The Best Hostel in London: A Review of ‘wombat’s CITY HOSTEL’
Picture a hostel in one of the trendiest areas of London. Just a stone’s throw away from Tower of London, Tower Bridge and the Shard and other major Sightseeing spots. Conveniently located near Tower Hill Tube station, you’ll find the best hostel in London: Wombat’s City Hostel.
I found with hostels in London you really pay what you get for. Cheaper hostels are either in an appalling condition (bed bugs, dirty, noisy…) or really far away, outside of the city centre, which means you need to fork out a whole lot more for transportation to travel back to the city (so essentially, paying more for a decent hostel in London is without a doubt worth it). And consider how you get home in the early morning hours, when the Tube doesn’t run anymore. Night buses can take forever if you have to travel far – because they stop…like…everywhere.
If you research for backpacker hostels in London, you will also note that many of them have really bad reviews. There are only a few that are recommended amongst travelers in London – and wombat’s CITY HOSTEL is without a doubt one of the best hostels in London – for good reason.
Wombat’s CITY HOSTEL stands out for many reasons. Some Attributes: Location, Design, Comfort, Cleanliness, Friendly staff, Amazing Breakfast, Fantastic Lounging Areas, Luxurious Bathrooms…
At night, you can either hang around in their own super trendy wall-bricked ‘Wombar’ tastefully decorated with designer bulbs hanging from the exposed brick ceilings. You can challenge each other to a round of ‘Beer Pong’ (they have a Beer Pong table…like…what?!) or enjoy a good chat with your mates while listening to music…or if you feel less sociable, just lounge in the many communal areas with a good book. Wombat’s offers ample space to cater to party-goers and the more relaxed amongst us.
Ahh…but you must absolutely visit the hip Shoreditch area at night – in my opinion the area is home to the coolest bar scene in the world (my favourite place being El Barrio…because…just click on the link and you know what I mean…and Shoreditch is full of places like this…YES!). The next day, to cure your hangover, head to Borough Market to try locals specialities which you could take home later to cook up a feast in Wombat’s kitchen (which is one of the prettiest I have ever seen…by the way).
You know what’s funny? This place used to be a hostel for Sailors who looked for a comfy place to sleep when they arrived in the docks nearby. Originally known as the Red Ensign Club, many a wild stories emerged from prison-like rooms in a (formerly) rough area.
Au contraire, nowadays, you won’t find rats and all things gloomy (if you do want to hear a gloomy story, meet up for the Free Jack the Ripper Walking Tour and be scared…really really scared…), but a elegant…dare I even say…posh hostel. Indeed, it could be termed a luxury hostel — because good hostels in London are hard to find.
But fear not — even if the wombat’s CITY HOSTEL London is all about that little bit of extra Oh la laaa (a rainshower in your own bathroom…that’s right?! Say whaaat?!), the price is still well within an acceptable range! You get a whole lot for your bucks.
So it’s a glitzy hostel for a reasonable price, near big attractions, near one of the coolest nightlife districts in the whole freaking world. Where’s the catch? Actually, and I swear I wasn’t bribed to write this, there is none! I’ve travelled to 6 continents (because Antarctica is just too cold…!) and it is by far the most comfortable, most awesomest, ridiculously stylish hostel I have ever stayed at in my life.
Not only are the common areas just simple perfection…the beds are comfortable and there are black-out blinds in the rooms so you won’t get disturbed by those rays of sunshine (although…it’s London…you’d be more likely to be blinded by the brightness of the clouds…nah…it’s not that bad actually…). There are also huge lockers big enough to fit a hand-luggage sized suitcase.
In the mornings get yourself a coupon for the breakfast buffet (yep…it’s worth the extra cost of £3.50) where you can use professional coffee machines to drink a Cappuccino made in Heaven (as opposed to the disgusting instant brew known to be served in hostels). Eat as much as you can: different types of bread, jams, cereals and so much more.
On my last day, and tired from a night of Salsa dancing, I chilled in a hammock to read my book. If you don’t fancy being lazy like moi, ask the awesome staff at reception about the daily activities and what awesome trips they can organise for you. If you want to brexit for a while, you can book short week-end trips to Europe…like France or Spain. Mais pourquoi pas?
Let’s get to the more practical stuff…for those of you who are eager to know: what I absolutely loved were the little ‘bedside tables’ with a lamp, a regular plug and a USB plug (which means you can charge a few devices at once); You can get food & drink at the hostel (small pizzas etc.) or simply ask the staff for nearby restaurant recommendations. ***pssst….I spotted a gem of Vietnamese restaurant (Oi Hanoi at 91 Whitechapel Hight Street) near Aldgate East station which I highly recommend, by the way!
There is free Wifi, big luggage rooms in case you decide to wander off exploring for a bit longer before catching a flight; laundry service; free towels (a really rare thing in hostels these days…); snack & drink machines if you feel peckish in the early morning hours; a few free computers you can use in the main lounging area by the reception.
What I didn’t like so much was that you had to do your own bed up when you arrive — considering this hostel has 120 beds, it is not so surprising though. It is a very big hostel (but so big that it never feels crowded…which is a huge bonus and makes for a more enjoyable stay).
Would I recommend wombat’s CITY HOSTEL London? Without a shadow of a doubt YES! And again, no Wombateer forced me to write this. I genuinely and completely adored my stay at this hostel and was sad to leave. It was an awesome experience!
Where is wombat’s CITY HOSTEL London? At 7 Dock Street, Wapping, London, England, United Kingdom, E1 8LL // nearest Tube station Tower Hill. For more info, click here.
How much does it cost to stay at wombat’s CITY HOSTEL London? Depending on room size. Check out the rates on hostelworld.com by clicking on the banner below.
***This blog post contains an affiliate link – if you book your stay through the hostelworld banner, I earn a teensy weensy commission which helps me keep my blog running. Thank you to wombat’s for the complimentary stay. This did not in any way sway my opinion. I thouroughly enjoyed my stay!
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