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    The Best Hostel in London: Wombat's City Hostel // Backpacker Hostel in London // Boutique Hostels in London // Luxury Hostels

    The Best Hostel in London: Wombat’s

    The Best Hostel in London: A Review of ‘wombat’s CITY HOSTEL’ 


    The Best Hostel in London: Wombat's City Hostel // Backpacker Hostel in London // Boutique Hostels in London // Luxury Hostels


    The best Hostel in London: 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.

    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.

    The best Hostel in London: Wombat's City Hostel

    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…

    The Best Hostel in London: Wombat's City Hostel

    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.

    The Best Hostel in London: Wombat's City Hostel

    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).

    The best Hostel in London: Wombat's City Hostel

    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.

    The Best Hostel in London: Wombat's City Hostel

    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.

    The best Hostel in London: Wombat's City Hostel

    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.

    The Best Hostel in London: Wombat's City Hostel

    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.

    The Best Hostel in London: Wombat's City Hostel

    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.

    The Best Hostel in London: Wombat's City Hostel

    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.

    The best Hostel in London: Wombat's City Hostel

    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? 

    The Best Hostel in London: Wombat's City Hostel

    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).

    The Best Hostel in London: Wombat's City Hostel

    The beautiful clean bathrooms (every room has its own bathroom)

    The Best Hostel in London: Wombat's City Hostel

    Rainshower…..squeeek….and HOT water!

    The Best Hostel in London: Wombat's City Hostel

    The big lockers conveniently locked using your Wombat’s Pass

    The best Hostel in London: Wombat's City Hostel

    The cozy rooms with comfortable beds!

    The Best Hostel in London: Wombat's City Hostel

    Your locker and bed number tags

    The Best Hostel in London: Wombat's City Hostel

    Breakfast! Totally worth it!



    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.

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    wombat’s CITY HOSTEL London? 
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    ***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!

    Heart IconHave you stayed at wombat’s CITY HOSTEL London? Or any other hostel that blew your mind? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.


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    • Shayne

      24.08.2016 at 07:07 Reply

      What a cozy place. If I were there on vacation, I might not get out of the hostel anymore. It looks inviting! I love the brick details and the pastel colors all over. Super nice! Perfect for instagram!

      • Serendipity Tess

        24.08.2016 at 13:18 Reply

        It is a very cosy place indeed 🙂 I really want to go back myself 🙂 Glad you liked the photographs.

    • Amy

      24.08.2016 at 09:13 Reply

      This place looks incredible! I’ve never stayed in a hostel, as we are a traveling family, but this sure makes me want to take a “mom” trip and try it out! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Erika Bisbocci

      24.08.2016 at 12:33 Reply

      Wombats looks very trendy and clean! I definitely agree that location is key, especially in a city as big and as expensive as London. Staying far from the major sites not only ensures you’ll be paying a bit for transport, but also cuts into the time you can otherwise spend enjoying the city. The hammocks, free towels, lockers and multiple plugs are definitely major advantages to staying at the hostel!
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      • Serendipity Tess

        24.08.2016 at 13:16 Reply

        Thanks Erika for the lovely comment — and yes, I agree — Wombat’s offers one hell of a lot for your money!! The location was amazing. I went out almost every night and it didn’t take me long to get back to the hostel using the night busses.

    • Maja | Mexatia

      24.08.2016 at 12:57 Reply

      It looks great! At first I thought it is a bar!

      • Serendipity Tess

        24.08.2016 at 13:15 Reply

        They have a huge bar in the basement — probably one of the coolest I’ve seen actually!

    • Naomi

      24.08.2016 at 13:47 Reply

      This hostel looks really stylish and seems to have everything what you need in a hostel. I was curious about the price so I checked it out. I find every hostel asking more than 20€ a night a bit expensive, but in this case, and considering it is London, it will be very well worth your bucks! London became a whole lot more affordable now!

      • Serendipity Tess

        24.08.2016 at 20:53 Reply

        Yes, it is one of the more expensive ones — but not really. Most cheap hostels are far outside of town which means your transport costs are so much higher, making it really unpractical and actually more expensive to opt for a cheaper hostel. Plus, if you have a look at the reviews of some of the places…London is known for terrible terrible hostels. This one…however…felt more like a hotel. If it wasn’t for the bunkbed style accommodation, I would have felt like in an upmarket boutique hotel.

    • Christine K

      24.08.2016 at 15:46 Reply

      What a fun place. Sure looks like it would be lodging most people would feel comfortable in. I like that you provided so many photographs as I really got a good idea of what the place felt like. Thanks for the great review. Will certainly bookmark this for future reference.

