My wife and I stayed in the LSE’s Rosebury Avenue property for one night 13/04/12. We knew that for £59.95 it would be pretty basic so we were’nt expected anything special. The building was nice from the outside and well located for the Angel Islington. Staff on reception were friendly and professional. Then we opened the door to room 515. We were immediately greeted by a damp musty smell. Inside the tiny room there were two very small single beds. A shabby little wardrobe, the door handle came off in my hand when I tried to open it; any old desk, any old shelves; and a sink with a damaged chip board surround. The decor was depressingly dark and an awful colour. When I lay on the bed I could see signs above my head where someone had washed the ceiling, apparently taking some of the paint with it. There was no shower or toilet facilities in the room, to be expected for that price; no tea or coffee making facilities, there was a shared kitchen for those who’d brought their own cups. No TV in the room, again not expected. We decided to leave the window open while we went out for the evening to try to get the smell out of the room. It didn’t work. The smell came back as soon as we closed it again to try to reduce the traffic noise. The noise was a little bit less intrusive, but I have to say it was the least effective double glazing I’ve ever tried to sleep with. I was still awake at 1.30 am when some drunk people started speaking very loudly and swearing in the shared kitchen. My impression was that they were swearing at someone who had asked them to be less noisy. At breakfast the next day we heard similar stories from other guests. In one case noisy drunks at 4am, in another a party in the room below. Similar stories of tiny, uncared for rooms.
I think the management of this accommodation should be ashamed of themselves. To think that they expect our sons and daughters to live in this standard of student accommodation is a disgrace. A little bit of care and attention could at least make the tiny little room a bit less depressing for two people to spend significant lengths of time in. Personally, I will never stay with the LSE again. It was the worst B&B experience I’ve ever had. My wife and I were exhausted by the time we got home and slept part of the following day to catch up with lost sleep. Having said that, I want to make it clear that I have no complaints about the day to day staff and the breakfast was good. I did mention the smell to a woman on reception and she said she would report that to her boss.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rosebery Hall provides great value bed and breakfast accommodation in central London’s Clerkenwell district, just north of the City of London.Rosebery is perfectly placed for Angel and the City and is located opposite Sadler’s Wells Theatre. It is also well located for the West End and many of central London’s most famous attractions.Rooms at Rosebery are available at Christmas and New Year, spring and summer, with low rates year-round. *Starting in August 2016, male and female showers and toilets in the Rosebery Wing will be completely refurbished. Works will commence on the seventh floor and carry on downwards. During the works, alternative showers and toilets are available for use. During the Easter vacation, bathrooms on your floor might be out of service, if that’s the case, guests can use any available bathrooms on a higher or lower level.* ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rosebery Hall Residence Hotel London
- Rosebery Hall Residence London