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Reviews of Dover Castle Hostel and Bar

Hostel | 6A Great Dover Street, London, England SE1 4XW

75.9% Overall Rating

1043 out of 1426 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (10/08/2014)

Craig Appleby thinks…

"Excellent for a cheap stay in London. Situated a short tube ride from King's Cross, we were able to be in Camden within half an hour of leaving the front door of the building. Staff were very helpful…"

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Facilities

  • Bar
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Currency Exchange
  • Free city tour
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Pool table(s)
  • 24 hour reception
  • Safety deposit
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Washing machines
  • Fax
  • Laundry service
  • Bar(s)
  • Common area / room
  • Communal kitchen
  • Internet access in public areas
  • Internet café
  • Onsite shop(s)
  • Television room

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Breakfast
  • Linen
  • Towel

Important Information

Please note: We are a backpacker’s hostel and cater specifically for 18 to 35 year olds. If you are older than this, you are more than welcome to stay, but you should be aware that it is mainly younger people here.

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75.9%

Overall Rating

1043 out of 1426 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Dover Castle Hostel and Bar'

Atmosphere
72.0%
Location
85.6%
Facilities
69.6%
Cleanliness
70.4%
Staff
82.4%
Value
79.2%
Safety
72.0%
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82.9%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

18 August 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Not bad, excellent location and value for Money.

Disliked: Noisy until midnight, shower was similar to the beach style "press for water" on one temperature. No sink with toilet to wash hands

85.7%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Craig Appleby

With a large group / tour

City break
Partying / nightlife
Visiting friends or family

10 August 2014 Craig would recommend this property

Liked: Excellent for a cheap stay in London. Situated a short tube ride from King's Cross, we were able to be in Camden within half an hour of leaving the front door of the building. Staff were very helpful and quick to clean toilets, etc in the morning.

Disliked: Slightly overpowering smell of urinal cakes in the bar toilet - though that is much preferred to the alternative. Light on the first floor toilet had no switch, so was awkward to use at night.

82.9%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

Alexey Chernov

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

29 July 2014 Alexey would recommend this property

Liked: Good Wi-Fi, excellent location

Disliked: There is really noisy bar on the ground floor. So if your room is on 1st or 2nd floor, be ready to hear loud music until 2am. Quite strange showers - but they work.

82.9%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Becky Sutton

As a family with children

Family Holiday

25 July 2014

Liked: Staff were very friendly and helpful. The location offered great flexibility for our plans. Staff keep the property clean. Beds are very comfortable. The price is one of the best values in the area. The bar area for breakfast was nice.

Disliked: Travellers need to be aware of several realities. You will have city lights and traffic noise all night, and sometimes pedestrian noise. The bathroom situation is less than ideal. If the floor had multiple showers, they were all in one room, so if you wanted privacy, you had to lock out anyone else from using them. The showers were usually cold, with no controls to set temperature or pressure. Because of the numbers of guests, getting a sink was sometimes difficult.

48.6%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 60% Facilities - 20% Safety - 40%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

21 July 2014

Liked: Maybe breakfast...

Disliked: The showers had a very bd smell, the rooms were very tiny and too hot! The hostel in general was very hot! No wifi in the rooms.

74.3%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 60% Facilities - 100% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 60%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

20 July 2014

Liked: Location was good, about 1 min from the underground and 5 to the london bridge. Beds were good. Open late bar was good.

Disliked: Really bad showers, too tiny and few for the size of the hostel. Rooms were tiny and very hot in the summer.

74.3%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

11 July 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Near Tower Bridge.

Disliked: No lift.

91.4%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Events / festivals
Sightseeing & culture

11 July 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: 24h reception, lovely people and an excellent way to meet people from all over the world. Plenty of things can be had there, including towels, hair dryers, outlet adaptors for a £5 deposit which you get back when finished using them. This means you can travel lightly without having to carry bulky things.

Disliked: Since it's in the UK, they run out of outlet adaptors fairly quickly, which meant me and my friend had to share the adaptor, timing our phone charges. Didn't happen with towels though. One more thing is how hot the rooms can be, which coupled with the insulating duvet makes you sleep on your underwear or sweat like a pig if you don't tend to use pajamas.

