My friends and I were passing through London recently on our way to Manchester and decided to stay at this hostel. Big mistake. I don't even know how to begin listing the flaws of this place…
To begin with, they don't know whether they are a bad excuse for a mid class london pub or a hostel for travellers, so they try to be both and end up being neither. You'll be crammed upstairs into a tiny overcrowded room with absolutely no space for your belongings or even enough room to sit upright in your bed. The showers are impossible to gauge and will burn or freeze you, or both. The toilets will block up constantly and no one will clean them. The wifi doesn't work either.
I wouldn't mind the lack of space in the room if you felt comfortable in the common room. However downstairs all you will find is a shabby bar which is policed by the manager and his lion maned sidekick (possibly the most irritating and indirectly rude man i've ever dealt with) ruthlessly. They don't like you to sit downstairs unless you are buying their extremely overpriced beer or eating their less than delicious and equally expensive burgers. Otherwise you are just taking up room for the customers who 'might' walk in off the street (though they never do). Oh and if you thought that you could go downstairs without shoes on, think again. They told me I had to go back up to my room and don footwear before I was allowed to sit on the couches.
They won't let you hire a towel, however they will happily sell you one at an exorbitant price. Seriously, what kind of traveller needs to 'buy' a towel?
If you're expecting a nice relaxed atmosphere, this really is not the place. While the girls who work the bar are actually very pleasant and do their best to make you feel welcome, they are constantly looking over their shoulders at the manager who patrols the bar like a prison warden making sure that his staff are ringing every last cent out of the guests. It really is all about profiteering at this place; there is no friendly love of the travelling experience which you would expect at your average hostel.
One of the nights we found ourselves drinking downstairs out of sheer convenience, and even when we were willing to fork out their unreasonable prices, the long haired git behind the bar refused me service for a very specific 15 minute period of time while he "kicked out" any patrons who were not staying the night. Immediately afterwards I witnessed him poor a beer for a female guest.
The only redeeming feature of this place was the warmth and decent hospitality that the female bar staff afford you. However the remaining members of the team are unhelpful and generally made you feel uneasy about even being there. They were not forthcoming with advice about things to do around town or directions to the attractions of London or the airport (especially).
Apologies for this rant, however I feel it is necessary to warn future victims of the woeful time my friends and I had here. London is a big city, there are many good places to stay. Don't waste your time or money here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- PubLove at the Green Man is an award-winning backpacker hostel above a traditional London pub. We have comfortable beds, in-room security lockers, 24 hour reception, and a great team of PubLovers to make your London experience the time of your life. We also have an on-site burger kitchen serving London's top five burger, a 24 hour bar exclusively for hostel guests, and a wide range of damned good drinks waiting for you in our glorious London pub. ... more less
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