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Smart Russell Square Hostel

"The price is so affordable considering how strategic the location is."

Muhammad - December 10, 2019
10-Bed Dormitory -- Mixed Smart Russell Square Hostel
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Smart Russell Square Hostel

71-72 Guilford St,, Bloomsbury, London, United Kingdom, WC1N 1DF - See map
Free Wi-Fi
Property highlights
Hygiene Plus
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Front desk [24-hour]
Hassle-free check in
Close to The British Museum
Within 480 m of property
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Popular landmarks
Berners Street Car Park 90 m
Russell Square Tube Station 100 m
Brunswick Centre 130 m
Renoir cinema 140 m
Queen Square Gardens 140 m
Renoir 140 m
Cochrane Theatre 170 m
The Brunswick 170 m
Queen’s Larder 190 m
Cosmo China 190 m
Nearby landmarks
The British Museum 480 m
National Gallery 1.57 km
London Eye 2.19 km
Madame Tussauds London 2.22 km
Big Ben 2.47 km
Buckingham Palace 2.73 km
Tower of London 3.64 km
Tower Bridge 3.82 km
V&A - Victoria and Albert Museum 4.51 km
Natural History Museum 4.71 km
8.7

Excellent

Location rating score

Inside city center
Hygiene Plus
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Safety Features
Staff trained in safety protocol
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Preventative Equipment
Hand sanitizer
Free face masks
Sterilizing equipment
Health and Medical
First aid kit
  • 100 meters to public transportation

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Currency exchange

  • Daily housekeeping

  • Ticket services

Cheaper than 99% of all properties in London in the last 24 hoursCompared to 13,490 London properties at Agoda for various dates
Value for money7.3
Location rating8.7
Nearest airportLondon City Airport (LCY)
Distance to airport12.1 km

Rooms available at Smart Russell Square Hostel

Twin Room with Private Bathroom
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  • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
  • Shower
  • 1 bunk bed
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1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory with En-Suite - Mixed
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  • Room size: 32 m²/344 ft²
  • Street view
  • 3 bunk beds
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Single Bed in 15 bed Mixed Dormitory with Private Bathroom
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  • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
  • Shower
  • 1 bunk bed
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Single Bed in 18 bed Mixed Dormitory
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  • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
  • Shower
  • 1 bunk bed
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Single Bed in 8-Bed Mixed Dormitory with Private Bathroom
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  • Room size: 15 m²/161 ft²
  • Shower
  • 1 bunk bed
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1 Person in 15-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Mixed
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  • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
  • Street view
  • 5 bunk beds
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1 Person in 15-Bed Dormitory with En-Suite - Mixed
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  • Room size: 45 m²/484 ft²
  • Street view
  • 1 bunk bed
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1 Person in 9-Bed Dormitory with En-Suite - Mixed
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  • Room size: 36 m²/388 ft²
  • Street view
  • 1 bunk bed
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Twin Room with Private Bathroom
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  • Room size: 32 m²/344 ft²
  • Street view
  • 1 bunk bed
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1 Person in 9-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Mixed
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  • Room size: 36 m²/388 ft²
  • Street view
  • 3 bunk beds
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Frequently asked questions

What time is check-in and check-out at Smart Russell Square Hostel?

Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The hostel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.

What is the smoking policy at Smart Russell Square Hostel?

Smart Russell Square Hostel does not permit smoking in any of its rooms or indoor areas.

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What people love about Smart Russell Square Hostel

  • 8.8
    Excellent
    Location

    "The Team was very friendly and the Location is very central."

    Gerald

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    February 2, 2020

  • 10.0
    Exceptional
    Cleanliness

    "Great location, clean facilities and nice staffs!"

    Muhammad

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    December 10, 2019

  • 8.0
    Very good
    Location

    "Great location for local sights, pubs, theater."

    Amanda

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    October 17, 2019

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8.6/10
Room comfort score
5.7/10
Room size
24 sqm.
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Overall rating:
7.2
Very good
508 reviews
Cleanliness
6.6
Facilities
6.4
Location
8.7
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What travelers say they love:
What I like the most is their communal area that is so spaci...
Fathurahman from Indonesia
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More about Smart Russell Square Hostel

More about Smart Russell Square Hostel

Each of the 62 rooms at this hostel have all the comforts and conveniences of home. To make each guest's stay comfortable. Featuring Wi-Fi in public areas, this London hotel is sure to make each guest's trip an enjoyable one.The hotel offers one hour of wifi per day without extra charges to all guests. The hotel blends expert service with state-of-the-art facilities to provide guests with a memorable stay. Please enter your dates on our secure online booking form to make a reservation at Smart Russell Square Hostel London.

