Jaza's World Trip

Meininger hostel, London

Meininger London, an English branch of a German chain of hostels, is a funny one. Nice location, in South Kensington; and nice rooms, facilities, and all that. But it's a bit weird, as hostels go. Doesn't seem to be much of a backpacker place: I guess the fact that they have a conference centre, and proper hotel rooms as well, contributes to this being the case. Plus, not much of a hangout area anywhere, which is a bit disappointing. Anyway, it's good if you want to stay somewhere nice for a short time, and if you're not too concerned about meeting fellow travellers or not.

Rooms: very clean, very quiet, and very secure. No complaints at all!

People: strange crowd for a hostel — lots of families, lots of tour groups, and even a few business people. More of a hotel crowd, really.

Staff: they stay behind the reception desk, they give you the keys (nice, reliable RF electronic keys, by the way), and that's about it.

Location: South Kensington — nice area, with everything you need around the corner, including a tube station.

Food: the breakfast is buffet, but not an amazingly appetising selection. Kind of a school canteen menu.

Internet: total ripoff, £3/hour. Go around the corner, there are places that offer it for £1/hour.

Hot water: very good. The bathrooms in general are very good here.

Filed in: LondonAccommodation

pish posh

Jeremy, no wonder the hostel was so nice. South Kensington is a very expensive suburb, e.g. it's one of the suburbs where the royal family shop and Harrods is just down the road. Probably equivalent to Double Bay! Hope you didn't buy anything there, you would have been severely ripped off. Luv mum