      • Serendipity Tess

        24.08.2016 at 20:52 Reply

        Thank you Christine for the lovely comment and I’m pleased I managed to convey ‘the feel’ of the place! It is indeed a spectacular hostel and highly recommended!

    • Shanti

      24.08.2016 at 20:06 Reply

      I’ve stayed in a few London hostels that have been memorable for the wrong reasons. This looks great!

      • Serendipity Tess

        24.08.2016 at 20:49 Reply

        I know exactly what you mean — London’s hostels are horrendous…there are only a few really good ones — this is one of them!

    • Jon B

      24.08.2016 at 21:08 Reply

      Finding a good spot in London is TOUGH. I agree, Shoreditch rocks.

      • Serendipity Tess

        25.08.2016 at 23:46 Reply

        I agree! I’m appalled by the horrendous reviews of hostels in London. I actually tested it and stayed in one of those badly reviewed ones…and they it definitely lived up to its gruesome reputation! As for wombat’s…i wanna go back…so badly!!

    • Hannah @GettingStamped

      25.08.2016 at 06:32 Reply

      Noted for when I finally travel to London!
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      • Serendipity Tess

        25.08.2016 at 23:45 Reply

        Ahhh…you will love London. Many years ago I planned to live here for 1 year — 7 years later…still my base…still my home 🙂

    • Danielle Des

      25.08.2016 at 19:41 Reply

      A month ago I was looking for hostels in London and considered Wombats but it was all sold out. Happy to read that it’s one of the best and so close to the city center!

      • Serendipity Tess

        25.08.2016 at 23:44 Reply

        Yeah they are really popular and almost always sold out! And yes, location is fantastic!!

    • Fern

      25.08.2016 at 22:50 Reply

      Didn’t know there were many hostels in London, this one looks so hip and funky!

      • Serendipity Tess

        25.08.2016 at 23:44 Reply

        There are loads of hostels….just really bad ones…this one is a real gem!! 🙂

    • Cynthia @Journal of Nomads

      26.08.2016 at 14:03 Reply

      What a lovely and beautiful hostel! Yes, you’re right, it’s hard to find an affordable hostel in London which is comfortable and enjoyable at the same time! I stayed in one in the outskirts (really can’t remember the name) which was very nice as well but far from where the show happened. Thanks for the recommendation, I’ll pass it on!

      • Serendipity Tess

        26.08.2016 at 18:55 Reply

        Thank you Cynthia, I appreciate it 🙂 Yeah staying in the outskirts pushes your transportation costs up — so wombat’s is actually really good value for money considering what you are getting for it 🙂

    • Crystal @ Stranger in a Strange Land

      26.08.2016 at 16:59 Reply

      After living in London for nearly a year, I always stay with friends when I visit, but this looks really, really cool should I ever need a hostel!

      • Serendipity Tess

        26.08.2016 at 18:54 Reply

        Ahhh another Londoner 🙂 Been living here for almost 5 years and I love this city with all my Heart!!

    • Sanne - Spend Life Traveling

      28.08.2016 at 11:56 Reply

      Wow that looks great! Nothing like most of the hostels I’ve stayed at 😉 Thanks for sharing, I’m planning on going to London later this year and will definitely keep this place in mind.

      • Serendipity Tess

        04.09.2016 at 23:55 Reply

        Hey Sanne 🙂 yay! It is honestly one of the best hostels I have ever stayed at! 🙂

    • Natasa

      29.08.2016 at 11:09 Reply

      This place is stunning! I really love the pictures and i am glad to see more places like this hostel. It is great to have so beautiful place where to stay on the trips to London, which in the same time will be affordable and comfortable:)Thanks for sharing it dear.I am heading to London this October so i guess i found myself a place to stay:)

      • Serendipity Tess

        04.09.2016 at 23:55 Reply

        Hey Natasa, ahhh lovely! thank you so much for your comment and i’m glad you are liking the photos — i really highly recommend wombat’s 🙂

    • Christopher

      30.08.2016 at 05:55 Reply

      I honestly, never would of guessed that was a hostel. It really looks nice, it’s like a hotel. Great post. Thank goodness I have family in London

      • Serendipity Tess

        04.09.2016 at 23:54 Reply

        Hey Christopher, I know right? 🙂 It’s such a beautiful place! Highly recommended! 🙂

    • Therie

      05.02.2017 at 22:07 Reply

      Thanks for sharing this gem Tess! I believe London can be overwhelming for tourists, lovely recommendation!

      • Serendipity Tess

        07.02.2017 at 16:45 Reply

        Thanks for commenting Therie 🙂 By far the best hostel in town…trust me…i stayed at a few…and nothing compares 😉

    • TheWickedSoul

      12.08.2017 at 12:38 Reply

      Sounds like a great place to me! Thanks for sharing!

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