Piccadilly Backpackers Hostel

Address: 12 Sherwood Street, London, England, W1F 6BR, United Kingdom | Hostel
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This hostel, located in the Mayfair/Soho/West End area of London, is near Piccadilly Circus, Madame Jo Jo's, Statue of Eros, and Berwick Street Market.
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        TravelPod Member ReviewsPiccadilly Backpackers Hostel London

        Reviewed by nickghayes

        interesting experience

        Reviewed Dec 22, 2012
        by (2 reviews) , Australia Flag of Australia

        see left for story !

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        Reviewed by _i_am_fran_

        Extremely basic but top location

        Reviewed Jun 15, 2011
        by (1 review) , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

        All i can say is non carpeted clinical looking . But you cannot argue with the location and it places you within the hub of piccadilly circus which really is a must experience when coming to london. The backpackers is very simple , but expensive for what you get.

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        Reviewed by siliratt

        Good location, decent rate

        Reviewed Oct 11, 2009
        by (16 reviews) Montreal , Canada Flag of Canada

        I'd stayed here on a previous trip and found it to be largely unchanged. It has a slightly industrial feel, but gets the job done at a reasonable rate. Excellent location, at a 30 second walk from Piccadilly Circus, the tube and many basic amenities.

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        Reviewed by siliratt

        Location and price were great.

        Reviewed May 30, 2004
        by (16 reviews) Montreal , Canada Flag of Canada

        Very industrial and old, but clean and well maintained. Very no thrills. Staff was helpful and polite. Breakfast was weak. Price for location was good.

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        Historical Traveler Reviews Piccadilly Backpackers Hostel London

        Needs to improve!


        I stay in this hostel for 2 nights before leaving UK back to Peru. I booked with about 3 weeks of anticipation a bed in an 8 people room (for men only) and when I got there, they put me tiny room with 3 girls... maybe nice, but oddly uncomfortable...

        In my last day, I didn't need to be in Heathrow till 3:00 am so I decided to go there at midnight but they told me I could only left my luggage till 6:00pm (not even paying I could leave them longer) so I had to take all my stuff to the Piccadilly tube station and then to the airport and spend the longest night on my life in terminal 3...

        About the staff there was a guy who was clearly spanish/latin even in the name but when I tried to talk to him in Spanish he looked at me as if I was talking chinese...

        Worst Accomodation Experience


        I have never had a worse accomodation experience. Not only was the staff unfriendly they were not helpful at all. I can put aside the aesthetics: paint cans lining the walkways, cement with ripped carpet as room flooring and the general run-down atmosphere. But, I cannot believe the fact that I paid for a private room for 2 where we couldn't close a one foot gap in a large window in the middle of winter! We asked the reception for help or any way we can close it, they ignored the situation and looked at us as if we were insane. Regarding the continental breakfast, well, that equals toast - literally. Never would I ever stay there again. Location is great, but never would I trade that for a horrible experience in a city I love. This ruined my ever willing to try hostels again.

        Spart nicht an eurer Unterkunft!! Jeder braucht ein wenig Sauberkeit!!


        Es sollte eine Jugendherberge sein, aber es hat nicht mal annähernd die

        Standards für eine Schlafstelle, die man außer zum Schlafen, sowieso nicht

        von innen sehen will. Kein heißes Wasser, verstopfte Toiletten, keine

        englisch-sprachigen Rezeptionisten (in England!!), der Duft von Alkohol und

        Drogen liegt förmlich in der Luft... Die Veranstalter sind SEHR unfreundlich

        und man merkt sehr schnell, dass reine ABZOCKE ist!!

        Die Betten waren dreckig und rochen abartig widerlich! (Tip: Schon mal

        aufgefallen, dass auf der Homepage keine Bilder von den Zimmern sind??!) Die

        Bilder vom farbenfrohen Flur sind längst Täuschungen. Es sah bestimmt

        einmal sehr schön aus, aber mittlerweile kümmert sich keiner mehr darum. Ach, und winzige kleine Tierchen sahen wir auch. Also... seid vorsichtig mit dem

        Frühstück in piccadilly backpackers!!!

        Wir hatten für 3 Tage gebucht, checkten aber noch am gleichen Tag wieder

        aus. Es gab keine Entschuldigung für die Unannehmlichkeiten (die Liste der

        Geschehnisse an diesem einem Tag in piccadilly backpackers ist einfach zu

        lang) oder eine Teilrückzahlung... nur ein unverschämtes Grinsen. Tja, wieder einer drauf reingefallen! Na, danke schön!!

        I want a hot shower!!!


