Again this hostel was chosen again for its closeness to where I was working, as it was far cheaper than any of the local hotels and I now prefer the option of cooking for myself and the social aspect of staying hotels in London.
This hostel has a few faults, but my stay was one of the best I've ever had in London for so many reasons. I was staying for 3-4 days around work and this was the first time I opted to stay in a mixed dorm. In all honesty it was other guests and hostel staff that made my stay.
The bad things then -
The communal space is limited, with only one sofa in the whole building (in reception), but there is built in seating in the downstairs area.
The showers and toilets are nothing more than glorified cupboards, with questionable cleanliness. I'd say they showers are the worst I have used anywhere.
The kitchen is small and accessing utensils to cook with awkward until you build a rapport with the staff.
There are only two fridges and if they get full, anything left out is liable to be binned - space is a premium in the galley kitchen.
GOOD things -
The rooms I stayed in was three tier bunk beds, each one has curtains for privacy and under bed lockers (these lockers are noisy though if anyone uses them late at night while drinking, yet it is possible to limit the noise).
Beds were really comfortable, even if head clearance was limited on sitting up - I would choose this bed over that of the last two hotels I stayed at on comfort and privacy alone. Plus who is going to spend all day sitting on a bed.
Staff, they were lovely. On arrival they cover the essentials but as I was there for a few days I got to know nearly all of them, once you move past the surface portrayal they really do make your stay. Funny interesting and helpful.
Free wifi that is quite reliable.
The other guests in my room were the high point of my stay though. A good laugh was had by all of us.
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