No. 8 Willesden Hostel London, London

Willesden Green
6.7
4,825 Reviews
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No. 8 Willesden Hostel London Reviews

Horrible

It is located in a bad part of the city, old structure and bad looking, mold on walls, bad wifi. Very bad smell inside all the time. Disgusting and disturbing.

Anonymous
2017-05-23
Age 34 | italy

Nice atmosphere against a great price

The somewhat less standard hostel, because it is a combination between a pub and sleeping accommodations. In the sleeping quarters of the hostel you can't really hear the pub, but in the pub itself is a great atmosphere. The hostel itself isn't near central London but the first zone 2 subway station is only a 15 minute walk away.

Martijn
2016-08-13
Age 32 | Netherlands

The Location

It is a bit outside London and in zone 3 but can be reached without difficulty. Not really suited for going out, no tourist/sightseing area but safe enough if normal precautions taken.

Rooms

Pros:

We experienced two rooms. Both are big enough for all people sharing and particularly in comparison to other hostels in London. Everyone can easily store luggage and be outside of the bed at the same time. If you find it strange that we mention this, well that is because it was not possible in most other hostels.

Another advantage is that there is at least one room for females only. The metal bunk beds are numbered and each bed has its own locker. The lockers are big enough for a backpack but not for suitcases and seem to be sturdy. However, the padlock is not included and during our stay there were none available at the reception. It is possible to open the window and there also is a curtain that actually makes the room dark.

Cons:

The beds are saggy and there is no daily change of sheets. Some beds squeak with every movement.

The rooms are loud, particularly those towards the main street. A lot of the doors click shut loudly by default. People are coming and going also in the rooms all day and all night. On Fridays there is live music or Karaoke at the pub which can well be heard in the rooms so sleeping is not really an option.

The air in the rooms is very bad and although the windows can be opened that does not help much since there seems to be no real airflow. The rooms towards the main street get more exhausts than fresh air anyway. The rooms are not clean but we have seen worse.

Bathroom facilities

There are too few showers available for the number of rooms and people. At least on the second floor, the only two shower rooms also contain the toilets. That means due to the already limited number of showers it can be very difficult to find a toilet when you need one. The shower cubicles are big and tend to be clean in the morning directly after cleaning and then become increasingly dirtier until they reach a level of disgusting. However, it must be mentioned that there is no mould. The water pressure ranges between dripping and very good, obviously influenced by the current amount of water usage in the whole hostel or maybe the other bathrooms. There is a small hair dryer in the bathroom which unfortunately does not function.

Common Spaces

There is no sitting room but the pub on the ground-floor can be used to lounge as long as there are no events or too many pub guests. The drinks are cheaper for hostel guests and you can buy meals. There are a dart board and a pool table, as well as flat screen TVs.

Wifi is available in the pub and in one corner of the kitchen on the first floor but it is very slow and often disconnects. There is also a small computer room with PCs and internet access. We did not use this facility so cannot say more in this respect.

Kitchen

The advertised full facility kitchen is a great disappointment. The kitchen itself is indeed big yet anything but fully equipped. Only one of the three stoves seems to work, there is only one kettle but therefore no pots. Furthermore, there is almost no equipment for cooking at all and the provided tableware is plastic only except for one normal cup. That is a problem if you would like to have a hot drink and particularly since the only usable cooking facility is the microwave. Once you finished eating you have to clean your dishes without sponge or towel.

At least there are two fridges and one freezer but apparently due to the number of long term guests these are extremely full. There are also notes that you are suppossed to label your food, but neither in the kitchen nor at the reception can you find the necessary means. Surprisingly, nothing was stolen during our stay.

There is a small balcony directly at the kitchen which can be used to smoke or eat outside. Inside there is a dining room and an extra table in front of the fridges so that makes enough seats and tables. Since the balcony is used for smoking the smoke comes inside which is not nice when eating so quite a few people take their food to the room because of this.

The kitchen and dining rooms are not clean and the tables and chairs are very sticky.

Staff

In theory the reception is opened from 9am to 12am but quite often there was no staff in sight and we ourselves had to wait 20 minutes for someone to arrive. Other hostel guests reported similar stories and we witnessed a pub guest pushing the responsible staff member to check in hostel guests that were being ignored despite repeatedly using the bell. During our stay the staff showed the attitude of oh, looks like a guest, quick run away.

Atmosphere

The pub is used as such and even before 12pm the typical pub guest can be found around the bar. These guests can be fun or an annoyance, depending on your attitude. This holds true for the evening guests as well. The pub is frequented a lot including obviously regular guests.

There are a lot of long term guests in the hostel and the interest in social interaction is very low with these guests.

