We had a shared room with bunk beds (3x3). It was really difficult to climb up to the top bed and come down, especially with other people's luggage all over the floor. The room was cramped with no place to put your luggage, except on the floor which made it difficult to walk around. Oh well, we didn't even bother to stay in the room a lot because there were ALWAYS people lying in their beds, doing nothing all day so it was a bit weird. And we had more intersting things to do.
There are several toilets (most of them with tiny sinks) in the hostel and showers are gender-specific. I had a bit trouble finding the female showers since they are on the top floor. But no toilet next to them. You need to use the stairs to get to one. The showers are fixed to the wall so it's easy to wet your hair even if you don't want to.
Overall cleanliness is very good. We saw the staff several times, cleaning the floors and toilets and there was always more than enough toilet paper.
The staff were very nice and helpful.
The breakfast included in the price (toast and jam) has proved not to be so filling for our fast pace of the days but we were pleasantly surprised with the breakfast offer in the pub. We shared (!) a serving of a very tasty English breakfast that gave as enough energy for a few hours of sightseeing. A nice touch is the discount for the guests of the hostel.
The location of the hostel is pretty convenient. There is a bus stop nearby, as well as a tube station.
To sum up, our stay in Arsenal Tavern Hostel was not ideal, but bearing in mind that the price was low, it was within our expectations. After all, all we needed was a place to sleep since we spent the rest of our days outside.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to The Arsenal Tavern From our location the best of London and all of its attractions are within easy reach. Getting around is quick and easy with both Arsenal Station & Finsbury Park Station within an easy 5 minute walk from the hostel. We are only 10 minutes from King’s Cross St Pancras station! Unique to the hostel, Stoke Newington and its huge amount of independent restaurants, pubs, shops and cafes serving the best coffee in London are only a 10 minute walk from the hostel. When you get bored of Shoreditch, come check out Stokey. We are not far from Dalston and Hoxton either. Arsenal Football Club and the Emirates Stadium are a very short walk away. Our bar and the hostel are a great place to be on match days. Clissold Park and Finsbury Park are 10 minutes walk from from the hostel. We do daily walking tours and pub crawls Our extra-large bar and common area are the heart and soul of the hostel. With a stage for live music, large cinema screen and pool tables you will never be bored. We also have free super fast Wi-Fi throughout the hostel. We love entertainers so get in touch if you want to perform on our stage. Got a talent or skill you want to share? Again get in touch with us. We are proud of our hostel and keeping the place clean and our facilities are cleaned and maintained 24/7. We are big on security and provide lockers free of charge, CCTV throughout the hostel and 24 hour reception ... more less
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