As a backpacker and solo traveller I have stayed in my fair share of dodgy places, but this takes the cake. The location is shocking, in a very poor area (even for Hackney/East London standards) and the hotel is surrounded by estate housing, and on top of that you can hear police sirens racing down Kenworthy Road every ten minutes. When I arrived I was told my room wasn't ready and was invited to relax in the communal living area while they got it ready. First impression wasn't too bad - a TV with cable, a kitchen that's well stocked, lounges that aren't uncomfortable - but my hopes were dashed when I saw a huge rat pop out of the corner next to the television and dash around the room. An hour later, I was told they only accepted payment upfront and cash only, so I had to find an ATM (eventually found one in a corner store, run by a disgusting and perverted old man. Welcome to the neighbourhood!). Then finally was allowed into my room. Talk about grim. The walls were flaking, the window wouldn't close properly, with only a dirty white sheet as bed linen. My linen was not changed ONCE my entire stay (5 nights). I got virtually no sleep my entire stay because i was too paranoid about bugs and vermin. I also did not shower my entire stay because the communal bathrooms were the most disgusting, unhygienic and sickening things I've ever seen. Black marks on the tub, disgusting yellow/brown liquid on the walls, it was enough to make me dry heave. I'm used to sharing bathrooms, I'm used to dirty cheap hotels, but I have never seen anything like this before in my life. They did not clean the bathrooms, ever. I asked one of the workers to please clean the shower, he said he would get on it, three minutes later he knocked on my door saying it was done. Now there is no way you could clean that dump up in less than three minutes, so I went to check and sure enough the yellow/brown liquidy stuff and black stains were still there. I figured it would be more hygienic to not shower at all than to step foot in there.
The worst place I have ever had the misfortune of staying in. I cannot think of any positives, except that the manager seemed friendly and the wifi is good. Avoid at all costs.
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- Sacred Heart Lodge London, England