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Most talked about facilities

Breakfast
5 mentions
Housekeeping
5 mentions
Internet
3 mentions

What they offer

7.6
Very good
Spaciousness

"The hostel is big, I stayed at first floor with Windows."

Cathy

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December 17, 2019

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Nearest essentials

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Food and dining

Breakfast options

Buffet

Nearby restaurants

British cuisine
British cuisine
Friend At Hand
150 m British, European
Pistachios in The Park
210 m British
Tempus Restaurant
220 m British, International
European cuisine
European cuisine
Denise's
290 m European, French
Noble Rot
310 m European, Wine Bar
Luce e Limoni Restaurant
570 m European, Italian, Mediterranean
Asian cuisine
Asian cuisine
Chambeli Restaurant
200 m Asian, Halal, Indian
China City - Russell Square
240 m Asian, Chinese
China House
240 m Asian, Chinese

What's nearby

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7.2
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Cleanliness6.6
Facilities6.4
Location8.7
Room comfort and quality5.7
Service7.1
Value for money7.3
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8-9 Excellent (37)
7-8 Very Good (64)
6-7 Good (30)
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7.2
Very good
Yu from Taiwan
Solo traveler
Stayed 5 nights in June 2016

Awesome ”

Originally I book the room for 8bed-girls room,however after I registered the room just realized the hostel receptions give me the 8bed-mixed room. After I feedback to them,they are very helpful assist change a better room for which have 6bed but still the mixed room,but as long as it's more comfortable than 8bed room. And I'm very appropriate the hostel receptions customer service,they are very helpful and kind. And the hostel's location is very convenient also near the Russell square metro station,thanks the Smart Russell Square Hostel make my trip so colorful ;)

Reviewed July 04, 2016
7.6
Very good
Wing from Hong Kong
Solo traveler
1 Person in 15-Bed Dormitory with En-Suite - Mixed
Stayed 1 night in April 2017

Cheap, good location, a choice for short stay”

This hostel situated right next to russell square. Easy to walk around in the heart of London. They provide me with free London map which helps a lot for my budge trip. The wifi is stable. They allow me to check in a bit earlier which is really good. But there is no elevator in the hostel so u have to carry all stuff on your own. The breakfast is so and so. Basic bread with jam and cereal with milk. The hygiene is ok in the room. Shared bedroom is 3-decker bed. You can just bow when you are on the bed. It is fine to have a short stay but pick another onw if you have a long stay.

Reviewed May 04, 2017
8.4
Excellent
Federico from Italy
Solo traveler
1 Person in 9-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Mixed
Stayed 7 nights in October 2016

Excellent breakfast and position!”

The position is great 3 tube stops to Leicester Square, a Tesco, a Sainsburys, the Brunswick commercial centre and the underground at 5 minutes on foot. The included breakfast is a very good buffet consisting of coffee (nescafé), tea, milk, cereals, tropical/orange juice, bread, toasting machine, butter, marmelade and nutella. The rooms had they personal toilet and shower and they were very small with triple bunk beds. Each bed had it's own curtain and power socket (but without any light or small shelf) and there were also four other power sockets just left of the main door. At check in you are provided with a smart card which allows you to enter the hostel common areas, your rooms and the lockers under the bunk beds (unluckily you can't use your own lock, but you have to rent the electronic locker at 1.5£ per day). The kitchen was very good with 2 microwave ovens, 2 fridges and a powerful 4 elements electric stove with plenty of pans and pots to cook what you want. Summing up the only drawback was the room size which had almost no place to dress (toilet in this case comes handy).

Reviewed October 28, 2016
9.2
Exceptional
Pierre from Sweden
Solo traveler
1 Person in 18-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Mixed
Stayed 1 night in December 2019

Very nice hostel with experienced and nice staff”

Quick check-in when I arrived close to midnight. Good beds and although 8 persons shared one room, it was close to sleeping in a private room due to the curtains covering the bed. An extra bonus was the free really good breakfast before leaving at Christmas Day. Later I found out that all public transportation including Heathrow Express were closed down that day and the taxi charged double fee for driving to Heathrow! Fortunately, when visiting Hyde Park I went to Smart hostel Hyde Park View and they helped me to order an Uber. Very customer friendly staff at both hostels.

