Reviews: Anonymous

Antigallican Hotel

London, England

Located non-centrally but close to buses/trains for Greenwich, Woolwich, SE London (right opposite rail station). V. clean kitchen/dining room (with panoramic aerial views) and washrooms - but some toilets had no basin, and communal unisex showers had translucent doors and no private dressing area. Dorms are basic but adequate and clean; private rooms looked quite nice. Security could be stronger: I was not asked for official identity proof, and an internal door seemed ajar. No meals provided.

YHA Cambridge

Cambridge, England

Decent, functional budget accommodation with a range of facilities, but the building is charmless with poky rooms and bland location. The kitchen is well stocked with equipment and utensils, but is small - obliging strangers to sit awkwardly close.The TV lounge is smallish. Wi-fi is free, but renting the sole communal computer is quite costly. My four-bed dorm had only three lockers. £5.25 breakfast (advertised at £4.99) is VFM with unlimited non-heated components. V. clean with efficient staff.


Good-value bland budget accommodation above pub, with polite quiet unobtrusive staff. Fairly distant from central London but well served by buses (bus stop right outside) and near Clapham shops/pubs.Good provision of clean showers/toilets. Door entry codes actually worked efficiently - not always the case at hostels! Security lapse: my passport was not checked, and I was merely asked to write down its number (this could enable fraud). I may be mistaken, but I think it offers no kitchen facility.

Smart Hyde Park Inn Hostel

London, England

Decent budget accommodation. The building seemed rather stuffy/over-heated, but this may have been due to hot weather. Breakfast rooms became crowded, with people queuing to use facilities, but plenty of seating was available. Toilets and shower rooms were clean, but small - but this enabled a higher quantity. The hostel has an elegant facade , is in a fairly upmarket area, and is surrounded by many shops/services. Very close to Underground/bus stops, though some routes are not directly served.

The Brimar Guest House

Southampton, England

Comfortable with good facilities in mainly pristine condition. Individual TV in room; several communal bathrooms; guest kitchens (albeit inconveniently closed at night). Staff are civil, efficient and unintrusive. Breakfast is tasty and plentiful, in genteel restaurant. Location slightly remote, a few miles from central Southampton, but v. near local shops andTotton mainline railway station (albeit not directly opposite entrance as implied in some publicity). Guests closing doors a little noisy.

Hatters Hostel- Liverpool

Liverpool, England

While the stay was generally satisfactory and certainly good value, it was slightly less of an utter bargain than Hatters branches in Manchester and Birmingham. Perhaps I had been 'spoilt' by rock-bottom prices and free extras at these, but, though still affordable, the Liverpool hostel was less cheap, and included fewer free facilities (internet, 24-hour toast etc). A few irritants (noise, litter) could be blamed on guests rather than Hatters. Bathroom locks were absent.But pleasant refectory.


Amazing value. Staff were friendly and VERY helpful, going beyond the call of duty to find out bus times and event information on my behalf. My only real criticism is that the kitchen toaster did not work properly: surely this is an essential facility. But otherwise excellent.

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Our staff don't just want to be good, they want to be great, glad your felt the service was up to our own high standards. Sorry you experienced some problems with the toasters, we now have brand new ones =) Hopefully you'll be back to toast many more loaves in the future.

Oxford Backpackers Hostel

Oxford, England

Perhaps my stay was too brief to give a proper, typical experience of the hostel, but, while it essentially provided adequate accommodation, I found it fell short, in many respects, of what was advertised on, and made several hidden charges. Hostelworld promised free tickets to local nightclubs, plus drink discounts, yet I was told at the hostel that these were only available on certain nights and only involved one particular club. The receptionist did not know about this offer and had to consult a colleague. Similarly, Hostelworld also promises free left-luggage storage for people who book via the website, but the receptionist claimed not to know anything about this and charged me £1. Further money went down the drain with the unannounced (until the booking page) £1 website booking fee, plus a 50p surcharge for paying the balance by credit card, plus a £5 deposit at reception (even though I had already paid a deposit). Breakfast was adequate but only showed a partial resemblance to the photographs displayed outside the building, which depicted bounteous bowls of fruit and plates piled high with meat, as well as the more spartan options of bread, spreads and cereal which were the only items actually available during my stay. Security and rule enforcement seemed lax - I was not challenged about walking through an internal door, and several people were chatting at 1.30am in a corridor outside the bedrooms despite an allegedly strict rule of silence after 10pm. Another drawback is that only two basins are provided in the male shower room. Also, although civil in performing their duties, some of the staff seemed rather grumpy/passive-aggressive. On a more positive note, the hostel provides essentially-good-value, comfortable accommodation, and the city-centre location is convenient. But it advertises more perks than it actually delivers - which is especially disappointing if, as in my case, these factors helped to sway your decision to choose this hostel in the first place.