I booked in advance to stay here for a single night, but on arrival I was told at reception that I couldn’t stay without approved photo ID and only a driving licence (which I don’t have) or my passport (which, as I was travelling within Scotland, I wasn’t carrying) would do. I actually had my booking confirmation with me, but this apparently wasn’t enough to prove I was me. I was told all this was owing owing to ‘security’. I was also told that these requirements were ‘plastered all over the website’.
In fact, in over 30 years of staying at hostels in the UK, I have never before been required to provide ID of this nature. And my booking confirmation, which carried a wide list of warnings to people staying (penalties for vomiting on the premises, etc) said nothing about this.
The reception desk is adjacent to a busy communal area, so inevitably I looked like a criminal, vagrant or some other undesirable as I was refused admission and had to creep out again. A humiliating experience.
Do not stay here.
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