        If "Location Location Location" is all that you care about then this hostel is fab. You couldn't be better situated at this hostel, especially with the tube only 30 seconds away.

        HOWEVER, if like me you do like certain creature comforts like Hot Showers in the winter, then perhaps this isn't for you. Surely, hot water isn't too much to ask for in one of the biggest cities in the world? And the staff weren't exactly overly helpful or friendly.

        This hostel provides a bed to sleep in but not much more.

        No hot water at Piccadilly Backpackers Hostel !!!


        For somebody who needs a place to stay for several days visiting London, Piccadilly Backpackers hostel seems a very good option: both location and price are unbeteable, (Piccadilly circus, from 12 pounds/night).

        I have been there last week, for 3 nights. And, really, very good location and price. But it is important to know that also it has the following disadvantages:

        - NO HOT WATER in the 5th,6th and 7th floors! We had to have a cold shower, until somebody told us that there is only hot water in the 4th floor. We met 2 girls who stayed for a week having only cold showers! As you can imagine, every morning there is a long queue of people behind the doors of the showers at 4th floor.

        - The hostel is QUITE DIRTY, VERY NOISY and TUMBLEDOWN. If you go, don´t forget your earplugs, flip-flops, and forget to sleep well especially on weekends.

        - Breakfast is acceptable (instant coffee and 2 toasts with butter and jam) but BREAKFAST ROOM IS MINUSCULE. Probably you won´t find a place to sit down, and you will have to wait, or eat your breakfast standing.

        - STAFF is quite unpleasant, not friendly at all. When I complained about the cold water, they told me something like "what do you expect if you just pay 12 pounds per night?"... But, they announce in their website that there is hot water 24 hours in every shower... and it´s a lie!!!

        Anyway, it´s like this. Now you know how it is, and you can decide. Next time, I will probably look for another place to stay.

        Adequate, but not much more.


        I had a friend recommend this hostel, so I tried it out for three nights on my way into Britain, and for two on the way out. The location is by far the best asset of this establishment. It is very easy to get to from Heathrow (about 40 minutes on the tube) with the Piccadilly station just a stones throw away. From the hostel itself there is a lot to see within easy walking distance. For that reason alone it is worth putting up with some of the negatives.

        Firstly, the staff tended to be somewhat disinterested, and were not always very organized, and didn't try very hard to make me feel welcome or valued as a customer.

        Also, don't count on using the lift much. On my way in the first time with all my bags, I did use it, but it is so tiny and slow, I never bothered again. I stayed on the 6th and 5th floors, and dedided it was easier to just take the stairs every time. You get used to it.

        Checking in can be very slow, and you have to be sure to pick up your linens, as my second time checking in, they didn't point them out to me, so I just took a set from a pile in the office (which is on the 4th floor).

        I was in four-bed room, and found it to be very small with almost no space to store anything. The lockers provided are tiny (the size of a bread box) and the latches are too small the take a standard combination lock, so be prepared to take anything you really value with you whenever you leave the room. There is a sink in the room, and at least one power outlet for charging phones/cameras/mp3 players etc.

        The windows all are fixed, and were open a couple of inches, so the street noise is quite audible, and in this location it doesn't dissipate during the night, but it is not too terrible. I am a fairly light sleeper, and it never really kept me awake (except for a car alarm that went off for about 20 minutes one night). It was noticably worse from the 5th floor than the 6th.

        The room itself was relatively clean, but a lot of that depends on how your room-mates keep house. Most tend to spread out a lot, so try your best to contain your stuff in a small specific area. In terms of room-mates, as a Canadian, I was always put with Australians or Americans, and they never made it co-ed. Annoying roomies go a long way to making the experience unpleasant, but of course that part of hosteling is always a gamble.

        The washrooms were usable, but not great. If you got to one of the smaller ones on the outside of the building without showers they tend to be cleaner and less used.

        The breakfast is very spartan (only toast and juice and/or coffee) but it is something. It tends to quite crowded in the breakfast room, but I was always able to sit down at least.

        The internet access is quite reasonable (1 pound for an hour) and I never had any trouble getting on. For North Americans, be aware that the European keyboard is slightly different. You may need some help with a couple of things, as some of them looked like NA ones, but were mapped as Euro spec.

        I found that most people kept to themselves, and the atmosphere is not very social, but I don't really care about that myself. If you are looking for instant friends, you will have to do all the work.

