Thistle Barbican Shoreditch Hotel

120 Central Street, Clerkenwell, The City, London, United Kingdom, EC1V 8DS - See map
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Thistle Barbican Shoreditch Hotel

"Room was amazing, the pool was great and breakfast was brilliant."

Matt - June 19, 2018

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Popular landmarks
Ironmonger Baths 140 m
Contemporary Art Society 160 m
Radnor Street Open Space 250 m
Old Street Dental Clinic 320 m
Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art 370 m
Bread & Honey 370 m
Victoria Miro Gallery 370 m
The Richard Desmond Children's Eye Centre 400 m
Northampton Square 410 m
Curious Duke Gallery 460 m
Nearby landmarks
The British Museum 2.29 km
Tower of London 2.55 km
Tower Bridge 2.82 km
National Gallery 2.98 km
London Eye 3.1 km
Big Ben 3.54 km
Madame Tussauds London 4.09 km
Buckingham Palace 4.27 km
V&A - Victoria and Albert Museum 6.27 km
Natural History Museum 6.49 km
7.6

Very good

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Inside city center
Wellness
Everything you need for a rejuvenating retreat for both body and spirit.
Spa & Beauty
Massage
Sauna
Solarium
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Workout and Leisure
Fitness center
Swimming pool [indoor]
  • 580 meters to public transportation

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Currency exchange

  • Hot tub

  • Sauna

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Value for money7.8
Distance to city center2.Km
Location rating7.6
Nearest airportLondon City Airport (LCY)
Distance to airport10.4 km

Rooms available at Thistle Barbican Shoreditch Hotel

Standard Family (3 Adults)
Standard Family (3 Adults)
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  • Room size: 23 m²/248 ft²
  • City view
  • 3 single beds
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Standard Twin
Standard Twin
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  • Room size: 19 m²/205 ft²
  • City view
  • 2 single beds
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Standard Double
Standard Double
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  • Room size: 18 m²/194 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 double bed
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Standard Single
Standard Single
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  • Room size: 17 m²/183 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 single bed
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Junior Suite
Junior Suite
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  • Room size: 34 m²/366 ft²
  • Shower and bathtub
  • 1 sofa bed and 1 double bed
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Deluxe Double Room
Deluxe Double Room
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  • Non-smoking
  • Shower and bathtub
  • 1 double bed
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Deluxe Twin Room
Deluxe Twin Room
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  • Non-smoking
  • Shower and bathtub
  • 2 single beds
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Double Single Use Premium
Double Single Use Premium
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  • Room size: 17 m²/183 ft²
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Executive King Room
Executive King Room
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  • Shower and bathtub
  • 1 king bed or 1 sofa bed
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Junior Suite Double
Junior Suite Double
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  • 1 double bed
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Frequently asked questions

What time is check-in and check-out at Thistle Barbican Shoreditch Hotel?

Check-in is from 03:00 PM, and check-out is until 11:00 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The hotel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.

How do I get to Thistle Barbican Shoreditch Hotel?

For those who wish to drive their own cars, Thistle Barbican Shoreditch Hotel has a car park on site, as well as additional parking nearby if the first car park is full. Parking is available for an additional charge.

What is the smoking policy at Thistle Barbican Shoreditch Hotel?

Thistle Barbican Shoreditch Hotel does not permit smoking in any of its rooms or indoor areas.

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What people love about Thistle Barbican Shoreditch Hotel

  • 10.0
    Exceptional
    Staff 

    "All the staff were totally friendly and helpful."

    Matt

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    June 19, 2018

  • 7.2
    Very good
    Cleanliness

    "Clean room with all you need, including a bath!"

    Ruth

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    March 20, 2018

  • 8.0
    Very good
    Staff 

    "Staff very helpful and attentive when needed."

