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YHA London St Pauls
Ranked #46 of 828 Specialty Lodging in London
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Really good location”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2008

I booked in this hostel because it was the cheapest of the centric hostels. I had not many expectations about it, I only wanted to pay little money in an expensive city like London and to stay near to the main attractions, but I have to say that this place was good and I have not complaints about it.
The location is great. The hostel is very close to St. Paul Cathedral, Millennium Bridge and other many attractions.
The breakfast is included in the price. It was not wonderful but it was ok.
The hostel has a small restaurant offering 5 different dishes by night. Sometimes I had dinner there because it was very cheap and the food was good. The only problem for me was that the restaurant closed at 8 pm. This is NOT an issue for people from USA and some countries of Europe, but in many Latin American countries we are accustomed to have dinner 9 or 10 pm and I never was hungry at 8 pm, but, of course, this situation was not serious.
The staff was friendly and I have not issues about them.
The dorms, bathrooms and showers were ok, they always were clean. Every bed in the dorm has a big locker for the baggage.
This hostel has two defects for me:
1) It has not neither kitchen nor fridge like in other hostels and you can not cook for yourself or buy perishable food for eating later (yoghurt, cheese, etc.). It was the first hostel where I stayed without kitchen.
2) There are only two computers to use Internet and they always were busy.
In despite of these weaknesses, it is a good hostel in an excellent location.

  • Liked — Location!
  • Disliked — It has not kitchen
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2008

Location, location, location. Every traveler will want to consider the location of their accommodation(s). The YHA London, which is situated just round the corner of St. Paul cathedral's main entrance (see photo), is perhaps the best location any traveler will get.

It is central to, of course, the St. Paul cathedral, The Old Bailey, Soho, Leicester Square, Trafalgar Square, London (Tower) Bridge, Big Ben, West Minster Abbey, etc., etc. Just keep walking away from the cathedral on Newgate St. and you'll gradually arrive at most of the places of interests... one after another.

The staffs are, however, helpful. Occasionally, you might get one who's rude and doesn't seem too happy about his/her job. The vending machine is a little faulty so I suggest not to vend anything from there.

General cleanliness of the premise is average-to-below-standard. There have been several visitations of mice on the dining area.

There are usually 6-8 beds per room. Females have their own dorm/room.

If you're a budget traveler and don't mind these, then go for it. I'd stay here again only because it's cheaper then the rest of 'centrally located' hostel/hotels around the same area.

Breakfast is simple. It's not the best of all but enough to get one going for another 3-5 hours. Coupons will be given for 1£ off for the beers per day.

Always book online for cheaper rates.

  • Stayed February 2008, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank seferisd
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colorado
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2007

Family of 5 - 2 adults and 3 children under 12 stayed here for 2 nights in November. This is a great location to be in London, this is the most affordable way for a family to travel. We had a our own room, and it was the nicest Hostel I have ever been in. Breakfast is great, and the dinners are affordable. Ask for the second floor and it is quieter. Very nice rooms, bedding and the showers were clean and hot! Internet and wireless in the lobby is fast and reliable.

  • Stayed November 2007
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 Thank stickergiant
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2006

London hotel and hostels prices have gone through the roof in the last decade and after a few bad experiences, I am now sticking to the YHA St Pauls.
If you are coming to London for a short stay to shop, this is the cheapest safe place to stay. This hostel is centrally located with a direct train connection to London Gatwick Airport and good underground connections. It is also clean, quiet and offers a good breakfast included in the price.
I always have a 10-bed dorm on the second floor (note no elevators in a 19th century high-ceilinged building means a fair climb with a lot of luggage!). If you have the upper bed it can a bit tricky to climb in though so I now try to request my fave bed when booking. The shower rooms are pretty clean for a hostel (the trick is to shower in the evening instead of in the morning rush hour) as are the toilets. In all my stays the staff was helpful the few times I had a question.
The area is in the City so at night there is not much to do, besides the nice Italian restaurant on the corner. But St Pauls is on many night bus stops so no problems getting home.

  • Liked — Value for money
  • Disliked — the top bunk bed
  • Tips/Secrets — Call them directly, the larger dorm rooms are not listed on the YHA booking service!
  • Stayed February 2006, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank synnae
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Stockholm, Sweden
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2006

I stayed at YHA City of London for two nights (8 & 9th jan, 2006) with my parents and wife. We were given room no. 20, which is located on the first floor. I had to pay 196.80 GBP for a four bedded room for two nights.
I had a little difficulty to find the hostel from St Pauls tube station. I forgot to see the map. I was relying on the address (its a good idea to check the map before arrival).
Staffs at the reception desk were helpful.
In our room there was three boxes (they call it beds!!) on top of each other (see picture) and it was VERY inconvinient. They should have had two + two bunk beds (not boxes). Pillows were too thin. Only one Heavy chair and no table within the room (just because the room was very small). Only one window in the room and no ventilation. The floor carpet was wet. We had a basin inside the room and power plug sockets, which was very convinient. Since the floor is woodden, it makes pleanty of noise when someone walks in the corridor. There were pleanty of toilets and showers in our floor. But most of the toilets were too narrow for an adult person to sit. Showers were small but nice.
Breakfast was very nice. You may choose between continental and English set menu. There is no self catering facility, but the guests can have their own food at the restaurant.
In this building, there is no elevator, so be prepared to sweat a lot if you have pleanty of luggage. Rooms are not available before 14:00 on the first day of arrival.
We could manage staying there for two nights, cramped inside those boxes. The room is NOT worth the price paid.

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New York City, New York
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111 reviews
53 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2005

Stayed at this hotel a couple of years ago but thought I'd post a belated review.

Excellent location - walked many places from here. Also close to tube and buses.

Hostel was very clean, never had to wait for a shower. Breakfast great but wouldn't recommend the dinners.

  • Stayed January 2002
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank kateoz
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2005

I stayed at the hostel for 5 nights at june/july 2005.

The hostel is located in an area dominated by business offices consequently making it calm at night and at weekends. St Paul’s Cathedral is just around the corner (where sightseeing buses, ordinary buses and taxis stops) likewise is the Millennium Bridge where one can take a stroll down to the Thames. Blackfriars underground station (which I used) is about a 5 minutes walk away.

All of the staff was friendly and helpful. I slept in a room with 11 beds, all equipped with one big locker and one small locker at the side of the bed (you will need to bring padlocks for both). Earplugs were necessary for me to use since the windows were open (it was hot) and the bell in St Paul’s rings every hour (yes - even 4 a.m.). There were plenty of shower rooms and toilets, all clean.

The breakfast was very good and is just what one will need to start off a long day of sightseeing. The only bad thing about the breakfast was that you are only allowed to get one of each item.

It says on YHA’s official website that it is a youth hostel but there are guests of all ages.

If you are looking for a calm hostel with good location, I think this will be a good choice.

  • Stayed June 2005
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: YHA London St Pauls
Address: 36 Carter Lane, London EC4V 5AB, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > London > City of London
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Ranked #46 of 828 Specialty Lodging in London
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Hotel Class:3 star — YHA London St Pauls 3*
Number of rooms: 50
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