Prices

The prices are cheap compared to other hostels in London.

How to get there

There is a bus stop (Willesden Bus Garage) almost directly at the hostel with busses 24 hours. The hostel is only 5 minutes walk from Dollis Hill tube station (Jubilee Line; zone 3) and easy to find. When leaving the station turn right and walk Chapter Road to the end, T-crossing into Dudden Hill Lane. Turn left and walk to the end of this road where you can then already see the hostel on the opposite side of the road, to the left.

Summary

If you like being up late, having a party and are a pub lover or are looking for cheap rates this might be a hostel for you. If you want to sleep at night and cook your own meals it is not suitable.

Eve
2015-07-21
4-female dorm, lockers 4-female dorm

Friendly, but dirty

Not a pleasant experience here. Do not stay in the 24-person room. The owner is friendly but overworked as the sole owner of a hostel+bar complex. Room lock is old, kitchen is small, but the bathrooms are ok. Good location in London for the price, so make sacrifices in comfort for a short ride to the city center on the Tube.

Grant
2015-03-15
Age 23 | USA

Overall, it was nice

The beds weren't the best, and the location is a little out of the way. But the staff was very friendly, and the bathrooms were the cleanest I've ever seen at a hostel. A good place to stay for a few nights.

Lindsay
2014-04-22
American

Very bad!

I stayed here from 21 to 27 August 2007 with two friends, when i arrived here i thought that this hostel is very dirty and not safe, is in a zone very dangerous for the people, breakfast not included! The staff are friendly. I recommend you don't stay there!

Dariobedin1988
2007-08-29
Italy

No. 8 Willesden Hostel London Reviews from the Web

You get pretty much what you pay for. There is nothing fancy about this place but gets the job done. I really liked the kitchen where you can prep your meals and keep things in the refrigerator. It's accessible to the main city via bus number 52 which runs 24x7. The staff at the reception was very friendly.

aeLwu6wMnVSdgOJA
2022-08-04

Friendly staff. Everything you need from a hostel. The Wi-Fi is a bit spotty, and doesn't always work. Half an hour away from the city center and all the main attractions.

titgantar19467
2022-08-03

Horrible, hostal sucio, en vez de habitacin individual me pusieron una litera con dos camas singles incomodas, la puerta de la habitacin estaba rota y no cerraba, ubicado en zona un poco chunga que a veces daba miedo, las toallas las tienes que comprar a 9,50 libras cada una... No vayis, ha sido el peor alojamiento que he estado en mi vida.

Awful, dirty, very old, the door from my room was broken and couldn't closed, insecure area as well...

You have to buy towels 9,50 pounds

vbega4270
2022-07-30

Enjoyed my stay! Out of the city Center which is a bit of a pain. The staff was 10/10. Facilities could be a little better. I didnt find the hostel all that social, otherwise its solid

zackjones944104
2022-07-28

Only plastic cash, no card or paper

paulabartholomaeus3438
2022-07-25

Its cheap so its not too bad considering. Not much of an atmosphere but everything works. Some things are a little dirty and grimy but nothing terrible. It is quite far out of the city but there is a bus stop and train station nearby. It was a bit run down and didnt have any atmosphere but if you want something really cheap it will do.

isigalbally
2022-07-22

Was goid for the money, a bit rough around the edges but the door locked, it was clean and the showers were good. Blue at reception was very helpful.

jdiver009027
2022-07-22

Bedroom and beds are clean but bathrooms isn't so good. We were in three and we booked a room with 4 beds. We stayed only ourselves in the room. So lucky.

lucaswicd7780
2022-07-22

It was 8.3, but the staff was over one thousand.

chyshin027623
2022-07-19

Staff was unbelievably good- knowledgeable, kind, and helpful. Far from London but you can just take a 30 min train there for cheap. Fun pool bar atmosphere.

connorwdean7979
2022-07-16

The bathrooms were dirty and moldy, and there were only two of them (including shower) for the entire floor. You can only check out from 9h30 to 10h30, which is really inconvenient. My mattress was old and uncomfortable. It took around 40 min to get there from the center.