Reviewed December 27, 2019
8.4
Excellent
Wan from Malaysia
Solo traveler
1 Person in 15-Bed Dormitory with En-Suite - Mixed
Stayed 1 night in September 2018

Great location and clean ”

The Hostel is just a few minutes from Russel Square Tube Station, check in is very fast and efficient as well as check out process. Breakfast is only cereal and bread with the juice and coffee and tea. The advantage is all bunk bed has close blind curtain make more privacy when sleeping.

Reviewed September 14, 2018
6.4
Good
Richard
Solo traveler
1 Person in 9-Bed Dormitory with En-Suite - Mixed
Stayed 14 nights in October 2019

Great for short stays, avoid for long stays”

Pros: - Excellent location, 1 min to Russell Square tube station so great to get around. - Affordable at ~£100 a week. - Great privacy with curtains on each bunk and a power socket. Bring a multi board with you to plug in more devices. Travel adapters are available at reception for £5. - Super quiet in comparison to other hostels. This is probably due to the fact that there's no onsite bar. Cons: - Rooms are saunas with no air con, even in the colder season! Try to get a North facing room with actual open windows (205 and 208). My south facing rooms had mesh covering the windows with almost no air flow. My room on the first floor was north facing but windows were boarded shut. This was the only room I'd stayed in with a small aircon unit on the ground, though it didn't cool the room, was loud and you'd only feel the aircon if you were in the two bunks next to the unit. - Staff are generally pretty unfriendly, even for London standards you just know they don't wanna be there. - Stairs. Lot's of them. - Kitchen and dining area are reserved for staff providing breakfast untill 10.30 am. Make other arrangements if you're not having the continental breakfast at the hostel. Note the breakfast is £2 and is only toast, Nutella, jam, butter, corn flakes, oats, OJ, apple juice, coffee and tea. - Kitchen is super small. In the evening after 6pm it becomes quite hard to get in there. Try stick to microwave meals as getting use of the oven can be a long wait. - Laundry rooms are reserved untill 3pm each day for staff. There was one working washing machine and two dryers whilst I was there. A nightmare to get one as its so busy. Note there's a great laundromat up the road that's about £5 total, same price as the hostel but no queue and better facilities! - The combined shower and toilet ensuite rooms are so tiny, it's easier to use the communal showers instead. In saying that, 205 and 208 had good sized separate shower and toilet rooms so I'd recommend those rooms over others.

Reviewed October 25, 2019
10.0
Exceptional
Ivonete from United States
Solo traveler
1 Person in 9-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Mixed
Stayed 3 nights in December 2016

Very friendly staff, and excellent location. ”

Now, there is a lot of steps going up to first second, third... floors. But, all those steps makes up for the location. This Hostel is located between two major train stations in London, and it is situated in a very safe neighborhood. I would highly recommend this Hostel.

Reviewed December 23, 2016
6.7
Good
Adelino from Portugal
Group
1 Person in 9-Bed Dormitory with En-Suite - Mixed
Stayed 1 night in March 2013

Yes, it's a hostel. What else can you expect?”

Location, price and friendly staff

Me and my partner stayed here for one night as we were participating in a 2-day national competition and wanted to stay in somewhere cheap. The hostel staffs are nice but the rooms are a bit iffy, in my opinion. After check-in, we were asked to pay 20 quid worth of deposit, which is pretty normal. Then we were given two sets of bed linen - yes, we have to make our own bed (and return it to the reception on the day of check out). We stayed in a 9-bed dorm which basically contains 3 3-layered bunk beds, lockers and a basin. All of those were pretty basic. As I only brought a shoulder bag with me, I didn't use the locker. The sad thing is, we didn't really had a good night sleep since the sound insulation was just terribly bad. You can hear clearly whenever someone walks near the room, so are when they speak. The beds are also pretty shaky, you can basically hear any movements that your dorm-mate makes. For breakfast we were only given the choice of cereal, full fat milk (hurray!), bread and butter. I'm happy with it but if you're not, there are two vending machines that sells confectioneries and drinks located in the dining room. You can pop to the Costa Cafe near the Russell square station if you want to get some decent food, also. After all, you get what you pay for.

