A two night stay here was booked by a relative for our visit to the London Olympics. Suffice to say, said relative won’t ever be entrusted with such a responsibility again!
This place is basic to say the least, but note that this is a HOSTEL not a HOTEL. Our 4 bed room (2 sets of bunk beds – which we expected) was superficially clean: the cheap laminate flooring was worn but clean, walls and door slightly grubby, window dirty. Bed linen provided was clean. The room had shutters instead of curtains on the window, which we couldn’t manage to shut properly. Communal toilet bowl was black with baked on dirt, although the seat was clean as were the basins. There was no hot water. Communal shower was virtually unusable, cramped, in a poor state of repair (tiles missing) and with a door that didn’t lock. A communal area with a fridge, microwave, kettle, toaster, but nowhere to prepare food, was pretty grotty. A left luggage facility was offered but, it turned out, wasn’t available until the pub opened at 12 – not much use when we had to check out by 10.
Ironically, within spitting distance there is a Travelodge which had rooms available for £95 a night (which can at a push accommodate 3 people), compared to £35 per person per night at the Bird’s Nest. Location wise the Bird’s Nest is close to the Docklands Light Railway (although the Travelodge is closer).
To be fair, the staff were absolutely charming and, when we decided we couldn’t stand staying for the second night, they did give us a full refund for that night.
- Also Known As:
- The Birds Nest Youth Hostel London, England