The pros were the staff, who were friendly, and the fact that it's around 5 min walking from the train station.

tomoffrede8409
2022-07-15

If you are on an extremely tight budget, this hostel works to provide you with a bed. But as a solo female traveler, I wouldnt recommend this for new travelers or young women. The facilities arent always functional (shaky toilets, broken kitchen appliances) or clean and the bedrooms are a bit damp in the summer. While the folks around the hostel are kind, I found the location a bit far from central London. The staff on the other hand is excellent. Ultimately, its your decision, but I would definitely loo

alexis_cox4020
2022-07-09

In London, for this money, it was a decent place to stay. The staff was really nice and the location was great for us as we came for a concert held in Wembley. The check out and check in times were convenient for us too. Two toilets combined with showers per floor for so many people can be a bit inconvenient though and since the walls are thin/the building is old, it's a bit loud, you can hear things from the street and other rooms pretty clearly.

sutorikitti1102
2022-07-09

Even though the rating came out as an 8.6, I really do like this hostel! The staff are literally the most helpful and friendly people I have ever interacted with at a hostel! It's a neighborhood I know so I enjoy the location, but it is rather far out. Wifi was missing from the entire building for 24 hours and the windows are tiny so summer heat is rough. However, it is cheap, the showers are warm, and the beds are comfortable! It's a solid budget hostel!

lindyanajones
2022-07-09

It offers cheap price since it is a bit far from Central London, but still accessible by tube and buses.

The room is not comfortable. The upper bed is not supportive enough that it may sink a bit, then the curvature of the bed will make you uncomfortable at night. Also the ventilation is poor in the room.

I do not see many travellers in the hostel, instead there are more local people who may be taking the place for residence, so avoid if you are looking for a place with hostel vibe.

Last thing is about the

nicklau886598
2022-07-07

If you want a cheap place to sleep and dont care about anything else, then maybe book this place. But mind you that most people here are men, so if you are a woman travelling alone (or together with someone), you wont be comfortable.

Pros:

- the staff was nice

- the showers were ok

- the locker could fit my 33l backpack

Cons:

- the house is old and dingy

- wifi didnt work

- beds are subpar and theres no air conditioning

- the other guests

niinanukki4851
2022-07-07

Im going to start by saying that this hostel is an average of about 12 per night. For that price in Central London you cant expect much. Ill be honest, the place was run down and dingy but i didnt find it to be overly dirty and I didnt feel uncomfortable there. The area that the hostel is in certainly isnt the best and while I had no issues out and about it was deffo questionable

Quick and easy things that can be done to improve:

1. Fresh lick of paint

2. Better lights in the room

carris_19972875
2022-07-07

Not a good location: its a little bit dangerous and nothing to see or do in your immediate vicinity.

The whole place needs a full renovation. Everything has been done at low cost. The place has a feel of a half way house.

I would only recomes staying if you have no other choice because it is affordable but not good value of money.

Michaeldonohoe6269
2022-07-07

Very nice staff.

emmsfrantisak3017
2022-07-06

Good for sleeping and doing stuff during the day.

simoncombes33640
2022-07-01

Description

At No.8 we take pride in our Customer Service and ensure that all of our Guests get everything they want from their time in London. We cater for the Young & Young at Heart Backpacker 18-38 only, Photo IDs will be required on Check In. We have Live Entertainment on Weekends within our Traditional English Pub, along with the usual range of pub entertainment and banter!

- Free High-Speed WiFi
- Full Facility Kitchen, Dining Space & Outdoor Deck
- Secure Storage Facilities & 24 Hr Key Card Access
- Large Lounge - Pool Table, Chess Table, Couches, Satellite TV & Darts Board etc.
- Traditional English Pub & Beer Garden
- Young & Young at Heart Backpackers 18-38 only. ID on Check-In Required.
- Payment by Cash only on Check in (Cards not accepted)
- £20 Key Deposit (Fully Refunded On Check-Out)
- No refunds are made following Check-In
- Reception is open from 9:30am-11:00pm.


Check in: 12pm - 11pm
PLEASE NOTE that Check In will NOT be possible outside these hours. If you are running late or will be arriving slightly outside our check in hours, please contact us to see if there is a possibility of us accommodating your arrival outside of check in hours.

Whether it is your first time in London or you are a seasoned traveller, No.8 has everything you need (and a few extras) to ensure that your stay in London is definitely Enjoyable & Comfortable!

Location and Contact

Location

• No.8 Willesden
• 305 High Rd
• Willesden
• London
• NW102JT
• Google Maps
• https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/No.8+Willesden/@51.548676,-0.238813,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x487611adaded3db7:0xdbcc9046e73e358a
• For the Latest Travel Information & Directions
• www.TFL.gov.uk

Address: 305 High Road, Willesden Green, London, Greater London, England

No. 8 Willesden Hostel London is listed on the following booking sites:

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Website

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Phone Number: 0044 208 459 3020
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Facilities and Amenities

Party Hostel

Solo Traveller

Bedsheets

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Breakfast

Lockers in Lobby

Luggage Storage

24 Hour Security

BBQ Grill

Bar

Cable TV

Concierge/Info Desk

Food/Restaurant

Gameroom

Hot Showers

Kitchen

Laundry

Lounge Area

Pool Table

Credit Card Payments

Towels

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

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