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Reviews of YHA London St Paul's

Hostel | 36 Carter Lane, London, England EC4V 5AB

83.2% Overall Rating

279 out of 324 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (25/05/2014)

Janine Teichfuss thinks…

"- nice old building in a great and central part of London - a lot of space everywhere"

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Facilities

  • Bar
  • Credit cards accepted
  • No curfew
  • Games room
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • 24 hour reception
  • Restaurant
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Washing machines

Purchasable Extras

  • Breakfast USD 8.10

What's Included

  • Linen

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83.2%

Overall Rating

279 out of 324 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'YHA London St Paul's'

Atmosphere
80.0%
Location
92.0%
Facilities
75.2%
Cleanliness
78.4%
Staff
87.2%
Value
83.2%
Safety
86.4%
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91.4%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Julie Paton

With friends / other travellers

City break

01 November 2012 Julie would recommend this property

Liked: Great relaxing rooms, breakfast area, good food at excellent price, very clean, very secure. Lovely to have St Pauls on back door. Have stayed several times before and will stay again - despite bit of a nuisance being on central line (not the hostel's fault!).

Disliked: Only negative was no reading light and/or not able to turn main light off without getting up from bunk. Stayed in room 42 (bunks - bottom double, single top).

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break

01 November 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Stayed in a private twin room which actually had a double bed with a single bunk on top so that was a nice surprise. Sink in the room which was useful. Plenty of showers+toilets on each floor, never had to wait. The staff were great, nothing was too much trouble. They had a good sense of humour+always up for a laugh! The hostel offers discounts on certain attractions and theatre tickets which is good as London is so expensive. The intercom system to enter the building was good, felt very secure. Great value for money! Didn't eat in the hostel but there seemed to be a decent range on offer and reasonably priced snacks on reception. The staff are definitely a credit to this hostel. Other reviews talk about noise however we didn't find this to be a particular problem. St Paul's occassionally disturbed us but considering how close to the Cathedral we were, this was only a minor issue. Literally a two minute walk to St Paul's tube station which was great to use as a base for visiting various parts of London. We had a great stay would definitely reccomend to others for location+the price!

Disliked: The luggage room provided is a great resource, however you have to pay if you want to use a locker in there (not compulsary) and the money is not refunded as it is in most places which was a bit of a surprise. There are lots of stairs in the hostel, so although not a particular problem for us, would probably not be suitable for people who are less mobile.

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

23 October 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Skorzystam przy nastepnej okazji. Niska cena, czysta posciel i prysznice, no i oczywiscie lokalizacja! Najlepiej jednak wynajac z grupka znajomych prywatny pokoj np 'czworke' bo jesli spicie w shared room, lozka sa blisko siebie i moze to przeszkadzac. Poza tym naprawde polecam!

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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

Kirsten Mahlen

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

02 October 2012 Kirsten would recommend this property

Liked: very good value for money, good location to get to places, fairly close to the bus stop, metro and railway stations

Disliked: there could be more showers, but it works as it is

68.6%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 40% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

23 September 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: the location is good,2 min to bus No26&11 and st Paul underground station.the dosh were good the rooms were clean the beds were comfortable.just please be aware of different electronic system in England!

Disliked: the night shift was so proud of himself and unfriendly.

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

Marie Belcredi

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

28 August 2012 Marie would recommend this property

Liked: Fantastic position in the centre of London. Nice and clean, good food to buy, breakfast and dinner. Special thanks to Macaulay who helped us get a cab to the airport. Above and beyound the call of duty.

Disliked: Nothing.

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

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

15 August 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: great building+location, very helpful staff, good services!!!

Disliked: beds are arranged a bit strangely in the dorms, some more space for your stuff in the showers couldn´t hurt...

94.3%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Noah Finley

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

31 July 2012 Noah would recommend this property

Liked: The location by St. Paul's was convenient. Walk to Metro approx. 800 m. Not bad. The room was good and had lockable wooden chests for belongings. Toilets and showers were clean and modern. The breakfast was convenient and competitively priced.

Disliked: If you arrived early, the lockers in the locker room cost L 2-3; you could, however, leave your bag in the lockerroom outside the locker for free.

94.3%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

30 July 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: location

Disliked: nothing

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

Javier Miranda Vargas

Alone

City break

10 July 2012 Javier would recommend this property

Liked: Great Hostel!!! Good rooms, good beds. I felt very safe and the location is fantastic!! I would definately stay here again!

