Great, central location right near Great Portland St station. Being a YHA they charge for a lot of things (wifi, towels etc) if you're not a member and prices were more than other hostels in Europe. But this place has everything a traveller needs - big common area, big kitchen, 24hr service desk, TV, games, knowledgeable staff, close to every major sight and Camden. Always looked forward to relaxing back at the hostel.
Really disappointing. Big hostel which meant staff were impersonal. No kitchen was a major frustration for a solo traveller trying to save money. Rooms were what you'd expect, apart from there being just ONE power point for six people - good luck charging phones. Atmosphere was not good because the only communal area was a FOYER. In my two nights there I barely met anyone. Hostel felt more like a mix of a college dorm and a hotel. Free breakfast was great, security no problem, location okay.
Best place I stayed in Europe. Staff are wicked and know heaps about the city, common room is social, kitchen smallish but well equipped. Rooms have en suites, beds are comfy. Not a rowdy hostel by any means, just really chilled and laid back. Used to be a brothel and the photos/touches still around are novel (but well meaning). Got laundry done for 6 euro. Right next to tram stop, supermarket about 200 metres away and Albert Cuyp Market down the road. Families or solo travellers cannot go wrong
Great place to stay and Lexie the dog is gorgeous. Staff are wicked and know how to run a good hostel. Downstairs bar geest to meet people and place is lively at weekends. Lockers in each room, board games, decent sized rooms. Can't go wrong here really. Downsides were place didn't really have anywhere to chill where you could wind down as the common room was always a party. Bathrooms also very packed with little space at times. Brisk walk from the station.
Huge thanks to Tom at Tomato Backpackers. A young fella running a new business, he has everything you would want in a hostel -apart from a well equipped kitchen. The kitchen was the only downfall of one of the best hostels I've stayed at. But hey, you're in Italy, eat pizza on the town. Clean, every Lonely Planet guide imaginable, friendly staff (Tom and his sister) and located very close to the main station. Would be a great atmosphere full in summer. A huge recommendation.