04 Feb Hostel Review: YHA London St.Pancras
Forgive me for not getting any pictures from the YHA at St.Pancras but I’ll give you a general idea of what it’s like.
If you’re arriving in London on the train at Euston, St.Pancras or Kings Cross and you just have a short stopover, you’re probably going to want to book a hostel nearby.
I chose to stop in the YHA St.Pancras because I arrived in London on the Eurostar at 9:30 in the evening and was getting on a cheap train to Manchester at 6am the following morning from Euston station. Just long enough to need a room to sleep in, but not long enough that I wanted to get on the tube and travel across London.
The YHA St.Pancras is a very short walk from the station. If you arrive on the Eurostar at St.Pancras, when you leave the station turn right onto Euston Road. When you get to the traffic lights, the YHA is on the left hand side just after the lights. It’s really conveniently located so even if you have heavy bags, you won’t need to get on a tube.
If you’re hungry when you arrive in St.Pancras, there are a number of restaurants at the station and there are several fast food places close to the hostel.
The YHA is a ‘four star hostel’ and seems pretty secure- to get to the lift area to access the rooms you need to swipe your room key. Reception staff were pretty helpful and the reception is open 24 hours which is brilliant if you’re arriving or departing at odd times of the night. The entire hostel is refurbished and looks pretty new. Downstairs there is a cafe bar open until 1am serving drinks and snacks like burgers and pizza. There are also computers which require you to purchase or top up a global gossip card- you’ll also need a global gossip card for the Wi-Fi. This was slightly annoying as many hostels in London offer free Wi-Fi access.
One important thing to note about this hostel is that there is no kitchen. I nearly bought something from the supermarket in St.Pancras station, but I’m glad I didn’t because there would have been nowhere to heat it up!
I was staying in an all girl dorm which was clean with 5 comfortable beds and an en suite bathroom. It made a pleasant change not to have to take the bedding down to reception on checkout, always annoying when you’re trying to dash to catch a train.