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Central Backpackers Oxford
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6 reviews
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“Great little place”
Reviewed 19 June 2013

Enjoyed staying. Great small hostel, nice little outside roof area with a bar, staff were fantastic and extremely friendly, it was almost like they were fellow travelers rather than employees.Nice little free breakfast as well. Would recommend.

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 3 June 2013

I stayed at his hostel with two friends for one night in December 2012 and it was wonderful. Reception were lovely and helpful. The room I slept in was good with very comfortable beds. The pillow and doona I had were so much more comfortable than previous hostels. When I was there I think a new shower had just been installed? It must have been recent because it was absolutely delightful. I had been in so many dirty/cold/strange showers and this one was SPOTLESS and so warm :)

The kitchen is nice and homely with cereals, toast and juice on offer in the morning. I was so happy to see the availability of some orange juice and vegemite on toast. Eating my brekky sitting at the dining table made me feel like I was at home which was nice because I had been feeling a little homesick.

So all in all it was perfect for my needs: I had a place to sleep at the last minute, a warm comfortable bed, a nice shower, good breakfast and lovely company.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
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Calgary, Canada
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 29 May 2013

The hostel staff were great and make a real effort to get to know their guests. They organize events and are full of great advice. The hostel has all you would expect from a hostel and is a good place to hang out when you need to rest your feet. Thumbs up!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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scotland
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Reviewed 26 May 2013

I stayed here for two nights to explore Oxford. Two minutes walk from station,and five minutes to all that Oxford has to offer. Staff were very helpful and friendly. Nice bustling atmosphere. The public area's were a bit small,but to be fair,it is an old building with limited scope. The kitchen is well equipped. I stayed in the female dorm. Rooms were clean and bed,although a bit squeaky was comfortable. Having lockers and free linen was an added bonus. Free wifi throughout the building,and two PCs. The noise level for me was not an issue.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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Sheffield
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Reviewed 14 May 2013

I agree one of the reviewer's opinion that, it make you feel a bit sad.
If the owner is reading this, I recommend you to increasing the size of the common space. Nobody want to talk with others, the dining space ect are quite small, the only outdoor space has no person managing it. Another reason make it feel sad may due to the narrow corridor, maze like path and people naturally will avoiding talk to much while passing by each other, which is not good.

The shining point is the staff attitude, quite friendly. The cleanness in the bath and toilet is also great. The sleep quality, to me is great, but its due to the constant noise outside the window, for people hate noise it would be a hazard. Also the bad frame is very unstable, but the mattress is quite good. Very firm and supportive.

Room Tip: If you prefer quiet sleep, avoid the street side rooms. Club or whatever outside is very noisy.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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Maryland
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Reviewed 27 April 2013 via mobile

The hostel was just sad. The staff was polite and the rooms and bathrooms clean but it just felt sad. The nightclub was a nightmare and the room was much too hot.
The breakfast was what I've come to expect in hostels.
I'd only stay here again if I had to. It's close to just about everything, but still in a slightly sketchy area and just too noisy for me.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Little Rock, Arkansas
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Reviewed 25 April 2013

Cannot say enough good things about this place. Things like free wifi, clean towels, real showers, free breakfast, and lockers shouldn't be rare in hostels but usually are. It wasn't anything crazy fancy, but it felt incredibly safe--the "regulars" lived there for weeks-months and didn't have a lock on their door--they all just knew each other and invited people staying just one night to hang out, go pub crawling, or hang out on the bbg patio. The outdoor space was great for smoking and drinking. When I started off staying in hostels (from the US), I was worried about stuff getting stolen and coed rooms. This place had me calm and happy in a few hours. Very cool. I became a regular by accident and miss the cool atmosphere.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled solo
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Property: Central Backpackers Oxford
Address: 13 Park End Street, Oxford OX1 1HH, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Oxfordshire > Oxford
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 22 Speciality Lodging in Oxford
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Central Backpackers Oxford 2*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Central Backpackers, Oxford’s premier Backpackers Hostel accommodation. Central Backpackers brings a new level of comfort and security to the hostel experience. With a huge range of free services including Internet, light breakfast, 24 hr access, lockers in all dorm, BBQ deck area everything you need to make your trip safe, comfortable and enjoyable. Located in the centre of Oxford’s Historical University city. Central Backpackers is less than a 5 minute walk from the bus station, train station, Oxford’s Castle/Prison complex, Museums and vibrant student nightlife. ... more   less 
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