Being a bunch of students, we were not expecting much- but this was awful even for our standards. Our first taste for the place came of more as a smell, a decidedly pungent odour coming from the open sewers outside and continuing way inside the house. The outside was already an indication of what horrors lay harbored within- missing window panes, bags of rubbish and a decrepit building. My friend leant on the side of the hostel and a piece the size of her fist came off in her hand!
Our room was the epitome of communal living. The beds were a safety hazard. Eight bunk beds with sagging mattresses, some not fitting into the frame and creating an interesting sleeping position I call the "insomnia". Unscrewed ladders meant that we had to slither onto the beds sideways, the mattress shape indicating the same technique used ages past. Some had even tried to glue the ladder together with chewing gum (innovative but not appreciated).
The window was completely unsafe and twice the size of me with a see through shower curtain that meant the Mr sun came streaming through our welcoming window at half four in the morning. Whilst trying to shut this pervert's peephole, it nearly came down on my head and was affectionately dubbed "the hostel guillotine" throughout the rest of the trip. After finding a mouse/cockroach/rat trap under the bed, I decided the best thing to do was sit stranded on my raised tomb for a while. There were no bars surrounding it, which gave the illusion that you were haphazardly sleeping on air. The cruel delusion was that you weren't sleeping on air, you were sleeping on the plaster from the ceiling covered in stained sheets. That was a fun one in the morning.
The toilets had either no lock, no window (found that out slightly too late) a block of door missing at the top or all three. Going to the loo was also fun. And the showers. The showers had a transparent curtain within the eight-person room and were a pube land mine. I was surprised the water even drained at all.
Overall, I couldn't give it one star because it was a good price and provided much hilarity. If you are wanting to create many happy memories, come to "Rotting Hell hostel". It's brilliant!