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The Dictionary Hostel London

"It’s also close to a Catholic Church which was convenient."

Chrissie - October 11, 2019
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The Dictionary Hostel London

20 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch, London, United Kingdom, E2 8DA - See map
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Popular landmarks
Tower of London 2.2 km
Tower Bridge 2.5 km
The British Museum 3.5 km
London Eye 4.0 km
National Gallery 4.0 km
Big Ben 4.4 km
Buckingham Palace 5.3 km
Madame Tussauds London 5.4 km
V&A - Victoria and Albert Museum 7.4 km
Natural History Museum 7.6 km
Nearby landmarks
Herbal 10 m
Catch 20 m
No-One 50 m
Dreambagsjaguarshoes 50 m
George & Dragon 70 m
Bar Kick 70 m
On the Rocks 100 m
Shoreditch Town Hall 110 m
Cargo 150 m
Hoxton Boutique 160 m

8.0

Excellent

Location rating score

310 meters from city center
  • 440 meters to public transportation

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Daily housekeeping

  • Bar

  • Smoking area

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Value for money7.4
Distance to city center3.8 km
Location rating8.0
Nearest airportLondon City Airport (LCY)
Distance to airport9.2 km

Rooms available at The Dictionary Hostel London

1 Person in 8-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
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  • Room size: 14 m²/151 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 bunk bed
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Double Room - Female Only
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  • Room size: 7 m²/75 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 double bed
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A Bed in All-Female Dormitory Bedroom
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  • Room size: 14 m²/151 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 bunk bed
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1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
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  • Room size: 11 m²/118 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 bunk bed
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1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
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  • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 bunk bed
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Double
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  • Room size: 7 m²/75 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 double bed
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Twin Room
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  • Non-smoking
  • Shower
  • 1 bunk bed
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1 Person in 12-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
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  • Shower
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1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
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  • Shower
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    Frequently asked questions

    What time is check-in and check-out at The Dictionary Hostel London?

    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.

    Is breakfast offered at The Dictionary Hostel London?

    Wake up to a great continental breakfast at The Dictionary Hostel London. Adults can enjoy breakfast at no additional charge. You may save on breakfast costs with Agoda by booking a room with breakfast, which is often included for less than buying it at the hostel.

    What are my dining options at The Dictionary Hostel London?

    The Dictionary Hostel London features an on-site restaurant for your dining convenience.

    What is the smoking policy at The Dictionary Hostel London?

    The Dictionary Hostel London does not permit smoking in any of its rooms, but allows smoking in designated areas.

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    • 10.0

      Exceptional
      Staff 

      "Comfortable and The staff were fantastic"

      Thomas

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      May 26, 2018

    • 10.0

      Exceptional
      Cleanliness

      "The rooms are very clean and nice."

      COLIN

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      May 29, 2020

    • 10.0

      Exceptional

      "This is one of the best hostel s."

      COLIN

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      May 29, 2020

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    Overall rating:

    7.2

    Very good
    81 reviews
    Cleanliness
    6.4
    Facilities
    6.6
    Location
    8.0
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    What travelers say they love:
    The hostel itself is very nice and well-located.
    Rhiannon from United Kingdom
    Business traveler
    More about The Dictionary Hostel London

    More about The Dictionary Hostel London

    Offering quality accommodations in the shopping, restaurants, sightseeing district of London, The Dictionary Hostel London is a popular pick for both business and leisure travelers. The hotel lies 3.8 km from the city center and provides accessibility to important town facilities. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

    At The Dictionary Hostel London, every effort is made to make guests feel comfortable. To do so, the hotel provides the best in services and amenities. Top features of the hotel include free Wi-Fi in all rooms, daily housekeeping, laundromat, 24-hour front desk, luggage storage.

    25 rooms spread over 3 floors provide a warm and pleasant home away from home. Modern comforts such as complimentary instant coffee, complimentary tea, linens, locker, mirror can be found in selected rooms. Besides, the hotel's host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. When you are looking for comfortable and convenient accommodations in London, make The Dictionary Hostel London your home away from home.

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    3 mentions

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    What they offer

    10.0

    Exceptional
    Staff 

    "Very Comfortable and the staff were fantastic."

    Thomas

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    June 4, 2018

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    Reviews of The Dictionary Hostel London from real guests

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    7.2
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    10
    Cleanliness6.4
    Facilities6.6
    Location8.0
    Room comfort and quality5.6
    Service7.8
    Value for money7.4
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    6-7 Good (5)
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    9.7
    Exceptional
    Alex from United Kingdom
    Solo traveler
    A Bed in All-Female Dormitory Bedroom
    Stayed 1 night in January 2016

    Much improved compared to my last stay”

    Friendly staff, great central location especially for nightlife, very clean

    I stayed at the Dictionary hostel a couple of years ago - wow what an improvement compared to then. The hostel was really clean, the reception is way bigger, the food at the bar was great and the room was really nice and quiet even though it looked onto the main street in Shoreditch. The staff are so friendly and did everything they could to help me during my stay - thanks guys! They have this cool app that I downloaded and I found loads of stuff to do in the local area. So much great street art in this neighbourhood! The breakfast was quite basic but it had everything you needed - I chose to go to the bar where they do a full English with a 20% discount for guests. The room was clean and tidy and I had it to myself. It looked like they have just had new windows installed or something. I remember it was a bit noisy last time but this time it was really quiet. Enjoyed my stay - will come back.

