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Barmy Badger Backpackers
Ranked #79 of 948 Specialty Lodging in London
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Reviewed May 3, 2013

Really nice and helpful staff, nice hostel, garden in the backyard.
Sure, it's not the fanciest place on earth, but I can't verify this bedbug stories. The hostel and my room were clean. The place is close to the tube, to bars and pubs. (The mozzarella-pesto burger from Earls Court Tavern is just great!)
For this price you'll can't get a better deal!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 10, 2011

my brother & sister-in-law were backpacking around england and france, had no place to go that night. called all over and everything was already booked. we called them, they answered and we had a place to sleep. stayed there in sept 2009 (there was no option to select 2009, so i had to select 2010 - sorry!) and they had free wifi then... not sure about now. the staff knew we were coming in late and they waited for us. rooms were a bit cramped, but worked for the night. lots of long-term folks who were staying while they found something long term or were only there for a temp job, etc. def a great value.

the best memory i have of that night's stay was walking around the corner (towards earl's court) to the italian place (bistro benito): superb service, friendly owner & staff, authentic food, chill energy and overall great atmosphere! it totally made our trip :)

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 2, 2010

The only GOOD things about this place are...the location is v good, the hostel itself is pretty quiet coz its mainly long term stays and the people are friendly. HOWEVER....the breakfast provided is the worst ive ever seen at a hostel. The rooms are basically ALL WOOD which means there are bed bugs absolutely everywhere. Literally, I can safely say at least 3 of the rooms there had bed bugs because I stayed in one room in August, then came back weeks later to a new room and got them again. Also a friend stayed in a different room and has had them the whole time they have been there. The bathrooms are ok, nothing flash. The floor is literally damp with filth and I cut my hand open on a shattered glass window in room 11. The building has heaps of storeys and no lift so a suitcase/luggage nightmare. Wifi is not free. Basically a pretty scummy place and I know there are heaps better available in London! DO NOT RECOMMEND unless you love bed bugs.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 13, 2010

i stayed at the Barmy Badger for 4 nights in a 4 bed room - not sure if it was single sex but i was sharing with all females. Yes, the room was small and a little cramped, but for the price and location i wouldnt expect much more. The location is great...its just off the main street and about a 5 minute walk to Earls Court tube station - quite easy to get to even carrying luggage. You can catch the picadilly line (i think) direct from Heathrow airport which is very handy too. The area feels farily safe, even for a female walking around int he evening. There are many long term residents at the hostel - mainly working holiday makers from Australia. I had the intension of staying long term....but couldnt deal with living out of my backpack much longer so moved to a houseshare. I didnt get a chance to use the kitchen, but had a look - its looks quite clean, nice etc. same for the TV room. Theres a washer and dryer to use for a small fee and wireless internet is available at 1 pound per week - BARGAIN!! The staff are quite friendly and helpful....though i didnt get any assistance lugging my huge bag up 2 flights of stairs (not something you'd expect at a backpackers though anyway). There was a small but adequate and relatively clean bathroom to use in the room - between 4. There were never any problems of having to wait etc, also there is another bathroom a floor down, just in case yours is busy. It did feel a little like you were moving into someones bedroom - which kind of was the case with so many long-termers there. They had their stuff everywhere but were all quite friendly though, so its not a worry - they can even help you out sorting your stuff out on arrival in the uk. I'd recommend this place as a base to begin a UK working holiday, while you look for something more permanent. Only negative thinsg i have to say is that the matresses is HORRRRRRIBLE, my back is still sore from them!! the sheets arent great....but you deal with it. Also the fire alarm went off one night at 2.30am - apparently something that happens quite often. We were told not to worry about it as its usually a staff member pulling a prank - quite a concern though! Oh and you can hear everyone walking up and down the stairs at all hours....so bring ear plugs and perhaps a sleeping mask :)