    Diane

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    July 29, 2019

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Overall rating:
7.7
Very good
385 reviews
Cleanliness
7.8
Facilities
7.6
Location
7.6
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More about Thistle Barbican Shoreditch Hotel

More about Thistle Barbican Shoreditch Hotel

Set in a prime location near the Barbican Center, this 3-star property is ideal for concert goers. The St. Pancras Eurostar rail station is only a few minutes away by cab, and it provides quick access to the rest of the city and beyond. The Thistle Barbican Shoreditch Hotel boasts 463 fully equipped rooms as well as 13 meeting rooms for business meetings, corporate events, private dining, and banquets. Simply put, the Thistle Barbican Shoreditch Hotel offers a convenient location coupled with a wide array of amenities ideal for both business travelers and holidaymakers.

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Most talked about facilities

Breakfast
19 mentions
Housekeeping
14 mentions
Food & Dining
8 mentions
Swimming Pool
6 mentions

What they offer

9.6
Exceptional
Staff 

"I found the staff to be very friendly and helpful."

Mike

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October 3, 2018

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Food and dining

Breakfast options

Buffet

Restaurants on site

Thistle Barbican
Cuisine:European, British
Menu:Buffet, A-la-carte

Nearby restaurants

British cuisine
British cuisine
Fish Central
40 m British, Seafood
Kennedys Fish and Chips
260 m British, Seafood
Shepherdess Cafe
350 m British, Cafe
American cuisine
American cuisine
Bodean's Old Street
370 m American, Bar, Barbecue
Chez Mal
750 m American, British, European
Coin Laundry
800 m American, Bar, British
European cuisine
European cuisine
Caravan
450 m European
Miz en Bouche
600 m European, French, Gluten Free
Cote Brasserie- Barbican
650 m European, French, Gluten Free

What's nearby

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7.7
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Cleanliness7.8
Facilities7.6
Location7.6
Room comfort and quality7.2
Service8.0
Value for money7.8
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9.6
Exceptional
Laura from United Kingdom
Solo traveler
Standard Double
Stayed 5 nights in April 2018

Excellent location”

I stayed at the Barbican Shoreditch hotel for 5 nights as was visiting some friends in town. It offered a great value for money as well as a fantastic location just a few minutes away from nearest tube station Old Street which connects to main attractions in the heart of London in just 15-20min. Great night life in Shoreditch also for a few cocktails!

Reviewed April 13, 2018

Thank you very much for your review of your stay at Thistle City Barbican. I am pleased that you had an enjoyable stay with us and we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Responded May 03, 2018
Thistle Barbican Shoreditch Hotel
9.7
Exceptional
Maria from United Kingdom
Business traveler
Stayed 1 night in October 2012

Warm welcome, good location and hotel ”

Walking distance from Upper Streets many restaurants, really excellent customer service

Andrew Perera at the Thistle saved the day: Agoda had been an absolute nightmare and I discovered the day before departure that only one room was booked, when two were paid for and confirmed. The customer service 'specialists' with Agoda were completely unhelpful. Fortunatly the hotel managed to step in and retrieve the situation and create some happy customers. Reception staff were friendly on our arrival and check-in was easy. The rooms were clean and comfortable and certainly an improvement on the Hilton in Rotherhide (where we stayed during our last visit)and my colleague reported a good nights sleep,as did I, so we headed down to the pool for a morning swim ... Unfortunately we were unable to use the fitness facitilities due to our arrival and departure time (we had to leave before 0830), so we headed back to our rooms a little disappointed (in fairness we could have checked on our way to bed). I am unable to report on the food, as we headed out (to Upper Street, well known Islington street off City Road and had a very enjoyable meal), but the menu at the hotel looked quite interesting - usual sort of hotel prices. We also had breakfast elsewhere (that we could easily do this due to the location was another plus). We were working in SE London, but there are good public transport connections with all of London very easily accessible Both my colleague and I would be happy to stay again - better still if we had time to try out the fitness facilities - but we would book through another company

