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Hatters Hostel Birmingham
Reviewed 9 July 2014

I booked a 12 bed, mixed, shared dormitory because I was told they have some that are not upstairs. After taking my debit card and drivers licence ID, I was then told that the room I booked wasn't available "after all" but I could pay for a more expensive private room. Yet those too were upstairs, despite my specifically requesting ground floor or basement when booking. It was a long, exhausting walk from the coach station to arrive only to be lied to. I left, so suffered a night without sleep outdoors, before returning to the coach station without their breakfast.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 5 July 2014 via mobile

Stayed in a private room that had an ensuite. The bathroom was exceptionally clean as was the bedroom. We could not figure out how to set up the tv but there is one in the common room along with a pool table. We travelled to Birmingham on train and the station we arrived in was a bit far from the hostel. My advice if you have heavy luggage, get a taxi.

Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

We got a private room and it was very clean with the exception of the giant mold spot above the shower. Super clean sheets, tv, cookies, excellent breakfasr though the place is a bit of a maze or fire trap, so know your exits. Not for somone with ny physical ailment for climbing.location is a wee bit confusing.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

Stayed here with friends after a night out on the tiles and there's not a lot to be said for the place really. It's quite bohemian and the staff are quite eclectic but, regardless of the time of day/night that you disturb them they're happy to help. We'd booked out a full dorm (didn't need it all but fancied the privacy) and when we arrived there were people already in there, which was a little disappointing. After a friendly nudge from the staff (and time for them to get up and washed and dressed) they left and all was well again.

The dorm was full of bunks with an adjoining bathroom (with two seperate shower cubicles) and, with it being mostly a basement had a lovely view of the road from the fanlights on one side and a view of one of the walls in the quiet courtyard (where you go to smoke) on the other.

It's surprisingly quiet so sleep isn't an issue, but if it does evade you there is a common area with a projector (set up with wii and TV tuner) and a seperate snug with a...wait for it....N64 with Mario Kart and Goldeneye! You'll be lucky to get any sleep once you've found it.

Breakfast is served with serve yourself toast, cereal, tea and coffee - it's basic but it's a hostel!

All in all, clean, friendly, comfortable, what more do you want?

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 June 2014

Stayed in Hatters Birmingham for one night withe three friends, we booked a six bed en-suite room for the night. The room was clean, and of a great standard. The Hostels staff were very kind and helpful, the receptionist booked tickets to Cadburys world.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

Stayed there for one night (came to Birmingham for a conference, just needed to get a powernap somewhere relatively cheap and close to location of conference). Was recommended by other people coming to conference.

Booking was just okay, it's easy to do both from mobile and full version of site. Just make sure that if you book a room for one person, you pay for all 4 people that could supposedly stay there. Prices are very good for the quality offered (have seen much worse hostels for same price, seriously).

I got a place in 6 bed female dorm (18 pounds). Room was neat and quite clean (although windows were all dirty along with windowsills), bed linen was all fresh and nice, bathroom was huge and shower was lovely (although you have to wait a bit for the water to heat up after you turn it on). My only problem with the room was that I couldn't find light switch in room for both room and bathroom (arrived at 1 am and couldn't really navigate myself around).

Corridors and stairs are a bit creaky, but hey, the overall condition is brilliant, and they did a nice job on design!! A bit hard to navigate around, but they have arrows all around so you can find the rooms easy.

Breakfast is included in price of one night, you get different types of cereals, toasts, jam, butter, plain yogurt and tea and coffee. You can bring your own food and cook it in kitchen, tableware provided, just don't forget to clean everything up after yourself. Breakfast area is wide and light, and you have power sockers all around.

Check-in and check-out was easy and quick, payments accepted in cash and card. Receptionists were really welcoming and we had a nice chat (one of them was Russian, keep in mind, fellow russian friends). You'll also be offered discounts at several dining places and other Hatter's hostels.

There is free Wifi and TV room in hostel, although I didn't use either.

Brilliant for students and short trips, if you ask me~

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled solo
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Thank Azure_Chi
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

Our stay at hatters was ok. They've done a good job renovating rooms and bathrooms and common areas. We appreciated having private bathrooms/ensuites. The dorm room with bunks our kids stayed in was a good size and worked well. Our room with queen size bed was very small. The tv reception was poor (indoor aerial) almost useless. But our main concern was hygiene, no running hot water in main communal kitchen and we observed most people washing up in cold water or sometimes just rinsing plates in cold water. No tea towels to dry with and in cool damp weather everything stayed damp. Need to fix the inadequate hot water supply to kitchens and rooms and consider a dishwasher or somebetter way of quality control of washing up. Reasonable value for money.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Hatters Hostel Birmingham

Address: 92/95 Livery Street | Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham B3 1RJ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > West Midlands > Birmingham
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 51 Speciality Lodging in Birmingham
Price Range: £13 - £86 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hatters Hostel Birmingham 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in Birmingham's historic Jewellery Quarter & just minutes from the NIA and city centre, we've kept in tone with our surroundings by ensuring that our accommodation is the blingest in town!Hatters Birmingham Voted No.1 in England 2012 by Hostelworld customers!!Hatters Birmingham awarded No. 1 by Enjoy England 2011!!Hatters Hostels voted Best Hostel Chain in the UK & 2nd Best worldwide for 2008 by Hostelworld customers!!! ... more   less 
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