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“Got an e.coli and fungal infection at No 8. Hostel”

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No.8 Hostel Willesden
Ranked #247 of 824 Speciality Lodging in London
Providence, Rhode Island
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“Got an e.coli and fungal infection at No 8. Hostel”
Reviewed 15 September 2011

Stayed at No 8 hostel for a few days at the beginning of August, the day I got home I became seriously ill and went through 4 weeks of intense antibiotics and IV antibacterial therapy before I finally returned to some state of normal. I'm not sure if it was the mice that ran around constantly, the bugs in all of the rooms.. The fact that the bathrooms are disgusting (even though I saw the staff bleach them twice while I was there) - there are only 3 showers for all the rooms on the left side of the hostel. The beds were worn out and very dirty, the wifi barely worked and some of the people that *live* there are just plain weird. Find somewhere else to stay, seriously. This is mostly a place for people working that can't afford an apartment, not for travelers at all. Not sure where the infections came from, but considering the state of the hostel and how I started feeling sick after eating breakfast my second day at the hostel.. I'm assuming. Gross. Just gross. I've hitch-hiked, backpacked, lived in a tent, I'm never picky, but I hated No8. At least the staff was friendly. Bleck.

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 30 August 2011

I stayed in No.8 Hostel for two nights this summer, and i was really satisfied with my stay there. It was the cheapest option and although it was not so close to the city center, it was easily accessible by underground and buses (including the night ones), with lots of little shops, bistros and a big supermarket nearby. The staff was very friendly and helpful and the whole atmosphere there was very nice. Everything was okay, maybe just the showers could have been a bit cleaner, and the internet connection could have worked better, but all in all i was satisfied with my stay and would definitely return.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 30 August 2011

The price was low, the staff friendly and most facilties you could wiant. It wasn't the cleanest of places and our room's window was right next to a main road so was noisy. The breakfast was OK.

It's not right in the centre of London but for the price it's not too bad and I'd probably stay there again.

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 August 2011

Wonderful people, close to the underground, right by a bus stop, in the middle of a street with tons of little stores and restaurants. Booking direct through no. 8 you can avoid booking fees. The secure storage is 1 pound a day, but probably worth it. They are very friendly and worked with us even though our booking wasn't together, they got us into the same room for both nights. Sheets were available, and very clean and warm. Oh, by the way, free WiFi and several computers in the common room.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 August 2011

I'm generally always the optimist when it comes to hostels as the disgruntled always have something to say, whereas the satisfied will often walk away with little to say. In my case, my expectations where met, as few as they were.

The check-in time varies depending on what website you was looking at, but in my case it was 1400, despite arriving at 1200, which meant a lot of hanging about with luggage. All I could do was walk up and down the street avoiding the local drunks shouting drink fuelled abuse at each other outside the local library. Eventually I was informed my room was ready and was told where to go. I think a cleaner actually told me where the room was, which was up some stairs.

The room was dark, as a fair few people were still in bed and it took a moment for my eyes to adjust to the gloom, but there were only a few top bunks free, so I chose one in the corner, but there was a continuous feeling of intrusion because there wasn't any real way to know that you hadn't just claimed someone else's bed as your own. Fortunately I hadn't and I learned that a rolled up quilt was the indication that the bed was free. So don't roll your bedding up else you might find someone else in it when you come back.

Eventually the visitor underneath me went home and I swapped my bedding over with newly freed bed nearest a power socket so I could charge my phone with relative security. Before I was having to charge it up across the room and watch it like a hawk for a few hours. Never take anything you can't afford to get stolen or go missing. While nothing like that happened while I was there, they have all sorts come in and you don't know who to trust.

Since I generally get up about 7am to head out into London, I never experienced any shower queues, and despite all the reviews about the quality of the showers and constant improvements I found them to be always hot and comfortable. You do share the three showers and two washbasins with the rest of the hostel, although I think there might have been another wash-room elsewhere.

All in all, I paid about £10 a night at the hostel, so considering what I got for that price it was ideal. I got a clean bed, clean showers and breakfast and a place to charge my phone up each night.

In retrospect I will spend more money to get somewhere I feel more comfortable in, but if you are short on money, don't want to take many valuables with you then this place fits the bill. It's locality to the underground is ideal and takes no time at all to get to London. I had to take the rail replacement bus a few times, but that was fairly painless.

On a side note, having a big local supermarket about 20 mins walk away was a great bonus.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled solo
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Property: No.8 Hostel Willesden
Address: 305 High Road | Willesden, London NW10 2JT, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > London
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #247 of 824 Speciality Lodging in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
No.8 is a Unique Brand of Hostels developed and delicately integrated within Traditional Old English Pubs. For Facilities, Customer Service & Affordability it must be No.8! At No.8 we take pride in our Customer Service and ensure that all of our Guests get everything they want from their time in London. We are a Youth Backpackers Hostel and cater exclusively for 18-38 yr old backpackers, Photo IDs will be required on Check In. We have Live Entertainment on Weekends within our Traditional English Pub, along with the usual range of pub entertainment and banter! - Free High-Speed WiFi - Full Facility Kitchen, Dining Space & Outdoor Deck - Secure Storage Facilities & 24 Hr Key Card Access - Laundry Facilities (Wash & Dry) - Large Lounge - Pool Table, Foosball, Chess Table, Couches, Satellite TV & Darts Board etc - Traditional English Pub & Beer Garden - Live Entertainment on Weekends! - Free Cancellation on All Bookings prior to Arrival - Reception: Sunday-Thursday 8am-12.00am and Friday-Saturday 8am-2am - Backpackers Hostel for 18-38 year olds only - ID on Check In Required. - £20 Key Deposit (Fully Refunded On Check-Out) Whether it is your first time in London or you are a seasoned traveller, No.8 has everything you need (and a few extras) to ensure that your stay in London is definitely Enjoyable & Comfortable! ... more   less 

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