Review – Wombat’s City Hostel London
- Wombat's City Hostel London
- Reviewed by
- Ross Murray
on January 29, 2015
- £24 per night
Wombat’s City Hostel London is the newest hostel to open its doors in London. This isn’t any old hostel either, everything about Wombat’s is by hostel standards luxury, with fantastic furnishings and impressive walk-in waterfall showers in every room! I recently visited the hostel for a weekend stay during a lovely TrekAmerica reunion in London. Read on to find out why I loved the Wombat’s City Hostel.
When I was looking for somewhere to stay in London I had three priorities in mind: it had to be inexpensive, clean with good showers and centrally located within easy access to London’s tube network. This being only my third hostel experience and first solo hostel stay, I wanted somewhere with a reputation for high standards. I came across the Wombat’s while reading about luxury hostel locations around the world. Wombat’s run several backpacker hostels throughout Europe in vibrant city locations including Vienna, Berlin, Munich, Budapest and London, the company’s newest place.
Wombat’s City Hostel London opened its doors on the 11th December 2014 and is conveniently located near Tower Bridge and Aldgate East tube station, convenient for travelling around the city. I arrived on a mild winters afternoon after a short walk from the tube station – it takes under ten minutes.
The hostel’s reception area is warm and welcoming, with a hipster vibe which I loved. It is decked out with plenty of seating and nice benches for guests to use, theirs also plenty of power outlets for guests wanting to use their laptops. The reception desk has an impressive Wombat’s sign made up of loads of filament light bulbs which added to the lovely raw old-meets-new theme which is visible throughout the hostel. The check in was quick and easy, with friendly staff on hand. On check-in, I was given a free map of London and a voucher for a free drink at the hostel’s bar – the WomBar. I arrived early but my room was ready and check-in before the advertised check-in time of 2 pm was no problem.
After check-in, I made my way to my room on the first floor. The entire hostel has secure keycard access, with all doors requiring you to use the card for entry. The whole place is very secure, and I felt safe here. Once in my room, I was impressed by how clean, and fresh everything was. I stayed in a four-bed dorm with three other guests. A free set of sheets was waiting on my bed. This was my first time making a top bunk and boy was that an experience! Wrestling to get the sheets on I imagine wasn’t pleasant viewing! I was glad I was the only person in the room. The bunk had a useful little shelf with a UK power outlet and USB port for charging your devices. I loved being able to charge my phone over night and have access to my alarm within easy reach! The rooms also have large lockers which you use your keycard to access, which was a nice touch.
Now, the shower room! Worthy of its own paragraph. The shower room was just fantastic, in fact, I would have been happy with this in a decent hotel! The shower room was large with plenty of shelf space and places to hang your clothes or towels. The shower itself was walk-in style with a large waterfall style shower head. The shower was powerful and always had hot water. They were also immaculate. I believe they are cleaned daily by housekeeping. I also liked that the room had a separate toilet, so you could use the loo even when someone else was using the shower.
Later that evening I visited the hostel’s own bar, aka the ‘WomBar’, an excellent place for having a drink with friends, in the hostel’s basement area. I loved the look of this area, with impressive original vaulted ceilings and exposed brickwork complete with lovely warm lighting – it was a cosy place with a brilliant atmosphere. The WomBar has a happy hour from 6-8pm where all beers are just £3! I appreciated the lovely choice of ales on draft. I recommend Frontiers and London Pride – they are both very smooth and refreshing – they go down a treat! The staff here are friendly, and you also receive a voucher for a free drink at check-in, a nice bonus!
The following morning I had breakfast in the hostel. The hostel provides an all-you-can-eat continental style buffet breakfast for £3.50 which was excellent value for money. There is a choice of different bread and rolls, jams and spreads, cereals including muesli and a selection of hot drinks including coffee and tea. I enjoyed my breakfast and although simple, is enough to get you going! The hostel also has a guest kitchen and laundry which I didn’t need to use.
Overall I loved this hostel, and I would not hesitate to visit it again – it will probably be my go-to place whenever I stay in London! It’s excellent value for money, clean and has great showers and comfy beds – what more do you need? It’s also close to some of East London’s best attractions including Tower Bridge, Tower of London and Bricklane – a great place to eat out especially if you like curry!