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HI - YHA London - St Pauls Hostel

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Hostelz.com's Review
HI - YHA London - St Pauls Hostel is by far the best located hostel in London and easy walking distance from the Millennium Bridge. It is large, clean, and spacious with plenty of opportunities to meet and mingle with fellow travelers. The breakfast is a good value and recommended.

The Location

London -- well, St Pauls YHA is in the middle of it all and mere steps away from St. Paul's Cathedral. Buses and taxi are the easiest ways to reach the hostel, and several bus lines stop nearby making St. Paul's an ideal jumping point for exploring as well as retiring after a long day in the city. There are several good restaurants and a few grocery markets near. Just a five-minute walk and you will be at the Millennium Bridge crossing the Thames. There is no parking, so leave the cars at home and opt for public transport.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Dorm rooms are single-sex triple bunks! Guests with limited mobility should request a low bunk during reservation. Rooms are clean, spacious, simple, and uncluttered (with large and deep in-room storage lockers that accept standard padlocks) as well as equipped with an in-room sink. Beds are clean and comfy and have additional built-in mini-storage lockers within their frames -- a nice touch. Showers and bathrooms are shared -- bathrooms are clean but cramped, while shower rooms are spacious but lack soap dishes, shelves, or hangers. While water is hot, pressure is erratic. Security is good, and the staff are vigilant, but bring your own padlocks -- this is the inner city.

Common Spaces

There is no self-service kitchen. However, the full English breakfast is quite good and worth the extra cost. Meeting other travelers is easy, be it at breakfast in the large and airy dining area or within the television lounge or computer area. The staff are also friendly and helpful but cautious as they are rather vigilant about security, which is good. The TV lounge is cozy with plush couches, but most travelers stay in their rooms if they're not out exploring. Internet is pricey, while tea is complimentary during the day.

One significant downside is this hostel doesn't offer free Internet computers or wifi. Not only do they charge for wireless internet access, but the fee is exorbitantly excessive for a service that most hostels offer to their guests for free.

Summary

This is best hostel in London, no doubt -- location, location, location. Oh, and the breakfast isn't bad either. With several bus lines mere seconds out the door, and an easy walk to the Millennium Bridge, St Pauls YHA provides great value for the budget minded traveler. If that's not enough, there are in-house discounts to local attractions and an insightful staff to guide you on your way.

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HI - YHA London - St Pauls Hostel Reviews from the Web
Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
2   The beds are small and squeezy It s really small and squeezy.  , age 27, italian ()
2   Mixed feelings -- small improvements would make it perfect place Mixed experience some negative points and positive ones. Slept in dormatory room for 6. Negative -- Poor comfort (street can be noisy at night, one plug for a room of 6 person). In the room beds are assembled together per 3 not offering best comfort. Beds are quite Narrow -- being a girl, I think must be really inconvenient for men. Have to pay for internet connection with wifi signal not ideal and efficient all time. Little storage space for your personal items in rooms. One chair available per room. Positive -- But on the other hand staff have been really friendly and helpful. Do not hesitate to refer to them, they often offer alternatives, solutions to problems you might encounter. Nothing to say concerning cleaning. reasonable breakfast and pub dishes in evening including pizza, burgers, lasagne, fish and chips all at affordable prices. Reasonable breakfast buffet and classic pub dishes in the evening including pizza, fish and chips, lasagne, burgers at affordable prices.  , age 23, Belgium ()
2   Average Staying at this hostel wasn't a great experience. The staff were either perfunctory or downright unfriendly, as though I was bothering them by asking them to do their job. The rooms were clean enough, however, so badly insulated from street noise that it was impossible to sleep.  , Australia ()
5   Great place in London I've been here in September '08 together with my sons twelve and thirteen years. Our three-bed, family room was clean. The atmosphere of this old house is great and it seems that a mouse here and there belongs to the building. Breakfast and dinner were also ok. Whenever we will visit London again we will stay here and will also recommend it to friends. It is also possible to order a take-away breakfast when you have to leave early in the morning.  , Germany ()
4   Quiet, clean shower place, but kitchen with mice The hostel bedrooms are quite nice and the shower place was quite clean. We have seen some mice at night when we went to the refectory to have a drink. However, maybe other hostels also have that, but we usually don't notice!  , Brazilian ()
4   A good find I stayed at St Paul's in December 2007, and, having had bad experiences with London hostels before, was a bit worried before I arrived. However, I was pleasantly surprised. The place is easy to find and close to a tube station, clean and seems to take safety matters seriously. I stayed in a female-only, seven-bed room, which was clean, had two sinks and private lockers (you have to pay for the locks though), a toilet and shower really close in the corridor. The lack of kitchen didn't really bother me, as I only stayed for the weekend. The breakfast buffet is great (cereals, yogurts, bread, croissants, jams and butter, cooked breakfast, fruit, juices, tea and coffee) -- much better than in many hotels I've stayed at. It isn't really a social hotel, but there are two TV rooms and books available for reading. All in all, a good experience!  , Finland ()
4  Mix of single travelers young and old, families too. I liked this hostel for staff, public trans, and proximity to Millenium Bridge/Tate Modern. Area is quiet at night. Hostel is clean, modern (showers). Only real negative is that there is no access to kitchen.  , canada ()
5  Hostel is very convenient to the Tube and is centrally located next to all of the sites. I always stay here each time I visit London and have never been disappointed. A wonderful breakfast buffet each morning.  , USA ()

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