Thistle City Barbican Hotel London

120 Central Street, Clerkenwell, London, EC1V 8DS, United Kingdom
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Pleasant (2.5 out of 5.0) 6 reviews
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Terrible (1.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on January 31, 2014

The last time I stayed here (yes the last), I had 2 rooms booked. One for me and one for an employee of mine with a bad attitude. They have 2 kinds of rooms – good and bad. Guess what I got? And I had put in writing on the reservation that I wanted a quiet room on a top floor. What I got was:
• A boiling hot corridor
• A boiling hot room (the fan did almost nothing)
• Weird plumbing that shot boiling hot water all over me several times
• A kettle for boiling water that I had to set on a pillow so it would reach the electrical outlet
• A room near the Maid’s office and where they kept all their supplies
• A hell of a lot of noise early in the morning from the above.
• Needless to say – I was boiling mad

Now then. The other person with me? He tells me the next morning that his newly renovated and air-conditioned room was fabulous! I’m thinking my room was noisy hot and dangerous. The receptionist knew there were 2 drastically different standards of rooms at the same price and I checked in 2 at the same time. It is stupendously stupid that they still put me in a vastly inferior room and I had just paid for 2 rooms! Stupid.

The amazing thing? My employer uses this hotel virtually daily. Shocking.

Anyway, I recommend you stay somewhere else unless you are guaranteed a new room. And nowhere near the Maid’s area on the top floor. Or the top floor or ……

Unique Quality:

• Located close to The Barbican Centre and the City of London (Supposedly)
• 463 rooms – all non-smoking
• 13 Meetings & events rooms
• Health and leisure Club with pool, spa and beauty treatments
• Car parking is £30 per night! And only 9 spaces for 463 rooms!

• 2 room types: Standard (not recommended) and Deluxe
• Air Conditioning in Deluxe rooms and Suites – ONLY
• Wi-Fi (chargeable of course)
• Coffee and Tea making facilities
• Hot temperatures and bad plumbing in some rooms
• Reasonable toiletries
• All are en-suite and non-smoking
• Telephone, TV, hairdryer, iron/ironing Board
• Mini Bar (advertised, but none in my room!)
• Radio , safe, desk

• 120 Central Brasserie - à la carte menu (British and European)
• Bar 120 – drinks and snacks
• CoMotion Bar – light meals and coffee during the day

Old Street and Angel Stations (Northern Line)

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Bad (2.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on August 13, 2010

I had to stay overnight at the hotel recently. Convenient for Old Street but not very good for the price. The self-service breakfast was good, but the room was quite basic and it looked in need of redecoration. I don't think it had air conditioning, or if it did it wasn't good. There had once been a bolt on the door which had been removed, the shower sealant was becoming discoloured and it just didn't impress me generally. The staff were helpful however. For £140+ a night I felt I could have got a better place.

Unique Quality: It is convenient for many financial institutions and offices in the Barbican area. I'd say the building itself has no particular positive features. There is a health club and pool but I got to the hotel late and so this facility was closed.

Directions: Near Old Street.

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A decent hotel in nice area

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on May 13, 2007

I've been there a couple of times and it's got its strenghts and weaknesses.

When travelling alone- try to ask for a double room with single occupancy as single rooms are increadibly small.

The recodecorated rooms are really nice yet I can't see much difference between superior and standard. Perhaps they call the renovated ones- superior.

Generally a decent hotel especially if booked online and in advance due to high prices

Unique Quality: Very good selection at breakfast,
Swimming pool a great plus !

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Great Hotel between East and West End

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on July 18, 2005

Hotel was well situated or sight seeing, partying in the East End or West End...and closre to a great little boozer called the Britannia in Lever Street
The room was excellent both in value (for the middle of London) and in appearance
Didn't eat here but the menu and restaurants looked appetising and busy respectively
The bar was a decent one and was bust after 2am when most people were getting in from their partying

Unique Quality: Had a pool and spa but we didn't use it

Directions: 15 mins walk from Old Street tube station..

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Thistle Hotel - Barbican City.

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on January 5, 2003

This hotel is not very near an underground station. It is in a very quiet part of London. There's a taxi line right outside the hotel too. The hotel shuttle from Old Street station or Barbican Station is only available during the peak hours in the morning and evening from Monday to Friday only.

To get there and to walk the shortest distance, get a bus 214 from King's Cross and alight at City Road and then walk along Central Road and you will see the hotel. The nearest underground station is Old Street or Barbican or Angel.

The reception and lobby of the hotel looks modern and spacious. It feels comfortable as I enter the hotel. At the check-in counter, the staffs are friendly, courteous and attentive. The one at London Ryan was flirting with the bell boy when I was at the counter checking-in, and that's the one and only one staff for check-in at London Ryan.

The room rates usually includes buffet breakfast. There's a wide selection of hot and cold breakfast. You can have English breakfast or continental breakfast. There's cold cuts and cheese. Selections of cereals is excellent too.

Unique Quality: I booked the economy room. It was a small room with bathroom and toilet. There's a bath tub too! In the room, there's tea and coffee making facilities, trousers press, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, small safe, small desk, phone, TV.

The room looks new and clean. The bathroom is not very crammed. The walls to the next room is very thin. I was unfortunate on one occasion having a room beside someone who snores loudly. For the whole night, I can hear a man from next door snoring all the way very loudly till morning. I am not eavesdropping mind you... Becareful not to make too much noise in the room... ;-)

Generally I am quite satisfied considering it is London. I would stay there again if the price remains competitive.

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Thistle Barbican.
This is a...

by written on August 24, 2002

Thistle Barbican.
This is a three star hotel which is kind of out of the way from the major London attractions. Rooms are compact by American standards, but there is a coffee pot in the room.

Unique Quality: Great buffet.- You chose what type. We were satisfied with the least expensive Continental option.

This was only a place to sleep and eat breakfasts, so we did not explore anything else.

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Amenities at Thistle City Barbican Hotel London

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  • Swimming Pool
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Center
  • Bar / Lounge

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