I have stayed in many hostels in london, that are not much more expensive and have better locations i.e. Kings cross. This is by far the most vile establishment I have ever had the misfortune of entering. The rooms are disgusting, the showers are filth ridden and smell and the staff are the most unenthusiastic, rude and disgusting people I have talked too in all of london. I would rather sleep in the gutter then step foot in this crack den ever again. Pay more and stay somewhere else.
Tip for keystone hostel: Pay extra and book at least an 8 bed, the difference is huge. I LOVE keystone hostel. I have stayed in many hostels in London and this is by far the best in terms of location, staff, security, cleanliness and price. The only complaint I had was there was no elevator, but they have a luggage room if this is a problem. The staff are really friendly and nice and theres free wifi. Location is incredible, its less then 2 minutes to kings cross station. Stay here if you can.
This is a great party hostel. Do not come here unless you are planning to get very drunk, seriously. Its huge and has history. Its cool but for such an up to date hostel I could not believe you had to pay for internet! This is crazy and should be included in your room price. Staff are very friendly and accommodating, probably one of the best things about this hostel.
Location is central but on annoying tube stop, you'll understand what I mean when you reach the elevator. This is hostel is very big and clean and has a good sized kitchen for communal use. Otherwise its not very good. One member of staff was consistently rude to me, I think he was management. The showers are in the basement and my bed was three bunks high. Stay here if everywhere else is booked out as it is safe and clean.
Smart hostel is a chain, be careful when staying with them. They are affiliated with the worst hostel in London (Hyde Park). The rooms are tiny, the showers are tiny, the bathrooms are tiny, the hallways are tiny. Cramped would be mildly putting it. The staff seemed stoned constantly and the location is great, but the road its on can be quite dodgy at night. If you wanna stay in camden and dont have high expectations, go for it and stay here.
Great hostel! Right on the doorstep of Venice beach. The staff were friendly, nights out were provided and Venice beach is really colorful and busy. I enjoyed my stay and had no complaints about the hostel.