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Kensal Green Backpackers 1

2.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

All I can say is wow. We arrived at The hostel at around 6 in the evening and found a range of friendly members of staff willing to help. My personal favourite was a man called Igor. He was a handsome, strapping man with a powerful upper body and beautiful eyes. We found the rooms left immacuately but Igor insisted on personnally cleaning the room for another 10 minutes, as he wanted everything to be perfect for me. The rooms were spacious and the bathrooms well equipt. We had trouble with the showers in the morning but Igor helped set the temperature, and even washed me. The food was beautiful and very reasonably priced. Despite the wonderful experience it was still only £120 for 2 rooms, each sleeping 4. I was in love with Igor but he knew I had to let him go, as he knew Kendal green backpackers was not my home. I would absolutely recommend it.

I have seen many type of hostels but this one was worst of them all. When I arrived they didn't have any only female rooms left even though I paid a bit extra for it. Also why I wanted one was confirmed when I walked upstairs to my room people were cat calling after me. I know hostels go by the people who are staying there with you but this one was so wilthy and I had to lay on top of my clothes as I didn't dare to touch the bedding. The room was full of stuff, totally too small for the amount of beds there was and the bunk beds didn't have stairs to climb up! You had to somehow push yourself up from the bottom bed. Also there was no plugs in the room and that's one thing that I am looking for after a long day travelling, to charge my stuff. Toilets were probably never cleaned and the seats were broken in half of them You could here the noise of the traffic but that's quit common in London and this one is close to public transport which is great however still I wouldnt never step in this hostel again.

Bit drafty and there is noise from the street/other guests but that's to be expected from a backpackers place in London. The room I stayed in was clean enough, staff were very helpful to me when I locked my keys inside one night, and the toilets are cleaned daily. I'm a 5'1 19 year old girl traveling alone and when I checked in I was reallocated to an all female dorm free of charge as the reception noticed my designated room was 100% men, which I thought was a nice touch. The location is next to a cemetery but its easily ignorable especially as its also directly across the road from a tube station. Its also incredibly cheap to stay here despite it being in zone 2, rather than 3 or 4. There is a key deposit of £10 and only one shower per room, so probably not for self conscious people. You also don't get towels and must bring your own. The rooms are much less unpleasant than the corridors and staff make the beds for you. However I'd recommend this to anyone tight on money - it's only 75 metres from a tube station directly into London, very good value for £11 a night (a bed, a clean room, heating, wifi, and the bar/cafe/TV room) and staff are incredibly helpful and understanding in my experience.

The location is quite far from everything but at least it's close to public transport. Cleanings is truly aweful, and the equipment in the kitchen is definitelly not fancy, but if you're looking for a cheap and unpretentious accommodation, that's the right place

You get a bed, roof over your head, shower, bathroom, kitchen and a room to lounge in, all for a very reasonable price. Can't really complain. My only issue was with the wifi. The room we stayed in down towards the very end had no connection to it. Otherwise a very good place to stay for backpackers as the name suggests

Faeces on the toilets, broken tiles at base of toilets, stand on them and urine comes through the cracks, rooms dirty, no hot water. Felt unsafe, one staff member just walked into my room. We were moved from top floor to 2nd floor due to hot water tank being broken. We were then asked on two different occasions why were we in the new room?. No communication between staff. Extremely noisy at night, people marching up and down on the laminate flooring, noise from the street. Door locks not safe; did not sleep for 4 nights, awful experience, DO NOT STAY HERE. Terrible experience.

Bad place: Close to cemetery Creepy rest room, coffee is like a cave ( only place with wifi ) Room looks not clean Not dusty, but The general state is pitiful. Staff is really friendly. I'll never come back

-Location Next to a cemetery Google map did not tell me the exact place, as I typed the correct address. I had to walk almost 25 mins with a heavy suitcase. - Room ambience Probably refurbished from a student hall to a hostel, you need to focus on just crush at night - No wifi connection Only on 1st and 3rd floor you can get the wifi connection for free I tried from the cafe on the ground floor. My Phone did not catch the signal. - Reception There is no integrated automatic system in place. Receptionists use pens and paper to check-in and out - Room Smelly, but need to respect some people living there for months - Shared Toilet Need to walk along the aisle for the nearest toilet - En suit shower box If someone does not close the water tap, the water continues to run. If you ask someone to close the tap properly in a nice way, someone still gets annoyed. - Cafe The mixture of people A Chinese looking lady sits in a cafe inside Bit scared to order my coffee

There were people living there for months, which means they partied in the living room and there were drunk people on the corridors (which stink). The sheets on the bed were dirty and it was impossible to sleep at night due to the noise from the streets and, during the weekends, due to the parties the people living there made with loud music and lots of alcohol. Even the staff on the reception was partying and you had to interrupt him if you had any query. The smell of the bathrooms was terrible, they only wash the floor with water and not the toilets per se. If you are a woman, beware going to the bathroom through the long corridor because chances are that 3 or 4 men will stare at you and ask you questions. The shower is inside the room, which is not good if you share the room with strangers, as you have to get dressed inside the DARK shower (which is better than stepping on the sticky, dirty floor). The shower-head broke and we had to take a shower only with the hose. It was not clean and all the vapour and humidity stayed in your clothes and sheets as it was inside our room. Anyway, I should have known that, it is only 10GBP/night.

The hostel is cheap but the services are highly limited, some corridors smell like piss, some rooms have mildewed walls and ceilings, no wifi in the rooms but in the café on the ground-floor, just a little shower INSIDE the room(no bathroom), toilets outside, 3 toilets per sex and per floor. When the room has no mildewed walls the place is actually nice, the beds are good and there are usually 4 plugs in a room for 6 people. The people working there are nice as well.

639 Harrow Road London England

Hotel highlights

  • Onsite dining
  • WiFi in rooms and public areas (fees apply)
  • 24-hour front desk

Kensal Green Backpackers 1 places you within 3 miles (5 km) of popular attractions like Westfield London Shopping Centre and Lord's Cricket Ground. This 103-room hostel welcomes guests with conveniences like a restaurant, a coffee shop/café, and a computer station. Also close to this Brent hostel are Royal Albert Hall and ZSL London Zoo.


Satisfy your hunger without leaving your room with 24-hour room service, or entertain your taste buds with bite a the onsite restaurant or coffee shop/café.


Guests can expect to find WiFi. Bathrooms are shared.

Property features

Kensal Green Backpackers 1 features WiFi in public areas, a computer station, and an arcade/game room. The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help with luggage storage, and answer any questions about the accommodations. Other amenities at this adults-only hostel include a convenience store and a TV in a common area.

Room options

Basic Shared Dormitory, Shared Bathroom (4 Bed Mixed Dorm)

Full 1 | Sleeps 1

Basic Shared Dormitory, Shared Bathroom (4 Bed Female Dorm)

Full 1 | Sleeps 1

Basic Double Room, Shared Bathroom

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Basic Shared Dormitory, Shared Bathroom (6 Bed Female Dorm)

Full 1 | Sleeps 1

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

11% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 465 reviews