This was my first ever stay in a hostel and I was a little nervous to say the least. Prior to arrival I e-mailed a list of questions to the hostel which were answered promptly and in great detail by the hostel staff which certainly helped to calm my nerves a little. I chose to walk from London Euston railway station to Paddington which took an hour but Paddington tube station is only a 5 to 10 minute walk from the hostel. On arrival I was greeted warmly and had everything explained to me clearly and concisely. I paid a £1 deposit for my keycard but was also informed that I would be charged an extra £1 because I was paying by debit card. I do feel that this should be explained on their website rather than on arrival. I went to pop my teddy bear in my bed before going back out for the evening and although I was not going to use my bedside locker, I did note that the door of the cupboard for my bed was not attached to the locker but merely propped up against it. As I was going out I mentioned this to the front desk. My dorm had its own bathroom which was very compact but contained a toilet, bath (with shower over it), and a small handbasin which were all clean and fully functioning. I had a wonderful night out and returned at 0300 to a very friendly Romanian security guard called Andre who I stood and quietly chatted with for quite a while along with other fellow night owl guests either returning or popping outside to smoke. Eventually I decided that I ought to go to bed as I had to be awake again in three hours. I asked the desk if there were any toilets downstairs that I could use to change into my pyjamas to avoid disrupting my fellow room mates and was promptly shown into a private staff area. Unfortunately when I got up to my room, my teddy bear had been moved and was lying next to a tall Japanese man who was fast asleep in my bed! I went down to reception who apologised on his behalf and told me to use one of the other free beds, which I did. Each bed had an individual light plus one spare plug socket which I used to charge my mobile phone. A few hours later when the majority of us were awake I spoke to the man in my bed and informed him that he had actually slept in my bed. He apologised but we both noticed that the styling of the painted stencilled numbers on each set of bunks did actually make the numbers 3 and 5 look very similar, perhaps this is something that the hostel could address in future? Breakfast was plentiful and quite varied - toast, marmalade, honey and jam, various cereals, milk, strawberry and peach yoghurts, fruit juices and tea and coffee. I checked out just before the 1000 deadline and was able to leave my bag with the hostel while I went out for the day. The hostel communal areas are rather funkily decorated, modern and clean, and there is a lift facility to all floors. Although I didn't use them, there was also an internet area to be used for a small fee, a travel desk, an area to obtain drinks and snacks and apparently a bar/common area to relax somewhere in the building. I feel that this hostel deserves more than it's current 3 star rating although with the few little niggles that I encountered, it remains just a little short of 5 stars but is excellent value for money and in a great location. I will definitely stay here again.
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