Reviewed April 05, 2013
8.8
Excellent
SMAIL from Algeria
Solo traveler
1 Person in 15-Bed Dormitory with En-Suite - Mixed
Stayed 3 nights in March 2020

Excellent”

I stayed 3 nights in this hostel and I enjoyed it, a warm welcome, well located it's about 5 minutes walk from the British museum, the cheapest you can find in London, the only problem I think is the surface area too many people in a small room with a lot of bags. Breakfast is okey (2£) there is a locker in the room (1£/night).

Reviewed March 09, 2020
7.2
Very good
Izabel from United Kingdom
Solo traveler
1 Person in 9-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Mixed
Stayed 1 night in October 2017

Cheap & central. Hideous room, terrible nights sleep. ”

I stayed here for one night in late October. I got a bed in a shared room for very cheap, obviously this is ideal if you're a young traveler on a budget wanting to stay in central London! But saving money can come at the expense of your well being...I have a motto of 'you get what you pay for', and I think next time I'll have to spend a little more for the sake of a good nights sleep. In my opinion its false economy if you get a cheap room but the worst night sleep of your life, and thus the next day of your life is spent feeling like sh**. So yeah you saved money, but spent a lot more in terms of stress. The room I stayed in was just awful - a small, long room with very high ceilings, which meant that three triple-story bunk beds were crammed into it. The beds rocked and wobbled like crazy each time I climbed mine, and whenever the sleeper above me moved or climbed up/down, the disturbance was hideous. Someone might as well have been shaking me with their bare hands. The beds were also very small, smaller than a single bed, and cramped. No where to put luggage either. There was no ventilation except for a small fan. It was VERY hot and VERY uncomfortable. Last but not least, the noise from the neighboring room was super loud and intrusive. I know its a cheap hostel in central London, but not everyone chooses to stay in one of these because they're interested in bar crawls! All I could hear almost all night was a hoard of yelling, drunken yobs. After a night of tossing, turning, noise and a quaking bed I spent most of my morning feeling crap, and it showed. Who wants to feel like that when they're having a weekend in the city?? I don't understand why some of these cheap hostels can't have half of the hostel a more peaceful zone, and the other half a party-goers/pub-crawl zone. I don't think it would cost much to do that! The staff at reception were nice. The bathrooms were alright. Just basic, like college toilets. At least they weren't too grubby. Although I will

Reviewed October 25, 2017
8.8
Excellent
goh from Malaysia
Solo traveler
1 Person in 15-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Mixed
Stayed 1 night in October 2017

Excellent”

The hostel environment not bad. Worth for money. The staff there also quite friendly and location really good, near to the russell trains station.

Reviewed October 05, 2017
8.8
Excellent
Mei from Philippines
Solo traveler
1 Person in 15-Bed Dormitory with En-Suite - Mixed
Stayed 3 nights in March 2019

Budget hostel in London!”

I stayed domitory room for 6nights. This hostel has has kitchen so can cook by your own. Also there has high speed WiFi, hot&good presure shower, large lobby! Stay here if you want to save money in London!

Reviewed March 19, 2019
10.0
Exceptional
william from United Kingdom
Solo traveler
1 Person in 15-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Mixed
Stayed 3 nights in April 2020

Underrated Hostel”

Great hostel, one of the few still open, but a good one near the Brunswick estate so good for shops (waitrose, sainsbury's etc). Near also to Kings Cross, and Oxford St, The Beitish museum. My favourite aspect is the kitchen so you can cook instead of the usual fast food or cold food. The lower ground rooms can be a bit musty though but it is generally a bright, modern, clean hostel. Recommended. Special shout out to Kurt at the reception.

Reviewed April 15, 2020
7.2
Very good
Aaron from United States
Solo traveler
1 Person in 15-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Mixed
Stayed 2 nights in October 2019

One of the best values in the area but at a cost...”

One can get some of the lowest prices here which is great since the beds are comfortable, the place is mostly clean, and it's in a nice part of London. Staff is hit or miss, some friendly, some not. It's a huge hostel, complete with security. The place feels safe. The common area is large and at time a bit noisy. Rooms can be quite compact. There seems to be a much older male clientele here. It's unusual they charge you to use the lockers. The public showers are too hot and you have to push the release valve ever five seconds which is annoying. Love having curtains on each dorm bed. Some of the long-term male tenants think they can be rude since they have been there so long (in other words talking on their phone in the rooms at 7am, taking up more space than allotted to them, etc.)

