YHA Oxford St Hostel vs Wombats City Hostel..help me choose?
I will be in London between Sept. 2-8, and I am in between Wombats City Hostel or YHA Oxford Street Hostel. I've priced both for my stay and they're around the same price--185-195 pounds.
I've heard good things about both. I love that both have a plug and lamp next to each bed. Wombat's is close to the Tower of London, which is nice, but is so far from everything else other than the Tower of London and the Borough Market/St. Paul's Cathedral/Tate Modern. YHA Oxford Street is such a good location, and it is a 5 minute walk from Queen's Theater meaning when I get out of my show late at night, I don't have to navigate far to get back to the hostel.
I've also heard that the automated lockers in Wombat's sometimes don't work, and they don't have manual lockers in the room that can take a padlock, they just have their electric lockers, so if that doesn't work I'm out of luck. They do offer towels for free which is nice, but I've read a couple of bad reviews pertaining to bed bugs and also rude staff.
All of the Wombat's rooms are ensuite, which at first I was thinking sounds nice. However when I thought about it more, the more that sounded like a bad idea. At least with shared bathroom facilities, I know that I'll be able to use the bathroom whenever I want, whereas ensuite means I would have to wait for someone else to be done. (I have seen photos of the bathrooms though and they look very nice, whereas I have been scouring the net and have not found a single photo of the bathroom/shower setup for YHA Oxford Street to save my life.)
Meanwhile, YHA has manual lockers so I don't have to depend on flimsy technology to lock my stuff up. And I have stayed at many Hosteling International Hostels and I know how dependable they are. Most of the reviews I've read have commented on the cleanliness and the friendly staff.
So which of the two would you recommend?
(I'm also open to YHA London Central, it's just that YHA Oxford Street had the better reviews of the two, and again, really really close to Queen's Theatre.)
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