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“Worst stay of my trip”
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Central Hostel
Ranked #545 of 823 Specialty Lodging in London
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada
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30 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Worst stay of my trip”
Reviewed March 10, 2012

This was by far the best stay I had throughout my two month backpacking trip around Europe. We only had to stay one night before heading back home and even that was too much. The staff was rude and not helpful at all. There was a lounge but it was very cramped. Our door to our mixed dorm didn't shut properly let alone lock. The bathrooms are very very tiny, could barely get my bag in with me. Worst beds I slept in the whole time, no wifi at all and they charge to use the computer.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed January 4, 2012

I live outside london, and my partner and me when we know we will go to a party in central london, we book a room in a hostel in london.We did 3,4 differents hostels and this one its the worst!! we had a shower in the room but just separated from the bed by a curtain.toilets (which are outside)really bad.For the kitchen dont even think about cook something other there,its very,very bad!Ieverything was old and not clean at all.I'ts really bad

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 13, 2011

Although quite close to the tube station and a computer available to use for a cost, the hostel itself was disappointing as it's in desperate need of a renovation. There was missing carpeting in my room, the balcony door wouldn't close properly, and the sheets smelled of cigarettes. An employee was not familiar with local street names or shops when I inquired about the area. I would definitely be choosing another hostel next time around.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 27, 2011

First things first, when my friends and I just arrived, we had to wait for the receptionist to finish her shift. Which is at 2pm, the time they themselves set for checking in. Shouldn't they have changed shift before the check in time?

Then we were given 2 separate rooms even though we made our group booking together. We even showed our booking but the manager couldn't put us together. Not what we paid for.

The shower in the room is essentially, just a shower itself. Not a separate small room for a shower and a toilet, but a shower in the room.

The rooms are small, but typical of london accomodations. Toilets are outside the dorms. They're quite clean though. No breakfast, except coffee and tea. If you do want breakfast, be ready to pay 1.50.

  • Stayed June 2011
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed January 1, 2011

If you book a room with friends be ready to be split up as bookkeeping skills are non-existent here.
Positive thing is because the same owner runs the Hostel 369, you can just request to be moved so that they give you the service you booked, and if its their mistake they will drive you.

  • Stayed December 2010
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1 Thank chughes2
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Property: Central Hostel
Address: 26 Princes Square | Bayswater, London W2 4NJ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Notting Hill
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Ranked #545 of 823 Specialty Lodging in London
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Hotel Class:1 star — Central Hostel 1*
Number of rooms: 16
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