Hip and young, East meets West in Shoreditch, London in this coooool new boutique hostel. Incredibly warm and friendly as well as highly competent staff in the latest edition of trendy hostels worldwide.
Fully opened in August 2013 and is already the talk of the town having been featured in The Sunday Times, EasyJet In-flight Magazine and included as a Top 10 Hostel by Visit London and Visit Britain in both.
I use this hostel possibly less than 10 times. The staff was always helpful at the desk, and on the one occasion I had issues, they upgraded me to a better room with an ensuite I did not know they offered. Apart from that, it is a very busy hostel near a club of sorts, and the patrons are mostly young people having fun, so it can be lively. The rooms and bathrooms are decent enough, but in summer they do lack air conditioning that can make it pretty difficult to bear.
Stayed 5 nights. First night was in room 15 (avoid if you want to sleep) right above reception with loud music till 3am, it’s also one of the first rooms at the top of the first flight of stairs so everyone has to walk past your door and the hard wood floors creek like no tomorrow just outside.Also no windows and the shower doesn’t work properly. We told them to move us the following night, was moved to room 31. 100 times better, big windows to the street, traffic noise wasn’t bad, a lot of stairs if you have a bit of luggage. Roof top terrace was good. The showers work for about 30ish seconds then turn of for 1ish min. When we spoke to reception, apparently this is due to a localised problem in the area. Which I find it hard to be leave as I have lived in the area. I think it’s more a cost to fix problem.…
Came after 30 hours travel to not get more than 5 minutes of sleep straight at this place. People walked past the room and the bed would literally shake from each footstep. Booked a private room, yet the walls were so thin, I could hear people pee and flush in the bathrooms, as well as hear doors open and close throughout the entire building. The shutters were broken and wouldn't close + pieces would fall off every time you tried to close it. There was a sink in the room which was great, except that it leaked straight through and left a huge puddle undernearth. Only thing available for 'free breakfast' was cereal and toast. After a few days of no sleep, I had to forfeit the remainding half of the booking cost to save what was left of the trip.
If you want a comfortable nights sleep i wouldn't recommend it. Was like sleeping on a plank of wood. Staff seemed more interested in what music to put on that actually helping guests. Positives - Cheap, great coffee shop on the ground floor, good location.
I was a little apprehensive about staying after seeing some reviews mentioning cleanliness & particular long term ‘characters’ in the larger dorms. I opted for a bed in a female only dorm in the female section of the hostel & found no issue. Showers & toilets were spotless. Far better than most toilets found in bars & restaurants in Shoreditch. Breakfast was basic, but absolutely fine considering it was included in the cost of the stay. There was a selection of cereals, brown & white bread for toasting, spread (non-dairy), jams, chocolate spread & peanut butter; and a selection of juices. Plates etc were in good condition & easily located as cupboards were labelled. Sink area had all necessary equipment to wash your plate afterwards & the area was kept clean & tidy. I would absolutely stay here again if I needed to. The reason for my stay was because I was attending a work party which continued past the last train & I didn’t want a 2 hour night bus alone, nor an expensive Nigel Mansell type taxi ride home alone & I didn’t want to have to leave the party early. By far, this was the cheapest, safest option.…