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26 Princes SQ. | Bayswater, London W2 4NJ, England (Bayswater / Notting Hill / Lancaster Gate )
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Central Hostel
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2 of 5 stars
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Munich, Germany
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

the hostel smells bad, you can see paint scraps off everywhere,and there are no intension to fix it, moles and moisture bubbles are all over the bathroom. The bathroom smells quiet bad. The beds look clean but you got bed bugs and unfortunately I am also having really bad allergic reaction from their bedsheet and duvet so I think they... More 

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Belize City, Belize
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My stay at Central Hostel was positive overall, though left me with some conflicting emotions. The best parts of the hostel are obvious: great location, and outstanding price. It is kept clean, and has an adequate kitchen. It can get busy around meal times, but if you are patient you can save a few pounds preparing something vs eating out.... More 

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Londrina, PR
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

when i went the price was 7 pounds, and it was summer, so for that amount of money at that time of the year you might figure out that you won't find a 5 stars hotel there. Rooms are ok, bathrooms were mixed and shared but also ok. Location is supercentral, and for that and for travelers on a budget... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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59 reviews 59 reviews
7 hotel reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Rudest staff I've ever encountered (both reception and cleaning staff) by far. Stale breakfast food. No accountability. Only takes cash. Relatively close to the Tube and in a pretty quiet neighborhood. Charge for luggage storage during the day. Staircases were so small (wide but small) that I couldn't even fit my whole foot on a step facing forward (and I... More 

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Cork, Cork, Ireland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

For the price we payed and the location the hostel was in, we got our moneys worth. The cleanliness was poor and the everything was cramped closely together. The staff were not too friendly and the 'common' room was a bit nerve racking every time we walked through it. However, the location is key with the hostel being a 2minute... More 

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5 hotel reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Not very clean. In our room there was a separated by curtain place with shower, but there was no shower head. Lady at reception told us that they will repair it quickly, but they didn't till we've left (3 days). Beds and matresses are old and uncomfortable. However, it's cheap and near underground station - these are only pros of... More 

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Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
33 hotel reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

I have been traveling for 4 months now across most one Europe including the east and the Baltic States and I have to say this is the worst hostel I have ever been to. The staff are absolutely disgustingly rude to the point of bullying, the rooms are filled with mould dirt and rubbish the beds are filthy and sheets... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

I stayed here 4 nights with a friend this past summer while travelling England. It is close to a major "tube" station (Bayswater) and is no more than a 5 minute walk to a main street with tons of little coffee shops, every kind of food imaginable, and lots of tourist shops. It is a 10-15 minute "tube" ride to... More 

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London, United Kingdom
20 reviews 20 reviews
10 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

I've stayed for 3 weeks last year, and I didn't have any issues. I didn't need much as well, just a bed to sleep, a shower and a kitchen, and I found that for a cheap price in a good location. I can't complain. The stuff was always helpful and the rooms were clean.

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Milan, Italy
17 reviews 17 reviews
7 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We've been there for one night. The double room was clean enough and the location very convenient. The price cheap for the London standard. Friendly staff. The entrance, the corridors, the stairs all spray painted make you feel you are in a squat, and for a while I thought it could be possible... It's a pity, because the building must... More 

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Address: 26 Princes SQ. | Bayswater, London W2 4NJ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Bayswater / Notting Hill / Lancaster Gate 
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Number of rooms: 16
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