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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Some friends and I stayed for three days, and for the type of hostel it is, I can say it is quite good: cheap, 15min walking (or less) to the centre of London, with a nice breakfast and very clean. The only thing is that there were not many plugs in the room we stayed. But apart from that, I... More 

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Quebec City, Canada
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really nice hostel, close to the city center, you can even walk to the city center without spending your money on transportation, rooms were clean and quiet, bathrooms were ok, breakfast was good. I recommend 👍

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Pilsen, Czech Republic
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15 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The hostel is situated in the very centre of London, just 2 minutes walking from Russel Square tube station, but even walking you are about 30 minutes from Picadilly. I enjoyed the breakfast in the great hall, where you can meet and chat with people, however the rooms were pretty small, considering that 9 people needed to fit in. However,... More 

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Thank Barbora B
Smart Hostels L, Guest Relations Manager at Smart Russell Square Hostel, responded to this review

Hello! Thank you so much for taking your time to review our hostel for other travelers. We are very happy to read that you had an overall nice stay with us and enjoyed our free continental breakfast and central locations. We hope to see you again if you come back to London! Kind Regards from The Smart Hostels Team More 

Hebden Bridge, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Clean, quiet, helpful friendly staff, secure, great area. First hostel I've stayed in where I didn't really need to bring shower shoes. Literally two minutes from Russell Square Tube. Great common room area.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I needed a place to stay for one night. Stayed in a 15 person room, on a thurs for £10 Room had triple bunk beds. Frustratingly the bottom and middle bunks had privacy curtains but the top did not. Beds approx 185 cm in length so not great for really tall people Also had to pay a £10 cash deposit... More 

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3 reviews
Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

I stayed there for 3 nights. I am surprised how I haven't decided to ask for refund and leave. Run away. As far as possible from this dreadful, smelly, filthy, mass grave. First of all - beds. There was a lot of them. 15 to be precise in a room of maybe 10 sq. meters. "How did they manage to... More 

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Thank Damjan B
Smart Hostels L, Guest Relations Manager at Smart Russell Square Hostel, responded to this review

Hello, we are sorry to read that there where aspects of your stay that you didn't enjoy. We will take your valuable feedback into consideration in order to improve our future services. Kind Regards from the Smart Hostels Team More 

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Reviewed 13 October 2016

It was the worst experience that I had in a hostel. I stayed in a room that looked like a dungeon. It smells really bad. The room wasn't properly for a whole week, the time that i was there. In my room there weren't even lockers for the backpack! Come on! You had to pay extra for a locker to... More 

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Smart Hostels L, Guest Relations Manager at Smart Russell Square Hostel, responded to this review

Hello, thank you for taking your time to rate our hostels for other travelers. We are sorry to read that our hostel didn't live up to your expectations. We will take your feedback into consideration in order to improve our future services. Kind Regards from The Smart Hostels Team More 

London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 8 October 2016

Stayed over after a night out in town. Location is great and like the system of having a curtain around the bed for privacy. The larger dorm rooms in the basement are hot, smelly and cramped. Breakfast worked well.

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Smart Hostels L, Guest Relations Manager at Smart Russell Square Hostel, responded to this review

Hello! Thank you for rating our hostel to other travellers. We are glad to hear that you had an overall good stay. Please note that, for future reference, we do have smaller dorms available in our hostels so may be you would feel more comfortable staying in a smaller dorm. We hope to see you again soon. Kind Regards from... More 

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4 reviews
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Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

As an 19 year old budget traveller I am more than prepared to stay in a crappy hostel but this took the cake. It was like staying in a dungeon, a hot, smelly, overcrowded, dark dungeon. It was the pits, we ended up sleeping on the floor of our friends hotel room because we couldn't face the hostel. In fact... More 

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12 reviews
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Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

I've seen themed hotels before, but never have I come across a hostel designed to look like a Second World War air raid bunker. White walls, triple bunk beds, sleeping underground, it truly captures the feeling of being bombed by the Axis without the Blitz spirit. I booked this hostel due to its proximity to Kings Cross. I paid the... More 

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Bloomsbury
Snuggly nestled within Central London is academic and leafy Bloomsbury, an area that boasts walking distance access to many of London's most popular attractions. It is also home to some of Britain's most celebrated museums, including the must-see British Museum. Despite an understandable popularity with students, tourists and day trippers, vast sections of Bloomsbury retain a quiet, residential feel year round and throughout the week.
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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Breakfast
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
This hostel is in the heart of London, a 10-minute walk from King's Cross Railway Station and the British Library. It provides budget accommodation with free WiFi access throughout. The Smart Hostel Russell Square offers beds in mixed-sex dorms. Linen is provided and security lockers are available in all rooms. Shared and en-suite facilities are available depending on room type. Reception is open 24 hours a day, and there are no curfews or lock-out times. Guests can receive tourist information and discount tickets for major attractions. The hostel's common room features a large TV, and some shared kitchen facilities are available. Self-service laundry facilities and an internet cafe are also offered on site. Russell Square Underground Station is 252 yrd away. The Foundling Museum, Islington Farmers Market and University College London are all within 10 minutes' walk. Camden is a great choice for travellers interested in Theatre, Museums and Culture. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Smart Russell Square Hostel

Address: 71-72 Guilford Street, London WC1N 1DF, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > London > Bloomsbury
Price Range: $25 - $114 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Smart Russell Square Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 60
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“Don't take the bed one at the top - there is the light right above your face.”
 of 5 bubbles barborab988, 10 Nov 2016 | Read review
“don't stay in the rooms downstairs”
 of 5 bubbles 160marianad, 13 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Avoid the basement rooms if you can, it's pretty bleak down there!”
 of 5 bubbles EmmaS668, 13 Jun 2016 | Read review
“don't take the big dorm, too many people cramp in a single room to be confortable”
 of 5 bubbles L1836GWnicolass, 8 Jun 2016 | Read review
“Try to get a room that isn't down the steps. They haven't renovated that yet and the showers upstairs were much better! ”
 of 5 bubbles jelskek2014, 7 May 2016 | Read review
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