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YHA London St Pauls
Ranked #48 of 895 Specialty Lodging in London
Reviewed November 8, 2012

I stayed here for one night in a 6-bed girls room. I think they should change the beds because its horrible, I arrived in the middle of the night, the other girls were already sleeping, and my bed was the highest one, im sure they woke up when i tried to climb into my bed. Literally, climbing...
And it was soo noisy. Because of the street and the other guests as well, we could hear every step of the guest from the floor above us.
Good point, that the hostel have a lot of clean and big enough bathrooms and toilets.
I was sad that the continental breakfast wasnt included in the price (4,5 pounds), but anyway, the money for that night here was quite reasonable.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 1, 2012

I stayed in a private twin room which actually had a double bed with a single bunk on top so that was a nice surprise. There was a sink in the room which was useful. Plenty of showers+toilets on each floor, never had to wait. The staff were great, nothing was too much trouble. They had a good sense of humour+always up for a laugh! The hostel offers discounts on certain attractions and theatre tickets which is good as London is so expensive. The intercom system to enter the building was good, felt very secure. Great value for money! Didn't eat in the hostel but there seemed to be a decent range on offer and reasonably priced snacks on reception. The staff are definitely a credit to this hostel. Other reviews talk about noise however we didn't find this to be a particular problem. St Paul's occassionally disturbed us but considering how close to the Cathedral we were, this was only a minor issue. Literally a two minute walk to St Paul's tube station which was great to use as a base for visiting various parts of London. We had a great stay would definitely reccomend to others for location+the price!

The luggage room provided is a great resource, however you have to pay if you want to use a locker in there (not compulsary) and the money is not refunded as it is in most places which was a bit of a surprise. There are lots of stairs in the hostel, so although not a particular problem for us, would probably not be suitable for people who are less mobile.

A general tip for staying in London: Get an oyster card! Rather than getting a travelcard - around £15 for all zones - if you have an oyster and spend less than this, then you've saved money and if you spend more than this, it automatically caps it.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

The staff in this hostel were lovely and helpful, as long as you were prepared to wait to speak to them because they certainly weren't in a rush to help you.
When my friends and I stayed there, most of the toilets were flooded or broken and the whole hostel reeked of urine. At least half of the showers were out of service too.
The breakfasts were ok, except you were not allowed to serve yourself, so you have no control over the size of the portion they give you.
The noise in the hostel at night is terrible. The building is old so all the floors and stairs creak. There were people running and yelling in the corridors and commonroom throughout the night.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the highest floor possible, to keep you as far from the common areas as possible a...
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

Before choosing this hostel I made a lot of search: on tripadvisor, on the nationalrail, on southwest trains and other websites: I needed a safe and decent accomodation, close enough to a station or a bus stop to be able to catch a flight from Gatwick at 6 AM(!!) and to come and go with Cambridge and the O2 (North Greenwitch tube station)
And after all the St Paul hostel was just perfect!
In the middle of my favorite part of London (you can walk to the millenium bridge / Borough Market / the City) , at 2 minutes walk from the recently renewed Blackfriers station (which has a great connection with Gatwick and much cheaper than the Gatwick express!) this hostel has everything a true hostel should have: 24 hours reception, clean and decent beds, hot showers and some extra nice features has hystorical building and big common rooms (also a restaurant that I didn't try) that add some good mood to the experience. I discovered I had taken a picture to the building in a previous trip so peculiar it is! What else: there is no wi-fi, but you can go to Starbucks or any of the tens bars around to have free connectivity, you may have a discount if you join the YHA, but only if you do it before the check-in, so consider this option.
I had a bed in a 6 girls dorm on the ground floor, which was a nice room, even if with only one plug shared in 6. I read a lot about the bells of St Pauls keeping you awake: but I guess I was too tired to hear them! Next time in London I will surely be back!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

Fantastic new dorms and bathroom facilities. Attentive and friendly staff. Right in the heart of old London, in the shadow of St Paul's - the cathedral bells were quite loud from the upper floors. Short ride on the Tube or river bus to some of the city's main attractions.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled solo
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1  Thank Erin M
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Reviewed September 14, 2012

Friendly, welcoming hostel in the most amazing location for exploring London. Literally next to St. Paul's Cathedral, really close to the Millenium Bridge and loads of cafes and sandwich shops nearby. Tube station is only a couple of minutes walk as well.
The room was a decent size, a fairly big locker for each bed (remember to bring your own padlock). Showers, toilets etc. were clean, but could maybe have done with a few more of them. The only slightly odd thing is that the bunks are triples, with no ladder, so the top person has to do some interesting climbing, but my room was only full on one night so it wasn't a big issue, and they were willing to move people if it was a problem. A few more plug sockets in the room (there was only one) might have been nice, but Reception were willing to charge things for free, so it wasn't a big issue.
I didn't eat in the hostel, since my meals were being provided elsewhere, but the breakfast looked plentiful and good value for £4.95, and evening meals seemed cheap if a bit basic. There are absolutely no self-catering facilities, although they were happy for people to sit in the lounge or dining areas with food from elsewhere. The lounge was comfy, well-stocked with chairs, TV, books, leaflets and board games. Internet was a little pricy but available, as were PCs.
All in all, considering the price and the location, an excellent hostel. I didn't have any problems with road noise (although my room was at the back) and wasn't particularly bothered by the church bells (although they do ring throughout the night). It seemed to attract a lot of families and older travellers as well as backpackers, so was fairly peaceful and the area seemed fairly safe and quiet.

Room Tip: Beware that some of the rooms are up several flights of stairs or at the end of a long corridor (a l...
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

Great location, nice safe area and lots to see without trekking too far. In-house restaurant a little disappointing, from the food quality to the seeming lack of enthusiasm but there are plenty of nearby alternatives.

On-the-whole this seems like a well-organised place, it's clean and the showers are great. What else would you want on a budget break to a major city with kids (apart from a bath for those who don't like getting water in their eyes!?

If using a family room be sure to close the windows (which the cleaners leave swinging wide open for some unknown reason?) before your kids climb about on the bunks - it's a long drop from the 2nd/3rd floors (should they venture on the easy-to-reach wide window sills). There are also plenty of steps to negotiate indoors, but with two adults they are easily managed.

Enjoy the bells of St Pauls - when the kids are woken in the dead of night (on the hour, every hour) console yourself with the knowledge that they are, at least, world famous bells.

Room Tip: First floor as no lifts here.
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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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 #48 of 895 Specialty Lodging in London
Price Range: $34 - $166 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — YHA London St Pauls 3*
Number of rooms: 50
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