        On the plus side, apart from the location, the security is quite good. Once you show your passport and reservation, you are issued a room key that you must show at the front door to get in. Do your best to keep it with you at all times. Also, the price is not too bad, but given the conditions and the staff, your are not getting anything more than you pay for. Although it is only basic accomodation, it is good enough that I would probably stay there again, but not with great anticipation.



        This is a really good hotel, no need to bring a sleepingbag, you get a locker to have you stuff in, nich free hot showers and most important of all it´s both cheep and central!

        Couldn't ask for a better location.. makes help for lackluster hostel


        Let me say this.. "Location! Location! Location!" The location of this hostel is perfect! And its a great price. So if those two things are the most important to you-- choose this hostel. But you'll have to look past its flaws.

        So its flaws.. ok.. here's what I experienced. -- Piccadilly Backpackers was my first hostel and I was unsure what to expect. The look of the hostel is on the "down" side. (with one floor being totally locked off?). Parts of the walls looked like they never finished the paint job. The carpets were in pretty bad shape. The bathroom facilities weren't that great. (plus there was always a not so fragrant aroma) It was "dorm-style", so no privacy for you modest people! And there were more showers then toilets (?). I took more then one freezing cold shower. At least before I discovered the secret of which shower stalls were THE showers that contained all the hot water (everyone else seemed to know the secret too as that stall was frequently in use). And our room was freezing every night. My roommates said one morning that there was no heat coming thru the radiator since all the heat was being taken up by the showers??? I don't know about that, but...

        My bed wasn't that comfortable.. I woke up every morning clutching my back. And be prepared for the in room lockers to be the size of a small drawer. They'll hold something about the size of a purse, but thats it. And if you want to use it, have a small lock-- like the size of a luggage lock-- as there's no way an average size combination lock will fit. (which I discovered)

        And I had the worst luck trying to get a working computer for the internet in the common room.

        Bring earplugs as you're in the happening part of town. And when the bars shut down, it gets quite loud.. alot of honking horns, etc.

        Now with all that being said-- again.. Location! Location! Location! That is what this hostel has got going on! Its right across the street from Regent Palace Hotel which charges ALOT more. Its just yards away from the Piccadilly tube station. Which is so convienent. Piccadilly is the line that comes from Heathrow, so its extremely easy to get to the hostel from the airport. It is a bit confusing to find the hostel once emerging from the underground though... so many streets jutting off of Piccadilly Circus.

        If I ever "hostel" it in London again.. I will probably go back to Piccadilly Backpackers.. but this time I'll know the secret of "the hot shower stall".

        We were not in London to sleep


        We stayed there last May on our way from France. When we arrived on our way to France the elevator was broken so we had to walk up stairs with two very heave suitcases only to find out that there wasnt enough room in the luggedge room to store our bags. So we had to walk all the way down again and store our bags at the Regent Palace. Rooms were fine for one night. You could hear pretty much every thing that was going on in the room next to you..our naighbours must have been practicing for a porn film if you know what I mean ;)

        We asked for a wake up call in order to check out on time I dont remeber what time it was but check out is really early. We did not get a wake up knock but luckily we had great next door naighbours. We were really surprized when the same guy that checked us in the night before was still working the morning after.

        My opinion is that we were not in London to sleep so this hostel was terrefic. I felt safe leaving my bags in the room. We had a privite double.

        All in all a good value for what you pay. Could use a bit of DIY but if it will raise the prize then.

        IF all you need is a bed this will work !!!


        London was part of our trip in Europe and we thought we would go on the cheap in this Hostel. When we check in we are greeted with a long line on the 4th floor. We waited patiently and got to our room about 30 min. later. On inspection of the room we noticed mold all over the walls and around the sink. Not a little bit, but allot. I went back to reception and told them this was unacceptable, so they moved us to an interior room. This room worked out ok. The room was about 4x8 with shared bathrooms. I felt safe leaving my stuff there. Once you check in you have to go back to the 4th floor for bedding. The elevator only works once in a while. One time there was a few people waiting to use the elevator to get to there room and an employee had it locked off so he could flirt with one of the girls comming in. In the mean time we had to walk 7 flights of stairs with luggage. The location is perfect for the west end and Picadilly Circus. So the low down on this Hostel is that it is if you need a clean bed it is almost acceptable. The hotel is very dirty. The rooms are filthy and there is writting all over the walls of the rooms. The Common area was great and we met some very nice people there. Internet is cheap when you can get on a computer. They have a special on beer down the street for people who stay there. It is a good place to meet people and get out of the room. It is to bad this hostel is in such bad shape because it could be the best hostile ever with the right care. But if you need a cheap bed for a night or two and you want a central location it will work.

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        2.00 of 5 stars Fair

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