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“Calm in the center of London”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Goodenough Club

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Goodenough Club
Ranked #28 of 837 Speciality Lodging in London
Certificate of Excellence
Denver, Co
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25 reviews
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“Calm in the center of London”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2012

The Goodenough Club functions as a hotel with breakfast included, although it looks more like a dormitory building than the usual hotel. There is no lobby to speak of, only a reception counter with helpful people manning the desk. The rooms are clean, nicely furnished, and mine had a newly appointed bathroom. A lovely English breakfast is served cafeteria style in a building about 5 minutes down the road. It is centrally located near the Bloomsbury area of London and near the British Museum, with rapid access to public transportation. The best part is that it is on Mecklenberg Square, which means it is in a practically traffic-free cul de sac with a little park included. Very quiet place to come home to after a hectic day in London.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled on business
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2012

A lot of money has obviously gone into converting a stylish row of houses in a quiet square, and I can see why some guests like it, as the building itself has some charm and the club offers a certain level of comfort at a competitive price for London. However I found myself looking at the place quite critically. I had a worrying moment on arrival, when I was informed categorically that my booking had been cancelled (it hadn't). There is not much in the way of service (no one offered to help with my luggage for example). I have never been so cold at night in a hotel - partly because the central heating does not seem to work well, partly because there is no double glazing and the windows let in draughts. Plus there was only one spare blanket for a double room. Probably winter is not the ideal time to visit, especially as breakfast at weekend is served in a student canteen a 5-minute walk away from the hotel. The furniture I found functional though really not very aesthetic; but the lighting in the bathroom was frankly inadequate (no light anywhere near the wash basin). If only a bit more effort had been put into making this place live up to its potential. (Forget disabled access, by the way!) Visitors who do not know London should be warned that while the location may look central it is actually quite a walk from major attractions, and the walk from King's Cross/St Pancras is unsalubrious.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled on business
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2012

... but its not. Still its a gem to share with a friend. Not luxury but good - and quiet. I was in London for 3 days with meetings in a variety of places North & South of this location, all within bus travel armed with my Oyster Card. Breakfast is sufficient - note the location has changed and is now not in the Great Hall - and in the evening I recommend the pizzas. But there are other good resturants around. And, to share another secret, there is also The Lamb, an excellent place to drink Youngs, and enjoy some pub grub.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled on business
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2012

I stayed in Goodenough club hotel for 4 nights and it was great.The location is perfect.Very close to University of London,British museum,Covern Garden,Soho,Kings Cross.All within walking distance.The undergrond tube Russel Square and King's Cross 10 minutes walk from the hotel.The staff is very friendly and helpfull.The room was great,big,clean with comfortable bed.Breakfast was in different building across the street,which was not very convinient in January.The breakfast was decent,I've seen better,but since it was included it was fine.There is great italian restaurant Chao Bella 5 minutes walk from the hote for dinner . If you decide to stay in Goodenough Club,make sure you request room on 1st floor,since there is no elevator in the hotel.But it is very good place for the value,and great location.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2011

A clean hotel in a central location in a quiet square, so you can get a good nights sleep. We had a spacious triple room with a view of the square and a huge comfortable bed with big fluffy pillows. The shower room was clean with a powerful shower and complementary toiletries. There was plenty of hanging space in the wardrobe and a hairdryer. The room also included tea/coffee making facilities,TV and Wifi connection. The Full English Breakfast taken in the college over the road was fantastic with a super selection. The staff were welcoming and accommodating. A brisk 20 min walk will get you to Leicester Square and less than 5 min to the nearest tube station. The hotel is less than a mile from St Pancras train station. The only negative point is that there isn't a lift, we were on the third floor which wasn't a problem for us so you might want to request a ground floor room. We would recommend this hotel to friends and stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Goodenough Club
Address: 23 Mecklenburgh Square, London WC1N 2AD, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > London > Bloomsbury , Euston / Kings Cross /St Pancras
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #28 of 837 Speciality Lodging in London
Price range (per night): $214 - $426
Hotel Class:4 star — Goodenough Club 4*
Number of rooms: 63
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Goodenough Club provides a home from home for visiting academics and those in related professions from all over the world. It occupies 5 fully refurbished Georgian townhouses and a mews which overlook our beautiful Mecklenburgh Sq Gardens, 2 acres of private gardens with tennis court and BBQ area, in the heart of Bloomsbury and a 10 minute walk from the Eurostar at St Pancras. Guests are welcome to join the thriving academic community that has been home to international post graduate students for over 75 years and to attend the talks, lectures and concerts which take place. ... more   less 
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