If I could, I would give this hostel a 0. Not a 2.
THERE IS A CURFEW ON THE DORMS. It looks as though they changed this after I raised the issue of it not being stated anywhere on the page. In fact, I was under the impression that there wasn’t one at all, so when I arrived, I was told that I must be in by 1:00am (now states 2:00am but don’t be surprised if it’s a lie). I would not have bothered booking if I had known.
Upon arrival, I was asked to wait outside, as the person who runs the place apparently doesn’t accept ‘extra guests’ of people with rooms, even though I had booked a room. Management should not make such degenerate assumptions and ask their CUSTOMERS to wait outside in the cold before they get a chance to explain that they HAVE booked a room. If that wasn’t bad enough, she tried to crack a joke about how I owed £50, but I don’t think she has ever smiled in her life, so it was an incredibly awkward experience. Absolute misery.
If you’re a female, don’t bother booking. From the vibe that I got, she’s more than happy for the guys to be around, but doesn’t take to young women. She also imposes on the common area, or sits opposite it so that you’re constantly being watched, making the environment very uncomfortable. We couldn’t even enter it because it felt so toxic. She should NOT be working there.
I went into my friend’s hostel room in order to collect the belongings that I had left while we were getting ready to go out. The woman in charge thundered up the stairs to bang viciously on the door. Then came the shouting about how I would wake everyone up. Yes, shouting. About how I was waking people up. The quiet girl collecting her pyjamas. Sure. She also yelled at me about the curfew, which was NOT MENTIONED before my arrival. What an absolute joke.
Besides feeling as though every second of this period was being watched by a sociopathic mother, the place was a state. The dingy showers were black with mould, the rooms smelt like faeces, and after walking on the carpet for five minutes, my white socks were blackened. We were so repulsed that we didn’t even bother to go down for breakfast.
Oh, and bring blankets. It’s about as warm as an ice rink in there. Actually, just don’t book. As much as I hate to admit, Travelodge or Premier Inn is worth the extra pennies.
I have been to an abundance of hostels, and never have I had such a disgusting experience. The member of staff that we encountered was rude in every manner. Unfortunately, we did not get to meet anyone else; I’m sure anyone would have been nicer than her. This is not a place that I would ever recommend to another human being in my life.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Friendly Backpackers/Hostel only five minutes from Plymouth City Center, ferry port to Spain and France, coach station and train station. We accommodate large bookings on a regular basis of in excess of fifty people. Warm, friendly environment with free super fast 300mb fibre broadband, kitchen facilities with dining and lounge communal area. We have private as well as shared rooms available, with full central heating and double glazing throughout. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Plymouth Backpackers Hotel Devon