Easy online booking. Yes you pay the extra £3 for non-members, but since the YHA has been around for a lot longer than I have been alive, this was something I was already aware of. Don't book through a third party website, go straight to the YHA.
Good little cafe/bar, inexpensive for food and snacks which are served up until midnight. I had a pot of tea when I came in after midnight - £1.50. Happy with that. This hostel does not have cooking facilities, so is not like many others on their books. Breakfast - my advice would be don't bother with the £4.95 version, stick to the £3.85 Breakfast Basket:- a yoghurt (peach, raspberry or plain), piece of fresh fruit, box of cereal (all branded - Weetabix, Cornflakes, Coco Pops or Fruit n Nut), fresh baked good (pain au chocolat, croissant or bread roll), all the tea, coffee, apple juice, orange juice and iced water you want. The hot breakfast element of it is a scrambled egg muffin, sausage bap or bacon bap, but they are not that great and I'd skip it.
Towels, if you haven't bothered to bring one, are £4. But you are buying them, not renting, and they are reasonable enough. Comfy bunkbeds with duvets and two pillows. I was very comfortable in mine, but may be considered hard mattresses by some.
So the reviews saying the place is noisy are right. Not the customers or staff, but the volume of traffic outside the hostel. However, I came prepared and brought earplugs with me. Still though, the sheer number of emergency services sirens zipping past in all directions overnight was actually rather irritating (and I drive one of those things for a living!).
But to reiterate the good points. Cheap, great location, nice pub immediately next door, clean and functional rooms, comfy bunk with a nice duvet, sturdy bunks even for heiffers like me, nice polite like-minded customers, good breakfast.
Complaints here about some of the staff members here are well met. There are two that I met (both male, interestingly enough) that need to be sacked as total deadwood. One was a male receptionist who had to be asked three times by his colleague to take my money for the towel I had bought. Not paying any attention, clearly wasn't interested and not bothered. Shame, as the other chap couldn't have been more helpful on booking in. The other worked breakfast in the morning. He made the littlest of tasks extraordinarily difficult as though I was a great inconvenience to his examining his hair in the reflection on the coffee machine! So come on YHA, read some of these reviews and have a closer look at the staff you're employing. Some are lovely and shouldn't have to work with these idiots.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- YHA will be carrying out improvement works to provide better facilities for our customers which involves extending the reception and café bar, refurbishing the public and DDA toilets and creating a new hostel entrance, Works commence 5 June and will complete by 30 July. We apologise for any inconvenience whilst we carry out the refurbishment but guests will be able to check in/out as normal and meals will be served in the lounge on the 1st floor. The hostel makes a fantastic base for weekends away, budget family breaks and sightseeing holidays. Please note, we do not have a self-catering kitchen available for guests at this hostel, but meals and snacks are available in our cafe-bar. We look forward to welcoming you soon! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- London Pancras St