Disliked: Javier left no negative feedback.

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

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Visiting friends or family

06 July 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Breakfast is good and cheap wine is available

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break
Sightseeing & culture

20 May 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The Location is perfect, Blackfriers and St. Paul's Tube stations are just round the corner and the house has a nostalgic charme. You wake up to the bells of St. Paul's.

Disliked: The 3 bedroom shared bath was very small, but clean and totally ok for a stay of 5 days. Only downside are the matrasses, if you can call them that, they are just soft tissue with a mould.

80.0%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

07 May 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Good services, fairly clean. Well maintained. Very organised. The staff behind the counter were generally really helpful. Fantastic location! Right near the cathedral, I loved hearing the bells.

Disliked: The cleaners were intrusive and spoke rudely on one occasion in a non English language. If I was using the bathrooms I felt like a nuisance if they were wanting to clean the area at the time. The breakfast options would be better if they were self serve instead of being served to you, it was awkward and uncomfortable. The facilities/services were rather expensive (Internet, food etc) but it was a very reasonably priced hostel so this is expected.

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Business / conference

30 April 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Meals are always great. Staff always helpful and smiley.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

65.7%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 20% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

28 April 2012

Liked: good location, safe, fairly quiet

Disliked: too many people in rooms toilets, showers dirty

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

Chai Tin OOi

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

30 March 2012

Liked: Very close to St Paul & Blackfriars tube stations. Friendly and helpful staff.

Disliked: Been stuck on basement floor, noise from street pretty loud, toilet and shower not working basement on the 1st 3 days of our stay. No kitchen for self-cook, can't even get a cup of water after kitchen close. Nd to pay for wifi

85.7%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Hillary Layden

With friends / other travellers

City break

26 March 2012 Hillary would recommend this property

Liked: good facilities

Disliked: tiny showers, dirty bathrooms

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

Patrick Stack

Alone

Work / volunteering

13 March 2012 Patrick would recommend this property

Liked: lovely lounge and social area, the high ceilings and decor are very nice

Disliked: cant think of anything,

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

Customer review

Alone

Business / conference
Work / volunteering

23 February 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: good location, staff were quite friendly (one or two in particular were incredibly helpful when my computer was causing me problems)

Disliked: hidden charges for non YHA members, no free wifi unlike most hostels I've been to

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

Customer review

Alone

Visiting friends or family

15 February 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Lovely, very helpful staff.

Disliked: In rooms of 6, there are two sets of bunkbeds with a third bed at a right angle - very awkward to get in and out of, I have the bruises on my shins to prove it!

68.6%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 20% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

09 February 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Location and friendliness of the staff

Disliked: Hidden fee's - having to pay a lot for wifi, and that the website did not clearly specify that you needed to be a member or it would cost an extra 30 pounds!!!

77.1%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Business / conference

06 February 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: room with lockers, friendly staff, good connection to city center or other attractions

Disliked: many showers were under construction and some of them didn't even have signs

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

Customer review

Alone

Work / volunteering

28 January 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Beds

Disliked: Nothing

85.7%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Work / volunteering

24 January 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The location of this hostel was absolutely ideal for my trip as I was working on Strand and had a lovely walk each morning along Fleet Street. Being so close to the cathedral was lovely too, the view from our window was superb. I slept well each night despite the bells, and everything was clean. Other travellers were courteous and quiet at night.

Disliked: The bells of the cathedral do ring every 15 minutes and although that didn't bother me as I'm a heavy sleeper, it would definitely bother others. In the first room I was in, the noise of the bells was very loud but then I moved to a single room for 2 nights at the opposite side of the building and the noise was much fainter, so ask for a room facing Carter Lane rather than facing the cathedral if you think you will have trouble sleeping. The hostel also lacked atmosphere and people here weren't as friendly as in other hostels for some reason. I went to London Central a few days later and found people much chattier and more sociable with one another - the room layouts at St Paul's didn't help in a way. At London Central the beds are more grouped together so you tend to say hi when you see people come in etc.

85.7%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

SRILATHA NAIK

Alone

Shopping
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

15 January 2012 SRILATHA would recommend this property

Liked: Location - close enough to get in to the city by bus within 20 minutes - on main bus route to Londons King cross station

Disliked: No bedside lights , so if someone wanted to read , the main lights had to be turned on.


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