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“On the northern edge of central London”
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YHA London Central
Ranked #19 of 862 Speciality Lodging in London
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Halifax, Canada
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11 reviews
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“On the northern edge of central London”
Reviewed 21 July 2014 via mobile

I stayed at this hostel for 5 nights in July 2014 in a 6 person room on the first floor. I'd recommend looking at another hostel based on location, spotty wifi access, and lack of toilets/showers
- This hostel is located just on the northern outskirts of central london so don't be fooled by the name, it's pretty far walk from anything you would want to see. It was a short walk from great Portland street metro station. Helpful hint the London metro is very expensive £4,70 for one trip so buy an Oyster card and pay less than half that per trip.
- there is a huge kitchen in the basement with everything you need to cook and store your food
- there were only 2 showers and 2 toilets for the entire first floor! Go early to beat the morning rush
- the rooms were very hot with one small fan for the entire room. There is a window you can open to let air in
- wifi access only in the main common areas so no luck getting it in your room! Luckily I was a YHA member so didn't have to pay for this spotty wifi
- lockers were a good size and each bed has it's own plug
- you needed key card access to get into the hostel and then to get into the passage to the rooms so I felt safe

  • Stayed July 2014
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Reviewed 19 July 2014

I love staying at YHA hostels. They feel like a middle-class hotel for a really good price! At all times I feel save at YHA hostels and it's so easy to meet new people.
In particular I liked the private showers and bathrooms and the lounge in this hostel.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 16 July 2014

We stayed 4 nights at the YHA. I chose this place because of the location and because there was an option of a private bathroom. It was also very reasonably priced for what you get in London.
This place wasn't huge but it was big enough for 3 girls, we booked a 4 person room with a private bathroom. When we arrived reception staff was nice and the whole place had a welcoming vibe. There were a lot of families staying here (I think due to the fact that there was an option of the private bathroom). Wifi is free only if you are a YHA member which i was otherwise you have to pay for it. You could only get wifi in the lobby area and it was only limited to two devices per membership.
The rooms are very basic (bunk beds) - but it's a hostel so you kinda expect that.
They weren't the most comfortable but I did get a good nights rest. One negative thing is that when showering you would kinda get the entire bathroom floor wet because the shower floor and the entire bathroom floor was the same thing (so no divider between the two).
There is only one lift and it is quite small so we took the stairs most of the time.
All in all good location - close to the tube and plenty of supermarkets (tesco) close by and very close to oxford st.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 July 2014 via mobile

This hostel has a great location but thats about it. Better to stay at the generator hostel and take the metro. The staff is good and the rooms are clean, yet everything is else is a disaster. The lack of opening windows and AC meant we slept at 27*C. The WIFi is only for the lobby and you have to pay for it. Only two showers per floor. You have a great location just not a great hostel.

Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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JamesRyan704, Manager at YHA London Central, responded to this review, 30 July 2014
Dear guest,

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. I am very sorry you did not enjoy your stay with us and found the room to be too hot. Unfortunately the windows are restricted for health and safety reasons. However, we are able to provide fans to guests on request, which most guests are happy with.

I agree that it would be ideal to have air conditioning in all rooms as London can get hot for a few weeks in the summer each year. I will raise your concern with our property department and find out if there are any plans to install air conditioning in the future.

Wifi is currently free for members of YHA and Hostelling International but we do hope to be able to offer free Wi-fi to all guests as soon as our systems are able to allow this.

With regards to the lack of showers, the majority of our rooms are en-suite. We have a sufficient ratio of showers to rooms, with each room having at least one and with two additional shower rooms on each of our six floors.

Customer satisfaction is so important to us and we do take all of your comments on board. Should you wish to discuss this further, please feel free to contact me directly.

Once again thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback and I hope this experience has not deterred you from using YHA in the future.

Nadia Aoujdad,
Hostel Manager
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

Traveled to London with a group of students. Have nothing but good things to say. The staff did everything to accommodate my group. Everything from getting us in our rooms early to storing bags for us on the last day. The hostel was clean and well maintained. Three underground stations within walking distance(Great Portland Street, Oxford Circus, and Regent Park). This mdd getting around London with only an Underground pass easy. Generally, the breakfast and pizzas are a good deal. Plenty of restaurants and grocery stores in the area. Wifi confined only to lobby but did work in the laundry downstairs. My group had 4 six bed rooms. Shower and toilet were large by hostel standards. An excellent budget choice in London.

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cumbria
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2014

We had a great few days at this brilliant hostel. Spotlessly clean and well maintained, great location and facilities, fantastic atmosphere, lots of info on things to do, organised activities, and above all, very professional friendly staff who were always happy to help. Thanks to everyone at London Central for a brilliant stay, hope to be back soon!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Braganca, Portugal
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2014

We were a group of 4 friends and stayed in a private quadruple with private bathroom. For this kind a room in London, we found this good solution. Not so expensive and good enough to sleep and rest for 3 nights in London. It had a small bathroom, with shower included in the bunk bed bedroom.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Property: YHA London Central
Address: 104-108 Bolsover Street, London W1W 5NU, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > London > Fitzrovia
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Bar / Lounge Kitchenette Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #19 of 862 Speciality Lodging in London
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Hotel Class:4 star — YHA London Central 4*
Number of rooms: 59
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