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Reviews of Palmers Lodge-Swiss Cottage

Hostel | 40 College Crescent, Swiss Cottage, London, England NW3 5LB

84.3% Overall Rating

980 out of 1031 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (08/06/2014)

Laura Marie Stephenson thinks…

"The building is gorgeous and has so much history and character. The rooms are spotless, beds comfy and there's plenty of toilet and shower facilities so you'll never struggle to find one! The new bar…"

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Facilities

  • Bar
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Car Parking
  • No curfew
  • Free city tour
  • Games room
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Pool table(s)
  • 24 hour reception
  • Restaurant
  • Safety deposit
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Washing machines
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Fax
  • Laundry service
  • ATM / cash machine
  • Bar(s)
  • Café
  • Common area / room
  • Elevator / lift(s)
  • Internet access in public areas
  • Internet café
  • Onsite shop(s)
  • Outside area
  • Television room

Purchasable Extras

  • Breakfast USD 7.60
  • Towel USD 2.53

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Linen

Important Information

Please note that from the 3rd of March 2014 we will be doing refurbishment works in the Bar and Restaurant areas so there will be some minor disruptions. We will still be offering the service as normal and the works should be complete by the 26th of March 2014 A 24 hours notice (from check in time) is required in order not to be charged for the night. The cancellation notice has to be sent by email too. Please note that PHOTO I.D. is required at check in. Under 18s must be accompanied by an over 18 adult booked into the same private room. All bookings require full payment at time of booking. Special cancellation policy “Please note that reservations for the night of the 31st December 2012 will be subject to a no-cancellation policy.”

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84.3%

Overall Rating

980 out of 1031 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Palmers Lodge-Swiss Cottage'

Atmosphere
84.0%
Location
84.8%
Facilities
85.6%
Cleanliness
86.4%
Staff
80.0%
Value
79.2%
Safety
90.4%
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77.1%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Naomi Johnson

With friends / other travellers

Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

07 May 2013

Liked: Safety. Didn't let people in who didn't need to be there. I liked that. Had staff that came in the room and tidied. Showers/bathrooms were kept very clean.

Disliked: Room I stayed in was cramped. Very small strip of floor. Messy people in the room, left their stuff all over the room. Loud, came in at all hours and didn't talk quietly. Very rude but that's what happens when you share rooms with people you don't know, remember to bring ear plugs/headphones to block out nuisances. Last night I was staying, a huge group of children were out in the hallway at 1 AM screaming and yelling. No attempt was made to quiet them. Staff was pretty unfriendly towards me.

100.0%
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DIEGO ALEJANDRO LOPEZ ARANGO

With friends / other travellers

Events / festivals

05 May 2013 DIEGO ALEJANDRO would recommend this property

Liked: clean, near undergound, breakfast included

Disliked: nothing

77.1%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

05 May 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: - location is close to the underground for easy access to the rest of the city

Disliked: - hard to find because it's hidden behind a commercial district - wifi is intermittent, hard to access on phone or tablet. Better to just use the computers in the lounge, however there are usually line-ups for the computers in the evening.

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

Alison Baptiste

Alone

Business / conference

04 May 2013 Alison would recommend this property

Liked: lovely and clean, breakfast for school kids could start at different time to other guests

Disliked: Was very hot in the dorm,

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

Customer review

Alone

City break

01 May 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Clean, and very comfy beds!

Disliked: You need to buy lockers if you want to be totaly sure it's not accessible to others.

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

Irmela Gomez Alvarez

With friends / other travellers

City break
Family Holiday
Sightseeing & culture

27 April 2013 Irmela would recommend this property

Liked: I really liked the victorian athmosphere and the rambling labyrinthine construction of the house. Also the staff was very friendly and helpful and we enjoyed the free Wifi.

Disliked: The room had a funny smell, but I didn't care very much.

80.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

sean oheany

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

27 April 2013 sean would recommend this property

Liked: Nice historic place, good staff, nice breakfast, good beds. I like the place.

Disliked: location is just a little out for walking into town, but the tube is right there.

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

Dr. A Moosani.

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

26 April 2013 Dr. A would recommend this property

Liked: The atmosphere and character of the hostel, the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff members, facilities and services, and the safety and security at the hostel.

Disliked: Darkness (no light) in the MOST part of the bedroom, unfriendly and unwelcoming attitude of the chef (with spectacles) in the restaurant and the black male at the reception of the hostel, and the average level of cleanliness in the bedroom and other parts of the hostel.

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

Katie Buchan

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

12 April 2013 Katie would recommend this property

Liked: Friendly staff and cheap food!

Disliked: Please turn on the heat, we were in a basement room where the inside was colder than the outside, only drawback but a major one!

100.0%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Kelly Walther

With friends / other travellers

Partying / nightlife

12 April 2013 Kelly would recommend this property

Liked: Literally really impressed with this hostel! All of the above ie Atmos, friendliness of staff, location, cleanliness were top notch!

