There are a great many things to be said about this hostel's shortcomings (I would refer you to the other reviews for an accurate and nearly complete description), but I'd like to take this opportunity to focus on the positives. I've stayed in a number of hostels throughout the UK and the rest of Europe, but certainly not all of them were free of rats. Sure, most other hostels have working showers, doors that actually lock, complementary breakfast buffets, beds that don't feel like concrete slabs - indeed, some even have friendly staff. But you see, West Two Hostel can actually boast a complete absence of rats from its premises. Isn't that worth something? Surely, when the majority of reviewers refer to a place as 'the worst hostel in the world', one would expect rats in abundance.
As for the staff, I've seen too many people complain. I feel that's rather harsh; in fact, I think it's your own fault if you think the staff should be friendly to you. You've seen the place, it's only slightly more expensive (and slightly less comfortable) than sleeping on the street - and there's no way the staff don't know that. And there's nothing they can do about it. To me, the fact that the chap at check-out didn't bother to ask me whether I enjoyed my stay said enough. Not that I would have complained to him if he had, obviously - I would simply have pointed out that I was happy at not finding rats under the concrete slab that posed as my bed.
All in all, I was moderately satisfied at the absence of rats, despite the fact that I neither slept nor washed myself for three days. Avoiding this hostel comes highly recommended.
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