Wombats City Hostel London




The Hostelz.com Review

Wombats City Hostel London, this fabulous and modern six-floor hostel, is the closest you'll get to a hotel for the price of a hostel. It doesn't get better than this, and it's only let down by a location that's lacking in pizzazz. From the friendly foyer, to the cool undergound bar, you can't go wrong with this choice of accommodation, especially if you're new to, and apprehensive about, backpacking.

The Location

With close proximity to the Thames, Tower Bridge, and The Tower of London (must sees for first-time visitors to London), Wombat's southeastern locale isn't too bad, but not great. Whitechapel is a bit of a bore as a suburb, but the public transport in London is excellent, thankfully. Unfortunately, the closest tube station is seven minutes' walk and the closest overground station is ten minutes' walk. The one-hundred bus is a little closer and will take you to Liverpool Station, with easy access to everything else in central London. There are two supermarkets and a few take-away places within a short walk. It's just a shame that the hostel isn't slightly more north (Shoreditch) to really capture that London vibe.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Wombats is kept immaculately clean. Some dorm rooms have en suites (shower and separate toilet). You use your keycard to open the in-dorm lockers -- no need for a padlock. There are always staff about to take care of your needs. If you're lucky enough to be facing the street side, and are on a high enough level, you'll have a wonderful view over the London skyline, especially The Shard, "The Gherkin," and a glimpse of Tower Bridge.

Common Spaces

You'll find just about the best common area you'll ever see in a hostel. Period. The huge basement, with gorgeous, historic brick arches, has it all. It's a happy place. The groovy bar and drink specials are a great way to while away an evening. You get three free drink vouchers on arrival. And you can also chill on the cushion areas, lay in a hammock on the terrace, cook yourself something in the kitchen, or do some washing in the laundry. Breakfast is available for a few dollars, but you're better off making your own. This is a party hostel, but the party areas are kept very separate from the sleeping quarters. Some rooms may be exposed to a little noise, but the terrace closes at 10 p.m. And there are lifts! No need to carry your bag up flights of steep stairs.


Wombats City Hostel is an excellent choice for those wanting a place to stay that's a cut above the rest. Forget any notions of grimy, dank, old hostels -- this is a well-designed, smoothly run hostel that's very new and modern. Combine that with a lovely atmosphere and you have a top choice for your stay in London.
by Kristy Sullivan
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
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7 Dock Street, London, Greater London, England
51.510429, -0.068154 (accuracy not guaranteed)
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews

Meh ... not a pleasant stay
no air conditioning at all. maybe this is a common thing in London, idk. Furthermore the ventilation in general was poor / nonexistent. If they at least had some box fans in every window to keep the air circulating it would have been much better. My room was much much hotter than the temperature outside, at all times, this persisted all three days i was there even throughout the night with the windows open. The windows didnt even open all the way you could only crack them. Trying to sleep in a puddle of your own sweat is never fun. poor construction. There were many inconveniences resulting from the poorly planned construction of the room. Light switches for the bathroom was outside the bathroom ... why?? so a roommate turning lights off as they leave the room, accidentally shuts off your bathroom lights, and you have to open the door and go around the corner to turn them back on. Why would they build it like this?? And my power outlet was located in a good spot next to my bed but it was built into a little shelf which was so close to the port that my adapter would not fit. I wanted to rip that stupid shelf off. This was extremely inconvenient. i also didnt like how i had to give my ID as a deposit for the room key. No other hostel ive stayed in had this policy. I mean hello, maybe i want to drink tonight, i might need my ID. It's just inconvenient, inconsiderate. one of the female bartenders at the wombar was very rude. I was trying to use a credit card for a drink but there was a charge for anything under 10 pounds. So i asked if i could open a tab and come get another couple beers later to increase the total over 10 ... she instantly was impatient and acted like she didnt understand was trying say. There has got to be better places to stay in london for 50 pounds a night.
Age 26, USA
Best hostel I've ever stayed at. And considering the usually low standard of hostels in London -- that's pretty amazing. Spacious, clean, awesome bar downstairs, good shower, great location, wonderful terrace. A little pricey of course, but worth every penny. Even if the prices went up with 25% I would choose to stay there again.
Age 27, Sweden
Hostel = Hotel!
This hostel is brand new and also very clean, it has the quality of a standard hotel. There is a nice underground bar with a table pool and a table football. They arrange some activities in the evenings so that you can meet with others. Plus there are USB plugs to charge your electronic devices (so you don't need a UK converting plug) and there are lockers closed with your room card, very helpful!
Age 26, France

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