I think the YHA picked their spot very well. The hostel is close to both Oxford Circus and Great Portland Street Underground stations, and in a safe, mixed-use area with both residential and office properties. You can easily get to anywhere in the capital, plus you're near to Regent's Park when you need some green space.
The hostel is spread over six floors with 59 rooms. These contain from two to eight beds and in some cases are en suite - the majority have four beds and they all have a window. All beds are bunks and allocated by gender which means couples have to split up. The furnishing is comfortable but institutional with lots of blonde wood, grey carpet and bright light. There is a locker for your luggage and you need to take a padlock and towel (or pay for them).
Reception comes combined with a café/bar, lounge, internet terminals and rows of white tables with red chairs. The hostel also has a large self-catering kitchen, laundry, and storage for bicycles and luggage.
Eating and drinking
There's a café/bar that's open 24 hours with alcohol available till 11pm - after a good night out it's very handy to be able to order a quick pizza... The atmosphere is studenty with music always playing, national flags pinned to the ceiling and good deals available on beers and cocktails.
None - well, there's table football in the bar plus it's an easy walk north to Regent's Park.
Friendly and caring. Reception is open 24 hours and the staff are keen guests get the best of their time in London, offering free maps, advice and tips. Check out is at 10am.
Who stays there
Primarily backpackers, students and young travellers - plus families and people of all ages and backgrounds who like the low costs and communal spirit that hostelling offers.
Rates include VAT but not meals, WiFi or obligatory YHA membership (£3 a day). Book early for the best prices and choice of rooms - weekends are particularly busy.
- High-Speed Internet
- Backpackers / Students
- First-time travellers
Pros & Cons
- Young and friendly atmosphere
- Most rooms are shared
- Numerous extra charges