St Paul's has a wonderful location. Just next to the beautiful St Paul Cathedral in one of the best (and most posh) part of London. In the past week, I have first stayed with my three female friends (we're all in our late forties) in a shared room for four people on first floor; then they left, I switched to a single-sex dormitory in the basement. The rooms are OK and clean and there are boxes which you can lock with a padlock (although this has to be bought in the reception for 3 pounds if you're not bringing one with you). The rooms lack reading light, but I guess this is done on purpose so that you should not disturb others who want to sleep. The shower in the basement was a really nice surprise--clean and high pressure/lots of water. The dining room is spacious and you can buy breakfast and dinner here (althought the latter is a bit too fast food oriented to me with burgers, pizza and the like). Since there is no kitchen where you can prepare your own meal, I prefer to buy newly brewed coffee and freshly made sandwiches from one of the many take aways that sorrounds this YHA; or, if I'm late, to buy something at Sainsbury's next to St Paul's. The staff is friendly, and there are many suggestions on what's on and what to do on the blackboards. You also get discounts on many of the attractions. What I enjoyed most while staying here was free however; sitting in the square behind St Pauls listening to people playing the piano that was placed here by the City of London. There are 50 such pianos spread all over London--and there are so many musical people in this city that I'm totally amaced!
My only complaint is with respect to payment and refunding; You have to pay the total amount upfront, and if your want to change your booking (say, cancel a day or two) you must ask for refunding by filling in a form by hand and then send it by post to a special office; and you don't even get the total amount you paid. That said, I love to come back and would recommend everyone--young and and not so young--to visit YHA St Paul's.
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