Where should I start? For the price I payed, I was expecting a little more. The hostel is upstairs, while downstairs there is a pub hmm, the bartender/receptionist was nice, although I didn't appreciate the sarcastic comment about my passport (long story). To access the hostel, you have to go out the back door and into a 'patio', consisting of only two tables, and then start pushing letters and numbers at the door knob, just to get it opened and gain access to the hostel, then, really narrow stairs, and again, enter letters and numbers on the door's knob to enter your room (1 of 4) where you are going to find 3 triple beds, for a total of 9 people cramped in a very small room, add to that the tons of lugagge that some girls brought with them into the room and that were all over the floor, tiny lockers where you can only fit your shoes, and please! do not forget the slipt they give you when you check-in, because unless you can memorize the most complicated code number (combination of letters and numbers) you will be locked out. Only two showers, very small and the hot water takes forever to run, one toilet that I was aware of, there is free wi-fi but, no computers, so no internet for those of us who do not carry arround our laptops, late at night, you can still hear some of the noise coming from the pub. Still, the location is good, walking distance to metro and bus stops, stores and shops. Free breakfast, which was fullfilling enough, at the same time I guess you can have a beer or two, and some decent pizza and then just, literally, walk upstairs and go to bed. There is no common area, or kitchen to use, so this is place is strictly to sleep in.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- PubLove at the Steam Engine 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 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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