Reviewed November 01, 2012
9.6
Exceptional
Mike from United Kingdom
Business traveler
Room Assigned on Arrival
Stayed 5 nights in September 2018

Great stay in a clean and friendly hotel”

I stayed at the Thistle Barbican for a week on business. I can honestly say that this was one of the best hotels in Londaon that I have stayed in. The rooms were very clean, the hotel facilities were superb (love the swimming pool, sauna, steam room etc). There are 3 tube stations withing easy reach (Old Street, Angel & Barbican), so travel in/out of the centre was easy. Breakfast was of good quality, buffet style, but plenty of choices on offer. I found the staff to be very friendly and helpful. I would definately reccomend this hote, and will stay here again.

Reviewed October 03, 2018

Dear Mike Thank you very much for your review of your stay at Thistle City Barbican. I am pleased that you had an enjoyable stay with us and you found everything to be of your liking. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future! Kind regards Chand Hotel Administrator

Responded October 03, 2018
Thistle Barbican Shoreditch Hotel
9.6
Exceptional
Mike from United Kingdom
Couple
Stayed 2 nights in September 2018

Great weekend in a great hotel”

I stayed at the Thistle Barbical with my Wife for a weekend. The hotel was safe, secure, clean and withing walking distance to multiple tube stations. Breakfast was good. Great to have a swimming pool, sauna, steam room etc to help unwind after walking round the city all day. We really enjoyed this hotel and would definately stay here again.

Reviewed October 03, 2018

Dear Mike Thank you very much for your review of your stay at Thistle City Barbican. I am pleased that you had an enjoyable stay with us and we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Kind regards Chand Hotel Administrator

Responded October 03, 2018
Thistle Barbican Shoreditch Hotel
7.3
Very good
Mei from Singapore
Business traveler
Stayed 7 nights in October 2012

Adequate hotel for the cost...”

Friendly frontline staff

I stayed at the Thistle Barbican because I wanted to be within walking distance of the Barbican Centre where I was attending a conference. It is OK, the usual chain hotel full of business type guests. A bit tired looking. Gym is nice and there is an indoor heated pool which I didn't make use of because I didn't have a suit! The walls are thin and I had to complain to the front desk cos my neighbours were having a loud party at 3am! Staff are nice but at times rather short-handed. The door lock mechanism is really fiddly and I had to have my card key reconfigured 3 times in the week I was there. Other than these little irritants, it was a pleasant stay. Just don't expect too much!

Reviewed November 05, 2012
7.7
Very good
Gerard from United Kingdom
Business traveler
Stayed 3 nights in December 2009

Stay at the barbican”

Staff, rooms in the main building, close proximity to the barbican
the annex very poor and in need of refurbishment

I stay at the Thistle barbican every week and like the hotel as the staff in the main are very good. The rooms in the main hotel are very clean modern and a good size. The breakfast is a bit of a hit or a miss and is invariably not fresh. I tend not to eat breakfast for that very reason The food menu in the bar is varied and the quality is good

Reviewed December 28, 2009
10.0
Exceptional
Matt from United Kingdom
Family with young children
Deluxe Double Room
Stayed 1 night in June 2018

Couldn’t have been better”

The website suggested the staff team would do whatever they could to make stay great. I cannot agree more. We arrived in the morning and wanted to drop bags off in storage before exploring London. It turned out our two kids had been missed off our booking. Without skipping a beat our receptionist upgraded us to a junior suite and then organised for the room to be turned around in 20 minutes whilst we grabbed a coffee. We were checked in by half past eleven, giving us the whole day in London without worrying about check in again. Room was amazing, the pool was great and breakfast was brilliant. All the staff were totally friendly and helpful. Location is ten minute walk from Old Street, a few stops from Euston.

