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“Clean, Nice Staff, a Bit Noisy”

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Central Backpackers Oxford
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York, United Kingdom
1 review
“Clean, Nice Staff, a Bit Noisy”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2014 via mobile

The location--on the way to the city centre from the rail station--is extremely convenient. The rooms are nicely sized (few enormous dormitories), the place is comfortable and very clean, and the staff are just lovely. There's free use of computers and WiFi that works pretty well. As there are a lot of clubs in the area, it can be quite loud at night, but earplugs are provided for free. There's also free breakfast, but it's just toast, cereal and juice.

Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2014 via mobile

This hostel is awesome. The staff are really friendly, the rooms are large, the beds are comfy, tea & coffee all day, well-equipped kitchen, cosy TV room and reliable wifi. This place has a great atmosphere - I made friends here within hours. It is also relatively small, so you became familiar with all the other guests really quickly. If I came back to Oxford, I would absolutely stay here again.

Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2013

Great, sociable atmosphere at an excellent location and for a good price. Key-coded central entrance, small room lockers and the possibility to store things in the locked staff room give it pretty good safety too. Rooms, bed linen and sanitary facilities are clean and reasonably plenty. There is free wifi as well as a number of desktops in the common room. Staff are a helpful, joyous bunch (at least when I was there). The weekly pub crawl was a hoot and a good way to get to know your fellow guests, as is the rooftop bar.

The night club next doors, nearby pubs and the early morning supply trucks (guess they are barred from entering during daytime) can be a nuisance, but then again, that is what the free earplugs basket is for and they do offer free entry to tenants in return provided they have the hostel sticker applied. Minor glitches are the size of the kitchen and common/television rooms which can get pretty crowded (especially around breakfast time) and the bunk beds, which though comfortable, are suitable mostly for those falling within average male height range.

All in all an excellent choice for Oxford!

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2013 via mobile

I have stayed at central backpackers on and off for the past 18 month as I travel to Oxford area for work reasons! The location is great with 24 hr bus service to London. The staff are really friendly and helpful! The free breakfast always sets me up for the day. If visiting Oxford I would Highly recommend central backpackers as a fun, safe and friendly place to stay! JM

  • Stayed June 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2013

I have stayed at central backpackers on and off for the past 18 month as I travel to Oxford area for work reasons! The location is great with 24 hr bus service to London. The staff are really friendly and helpful! The free breakfast always sets me up for the day. If visiting Oxford I would Highly recommend central backpackers as a fun, safe and friendly place to stay! JM

  • Stayed June 2013
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2013

The 3 things I liked were it's location, the free wi-fi and reasonable cleanliness. It stops there. My room was small with 6 beds, no air-con, so being able to breathe in heat wave conditions required opening the window. The window opened straight onto an outdoor deck, where there was loud music and noise until very late at night ( about 6 feet away). Despite claiming to be a non-smoking building, people were smoking on the deck and throughout the building all night. There was free breakfast at 8, which meant you couldn' t use the kitchen before that. If all that suits, it would be a great place to stay, but for the rest of us, be warned.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2013

The vegemite for breakfast and the FREE ear plugs made my stay at Central Backpackers! It’s not often as an Aussie you come across vegemite for your toast at breakfast and it was those little extras that made all the difference with this hostel. It is the combination of the roof top bar, the cheap drinks, the helpful and friendly staff and the free internet that really sets this place apart from other backpackers I have stayed in. The rooms, beds and bathroom facilities are all pretty much what you would expect. Our room was right next to the roof top bar on a Saturday night but with the free ear plugs I didn’t hear a thing. I would definitely stay here again when I am next in Oxford.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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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 21 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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