Like (or hate) cats? There's a charming tom-cat to judge you :-p second time staying here, love it ^_^ Has the basics but a genuine charm and is right next to Kings Cross station.
Great places to eat on Edgeware Road. Quite close to Kings Cross, Baker St., Hyde Park. Nice it being in a pub. Very hot rooms over the summer - air conditioning would have been nice.
Its a nice atmosphere, and possible to let your hair. just too cramped to be worth the price. Staff were all great, just one of them let them down in one instance of discourtesy, should have known better but still nice. Nice change from the hell hole hostels that give London a bad name.
lovely, what a hostel should be. Great artwork too.
seems a lot nicer than when I stayed about 4 years ago. Still can be cramped though. All over, good. Free wi-fi and curtains on beds is a winner. Breakfast could do better (semi-skimmed milk), or not bother and reduce the price. Should recycle waste.
Light in shower was broken for over 24 hours, and then they did not repair it properly. Just not worth the price!
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Probably one of the worst hostels in London. It isn't just that it has a major drain and sewerage problem, that mushrooms were growing in the shower, that the staff were typically rude, but that the clients reflect this place - lots of raucous behaviour, discourtesy to other hostellers (switch lights on in middle of night when everyone is asleep), thefts - it is clear who is responsible, but no point complaining to management, as they are no different.
The SMART brand of hostels can be horrible, but this one was a pleasant surprise. They are fortunate to have such a spacious building. Common room is very spacious. Many rooms are in basement, which itself shows hints of architecture seen in old dungeons, only lovingly painted, very nice and non-dungeony. The rooms can be cramped, but mitigated by the inclusion of curtains on beds. Breakfast was OK, I would prefer semi-skimmed milk. Staff are attentive, dealt well with some Polish hooligans.
Brilliant hostel, right next to Paddington station. Breakfast is fantastic. Just wish it was a little cheaper so I could stay there more often :-(
The staff are extremely friendly, almost eerily friendly (no offence intended, you are very nice!). Bad hostellers beware! Under new managment where they seem to be clearing out rooms. Hostel is right across from the tube station [map on the hostelworld web page is dead wrong!] The kitchen and TV lounge are good, spacious. The building is a no-frills dormitory that provides a glimpse to an alternative reality where the Soviets controlled the UK. Showers are particularly rustic. Next to shops.
In the 18 bed dorm, the use of curtains on each bed, with light and power socket is a good touch. The free breakfast I found (not sure if it was intended for me) was great. New trendy bar down stairs serving good food with better prices than most places in London, even before the 10% guest discount. Lots of happy travellers. Booming music into the night, right in the middle of Hammersmith. However, for people like me who want sleep, and kitchens, not so good :-(
A pub that is also a hostel, a throw back to the days when these establishments were the norm for the traveller. I would recommend this to someone wishing to meet real Londoners. The staff were refreshingly polite, courteous and above all, friendly. They do pizza. The breakfast was good in that they offered semi-skimmed milk as opposed to that awful "liquid cheese" other hostels provide. Beds were a little treacherous if you have the middle bunk (really hurt my balls), otherwise clean & comfy :)
Second time for me staying here. Its an interesting, spacious hostel. Four floors with a big spiral stair case. Spacious kitchen with lots of cookers. The main problem is the some of the moronically stupid staff behind that desk - people have reported on here about being intimidated and out right threatened by reception staff, and I think I met the perpetrator, who has a bad grasp of english, mishears what people says, then attempts to engage in an exchange that could easily turn hostile.
Interesting hostel I have just found out about, in an old Bayswater house with large spiralling stair case. Very ram shackled, I assume this is a new hostel yet to be fully renovated. Kitchen is quite spacious with lots of cookers, though not sure if there are sufficient pots and pans (though I could be wrong as I didn't do any cooking). Drier does not work well and after I used three cycles with it over about 2 hours, my clothes were still wet. This hostel should provide recycling facilities.
I often stay here, no difference from the great location and basic sleeping arrangements. Security system has improved slightly, and on the environment front: they don't provide paper cups or plates now, all mugs and proper plates, another improvement. They should provide facilities to recycle waste as do other hostels, this would set them up as a good hostel that reflects the attitudes of its clients.
This place has potential, but all the other reviews have been on the right track. Kitchen is awful, why bother having that room if no fridge or utensils?! - its just a sink and a cooker. Not even mugs. The management appear to be lunatics, randomly change your room without telling you, despite booking a single room. One comes back to your room tired and ready to sleep and your room has been changed, your bed stripped, your belongings man-handled. My bag was taken off the bed, and random stuff that d
wow...sugar puffs for brekki :D A compact, wee hostel in the lovely West End of Glasgow. really close to the university. Pleasant staff, could have known more about the area but still quite knowledable. Room was small, but nice with nice shower. Quiet time of year, so not sure how to describe it should it be full. Think i will be back again.
The hostel is well sign posted from the main road, and the reception and bar is very attractive. The curfew they seem to display, i.e. "get everything out of your room by 10 a.m. and don't go back till 2" is a real thorn in one's side. They provide free locker rooms for this, but still this is quite disruptive to one's plans to sleep in, or have a relaxing day after having to pack and carry your bags all the way down the stairs. Staff seem to be in their own little world too, but polite.
again - why no recycling and provision of semi-skimmed as opposed to whole milk. And the TV wasnÂ´t working this time. I stay here a lot but things just seem to be getting worst. The dining room has been nicely redecorated however.
lovely :-) with all the bar, breakfast, free internet, great kitchen, movie room - you\\\'ll have trouble moving out the building to see Edinburgh. Nicely decorated corridors. Beds made for you when you arrive. Good effort all round, well done guys, I\\\'ll look it up again :-)
free breakfast is great - can they not provide semi-skimmed milk though? Recycling all that waste would be a good thing too. And it being summer now, could they not shut off the central heating??? Staff still pleasant, location awesome.
Breakfast is great, though having semi-skimmed/skimmed milk available would be icing on cake. Maybe if people are checking in late, to tell them that they should be quiet when going into their rooms (if not done so anyway). Great place. Great price. Great service: very polite and straightforward.
the manager (I assume) seems to be in denial that people will steal things, and trys to convince one otherwise - its a fact of life I'm afraid! Maybe there is too much cliquieness with some of the long term guests.
better than other hostels in London, cleanliness being the biggest winner. Non-smoking policy is great, and needed in other hostels.