Reviewed October 31, 2019
6.0
Hin from Hong Kong
Solo traveler
Stayed 2 nights in June 2012

Average hostel with crowded rooms”

Good location near the Bristish Museum

Stayed at an 10-bed shared dorm which is absolutely too crowded given the size of the room. Other than this the hostel is average quality you can expect, shower is on the basement level which isn't as convenient as many others. Room ventilation is bad. Russell Square is a great location for those who are interested in visiting British Museum, reachable within 10 min walk.

Reviewed July 05, 2012
8.8
Excellent
Rebecca from United Kingdom
Solo traveler
1 Person in 9-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Mixed
Stayed 1 night in December 2017

Perfect”

Travelling alone this time and somewhere to stay rather than travel through the night. It was perfect and I loved having a curtain around the bed. Very busy though in reception. Staff were efficient but would have preferred a more friendly approach. I didn't use all facilities and it is a hostel but given its location and how busy it is I would have liked better quality toilet but it still was good. Would definitely recommend this place!

Reviewed December 12, 2017
5.3
matthew from United Kingdom
Group
1 Person in 9-Bed Dormitory with En-Suite - Mixed
Stayed 1 night in June 2012

city centre hostel ”

good for very cheap accomodation

location is very good as i know london very well having lived there and its a very good location is also a short walk from euston station and russel square tube station. the hostel now also features pod accomodation which have locks so if you are after cheap but also private and secure there is that option however these i believe must be booked in advance.

Reviewed August 23, 2012
8.0
Excellent
james from Ireland
Solo traveler
1 Person in 9-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Mixed
Stayed 3 nights in September 2019

Great local ”

The hostel is situated a 10 minute walk from kings cross station it’s also close to the national museum. The room was clean beds were comfortable the curtains are great on the beds they block out a lot of light and offer some privacy. Bathroom in the room was clean great shower. The communal showers could be better water was only like warm and not much space to put your clothes the push button shower doesn’t last that long and has to be constantly pressed. Checkin was easy and wifi was good

Reviewed September 29, 2019
7.0
Very good
Joel from United States
Solo traveler
1 Person in 9-Bed Dormitory with En-Suite - Mixed
Stayed 8 nights in October 2012

For a hostel it's good, but still, it's a hostel”

cheap, good location

I stayed there for a week and did not get one good night's sleep because every night the other bed in my bunk was occupied by not one, but two, lusty young hipsters. Sure they were "quiet" but you can't miss what's going on (especially when you're in the same bunk bed as them). The room was full of people too, so it's not like they were just in "love and oblivious." Oh and it was two different couples, not one, so this is not an isolated aberration or something. I wish I could say that this was an unusual situation for hostels, but it's happened to me in other hostels I've stayed in. I understand hostels want to be "fun" places that attract the hipster backpacker crowd, but they really need to establish rules and stick to them. This hostel did enforce some rules well though, like quiet hours (well, except for certain noises...) and security. Anyway, because of the above issue and getting really sick from staying with a lot of people who I think were still trying to get the hygiene thing down, this stay taught me that the cost savings is just not worth it and I really shouldn't stay in hostels anymore.

Reviewed October 31, 2012
7.6
Very good
Cathy from Hong Kong
Group
1 Person in 9-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Mixed
Stayed 2 nights in December 2019

Be careful with your belongings”

The hostel is big, I stayed at first floor with Windows. I booked a three lever 9 bedded dorm. Common area is big, they are share kitchen, which is good to make one meals. Location is good, near British museum and Charles Dicksons museum. It's a very big hostel, so it's always busy. They hire lots of part-time staffs, so don't expect them to be very helpful and professional. Nothing is free, you need to pay locker,and breakfast is £2, a basic bread and cereal, it's cheap though. You need to keep your belongings locked as you don't know how are the other fellowa travellers in your room. I lost my hat the day when I checked out. As not many people care about cleanliness, the bathrooms were quite dirty. Sometimes, you need to wait to wash as there so many travellers there.

Reviewed December 17, 2019
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