    Reviewed January 08, 2016

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    10.0
    Exceptional
    Kevin from United Kingdom
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    Stayed 4 nights in November 2018

    Excellent location”

    I have stayed here many times and the reception is always friendly and welcoming on my arrival Most of the staff and volunteers are all very engaging and this helps to make your stay as comfortable as possible,the dormitory style accommodation can be challenging as people do arrive at any given time of the day so be prepared,but overall the ambience of this hostel makes it my no1 to stay in London Well done guys!! Kevin Bowe

    Reviewed November 13, 2018

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    7.2
    Very good
    Pablo from United Kingdom
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    Stayed 1 night in December 2018

    Very good”

    Being situated in an excellent location comes with a drawback. The hostel is facing one of the noisiest roads in London with at least two sirens per hour during night time and night time revellers until the early hours. The hostel is clean enough but the (berlin/shoreditch/rough-around-the-edges) style does that it does not look very clean. You can hear everything that goes on in the toilet from the rooms. Breakfast served late. Staff ranges from borderline fair to very nice and accommodating. Having lived locally for many years the Hostel was no better or worse than I expected and the price fair but at a penny more would be bordering low value for money.

    Reviewed December 16, 2018

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    8.0
    Excellent
    Rhiannon from United Kingdom
    Business traveler
    1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    Stayed 2 nights in June 2018

    Lovely hostel, difficult guests”

    The hostel itself is very nice and well-located. Unfortunately I was staying in a mixed dorm with five very drunken, very loud males on a trip to London. They were extremely loud when coming in at around 2/3am, turning the light on, yelling and laughing, and taking photos. One guest was so drunk he lay on the floor, which was covered in their belongings (you could barely walk through). I tried my best to ignore them, but when they realised I was awake one began trying to talk to me and when I asked them to be quiet he turned to his friend and told them I was probably fat. I tried to ask the staff for help but unfortunately no other rooms were available, and the staff member laughed it off as drunkenness. (Throughout the rest of my stay the staff were lovely and friendly). I felt quite unsafe, and after I managed about two hours sleep I finally gave up and checked out a day early...luckily I have friends just out of the city who let me stay.

    Reviewed June 25, 2018

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    7.2
    Very good
    Chrissie from United Kingdom
    Solo traveler
    Bunk Bed in Female Dormitory Room
    Stayed 2 nights in October 2019

    Very good”

    Price was good. There’s a bar under the hostel so it was quite noisy even late at night but the location is ideal for people who are looking into the party scene at Shoreditch. It’s also close to a Catholic Church which was convenient. There’s also a bus stop right outside. There was only 1 open shower tho. The doors of the other showers were locked for the entire duration of my stay. Plugs were also quite limited.

    Reviewed October 11, 2019

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    10.0
    Exceptional
    COLIN from United Kingdom
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    Stayed 7 nights in May 2020

    This place is very central. The staff are fabulous. Very easy going. Nice kitchen. Lovely room s. ”

    The staff are very friendly. A very laid back place to stay. The rooms are very clean and nice. Very nice kitchen. The area is very lively, so if you don’t like noise. This is not the place for you. This is one of the best hostel s. I have been to. Would definitely recommend it.

    Reviewed May 30, 2020

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    8.0
    Excellent
    Sarah from Australia
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    Stayed 4 nights in August 2018

    Very good”

    Rooms are clean and have lockers under bed so there’s space and luggage isn’t everywhere. Has full length mirrors which is unheard of for a hostel. Free breakfast is quite basic but it’s there. Location near lots of bars and reasonably priced Vietnamese restaurants as well as close to brick lane markets and many Indian restaurants. There is a bus which gets you to Oxford Street, Covent garden (west end) etc very close which is handy.

    Reviewed August 27, 2018

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    7.2
    Very good
    Vincent from Malaysia
    Couple
    A Bed in All-Female Dormitory Bedroom
    Stayed 2 nights in March 2017

    Comfy Bed, Ultra Friendly Staff & Free Breakfast!”

    I found the mattress hard enough & suited my spine well. Comfy as I was dead tired after a day's walk in London. Our 6 beds dorm which is facing the main street could be a little rowdy & noisy in the middle of the night though..but if you close the window tight, it should filter out the bar people sound. During our stay, there was 1 night when the water pump couldn't get up to the 3rd floor, so had to go the 2nd floor to shower & with intermittent water pressure managed to have hot shower. The problem was resolved soon enough. It was a rare issue. Showers & toilets are small and a little dirty. Perhaps could be a bit cleaner.. Ultra friendly staff and the simple free breakkie was a winner! Tips: Not to be missed if you like markets & within walking distance are Columbia Rd Flower Market (go anyday), Spitalfields Market (Closed on Sat & Mon; Busiest–Sun), Brick Lane Market (Sun only), Petticoat Lane Market (Mon to Fri) & Leadenhall Market (Mon to Fri 11am-4pm; Best before lunchtime).