57.1%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 40% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 40%

Gavin Thomas

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

01 July 2014

Liked: Location

Disliked: No notice about late check out costing an extra nights accomodation payment

57.1%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 100% Facilities - 20% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 60%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

22 June 2014

Liked: - Staff were friendly - Breakfast was basic but what you needed to get started in the morning - Location - so close to a tube station

Disliked: - Toilets hardly flushed - Had to request more toilet paper from staff on at least 3 separate occasions - Lack of communal space for the amount of people in the hostel - Lack of fridge space for the amount of people in the hostel - Lack of showers / toilets / sinks for the amount of people in the hostel

20.0%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 20% Facilities - 20% Safety - 20%
Location - 20% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 20%

georgina delves

With friends / other travellers

City break

21 June 2014

Liked: Nothing. Do not stay here. Avoid at all costs.

Disliked: Very rude staff, holes in the sheets, cold showers, very noisy place - do not stay here ever.

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Partying / nightlife

20 June 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: nice lively atmosphere

Disliked: one of the receptionist was a bit moody.

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Business / conference
Work / volunteering

20 June 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Their kitchen,bar and bed arrangement.

Disliked: Nothing

85.7%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

17 June 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Hostel was clean and tidy as well as great value for money. Staff very helpful.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

71.4%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 40%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

Neil Macey

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
City break
Partying / nightlife
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities
Visiting friends or family

16 June 2014 Neil would recommend this property

Liked: The hostel staff were great....they gave me a free room upgrade so I could stay with my friends and they brought me a glass of ice water after they saw I had been out jogging. They even lent me and my mates a football to play with outside :-)

Disliked: The bouncers were very rude to some of my friends in the night time :-(

60.0%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 20% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

14 June 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: the place is really cheap and is just next to the metro.

Disliked: some people from the reception was unpolite, in particular the guy who work in the morning.

60.0%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 40% Facilities - 40% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

12 June 2014

Liked: It was super conveniently located - either a quick tube ride, or beautiful walk to downtown.

Disliked: Staff was not accomodating and didn't know very much. The internet was terrible - it only worked on the main floor, and even at that it barely worked. There are absolutely not enough washrooms. I waited 20 minutes just to be able to brush my teeth, it was absolutely ridiculous. Also, the rooms are WAY too hot. It was unbearable to sleep. Finally, they tried to add an extra mattress on the floor to make it a "9 bedroom" instead of "8 bedroom," so everything was even more cramped - I did not pay to have an extra person in the room. The atmosphere made it very difficult to meet people.

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

11 June 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Really friendly and helpful staff! The kitchen, bathrooms and toilets were clean, breakfast is nicely served. There are a lot of cheap places to eat close to the hostel so I would totally recommend this hostel to anybody :)

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

85.7%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Wing Sze Ruby Leung

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

08 June 2014 Wing Sze Ruby would recommend this property

Liked: The hostel is very near the station and easy to find. We are enjoy to stay in the hostel

Disliked: The shower room is quite dirty even it is daily clean. And some of the toilets is lacking if tub.

88.6%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Work / volunteering

28 May 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: location

Disliked: noise

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

14 May 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: It was very close to the tube and the people were kind

Disliked: /

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Sabrina de Carvalho

With friends / other travellers

Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

03 May 2014 Sabrina would recommend this property

Liked: Nice, easy location and all facilities were available

Disliked: the noise of the bar downstairs

94.3%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Phil MacDonald

Alone

Work / volunteering

29 April 2014 Phil would recommend this property

Liked: Great music in the bar, nice staff, comfy beds

Disliked: Maybe not enough showers?

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Martina Dvorakova

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

24 April 2014 Martina would recommend this property

Liked: That was an amazing experience! The hostel can offer everything what travellers need, from very friendly and helpfull stuffs to relax in hostel bar after exhausting day

Disliked: Bar offers only one English beer, rest is from another countries. I would really like to taste more English beers :D

48.6%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 40% Facilities - 40% Safety - 100%
Location - 40% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

08 April 2014

Liked: Close to tube station and bus

Disliked: Beds, room size, shower room. kitchen and visiting area dark and small,


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