: We stayed in Gabor Hall...if you get this building, ask for a room facing *away* from the park so yo...
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2011

I staied in this accomodation for 2 nights ,room and bath very small ,no TV,very simple but clean and nice is good for sleep only in good location and save ,it is originaly for students so do not expect a lot as hotels
but for the money and location is good choice

Room Tip: no wireless internet in room as it is very weak
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2011

My wife and both pensioners stayed at Beit overnight 11 September 2011. Prior to visiting, reading a number of reviews, things looked rather bleak and we were not expecting "a lot". However what a surprise. Nice clean, well furnished accommodation. Friendly, helpful, professional staff and a breakfast which was just great. Well done college. We will certainly return and also recommend this hidden treasure to others.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2011

I learned about tourist rentals at Imperial College on the internet. We booked two nights pre-cruise and it was perfect for our needs. We had a double in Wilkinson Hall, one of four halls in the Eastside residence building. Our room was small but immaculate and included breakfast vouchers. The walk to the dining hall was pleasant and took only a few minutes. On the day of our departure, we walked to the South Kensington underground station in about ten minutes -- a most pleasant walk. We also appreciated being on the # 52 bus route which took us to Trafalgar Square and Victoria Station.

We're planning a return visit to London, after the Olympics, and will try to book a stay at Imperial College. It is a fantastic location in South Kensington.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2011

I stayed here August 2010 ans Sept 2011 both times with Friends and it's a fantastic place to stay - very basic but thats what we were expecting as we only paid £27 each for the night - but we were out late at the theatre and up early so it was litereally a place to rest our heads. Great location right near the Natural History, Science Museums etc and seemed to be a safe enough area. It is a little walk from the tube but nothing that wasn't manageable. I just wish these rooms were available all year round and not just over the summer time.

I would reccommend this for a night or two. The breakfast room is across a main road and a little bit of a walk but there is a really good breakfast selection available - Full English, Pasteries, fruits and yogurts etc.

I will no doubt be booking up again next Summer to stay here.

Room Tip: These rooms only become available about 3 months before the start of summer so keep an eye out if yo...
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Additional Information about Imperial College Accommodation Prince's Gardens

Property: Imperial College Accommodation Prince's Gardens
Address: | Adjacent to Exhibition Road, London SW7 2PE, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > London > Knightsbridge
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #30 of 837 Speciality Lodging in London
Price range (per night): ₹ 6,018 - ₹ 10,140
Hotel Class:4 star — Imperial College Accommodation Prince's Gardens 4*
Number of rooms: 722
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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Imperial College Hotel London

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