Best hostel coffee ever! Well worth $100 for a two-night stay (sarcasm).
I hear the ghost of Palmer haunts this place for installing such atrocious bathrooms in his beautiful Victorian home. So don't get too close to that suit of armor on the stairwell!
My first impression was that no one was at the front desk. I waited 15 mins outside in subzero weather to check in, and a guy with a german flag on his coat opened the door, nonchalant and unapologetic. Blamed it on the doorbell. I saw this same guy at night as I did at 8am and felt sympathetic. A guy on Saturday was preoccupied with smoking and complaining about morning shifts. All in all, a cool hostel with aloof hipster staff. Saying hi may make you uncool, but will make others feel welcome.
Why so inflexible on switching beds? When I asked if I could have a bottom bunk since I'd be staying for 10 nights, the younger guy who works here emphatically said no, impossible, there is absolutely no way that for 10 nights I could get a bottom bunk. I needed to email them about this request first. His over-emphasis that nothing can be done about it had irritated me. Others told me they had to swap beds or change rooms due to their beds being booked later days. Their bed system seems flawed.
Adequate hostel that pretends to be a hotel! (The name on the front says "Hotel" and I've overheard the front say 'we don't have rooms, we have beds' to people who asked a few times) Issue with toilet constantly flushing in Room 609. You have to lift the back ceramic cover and jiggle some things to make other things fall in place, to make it stop. (Sorry don't know toilet terminology well.) And: is it necessary to have only styrofoam cups for orange juice during breakfast? This is such a waste.
If you fancy large groups of teenagers, you'd come to the right place. Free breakfast room quickly turns into a school cafeteria. Recommended for VERY young travellers. Rooms in the ground floor are dreadful, packed and smelly. Top floor was quiet and clean. It was like night and day.
The breakfast is inconsistent. Stale bread some days, other days it was more fresh. The shower nozzle does not reach the hinge in one bathroom, so the water sprays everywhere when turned on. Funny they have a sign saying to keep it dry.
Stayed in the dreaded "other building", very bleak place, waved hi to the construction workers standing outside my window ledge when I woke up as they seem to begin work at 8am. The walls are terrible. They smell. They're bare. They smelled like body odor collects on them and sticks, like day-old gym socks. Two posters and spots of dark brown mold on the bathroom ceilings otherwise adorn the walls. Room was overbooked last night, woken up at 1am to switch rooms. But nice hostel staff & location.
The white bed sheet and pillow given to me had matching dried bloodstains on them, wtf.
The hostel staff person at the reception lobby in the morning was preoccupied with playing footsies with her boyfriend/lover, possibly other hostel staff member. I'd made a lucky guess where the nearest coffee shop was, rather than ruin their moment of cuddling! Hostel is a solid good plus environmentally friendly. Hooray!
Watch out for your towel receipt for dear life, hide it, put it in a locked safe, don't let the wind get to it or the perpetually wet bathroom floors destroy it. Don't let your German bunkmate Jan use it as a gum wrapper, else the front staff will NOT reimburse your deposit! I repeat your 1.50 will vanish into thin air. I wish I was warned of this beforehand.
Palmers Lodge has an amazing aura about it and only needs few suggestions. 1. The juice machine tastes more like a flavoured water machine. 2. The lack of toilet facilites next to the main downstairs area is dearth. Apparently more are under construction...
Excellent place. The patio on the very top floor is little known and fantastic for the Spring weather!! The eggplant jam during breakfast was also amazing.
Managerial staff are like personal consultants; never had experienced something quite like that. Kitchen staff are more controlling of breakfast food than I'm used to. WC is tiny. Lock in left toilet stall was broken. Stylistically, a beautiful place. Good beds.
Italian lady is completely scattered when it comes to room assignments; confused me with some bozo named "Gerard." Front desk also confused bed assignments. Crazy Australian roommate takes it on his own volition to remove my stuff off my bed and throw out because he thought I left and wanted bottom bunk. This was the second time my stuff was moved by bunkmates here, a few days before my brush (which I placed on the pillow) was thrown in the garbage. I believe this could be corrected if bed assignments were
The location is next to one corner of Hyde Park and that's fun for maybe a day. You're otherwise situated in the midst of rich people homes, hotels, fancy restaurants and foreign embassies. Um, great if that floats your boat but what is there to do... but gawk? The tube station is over a ten minute walk.