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Hatters Backpack Hostel -Birmingham Reviews

92/95 Livery Street, Birmingham, England

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82%

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1553 Total Reviews
  • 83%Value For Money
  • 81%Security
  • 76%Location
  • 86%Staff
  • 81%Atmosphere
  • 82%Cleanliness
  • 82%Facilities

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51%

Need security lockers location far from center and through dark and isolated industrial section


91%

very interesting hostel..i've never been to one like this -in a very positive way ;)


57%

I stayed in the hostel for one night. I didn't like the carpet in the bedroom, which makes it not that clean inn my opinion, and the atmosphere in the hostel. The hostel is about in he middle of the (ugly) city centre and the Jewellery Quarter. It takes quite a while to go there from the train station. The breakfast is ok.


54%

The hostel is out of the city centre, in an unsafe area. For a woman travelling on her own I would not go out after dark which was restricting. It was a long walk from the bus station with bags, almost an hour as it's not straight forward. The bathroom was constantly wet and smelled badly of damp mold. The atmosphere was terrible unless you were a young person drinking alcohol every night. The hostel is huge and the kitchen cannot accommodate for the amount of guests.


77%

The staff was really nice, the bathrooms were clean and the breakfast was a nice extra. A great hostel, even for longer stays.


89%

My opinion hasn't changed about Hatters, they are very good ... But I was just let down by Internet this time, it was frustratingly slow and disconnecting all the time, in fact it was next to non-existence I wouldn't mind if Hatters said they don't have WIFI instead of saying they have it when it is like that. That's all, other wise the Hostel in general is brilliant as always. And also, we used to have wifi connection in rooms, but that has all gone now :(


100%

This is my second time staying here and I just love it! Will deffo b in again at some time soon. Thank you


83%

I really liked the cool and funky style with lots of places to hang out, however, the kitchen was always really messy in the evenings which made it difficult to make food.

  • 6th Sep 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Ireland
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


77%

Great location and great staff, I like the way the large dorm was separated, however two showers and one toilet (for males) just doesn't cut it, and the showers were in desperate need of a proper clean!


69%

We booked for a 12 dorm, but were in a 6, although the two toilets were shared between about 20 people ( this didn't pose much of a problem for us as we were up early and back late). The continental breakfast consists of cereal and toast. You have to bring your own locks to use for the lockers in the dorm. The dorms, kitchen, and eating area were all nice and clean. Overall it was an enjoyable stay and the location is fantastic just a couple of minutes from the metro station.

  • 4th Sep 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Couple, 18-24
  • (1 review)


100%

the guy in reception It's amazing, friendly and polite, Sorry, I forgot your name, but thanks for everything.

  • 30th Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)

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At your service!

60%

I didn't spend much time here, some of the staff were nice, but another just gave me a blank stare when I went to get the wifi password. Also, didn't notice any lockers but I literally put my bags down, went out, slept and left early in the morning. Didn't seem too bad although was an unpleasant experience walking through the underpass (homeless man and ambulance) but think that's was an anomaly and not the norm.


63%

The staff on reception were unfriendly rude and seemed like they were doingus a favour by letting us stay there

  • 23rd Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • All Male Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)


80%

Very good. I would certainly stay here again and recommend it to anyone else basing themselves in the West Midlands given it's location.


83%

nice free pub crawl on friday, funny staff. nice avarege hostel


100%

The best hostel !

  • 20th Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Romania
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)

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See you next time!

71%

this hostel is quite good, though not quite as good as the Hatters Hilton in Manchester. Wifi even works in some rooms which is good. Kitchen is too small I think. Breakfast delicious. The only think is it's a bit of walk from the station so if you have heavy luggage(s), you'd better to hire a taxi for a fiver. Nearest decent supermarket is about 7min. walk.


77%

Luggage room left unlocked and doesn't seem to be monitored. Wifi doesn't work in rooms, only in kitchen and didn't work at all my last day. Relatively short walk to city center. I stayed at the end of a hall and the room smelled kind of like mildew. I think they'd do better to take out the carpet in the rooms, it was pretty gross. It was cheaper than everywhere else in Birmingham yet I felt it was overpriced for what it was. Also, I now have bed bug bites.... Gross.


94%

We liked the friendly attitude of the reception staff. It's in a very interesting area, the Jewellery Quarter with lots of beautiful old industrial buildings, sadly many were derelict. The hostel building itself used to be a factory and has all sorts of quirky features, including sweeping views over the railway to the east and towards the spectacular Birmingham library to the west. Facilities in our double ensuite room were excellent. It was a very relaxing place to stay.

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Cheques in the post!

80%

The hostel is really nice and cozy, even if you stay in the big dorms you feel like you are in smallers rooms, because it is divided in 4 bunks sections. All in all it is pretty clean, central, quiet and relaxing. The kitchen might get a bit dirty, especially in the evening, when lots of people are cooking and some dont understand it's a self-catering facility, maybe signs in different languages might help. Also, wifi connection wasnt working for 1 full day.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks for leaving the review, we try to keep the kitchen clean at all times however if you are unlucky enough to use it directly after someone that is less thoughtful it can be frustrating. We lie your idea to put up signs in different languages and will make sure to do this. See you next time!

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