I've been staying there for over two weeks now and, compared to other hostels in London, couldn't be happier.
I've tried out other places in between to get around a bit but always came back here.
Large rooms; hot, clean showers; free and reliable wifi in the common room, bar and bedrooms; free breakfast (it's not much but it's a hostel, so that's fine by me); free lockers (bring your own padlock or buy one at the reception); hot and cold food to order around the clock; bar (closes at 11pm), smoking area, beer garden (to open in July I've been told...); 5min walk to the underground station and bus station; convenience store, pharmacy and take-away close by; right next to the river Thames; quite a selection of books to read; free luggage storing; plug-adapters, padlocks and towels for sale at the 24h reception; hair dryer use for 1.-
The staff is very nice and extremely helpful. They treat you like a guest, chat to you, go for a smoke with you, help you if you need anything.
The common room/lounge is huge and very homey. I met a number of nice and interesting people from all over the world and wouldn't want it any other way.
Really really really soft beds... so after a few days you'll get slight back problems.
No chance to cook or store food, you can bring your own takeout or whatever food you bought home with you and eat in the lounge.
No washer/dryer... though there is a cheap laundromat and dry cleaning place across the street.
Quite far from the Central London... but you can take the DLR to switch to almost every underground with only changing once.
Family friendly (not really a downside of you travel with kids of course... but since I traveled alone I was a bit annoyed by the screaming) If you do visit here with your children, there is a variety of toys and child seats and stuff like that, so you should be satisfied :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- PubLove at the Great Eastern 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 pool table and a wide range of damned good drinks waiting for you in our glorious London pub. ... more less
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