Please do not stay at this hell hole. It may be cheap, but by God it's an utter crap hole!
I LOVE hostels. They are a great way to travel on a budget and are generally full of welcoming, friendly, like minded folk. That is NOT the case here.
This place is a homeless hostel, and no matter what the website or booking sites say, I'm convinced of that.
I shared a room on the first floor with 11 other people, and not one person even as much as said hello to me, even after I tried to initiate some basic pleasantries! The room was vile (it reeked), and the shared shower and toilet facilities are absolutely appalling.
There are always people hanging about on the steps of the hostel, which can be intimidating. It wasn't for me, mainly because I don't let tramps bother me, but for many travellers in a foreign city, this ain't good.
Now, as with all hostels, you are strongly advised to make use of the on-site lockers etc; well, here they go one step further by having notices telling you to use the security deposit boxes at reception because otherwise "IT'S DANGEROUS!!!". Okay, fair enough. Just being cautious, I guess. Well, NO. Not just being cautious. For the first time ever, whilst hostelling, someone rummaged through my personal belongings! Who the [--] does that?!?! I have stayed in many hostels and never once has this happened to me. It was probably some vile, smelly homeless junkie!
Let's move onto the noise. OMG, the noise is shocking! All night long all I heard was doors being slammed. A.L.L N.I.G.H.T!!!
Listen, everyone can make their own mind up as to whether this place is worth it. Depending on your budget and expectations, it might be. However, please do take some advice and take yourself to a YHA Hostel, or a Clink Hostel. They are far superior in every way. They are safer, cleaner, more welcoming... Everything you want from a hostel.
I can't stress enough - AVOID this place!!! It's not worth saving £5 a night!!!
Just to balance this slightly, here is what I liked:
* The bunk beds have curtains on them for privacy, however, if you suffer from claustrophobia, they're not for you.
* The location - it's a great area and easy to navigate.
That is literally all I liked. Isn't that shocking?
If, after having read this review, you think "Oh, surely it can't be that bad. This guy must be a bit up himself", well read my other reviews - I always give credit where credit is due, and this place doesn't deserve any.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just 165 yrd from Bayswater Underground Station and Hyde Park, Smart Hyde Park Inn offers budget dormitories with free WiFi access throughout. There is a spacious shared kitchen and 24-hour front desk. Set in a grand period property, the large dormitories have elegant decor and original features. There are plenty of shared bathroom facilities, and guests can use a hairdryer and ironing facilities. Smart Hyde Park features a common room with comfortable seating, computers and a flat-screen TV. There is also a modern kitchen with an oven, refrigerator and microwave, and continental breakfasts are served daily. Smart Hyde Park Inn is a 20-minute walk from Marble Arch and Oxford Street. Lively Soho is a 40-minute walk from the building, and the famous Leicester Square is a 10-minute Tube ride away. Westminster is a great choice for travelers interested in Shopping, Theater and Monuments. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Smart Hyde Park Hotel London
- Smart Hyde Park Inn Hostel London, England