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“Just don't bother!” 1 of 5 stars
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City Hostel
246 Duckworth St, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1C 1G6, Canada   |  
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Just don't bother!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012 via mobile

Quite honestly after staying at hostels across the world I was shocked to find this one to be the worst I have ever stayed in.

Upon arrival we were greeted by an extremely rude and uncooperative staff member and told at 6pm that our room wasn't ready yet.

We had booked 2 private rooms for 5 people. The Houston bed private room was acceptable however the the double private room was two single beds, one of which was higher than the other, the bedding was on inside out and had weird stains on it, there was a private bathroom with no door, the shower rail fell off the wall, there were nails sticking out of the wall, it was either in the middle of being painted or damage had been done to the wall and covered up badly, the curtains was a piece of shredded black material. The window wouldn't open whereas the other one wouldn't close properly. The smell of smoke permeated the room from below. There was a broken wardrobe in the corner of the room which was home to a TV with a whole bunch of cables strewn everywhere.

We ended up leaving a day early due to the totally unwelcoming environment.

The common room was a dark windowless experience which i later found out someone actually had to sleep in due to overbookings etc.

There were three staff members that we met, two of whom were lovely but the third was just so rude she totally counteracted the other two.

The location was good and there was a lovely bakery around the corner.

Good point: the shared bathroom was bright, airy and very clean despite there being an abundance of what were presumably staff toiletries everywhere.

Don't waste your time or your money. On a plus note had we not shortened our stay we wouldn't have made it up to the FANASTIC hostel in Trinity where we actually ended up extending out stay!

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    1.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    1.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    1 of 5 stars
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Zurich, Switzerland
18 reviews 18 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

I've met great people there, BUT the hostel rooms and washrooms were not clean at all and their long-stay guests (of course not all of them) were weird. In my room for example, a guest took off the bedding which had blood and other unidentifed stuff on it and just left it on the floor. Floor was not clean. I've stayed there three nights, it was never cleaned. Same for the washroom in 8 Gower St. I did not have a problem with the separate houses. The common livingroom and kitchen is in 31 Gower St. I won't stay here again!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Spring, Texas
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2007

I stayed two nights last week at City Hostel, 8 Gower Street, in St. John's. Private room w/private bath, facing the back of the building and overlooking the neighbors' gardens, was $58 CAD and an excellent choice for my travel dollars. Free internet, free laundry facilities, common kitchen area, located on a quiet steet at the intersection of Gower and Military. A small grocery store is just a short walk, and I was also able to walk from the hostel's location to Water Street. FYI...The City Hostel's other location at 243 Duckworth Street is closed. Dave, the hostel keeper extraordinaire, was helpful in providing tips for sightseeing, ways to get around and other tourist type info. This was my first experience in a hostel and it was great - I am a 48 yr. old female and did not feel out of place with the other guests. I would definitely stay here again.

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Address: 246 Duckworth St, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1C 1G6, Canada
Location: Canada > Newfoundland and Labrador > Newfoundland > St. John's
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Ranked #5 of 6 Specialty lodging in St. John's
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