Reviewed June 19, 2018

Dear Matt Thank you very much for your review of your stay at Thistle City Barbican. I am pleased that you had an enjoyable stay with us and we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Kind regards Chand Hotel Administrator

Responded June 20, 2018
Thistle Barbican Shoreditch Hotel
8.3
Excellent
STEPHEN from United Kingdom
Couple
Stayed 1 night in November 2011

Good location for St Pancras and Eurostar”

Spacious rooms (for London). Good value for money.

a spacious well-equipped easy-to-find hotel obviously handy for the barbican centre. we chose it for its proximity to the st pancras eurostar terminal. the rooms were comfortably large for a hotel in this price range.

Reviewed February 04, 2012
9.7
Exceptional
michaela from Slovakia
Group
Stayed 3 nights in January 2013

good value and comfortable stay in great location”

smart and comfortable rooms in great location

Me and my Mom enjoyed stay in Thistle. The amenities had beautiful complex, top hotel fitness and spa facilities and friendly service. Value for the money was fantastic. i will definitely recommend for superb location!

Reviewed January 24, 2013
6.7
Good
Bill from United Kingdom
Solo traveler
Stayed 2 nights in December 2009

OK hotel”

Reasonable room price, housekeeping OK, most rooms refurbed now
Food not very good though it is near the excellent Central fish bar. Annex area rooms can be very small.

I have been staying at the Barbican on and off for over 15 years now, it's main advantage to me is it's proximity to the City combined with cheap internet room prices. Rooms are OK but some in the 2nd block can be very small and the bathrooms very pokey. Breakfast is the standard Thistle buffet {ie not good} and I normally have a bacon sandwich in the cafe opposite. It has a nice pool/spa area in the basement and the main bar is pretty good for a hotel and has Sky sports.

Reviewed December 07, 2009
9.3
Exceptional
Graham from United Kingdom
Couple
Stayed 1 night in February 2012

Good location and first class staff”

Staff friendly, helpful and efficient; Location handy for City of London; comfortable accomodation and excellent leisure facilities in the basement

on arrival we were allocated a small room in a remote corner of the hotel, with which we were not too happy. we upgraded and found ourselves in possession of a lovely room with a king-size bed, which was extremely comfortable and a good view towards the city. the staff were all very courteous and helpful, which provided a nice sense of welcome and homeliness. we made use of the jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, which were all enjoyable and were interested to see the swimming classes which were being held in the main pool for small children accompanied by parents.

Reviewed February 11, 2012
6.3
Good
Louise from United Kingdom
Solo traveler
Standard Twin
Stayed 3 nights in November 2013

City central”

Nice, comfortable, central

On a short trip to London I stayed at the Thistle City Barbican, this hotel was in a great location in terms of centrally located to the city. There are local transport links which get you around London easily. The hotel was reasonably priced, there were no extras that I can write about but it's a basic hotel in central London.

Reviewed November 25, 2013
7.6
Very good
Nick from United Kingdom
Couple
Standard Double
Stayed 1 night in May 2018

Good ”

Now I've stayed at The Thistle before and will do so again. I find it comfortable and convenient, with an excellent breakfast & a pleasant pool. Had a 'free' room upgrade too. But this visit had some niggles. Firstly, they boast tea & coffee making facilities in the rooms. Except there was no tea (loads of green & peppermint but no ordinary tea). A mistake anyone could make? No. A simple service & quality check should guarantee this provision 100% without fail. Yet the really annoying part of this was ringing reception to report it and getting no reply. This happened half a dozen times at least. Eventually I went down to reception. No explanation for ignoring the calls but at least I was given a plentiful supply of tea & milk. Wait, there's more. So we decided to spend some more money at the hotel and order from the room service menu. So we rang room service and ............ yes, you guessed it, no reply. Despite repeated attempts. Both bizarre and annoying!