    Reviewed May 01, 2017

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    9.6
    Exceptional
    Iris from Malaysia
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 12-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    Stayed 1 night in May 2019

    Hostel just in front of a bus stop”

    A short walk to Brick Lane and many clubs/pubs around the hostel so might be a little noisy at night especially weekend. Nothing to pick about.

    Reviewed May 19, 2019

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    6.7
    Good
    Sugit from Indonesia
    Family with teens
    Stayed 2 nights in February 2015

    Good location, not really clean, good price”

    price, location, staff

    this hostel offers good price, great location, friendly staff, but not really that clean. I bought fried chicken outside and bring it to the hotel room, I left it during the night and in the morning there's a hole in the fried chicken package, looks like rats had it in the night. I'd still recommend this hostel though.

    Reviewed March 01, 2015

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    10.0
    Exceptional
    Kevin from United Kingdom
    Business traveler
    1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    Stayed 4 nights in May 2018

    Wonderful Place”

    I love this place However be prepared for late night noise directly outside with the numerous bars in the vicinity The girls and guys on the front desk are fab and always accommodating and will always find a solution Plus all the cleaning staff +++ Excellent WIFI and cosy ambience makes this my no.1 place Kevin

    Reviewed June 02, 2018

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    9.6
    Exceptional
    Thomas from United States
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    Stayed 1 night in September 2017

    just do it”

    showers could be better but best hostel hands down

    Reviewed October 01, 2017

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    8.0
    Excellent
    annelie from Sweden
    Business traveler
    Double Room - Female Only
    Stayed 2 nights in March 2015

    Smart Casual”

    Comfortable bed, nice style and lovely details (flowers).

    It was a great stay. Helpfull employees, clean, friendly, value for money. Missed an area to hang out as the kitchen was more for eating and the coffee shop was not open at nights. As the double room is small, it would have been nice to have some other relaxed hang out area. The coffee shop hade lovely tea, but the croissant was dry. Very friendly people.

    Reviewed March 19, 2015

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    10.0
    Exceptional
    Thomas from United Kingdom
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 12-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    Stayed 5 nights in June 2018

    Very happy ”

    Everything was how it should be and the staff where fantastic as always. I misplaced my headphones and phone which were found and returned to me by the staff. thank you so much guys. ❤️

    Reviewed June 16, 2018

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    6.4
    Good
    Carles
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    Stayed 5 nights in March 2019

    Very dirty and run down”

    It was filthy. There is dust and dirt everywhere. They need to hire proper cleaners, because that is accumulated dirt over years. With a piece of wet toilet paper i made a test on the door frame and it came completely back - and I have pictures of this -. Shower full of mold, smelling disgusting, again, lack of cleaning and ventilation. Location is great, price is alright, but they don't honor what it says in their website that if you book through them directly will be cheaper - , free breakfast and super friendly staff, specially Farid (Fahrid?). They will do renovations soon, so hopefully they improve the cleaning.

    Reviewed April 21, 2019

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    6.8
    Good
    Stacey from United Kingdom
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 12-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    Stayed 1 night in July 2018

    Not bad, not bad .......”

    For a tenner it was great value. Stayed in 3 hostels, the one highly recommended, this one better than the first & that one was Ok

    Reviewed July 14, 2018

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    8.4
    Excellent
    Brian from United Kingdom
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    Stayed 2 nights in May 2018

    Very friendly staff. Good all round atmosphere”

    Kitchen was a bit small. Registration a little slow at busy times. Staff very helpful and there are quiz nights so everyone can join in and make new friends. Showers are clean and you can buy or rent towels.

    Reviewed May 08, 2018

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    6.0
    Els from Netherlands
    Couple
    Double
    Stayed 1 night in September 2014

    Overpriced in great neighborhood ”

    The proximity to public transport, shopping & dining, plus the vibrant neighborhood it is in.

    We expected a lot better. Checking in took us 2,5 hours in total: had been given the wrong room (in the end solved ok). The shower in the private bathroom didn't give any water - even outside 'rush hours'. Room was just big enough for 2pc of luggage. Staff could have informed better of availability of a safe. Location was really great with lots of places to eat, drink and shop. The area is terrific!

    Reviewed September 21, 2014

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    10.0
    Exceptional
    Thomas from United Kingdom
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 12-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    Stayed 5 nights in May 2018

    Bum”

    Very Comfortable and the staff were fantastic. Thanks guys

    Reviewed June 04, 2018

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    5.2
    emily from Taiwan
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 12-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    Stayed 14 nights in October 2018

    Above average”

    I don’t understand who will close kitchen to clean on the dinner time when ppl really need to use kitchen! The cleaning not doing really properly,hostel location is okay, but I wouldn’t really recommend if they don’t get improve

    Reviewed October 26, 2018

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