This place is okay but I wouldn't go back or recommend it to any of my friends.
Bedrooms - I stayed in a 21 bed girls dorm which was very, very noisy with people coming in and out at all hours. The curtains around the beds are nice for privacy and each bed has its own lamp and a drawer that you can put stuff in and lock. I had a friend who stayed in a 6 person room and he said it wasn't too noisy.
Washrooms - they clean them so much they stink like bleach. Tiny showers with barely any room to out your stuff. The water automatically turns off after a minute. Regularly broken toilets. Unisex.
Wifi - The wifi is only available in the common room which has a limited ammount of seating so have to squish up next to other people. There are about 6 computers that you can use for free. 2 of these are in the reception area which is really busy and noisy. If you have your own computer you get kicked off the wifi every 10 minutes or so and have to log back in. Frustrating when you're Skyping home.
Food and drink - The free breakfast is pretty good - cornflakes, muesli, toast, crosoints, juice and coffee (the drinks are out of a machine)
The restaurant food isn't good or cheap. You can get stuff like lasagne and salad but it's poor quality and the kitchen staff seem to be just random guests, definately not chefs. You can get better pre-made meals from Marks and Spencer which is a minutes walk away or a classic pub meal at the pub on the corner. There is a microwave, cutlery, plates, cups and a very small fridge in the dining room you can use.
The bar is pretty good and has couches and a dart board.
Location - it's a safe area and the tube station is only a minute's walk away but it's a bit boring. South west areas have more dynamic.
Laundry - its 4 pounds to do one load of washing. I can't recall how much the dryer was. Maybe 20 p for 25 minutes.
Staff - the staff seem to live there. All the cleaners were really rude but the rest were fine.
Guests - because this hostel is not in a touristy area it seems to attract people who are staying long term trying to find work. A lot of the guests were older. They also had a lot of German school groups in and they were very noisy.
Safety - good. Access cards for the rooms and lock up drawers for your stuff and CCTV.
Overall vibe - Too big to feel cosy. Everyone sits in the common room on their computers ignoring everyone else.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the multiple award winning boutique backpackers Palmers Lodge, where you can experience Victorian elegance in the former home of Samuel Palmer, of the Huntley and Palmer's biscuit empire. Built in 1881, this substantial house has been restored to its original glory in order to offer our guests not just budget accommodation but also a unique experience during their stay in London. ... more less
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