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 25, 2009

GOOD: Nice quarter, close to metro, a lot of shops, restaurants and bars in 5 min by walk. The receptionist was really nice, kind and friendly, i guess it was only because of him i stayed the all 4 nights. Such a poor guy to sell such rooms! Kitchen was nice also, we could cook etc.
BAD: the room was really horrible: i guess it was room #1 which was under the ground floor, with a bed 1.5m of hight, with self made furniture of wood chipboard. The window was near the stairs to the backyard, so everyone could see what's in. The curtain was broken. Oh, there is also a shower cabin in the room, that's why it was very humid. All this was in a room 9 square meters. For the last two days we've moved to a room upstairs. I thought that we had the worst room in the hotel but after i regret about the first one. The mattress was made of nylon, the sheet was crumple and in the morning i found myself on the bare mattress. Last night i could sleep at all. During the night the was a lot of noise from the street. The shower on the floor was half broken. The water overrun the shower cabin. Brief, AWFUL!

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 29, 2009

We arrived at about 10pm after being informed that our reservation in another hostel had been denied and they worked hard to suggest alternatives for us and made sure we had a place to stay for the night. We immediately reserved two beds for the following night and found a place nearby to stay for that night since they were full. The rooms were small but clean and the breakfast was simple but plentiful. The building was well looked after and the staff, again, was really kind and helpful.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 11, 2006

Like many hostels, it's pretty basic with cubby holes for your stuff and a bunch of bunkbeds. Unlike many hostels, it's not the cleanest or the best built. I stayed for a few nights in a co-ed 6 bed room. Lots of Aussies apparently stay practically permanently working in London on a short term basis because the pound is so much stronger than the Aussie dollar. So, half my room were these working Aussies. They're nice but they nearly took over the room like it was theirs.

The sheets were well used (getting thin and pilling). The bathroom in the room was awful. It was incredibly cramped and obviously an afterthought. It was an addition to the room built of plastic with a slow drain. And with the semi-permanent roomies, all their stuff was on every shelf. I ended up using the communal bathroom one level below which was nice and clean with tile too. Very roomy but the shower stall was a bit small. My room's bathroom was subpar compared to other hostels but the other one was average. Both were completely private though. Other hostels I've been to separate toilets from showers or are like dorms where it's one giant bathroom with individual stalls.

My bed was lumpy and had sticky stuff on it and on the railings and on the shelf. Gross! I think it was candy but does no one clean?? The window could not be opened nor fully closed. I think it was broken. The carpet probably was never vacuumed. Maybe I'm short (I'm really average sized) but I didn't have a problem with hitting my head on anything and I was on the topmost bunk.

The kitchen wasn't great. The tubs of margarine and strawberry jam was gross and messy (sticky sides). The bread was moldy! It was confusing too as to what is for everyone to eat versus what belonged to people. The kitchen towels were all wet. Who knows if they've been laundered. Overall, much to be desired. Subpar in relation to other hostels.

The staff was super friendly though. I asked him stuff from where to get eel pies to getting a UK passport and he answered it all. The "backpackers" though seemed more cliquish probably because so many stay for extended periods of time. The "real" backpackers were friendly to each other like in other hostels.

  • Stayed: April 2005
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Address: 17 Longridge Road | Earls Court, London SW5 9SB, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Earls Court
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #79 of 948 Specialty Lodging in London
Price Range: $29 - $89 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Barmy Badger (or "The Badger") is a small, friendly Backpackers hostel in Earls Court. The Badger is unique in that we are the only hostel in London that has dogs who come into work with the hostel owners! We have NO HIDDEN COSTS. Included in the price of your stay are the following: 120 megabyte WiFi in all rooms, communal areas and the garden Breakfast (cornflakes, muesli, toast, a selection of spreads & a selection of fruit Use of personal locker which has a laptop safe inside (bring your own padlock) Use of the fully equipped kitchen Use of the bbq and help yourself to our herbs and fruit grown in the garden Luggage storage on the day of arrival and departure if needed Tea and coffee all day Plenty of power sockets, including USB chargers Taxi bookings London Maps Boardgames Cable TV Book exchange Travel advice Boarding pass print out (one per person) Towels, adaptors and hairdryers are available to use with a fully refundable cash deposit. Optional extras for a small fee - laundry, long term bag storage and padlocks for sale. ... more   less 
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