We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Dine Out In Style!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of YMCA Indian Student Hostel

We can't find prices for this accommodation
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this accommodation, but we can search other options in London
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
YMCA Indian Student Hostel
Ranked #242 of 828 Specialty Lodging in London
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
22 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Dine Out In Style!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2012

I didn't stay at the hostel but decided to meet up there with my daughter for lunch. I'd read some of the internet reviews on the food. Some were good, some were bad but for £6 per head I didn't really care as if were really bad we could have left it and gone elsewhere!

The location is great for central London just at the edge of the rather smart Fitzroy Square and just a few hundred meters from Great Portland St., Warren St. and Goodge St. tube stations. The cafeteria is on the ground floor to the right of reception. All rather basic but perfectly functional. Walk up to the small serving area where dishes have been freshly plated up in anticipation and the staff will explain what's on offer. Make the selection, load your tray and pay at the desk which in our case came to about £11 total. We both had pilau rice. I had a fish curry, a saag with chick pea side dish and mint riata. My daughter had chicken curry (on the bone). On the bare table was a complimentary jug of water. I'm no expert but I know what I like and the taste was excellent. Shortly after we finished the table was cleared and we were left to chat and people watch the variety of eaters - certainly not limited to students or travellers on a budget.

So a decent curry in the centre of London for the price of a burger and chips. Excellent and thanks to all the staff at the YMCA India!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank Rich1042013
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

101 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    18
    43
    22
    5
    13
See reviews for
23
21
19
16
Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (23)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Winnipeg, Canada
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2012

This was our 4th stay at the IYMCA. On our 3rd stay we felt that the food was not as good as previously. On our last stay the quality and quantity had deteriorated greatly. The meals are what made the place a bargain so I don't think we will stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank buhryn
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Level Contributor
13 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2011

A great location at a reasonable cost. This is not a standard hotel but has more of a hostel environment. The first floor rooms are very small with only basic necessities. The upper floor rooms are spacious. Unfortunately, inspite of advance booking, the good rooms were all booked and so we had to settle for the small one, where movements were restricted. More suitable for Indians travelling to UK on a budget.
The location is excellent and that is the reaason for my four start rating, Underground tube is short walking distance away and so is Madame Tussauds and Oxford Street. The surroundings of the YMCA is peaceful, green with a small park near the front. Food is inclusive, however, the service reminds one that it is a hostel....service with a frown. Food in most days was palatable and reminds of home.
Overall, value for money...great for Indians because of the food and environment...not recommended for others.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Amit C
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Mumbai (Bombay), India
Level Contributor
7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2011

It is cost effective place especially for all Indians who visit London. As assumed by everyone, its not meant only for students, however, families for tourist visits, working population also stays there. It saves a lot of money as Breakfast and dinner are inclusive of the room rent.
Since, this is located in the central London, almost all the tourist locations are easily connected.
Food is average, however , someone who craves for indian food on a daily basis, this would be the good place to be.
Rooms are clean, washrooms/bath rooms are also kept very clean and tidy. Common bathrooms for ladies are very clean and tiday as well.
The only thing that would be a little annoying would be the beds in the rooms are horrible, especially if ytou are going to stay for more than a week. Though they appear to be good initially, after 3-4 days, your back will start aching soon. Secondly, if you have loads of luggage with you, please dont expect anyone to help you there to pick your luggage till the room.( guess as its not a hotel) had a horrible time picking up luggage !!
Overall good for long term or short term trips ( and if you could manage to get ur folding bed and they allow you to do so.)All other things are decent and worth the stay.

Room Tip: Single ladies with a common bathroom for single ladies
See more room tips
Stayed June 2011, traveled on business
Helpful?
6 Thank ExploringFeet
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2011

It is located in central london with a short walk to warren street tube station. They served very tasty indian breakfast and dinner. I believe the food is catered from local restaurant. It is a nice place for travelling alone or with family. We had a deluxe room with private bath, clean sheets and room was adequate, looked more like a dormitary room. I met few guests during mealtimes and they were very friendly and decent. If you prefer a hot indian meal in the morning and night and are looking for a safe place to sleep at night then this place would suit you perfectly.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank 56003Lovetotravel
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Brighton, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
12 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2011

I have stayied in this hotel for two nights. The first one in double en-suite room on the 5th floor which was very tidy and quite nice. The second night in a single room on the 1st floor as far as I remember, as the double room was already booked. The single room was not cheap as it was Saturday and to be fair giving it for free would not be a complement, as the room was old with scraffy furniture, not particulary clean, not nice. However the issue was that I could not get any sleep as the guests from rooms nearby were walking up and down to use the bathroom and kept on having laud conversations around 1:30am. When calling reception = engaged. Had to get down in my pijamas as the man was on the private call. He kindly told the guests to keep quiet, but they did not seem to understand that some people need some silence to sleep...
Of course it's just my personal bad luck and I do not wish it to any other guest, however in general if I dare to summarise my experience; the lift was broken (so on my feet with the suitcase up to the 5th floor) the breakfast quite poor; untasty, the hotel too noisy, the service OK. If it's cheap it's fine, but I paid over £120 for two nights...so I made the effort to share my experience in here.

Stayed June 2011, traveled solo
Helpful?
1 Thank Margarita22_11
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
Level Contributor
21 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2011

This is a Indiant student hostel and not a hotel. But this is the best option for an Indian. It is atral London and 3 mins walk from Warren Street uderground station. The rooms are very nice and you have option of coomon bath or attach bath. They provide you Indian breakfast and dinner. The cost is absolutely very very reasonable and I will recommend this to everybody if you are an Indian. Once again this is not an hotel and you will not get facilities like room service. There is a cloak room where you can keep your luggage.

  • Stayed October 2010
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank DipanjanS
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Travelers also viewed these London hotels
Fitzrovia
Holiday Inn London - Regent's Park
Fitzrovia
Grange Langham Court
Grange Langham Court
#517 of 1,087 in London
3.5 of 5 bubbles 562 reviews
Fitzrovia
Grange Fitzrovia Hotel
Grange Fitzrovia Hotel
#481 of 1,087 in London
3.5 of 5 bubbles 889 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
Fitzrovia
Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel
Fitzrovia
LSE Carr-Saunders Hall
LSE Carr-Saunders Hall
#61 of 828 in London
4.0 of 5 bubbles 235 reviews
Fitzrovia
Central London Serviced Aparthotel
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to YMCA Indian Student Hostel? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about YMCA Indian Student Hostel

Property: YMCA Indian Student Hostel
Address: 41 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 6AQ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Fitzrovia
Hotel Style:
Ranked #242 of 828 Specialty Lodging in London
Number of rooms: 120
Also Known As:
Ymca Indian Student Hotel London
YMCA Indian Student Hostel London, England

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing