The staff is super duper accommodating. My bank card was not working and they allowed me to pay upon check out. They were really nice about it. The beds were cool, I like the bed curtains, plug ins to charge my laptop, and individual light. Its also in a perfect location, right near Kings Cross. Also, you do not need a key, you just use a code, unlike some where they make you pay a deposit for a key.
The internet wifi did not work at all, and I rely on this heavily. Breakfast is not all that. Bathrooms are ok but not spacious. Bring your own towel/wash rag or you have to pay.
I would look for another place but not opposed to staying here again at all.
I always felt something was missing in my life, or felt I was never a real traveller cause I had enough money to stay in proper hotels when travelling. And often I feel I missed out on the experience.
So when visiting London, I decided to stay here since all my friends aren't very central and I had a lot of people to visit with.
I found this hostel to be pretty expensive. I paid 22.50 pounds per night to stay in a 9 bed dorm. It's more expensive if you book a room with less people. I think for a few quid more, just stay in a private hotel maybe a little less central if money is the incentive.
I can't say the place was dirty. It was very clean. They had a cleaning women who seemed to be cleaning each room constantly.
The rooms were very compact! The sleeping rooms were a decent size, but the other all hotel was just squashed. The stairs wouldn't be able to fit a fat man.
Bathrooms, clean but not enough of them. However I did find that no one seemed to use the bathroom on the ground floor. I don't thing anyone knew it was there or just simply didn't want to walk the stairs. But it was usually empty when other with queueing for the other toilets.
Showers.... Not impressed. Certainly not designed for speed. No shelves inside the shower. No place to hang your towel, water only drips out. And you only have 3 seconds of the water drip before you have to press the pump again. Other complained of cold water... I complained of 3rd degree burns. they should really fix the plumbing.
They claim breakfast is included, but not really. By the time the young savages put their dirty hands on the bread and made a mess out of the condiments and cereal... I wasn't going near it. Breakfast is toast or cereal and coffee. Luckily I wasn't there for a budget and was able to get a real coffee across the street.
Other expenses. They do no offer free towel for showering or use of the lockers. Those are rented extra. I think the towel cost 3 pounds to rent with a 5 pound desposit and the locker was 2 pounds per day with a 5 pound deposit.
The locker wasn't very secure! I wasn't happy to leave my passport in there!
Value for money: Very poor
Experience: Felt like cattle
Cleanliness: It was pretty clean
Decor: very dated, could use a renovation
A hostel that meets my expectations.
I stayed here for 2 nights in May. The location of the hostel is ideal as King Cross station is only 3-4mins walk away.
The living room area and kitchen felt a bit on the small/cramped side and I thought it could have been a bit cleaner.
They do offer free wifi which is easy to log on to and also have a couple of TV's within the living room area.
My dorm was a 5 bed mixed. They're triple bunks, all with curtains, power sockets and a light. The bed was comfortable to say the least :-) however I'm sure some people will find the beds too small as there isn't much head room.
The showers/toilets were clean but I did feel there wasn't much space to get changed into clothes after showering.
Taking all things into consideration I would stay here again however I would be aiming to stay at other hostels before directing my attention to Journeys Hostel. - Kings Cross.
I had a lovely time here!
The staff is super friendly and on-call 24/7 if you need anything.
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