Disliked: My hangover!

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

David Castor

With friends / other travellers

City break
Events / festivals
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

04 April 2013 David would recommend this property

Liked: Charming building, good bunks, clean and good showers & toilets.

Disliked: Some of the showers didn't work as supposed to.

91.4%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Business / conference

02 April 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: it is clean and has useful facilities. you can use the kitchen. free hot drinks in lounge and is has a beautiful atmosphere. 10mins to Camden town by bus and 25mins to central by tube via jubilee line(silver). it is a secure place. f

Disliked: 1pound extra for credit cards. although the tube line is good, it is a little far from central. (zone 2)

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

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

28 March 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage is incredibly clean and I had iece of mind that my belongings were safe. Guests were respectful of one another when coming in and leaving at various hours of the night and morning. The staff were polite and helpful.

Disliked: The hostel itself was good. One long term resident guest made a lot of girls staying in the hostel quite uncomfortable with his unrelenting attentions. Not the most outgoing guests on the most part; some older travellers and school groups.

85.7%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 60% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 40% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

20 March 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Clearn. Nice architecture. Carpet in the room. Close to the tube. Individuar light on the bed.

Disliked: Little bit far from the city.

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Events / festivals

17 March 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: location great for Swiss Cottage and the venue we needed to attend.

Disliked: good accomodation but one the the people asaring a little strange but as we were 2 together did not mind too much. but a solo person may have been slighlty nervous..........

The property's response is...

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

Nandini Bapat

Alone

City break
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

10 February 2013 Nandini would recommend this property

Liked: This hostel is very economical! It has free wifi that reached to my room, a very clean and cmfortable bed, decent storage space (though not big enough for a large suitcase, but we found place near our beds for those), and a free breakfast! The showers and toilets are also clean.

Disliked: There was a mixup with the beds, as someone took my bed by accident, but the staff were very helpful and got us sorted out. The hostel is not that close to the center of London, being in zone 2, but a short Tube ride takes care of that.

The property's response is...

100.0%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Rob Cowen

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

10 February 2013 Rob would recommend this property

Liked: Character, bar, location, beds with lights and curtains

Disliked: Nothing - apart from the occassional ignorant asshole 'guest' crashing in late jabbering and making a noise.... but you get those assholes everywhere

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

26 January 2013

Liked: The structure itself was quite charming, and the nearby Camden Market was a lot of fun. Bathrooms and bedrooms were clean.

Disliked: The location is atrocious; it's only close to Camden. The staff was completely unhelpful. There was no internet in the rooms, only VERY SLOW internet in the crowded common area where nobody spoke or enjoyed the company of others. I went in the off-season, so I can only imagine how crowded it is during the summer. This is one of those places that upcharges you for every tiny service offered. Most of the rooms were empty, but the staff still chose to pack us all into large group rooms. They could have let us have a bit more privacy for free, but they chose not to.

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

Sarah Fitch

With my spouse / partner

Sightseeing & culture

26 January 2013 Sarah would recommend this property

Liked: So open and friendly. Everything is safe and secure and it's right near the underground. The wifi actually works too!!

Disliked: Nothing

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

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

21 January 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Good curtains on each bunk so you don't get so disturbed by other dorm members. Friendly staff, great breakfast! Good directions on the email confirmation.

Disliked: Everything was great.

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

Emma Carlos

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

16 January 2013 Emma would recommend this property

Liked: The location of this hostel was great (if you are happy to navigate the tube). Curtains around every bunk bed was a great addition for extra privacy, and the bathrooms were kept very clean.

Disliked: There wasn't a lot of 'public' space for its size; the lounge was generally quite full. This is not a problem if you don't plan to spend much time at the hostel other than sleeping!

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Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Family Holiday

15 January 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Friendly and courteous team members. Building had character. Private room was clean and cozy.

Disliked: No complaint about the hostel itself. Disappointed in the lack of courtesy and late night banging around and noises coming from adjacent room. Very inconsiderate.

100.0%
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Pei Han Toh

Alone

Visiting friends or family

14 January 2013 Pei Han would recommend this property

Liked: All is good!! :) Particularly like the curtains around the bed.

Disliked: I know its for the sake of not wasting water..but showering can be a tad annoying because you have to press on the valve every 3-5 seconds...

100.0%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Bryony Dundas

Alone

Events / festivals

13 January 2013 Bryony would recommend this property

Liked: Really enjoyed my stay the hostel is amazing !!

Disliked: None

80.0%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Natalie Ho

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

11 January 2013 Natalie would recommend this property

Liked: Nice proper beds. Even though it was a 28 bed dorm, the room was very big and the curtains basically meant you weren't really aware of the sheer number of people in the room. Bathroom was alright and security was high.

Disliked: The shower. Having to push the button repeatedly when washing hair is annoying. Also, the staff was not helpful. When I checked in they did not inform me where anything was.


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