First, the bad: this place has no character. It's in a converted hospital, and you can definitely tell. The price is outrageous, and you have to rent your sheets on top of that - welcome to Stockholm!. Next, the good: the staff are pretty cool and helpful, the place is very clean, and the wifi's pretty fast. Lastly, a word of warning: if you get food and put it in the fridge, LABEL IT! I never had problems elsewhere, but here I forgot to label a pizza and it was eaten within 4 hours!
Truly, you get what you pay for. I stayed here for a night because I couldn't get another hostel on the weekend, and while it wasn't terrible by any stretch, the place has definitely seen better days. Pros: free breakfast, decent beds, nice staff (I was running a bit late so they let me check out about an hour late with no complaints). Cons: the place is kinda run-down.
Loved this place! Staff's friendly, the place has character, the wifi's fast, breakfast's free (though basic), cleanliness is top-notch, it's only a 5-minute walk from the city center, and the pricing is decent. There're also free jawbreakers and bottles of water at the front desk, which is kind of cool. My only complaint: the showers are push-button with no temperature adjustment, and they're *really* hot!
I found Abigail's to be a pretty decent hostel in Dublin. They provide an all-you-can-eat decent breakfast - toast, hardboiled eggs, cereal, and canned fruit, and staff is quite friendly and helpful (though I had a little bit of an issue getting a bus to the airport - make sure your staff guy who calls the bus company confirms that your bus is booked, or you'll get screwed)! My only major complaint is lockers: 24 hours of use costs you 3 euro! Make sure you factor this in when considering price.
Overall, my stay here was pretty average. I missed the breakfast so I can't comment on that, but everything else was decent. Bathrooms were a bit old and used, but nothing to get upset about. One important note: though the title says "Youth Hostel" here, I think I saw more over-40s than I did under. If that bothers you, you might consider another place.
I absolutely cannot recommend this hostel enough! I planned on staying here for 3 nights.... and ended up staying 9. The staff, the facilities, the beds, the price, the location, the chill vibe - it's easily the best hostel I've ever stayed at. I don't give it lightly, but Light House without a doubt deserves a 100%. Special shout-out to Gav, for answering all my questions about Edinburgh! Keep on rocking, guys.
This place is fantastic! I was in the '27 Room' with my own little cubby containing a comfy mattress, two power outlets, and an LED lamp. Everything's hypermodern, and the staff is exceptional. Washing/drying is free, too!! Granted, I stayed in the portion that was completed 2 weeks before my visit so I might biased, but I would hope that the rest is as wonderful. The only downside was virtually non-existent WiFi which kept dropping out - it became a significant pain to do online stuff.
The good: the hostel has an awesome location. It's 3-4 tube stops away from the major stuff, and there's a tube station literally next door (closed for construction during my stay, but there's another tube stop a 3 minute walk away). The price, too, was decent. However: this hostel does not allow external food at all. Not upstairs, not in the bar downstairs. And the bar only serves pizza at a whopping £8. If you're planning any extended stay and get tired of pizza, look elsewhere.
Like most others, I found this to be a pretty decent hostel. The common room down by the bar is relaxing and nice, you're given a 1/2 off drink coupon when you sign in, and the rooms are pretty good (though kind of drafty and old). Unfortunately, the hostel is located about a 40-minute train/tube ride from central London, which turned out to be a deal breaker for me. However, the staff are great and you get free breakfast, so - other excepting distance - this place is a good deal.
The Only Inn was a fun, quirky place with a great atmosphere. We especially loved the waffle breakfast served complimentary down at the bar! However, we also felt that the rooms were quite small for the price, and having only 2 showers available for (by my count) 20+ people is just silly.