Reviewed May 29, 2018

Dear Nick Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback after your recent stay with us. Whilst I am happy that there were good aspects to your stay I am concerned that we did not meet full expectation on this occasion. I apologise for the number of inconveniences you experienced. I have taken your feedback on board and will address the issues you have raised with our service teams to understand the lessons going forward. We hope to welcome you back to our hotel in the near future. Best wishes Chand Hotel Administrator

Responded May 29, 2018
Thistle Barbican Shoreditch Hotel
8.0
Excellent
geoffrey from United Kingdom
Couple
Room Assigned on Arrival
Stayed 2 nights in December 2018

strange”

very mixed review, check in desk terrible, surely thistle must be able to sort this out! room fine clean and tidy, bar staff trying hard but when you see 2 staff making 3 coffees and just one bar member trying to serve 12 people make you wonder! whole hotel just needs managing better, not the staffs fault

Reviewed December 11, 2018

Dear geoffrey Thank you very much for your review of your stay at Thistle City Barbican. I am sorry to hear that you had a less than satisfactory experience and apologise for any inconvenience caused. We will take your feedback on board and address these issues to ensure the standard does not fall short again. We hope to welcome you back to our hotel in the near future. Kind regards Chand Hotel Administrator

Responded December 14, 2018
Thistle Barbican Shoreditch Hotel
9.3
Exceptional
Janos from Hungary
Couple
Stayed 2 nights in March 2013

Clean and tidy hotel in the city.”

Agoda price was really good. The hotel is very clean and tidy, the staff is helpful.

The hotel is quite far from the underground network, in fact 3 it is in the middle of a triangle, but the buses are about 3-4 minute walk from the hotel. The hotel staff is helpful, rooms are really clean. The rooms are a bit small, but we came to see the City, not the Room.

Reviewed March 07, 2013
7.0
Very good
Mark from United Kingdom
Business traveler
Stayed 1 night in May 2010

Great Little City Bolt-Hole”

Great Location, Price
Small room, Long Queue for Table at Breakfast

I needed a hotel close to the city to 'crash' in overnight while working long days on a project at work. The Thistle was perfect for this - great location, great price through Agoda and great leisure facilities. Small room, but that is to be expected this close to central London.

Reviewed May 10, 2010
9.2
Exceptional
Manuel from Saudi Arabia
Solo traveler
Room Assigned on Arrival
Stayed 1 night in January 2019

Excellent position and good value”

The hotel is in an strategic position, nearby Old Street station. The good facilities the excellent breakfast and the competitive price, make this hotel a worth deal.

Reviewed January 18, 2019

Dear Manuel Thank you very much for your review of your stay at Thistle City Barbican. I am pleased that you had an enjoyable stay with us and we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Kind regards Chand Hotel Administrator

Responded January 18, 2019
Thistle Barbican Shoreditch Hotel
8.7
Excellent
Allan from Australia
Solo traveler
Standard Single
Stayed 3 nights in August 2013

Friendly staff”

location, easy access to city and friendly staff

My stay at the Thistle City was very enjoyable. Made very welcome and transport was easy to get too.

Reviewed August 29, 2013
7.7
Very good
Andrew from United Kingdom
Solo traveler
Stayed 2 nights in June 2010

Convenient Hotel Iin Good Location”

value for money, central location, quiet despite its size, good breakfast buffet.
i had a small room - it seems that in london, single definitely means single.

This hotel was great value for money. It is centrally located and the rooms are clean though mine was a bit small. The hotel is quiet despite its size. The service was also good and I did not have to wait too long to check in and out. The breakfast buffer was extensive and good quality for the price. Overall, I'd recommend this hotel if you want to stay centrally in London but don't wish to spend a huge amount of money.

Reviewed June 17, 2010
8.0
Excellent
Ann from United Kingdom
Couple
Stayed 1 night in May 2012

Enjoyed our stay”

Excellent breakfast with good selection of cold and hot dishes

reception staff were very welcoming and professional. also very helpful when we requested extra milk for our rooom. had problem with air conditioning in bedroom as didn't manage to get it to work properly. breakfast was very good value and quality of food was excellent. location was further from barbican than we had anticipated.

Reviewed May 24, 2012
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