First and formost, this hostel comes with a (depending on the heat) 2-3 hour, free walking tour with a very interesting guide. While the atmosphere in this hostel is otherwise kind of poor, the walking tour was a great way to meet people. The staff are also excellent, and they helped me get in communication with a tour I'd booked and kept me up to date whenever they called the hostel, which made my stay so much easier. The shower/toilets are crude, but the AC is great. 24-hour manned desk.
This place definitely needed more electrical sockets, and that was the biggest downside. Otherwise, this hostel is a good value for the money. The temperature was bearable, even though Turkey was HOT, and the place stayed clean and secured from outsiders by a 24-hour manned front desk. The location is easy to find from the main square, but it is otherwise QUITE a way from the older area of the city.
The place was cleaned every day, I think. The rooms were sized large enough, the place stayed a comfortable temperature, and while there could be a few more plug ins, there were enough to get by with. The place wasn't over-priced, and though the facilities were on the basic side, nothing was uncomfortable. Big props for keycard doorway.
I don't know if there's such a thing as a good location in Venice, but this hostel, once it is found, is easy enough to remember and "re-find". I didn't really like anything else about this hostel, and for the price that I paid, I expect to find more sockets in the room and reading lights, or decent AC, or SOMETHING beyond the basics. The shower was broken midway into my stay, but I guess that's not the staff's fault.
After finding out how cheap Malta's bus system is (1.5 euro daily, payable on the bus), I'm not sure how I feel about the 20 euro airport pickup, but everything else in this hostel was a rather good deal for the money. Nothing was noticeably dirty. The facilities were just the run of the mill kind. I don't know if I saw anything about laundry, but there is a kitchen available. The nearby bus stop (and the staff are more than willing to explain how to take advantage of it) got us everywhere.
Not the cheapest hostel in London, but not far from average (regrettably). I might be concerned about the security being comination locks, but the place didn't seem particularly unsafe. Everything else was really very nice. The rooms are small but WELL equipped, very comfy beds, sockets, lights, TV, computer (even headset/mic) and a mini fridge!!! The showers were super small, but always hot, so not a bid deal. My favorite staff member was local resident german shepherd!
Location is wonderful, and the place feels safe. Free PC access is nice. The other facilities were mostly ordinary. The rooms get HOT even though it was February when I came. Like others, I couldn't find enough sockets, even when checking behind beds. The shower is push-activated (no problem), but the timings are off so that I had to press button every 5 seconds (I timed to be sure), making showering arduous. 5 euro deposit on towel rental on top of 2 euro fee is RIDICULOUS
A fairly easy to get to hostel with a decen atmosphere despite not offering much else that's spectacular. The showers/restrooms were ordinary, the rooms were just large enough not to feel cramped. The rooms do offer wall lockers instead of under-the-bed, so that's a plus. Also, at 20 pence, the towel rentals here are the cheapest I've seen yet, and I bumped up my facilities rating just because of that :) Also, I went downstairs VERY briefely, and I think the common area down looked fun.
A SUPER cool boat that I think is worth staying at for that aspect alone. To be honest I don't remember if it had laundry facilities, but it had everything else that you would want. The showers/restrooms were very clean, and although the shower operated on a push-activation, it was not much of a hassle and the water was always warm. The beds were very comfortable and the rooms very large. I liked the people I met there and met many even though I didn't visit the common areas much.
This appeares to be a very safe part of town, and its easiness to find is probably the hostel's best part. Otherwise, although everything was very adequate with the place, it was entirely small, old, and unspectacular. I have found other hostels in London I would prefer, but I would not really mind going back here, either. It's entirely average with a great location and security.
Very quiet, pleasant hostel. Excellent showers. The location of the place is perfect for people arriving on the train (either from another city/country or from the express coming from the airport), although Google Maps BADLY misidentifies this hostel as a place two blocks away. Not a loud, party hostel, and I think it is even child-friendly. The beds were fine, and I believe it came with wall lockers instead of under-the-bed lockers, so that's another plus.
While this hostel is run like a big business and therefore can be lacking on the hostel feel sometimes, I can only really complain so much about that. This hostel is a bit of a walk to the city center, but it's not far compared to most other alternatives, and the navigation is easy. The beds are clean, fairly comfortable, and well equipped (lights, sockets, lockers), there is a keycard lock, and an elevator. The staff are friendly and mostly helpful, and the breakfast wasn't bad.
Perhaps my stay here was only happenstancely perfect, but everything, from the staff, to the facilities offered, to the people I met, were superior, and I honestly could not imagine my trip in Florence to have been so great without having gone here. Of note, commodities, food, and drink are sold here VERY cheap, the breakfast is far better than expected, and there are solid morning tours of the city offered every morning for free. The place is clean, quiet, and social without being bothersome.
I showed up late and left early, so my stay was brief, but this was my first hostel experience and I liked it. This is more of the "I share my home with you" kind of hostel, and so everything is small (except the kitchen, if I remember, which was rather large), but the young girl running the place was very nice and made the stop enjoyable. If anything, the age of the building makes it difficult to keep quiet on the second floor for others.