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AFTER paying they told us we had to split up.. 4 for us in one room, the other one alone in a room. There was no discussion possible and the girl ("Kirsty"?) was very rude to us. The last day 2 beds in our room came available, but again nothing possible. Finally the beds were stil empty and she could move to our room. WHY didn't they tell us this before?! The worst of all: 2 girls came home with BEDBUGS! This was mentioned before on this site but nothing changed! PLEASE AVOID THIS HOSTEL!
I requested the quietest room in the hostel. The hostel is located above a club that plays bass music until 3:30am, it was so loud my head was actually vibrating and it was impossible to sleep. The sound of the generator was also very loud, the shower cold, evidence of mice and the door lock faulty. They wouldn't relocate me and when I said I won't be staying for the second night they refused to refund me (& rude and condescending). After years of hostelling, this was the worst nights sleep
Staff and location great, 10 minute walk from underground, trendy east end, and bars and food places, bar next door was amazing for chilling out and had pretty good WiFi. Staff weren't entirely on top of the room cleanliness, some sheets and stuff went unnoticed, but that's also because some of the people staying forgot to put their washing in the cages provided!
Buses were very convenient. The shower made a weird noise and woke me up both nights.
As others have mentioned there were mice and bed bugs in the room. It was very noisy and it seemed a lot of the people in the hostel were living/working there and not very considerate. I and others I know had labeled food stolen from the kitchen too. Only things I liked were the rooftop terrace and the closeness to the tube station.
Perfectly situated in a very cool area and easily accessible by public transport. Facilities were pretty standard as far as hostels go, but cleanliness was never an issue. I was particularly impressed by the staff (Dylan and Emma, to be specific) who went out of their way to point me in the direction of a free ATM, a brilliant little organic grocery store, and gave me detailed instructions on how to navigate my way across the city using multiple lines of transport. Would definitely return.
Great location (Shoreditch is amazing), helpful staff, and really clean. The hostel is super cool and near tons of great bars and restaurant but room C was unbearably hot at night and extremely noisy.
The staff were nice and helpful and the people that work there are cool. The beds are clean and showers are good! Although for some reason the hostel had no atmosphere and wasn't very comfortable. They didn't really have anything going on or planned which was a shame. It's in a good location but I probably wouldn't stay at the dictionary next time around.
Nice location in the hip and happening neighbourhood of Shoreditch. Walk to the nearest underground station approx. 10minutes. I booked a 6 persons dorm in the hope to have some 'personal space' but dorm was cramped and no windows. Also close to the courtyard with lots of noise of other guests during the night. Although 30 years old but still feeling young, the hostel was a bit 'too many hipsters and I just can't relate to them' ;-) No nice common living room, only a restaurant. Friendly staff.
Great hostel, great staff.
Nice location. The crow was too cool for me :P
No free breakfast but there is cafe downstairs serves good food with reasonable price. The room and shower room are clean and comfy. Location is very good if you want a night out in London. Also, easy access to other location in London, close to important bus lines, and close to Liverpool Street station.
I was probably among the oldest tenants in the 16 bed mixed dorm but it didn't stop me from enjoying myself. The staff were especially cool and I really enjoyed their friendliness and hospitality. It is a really convenient location and I was able to easily manage the parts of London I wanted to visit from the location. I will say that if you are interested in sleeping, try to get into a smaller dorm or something private; otherwise, it was a great experience.
- Novice Nomad
- Female, 31-40
- (1 review)
The area and actual hostel seem nice enough and if you're wanting to stay in Shoreditch you should be prepared for noise. However, there is no excuse for mice/rodents in the dorm rooms. When I brought this up at the front desk there was incredible indifference shown, as if this was such a normal occurrence that no one cared any more. Not acceptable when you're paying 25 pounds for a bed.
It was kept well clean but the courtyard was in the middle of all of the rooms and smoking was allowed, which got into the rooms. As a non-smoker this was not enjoyable. Also I felt that anyone could have walked into the building and straight to the rooms and never would have been stopped. Our door was always propped open and I didn't feel safe. Also I was uncomfortable with some of the guests and their rude behavior, however I realize the Hostel has no ability to stop this.
Great weekend away. Staff all very helpful and the place was clean. Couldn't complain about a thing!
- Novice Nomad
- Male, 25-30
- (1 review)
Good hostel but really noisy, you feel like you´re in one of the bars below. Otherwise pretty good.
As our first hostel experience, we weren't sure what to expect. The staff was not very helpful and overall we were not satusfied with the hostel. We found that many of the guests were not backpackers, but were semi-perminant residents saving money to rent a flat. The area is very far away from central London and very noisy when trying to sleep. If you are into partying until 3-4am on a Tuesday then this is the place for you. Showers and toilets were very small and dirty. Would not stay again.
Great location, nice hostel, friendly staff. Would recommend.
- Novice Nomad
- Male, 25-30
- (1 review)
Good hostel for our last minute booking. Didn't have a problem with the noise or bed bugs as mentioned in one review. Room was stuffy and had to pick a time to get a hot shower outside of the "peak" showering hours. Plenty of bars around the hostel but a good 45+minute walk to get to the attractions and river walk. Shower and toilet stalls are tiny. The free wifi only works in the check in area which is tiny and has only a few seats. Otherwise you must pay to use wifi in your rooms.