Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer robwynn
Address: 10-20 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch, London, Greater London, England
Coordinates: 51.527750, -0.077930 (accuracy not guaranteed)
The Dictionary Hostel is listed on the following booking sites:The Dictionary Hostel at Hostelworld.com
The Dictionary Hostel is a great, well-designed hostel from which to explore London's hip east side, but not suited to those who want to lay low. It's a party every night! Bring your earplugs, or make use of the free bowl of plugs at reception if you need to get a good night's sleep. The LocationShoreditch is the cool, go-to end of London town. Somewhat gentrified, and full of bars, vintage clothing stores, markets, and record shops, it makes a nice change of pace when you've seen enough of the royal family and typical tourist traps. Kingsland Road/High Street is a busy place, and Dictionary Hostel is between two bars, so you'll hear a constant hum of inebriated folks coming and going.Rooms and BathroomsYou'll find a typical mix of private, co-ed, and female dorms (some with en suites). It seems like every room will get a bit of noise, but if you're a super light sleeper, ask for a room that's not facing the street. The rooms don't have private power points. Rooms are kept very clean, but staff seems to enter the rooms a little too much to clean constantly.Common SpacesThe entrance lounge is the only place you'll get decent Wi-Fi. It works only intermittently, or not at all in the rooms (you'll need to get a new Wi-Fi password from reception every twenty-four hours if you want to use it in your room). There's also a small atrium common space, and a cool little rooftop area (you need to climb a ladder to access it, which is a bit scary, but fun). The rooftop closes at 8 p.m., and the atrium at 11 p.m. to help with noise levels. There's a lovely little cafe and cool bar attached, where you'll get twenty percent off food and drinks. The basement level has an excellent kitchen with more kitchen knickknacks than you usually get in a hostel, and there's free breakfast every morning from 8 to 10 a.m. You might be lucky enough to score some pancakes if you're early enough.Summary This is a lovely hostel in a cool area of London. It's probably not the place to stay if you're a very light sleeper. The noise within the hostel itself is kept under control, it's just the location between two bars, and this area of London in general. But don't let that put you off -- it's really the best part of London, after all.
Nice place to meet people
The place is nice, the decoration is original and appropriate to the borough of Shoreditch. Very good place to hang out at night and meet some people. Warning -- some rooms are quite noisy, because these are next to the pubs. Don't hope for a quiet and silent night. I recommend this place for travelers who want to have fun! i didn't have the pleasure to meet the mice (i've been told there were some).
Great hipsterish neighborhood. Nice staff are very helpful. They let us store bags for a few days. My 6 person dorm was great. Exposed brick and bathroom en suite (ours had some mildew/standing water issues though). Great foam mattresses were very comfy. Decent breakfast w real coffee (can be hard to find in London). Recommended.
Amazing stay and in the middle of Shoreditch!!
I had an amazing stay at The Dictionary Hostel in East London. I stayed for 8 nights and came back for another 3. The staff were great and the bar was a major plus too. The rooms all have an en-suite and. The beds are brand new and super comfortable for a Hostel. And the 8 bed dorm I stayed in was quite large! It is located on a main road with lot of restaurant/bars/cafes, so there is a bit of noise. I didn't find it anything shocking but If you are a light sleeper just bring some earplugs and you will be fine. The beds had big cages to lock up your luggage underneath too. The location on Kingsland rd is the best thing really. Brick Lane is a 5 minute walk and Columbia flower Market is right around the corner. Will recommend to everyone Thanks Dictionary team!
Good Value for Money
For London it was good value, however if you are looking for a quiet nights rest you may want to try somewhere else, it is on a busy street with noisy bars, there was no air conditioning or fans in the room. I was there on one of the hottest nights of the year, which meant the windows were open all night but that meant lots of noise & traffic throughout the night, ear plugs are a must or when booking try to book a dorm room at the back of the hostel away from the main room. If you are in a hurry in the morning and book the 10 bed dorm room, you may have a long wait to get ready as there is only 1 toilet & 1 Shower room for 10 people to use! I had to wait 45 minutes before I could get to use it! The breakfast consists of just 1 Croissant or 1 Bagel with Jam or soft cheese with a choice of Coffee or Tea to go with it! I was left hungry still and went to a local cafe to get a decent sized breakfast afterwards. I wouldn't book it on the basis that it includes breakfast, its nothing substantial unless you are on a diet! Overall I would book this hostel again, it was clean & tidy and the staff were very friendly and helpful! If they can rectify the above issues then it will be a 5 star review instead next time.
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Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons
Lockers in Lobby
24 Hour Security
Credit Card Payments
Curfew: No Curfew
Reception Hours: 24 Hours