I really enjoyed my stay at Lambrettas. Although i booked a 4 bed dorm, i was accommodated in a private room ensuite. It included free linen and towels and i had an amazing view from my room. I had to pay 3.50 for breakfast, but it was very complete. It has a great location, is very close to the railway/bus station and the main attractions.
I got to the hostel before the check in time. The staff told me that my bed wasn't ready yet but if i waited half an hour they would be able to do the registration and let me in anyway. I had a huge backpack, so i decided to wait at reception. Not only they had me waitig for two hours, but when it was actually the time to check in my bed still wasn't available. There is free wifi in the common areas. I paid for having it at my room, but it didn't work. They did a refund of my money anyway.
It is an average hostel. The room i was in was very small and had no lockers, so you had to put your valuable stuff in a locker on the ground floor. I had to ask the staff to pick up the rubbish because the bathroom bin was overflowed once. Breakfast is included and is very complete and it has free wifi in the common areas, but you have to pay for it if you want it in your room. The hostel offers you a wide variety of things to do such as tours etc.
I didn't enjoy my stay in this hostel. The rooms have no lockers so, you had to put your valuable stuff in a storage room in the ground floor, which was very impractical, as i was in a ninth floor room. The elevators didn't work properly so i had to use the stairs a couple of times. The key card didn't work properly and the wifi signal didn`t reach my room. I booked a female dorm, but a boy was acommodated in it. It was ok for me, but one of the guest felt really awkward and kicked him out.
I had a terrific time at Castle Rock Hostel. It's the perfect place if you're travelling alone as i was. People were very friendly and interesting and there was a lot of organized activities. The breakfast was not included in the fee but you could pay just 1.50 pounds for it and it had pretty much everything. The room where i stayed was huge and very bright, and you could see the castle from the window. The bathroom was a mixed bathroom, but there is a shower and a toilet for women exclusively.
It is a great hostel. It has very comfortable beds and lockers inside the bedroom where you can put your backpack. It is only a few blocks from Paddington Station and it serves a great breakfast that includes toasts, cereals, coffe, tea, milk, juices etc. I slept there for a week and, although it was really clean, the last four nights i stayed there, no one came to clean the room. It has no kitchen to be used by the guests.