This is a fairly pleasant hostel, and I had a decent experience there. The location is magnificent in that it's basically next door to the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque, but that also means that all the restaurants and shops in the area are made-for-tourist rip-off joints, so you need to travel far to find anything of decent value. Breakfast is great value, hot water and WiFi works well, staff were funny and pleasant (and helped shoo away a stray cat at 2am).
What a fantabulous hostel! It's furnished really nicely, and feels so relaxed and comfortable. I came across 4 staff members are all were happy, keen to chat and ridiculously helpful when it came to advice for Belgrade and beyond. The kitchen was very well-equipped and there was a gorgeous cat, Mao. He's quite self-assured. The shower in the mens bathroom needs a damn good clean, though.
This hostel is quality and value for money. The bathrooms are big and there's always hot water. Kitchen is big, the WiFi works, breakfast is fine etc etc. Location is superb, really close access to everything. The only annoying thing is it's one of those hostels that thinks it's cool to be really really hard to find!!
Hostel a bit out of the way but close to a Tube station. Bed was comfy. Nothing too special about the place, just your typical hostel-attached-to-pub that are the norm in London.
This hostel is fine, but an example of one that is such a big machine operation that it lacks attention to detail or a friendly atmosphere. Luggage storage, breakfast etc is not included, so you end up spending a bit more money. Also the WiFi is quite slow and only available on the ground floor where there are no rooms. Also the ladder for my bunk bed was stuck next to the lockers, so it was noisy and difficult to get down. However the staff were very lovely and helpful.
It was okay, nothing special. The location is quite out of the way. Free wifi worked well. So did the showers and they didn't seem as dirty as other reviewers suggest. The main weird thing was a staff member who used his key to repeatedly ask a female guest in my room to go and have a drink with him, which I didn't think was appropriate. The lockers are free.
The main thing that I remember from this place is how tiny the toilets are. To open the door after you've finished you have to stand with the toilet between your legs to get out, and it's basically impossible with a bag. Also the upkeep of the toilets was bad as multiple times there was no toilet paper. The room itself was okay, the WiFi worked fine but breakfast was not included.
There's nothing particularly bad about this hostel, but nothing amazing, either. There could be more toilets/showers. The location is not so great for Central London but there are many nice areas around the hostel itself. Staff were fine and breakfast was good value. I would go back.
This place is in an excellent location, right in the centre of the city. The staff member I dealt with was friendly and helpful but seemed a bit unorganised. I booked and paid for the dorm but was given a single room for three nights, which was great. The bed was comfy and the bathroom seemed new with constant hot water. However the room was very hot at night and often a bit noisy just from fans and mosques and stuff. Wifi worked even on the first floor.
I stayed here for a week. I recommend it to everyone even for just one night, because waking up on the roof to the view of the Old City is something truly special. Sometimes it's extremely windy on the roof. The bathrooms smell a bit but there is almost always hot water. The Wifi was also consistently good, but only available downstairs. Sometimes there weren't any pillows. The feral cats are cute but sometimes sleep on the mattresses (not cute). The staff were cheery and helpful.
This is a really good place. Best part is the location - very central to everything. The guy who runs it is extremely helpful and always around for any questions. Toilets and showers all seem very new and clean. The water when it was 'hot' was actually only lukewarm, also the rooms can get very cold, a sleeping bag is very very handy, but I guess only in the winter months. Great view from the balcony.
I had a nice time here. Location is nice, in posh neighbourhood next to a huge park. Staff were always really friendly and talkative, except the chef. They were helpful when I lost my camera (or had it stolen, so use the lockers). The rooms and beds are fine. Don't bother with breakfast, it's really not worth the money they charge. I didn't use the kitchen but it looked very dapper. Would stay again.
Um. It was warm and dry so I slept on the roof. Which was extremely awesome considering the view and the fact that you're on a roof, however the blankets were a bit funky and they don't provide pillows i don't think, so I had to use some jumpers. Bathroom smelt of poo a little. Nice location, and the crazy market people all know it so if you get lost just ask. Would stay again.
Probably the best hostel I have ever stayed in. All the guests become friends, I even met a guy who tried not to meet people there and it was impossible. It's very relaxed and fun, and the Florentin area is really cool and trendy. The owner Rafi is very helpful; and full of advice, as are the other staff. I booked one night and stayed for 5!
This hostel was a real surprise! The service was so warm and personable that you realise it's so what some of the other big hostels are lacking. Free towels, free laundry, free breakfast, advice on where to go and what to do. The location is fine, near heaps of yummy eating establishments and the sundry Princes St. Gardens. The staff are the cream on top of the delicious pie that is this hostel. Can't recommend highly enough :)
I stayed here because it was the only place available and it still didn't meet my low expectations. The bathrooms reek of mould. My door didn't lock. The pillows are no joke like pancakes. I was all shovin' jumpers inside the case. No alcohol allowed at all, no food in rooms. Kitchen is OK though.
I stayed for quite a long period. Overall, the hostel is a good one. The big cinema room is way cool, as is the big kitchen/dining area, the shuttle bus service and the fact that they CLEAN YOUR DISHES FOR YOU!! The computers are really really slow and sometimes are not even worth the 80p for the half hour. The big con is of course the location, and I think this would have not been a problem when the hostel was new and exciting, but it's ageing now and doesn't have a hugely fun vibe.
Overall a great hostel - most comfortable bedding out of any hostel I have ever stayed in. I didn't want to get out of bed. Chill out room awesome, showers warm but very locker-room esque. Staff have ignored me on reception a few times, even if you're cashing up it's not hard to acknowledge the customer and let them know you'll help them shortly. There were lots of people sharing beds in my dorm one Saturday morning, but I'm down with that.
Pros: without doubt the comfiest and plumpest pillows and duvets I have ever come across in a hostel, slept like a log; the chill out room/kitchen is the coolest i've ever come across; clean; nice long term guests; enormous cups of coffee; relaxed; always hot water. Cons: showers are way too public, staff can be a bit vague/ignore you while at reception. Good hostel!
Staff were really nice and chatty, even when I inadvertently stole some peoples' clothes from the washing machine. Good kitchen facilities, nice little garden. Free internet is way cool. Cons: the worst showers I have ever come across in my entire life anywhere in the world. I would prefer to wash in the Ganges. Not much space between beds. But apart from the showers, which you have to turn back on approx every 5 seconds and are often cold, it's a nice place.
Hostel Albania has been one of the highlights of my travels. Both the duo are friendly, very helpful and you can tell that they genuinely care about the hostel and their guests. It's very, very spacious and has a wicked chill out oriental lounge thing. It feels very slightly like a second home.
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