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Smart Camden Inn Hostel

2.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Hostel was really clean and had a kitchen that was available for use. I stayed in an 18 bed dorm and had a great sleep. However, there was only one bathroom in the room and although it was often available, it was CRAZY small. Lockers in the room are available for 2 pounds per night. Free breakfast of juice, coffee, toast, cereal and different spreads. WiFi was decent- a little slow but not extremely. Staff was really friendly and helpful. After checkout you can store bags for an extra 2 pounds each. Great location- close to a bus stop and the Camden Markets.

Great Location - awful place avoid if at all possible grumpy staff, there were bars on the window! - some spaces lacking windows! How it ever passed health & safety checks - or did it? Felt more like an over crowded prison cell - no window in the shared toilet ugh😩 no hand towel in the shared toilet - awful - you would probably be better paying a little bit more just for peace of mind!

I arrived at the venue with my two friends, i was asked for i.d by the rudest man on the planet, i did not read the small print, so did not know that i would need i.d.And instead of being helpful he was so rude and said oh well no i.d you will have to go, i told him, i had the varification email, to prove that i had indeed booked, i had 3 of them, he did not want to see them, i asked to see the manager and all of a sudden his attitude changed ok he said you can stay and said i just needed to send an email as i had used my hubbies account to book, to confirm that then he let me in, he almost threw the bed linen at myself and my friends, never again.

I spent 4 nights at the hostel,which is well placed for transport links to the city centre,only 200 yards from Camden Town tube station (Northern line). The staff were friendly and helpful;and the breakfast's basic with cereal and toast,but it was ok, but tended to get busy after 8.15am,as the kitchen is quite small. To compensate,however,meeting of the guests in the TV room after a day out was interesting and good. The only drawback I found was the shower on the ground floor - it had a bad habit of cutting out after 30 seconds, and be warned not to step under it on the first push of the button - unless you like cold showers? The room itself was a little bit small, as there was a toilet in as well. Matting on the floor would prevent slips,but the shower tends to go outside the door,unless you close it quickly. Bedrooms were small,and I would have liked bigger,but ................ Overall,you cannot complain for the coats and good location.

Decent hotel. Good location. The staff was a bit grumpy but it was cheap and close to central Camden. The breakfast was crap. I would go there again if it's only for one or two nights. We had a 8 bed room for our large company.

Basic but meets our needs from a hostel. - Beds small, mattresses cheap, packed like sardines in bunk beds with tiny bathrooms and not enough plug sockets or storage space. One fridge for all residents very full. One tiny winding staircase and five floors. + However, two lounges each with comfy padded seating and tvs was nice, as was the warmth and cleanliness of the place. Some tourists some long term working residents. Staff know their stuff and are quite strict and formal across the board. Stayed here two nights after local gigs and feel that for the 16 pounds per night including cereal and toast at breakfast you can't moan.

I really like this hostel. It is only a short walk away from Camden Market and the tube station. About the hostel, I will say that space was cramped at times, especially in the reception and kitchen area. I also paid for a locker (£1 per night) but never could get it to open. (I was refunded.) Some great things about Smart Camden Inn? There is a kitchen for use by guests where free breakfast is served (just a simple toast and cereal but FREE, so you can't really complain.) The facilities were always clean during my stay. There is luggage storage (£2 per bag, I think) for before check-in or after check-out. There is no curfew, and someone is available at reception 24 hours a day. Also open 24 hours are the two TV rooms, where you can relax, read a book, or talk with other guests. Overall, the lack of space was a small price to pay for all of the good this hostel had to offer. I would stay here again.

Staying in an 8 person room i was surprised by how small the room was. The rooms was very cramped especially when 3or 4 people where on the moving about the room at the same time. The bed were terrible. At 5"10 I'm not overly tall yet my head and toes touched the wall at either side. While there is a curtain to give you some privacy there is no room to sit upright on the bed. The mattress was truly horrendous and uncomfortable. The staff where okay if a little abrupt; especially with other guests. Breakfast was pretty good. There was toast, cerial and some diluting juice. The best thing by far was the location! A 5 minute walk and you are are surrounded by trendy bars and restaurants. Overall, this was a cheap place to stay and sometimes you just get what you pay for.

This hostel was one of the worst I have ever stayed in. The rooms, common areas and corridors were cramped and the noise in the hostel caused me to have very little sleep. The staff were unhelpful and unprofessional, taking 30 minutes to check me in and discussing other guests in front of me. Hygiene was bad and everything came at an extra cost (padlocks, luggage storage). I was unable to take advantage of the breakfast as there were so many people in the cramped kitchen areas and I generally felt I was in more of a prison that a social, welcoming hostel. What you gain in savings, you lose in privacy, space and atmosphere. There's much better options in London!

Recently stayed here for 3 days overall a nice stay tho there are a couple of problems the beds are slightly on the smaller size I'm 5'9 and if I fully stretched out then I'd hit the ends so if you are taller then me you may have a problem. And the staff I won't say rude but a bit abrupt and blunt, pluses being the breakfast and the location just off Camden high street and near the market overall for the price is a nice hostel

55-57 Bayham Street London England

Hotel highlights

  • Close to London Zoo and British Library
  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Laundry facilities

Located in Camden Town, Smart Camden Inn Hostel is within a mile (2 km) of popular sights such as London Zoo and British Library. This 20-room hostel welcomes guests with conveniences like free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and a terrace. Also close to this London hostel are Big Ben and St. Paul's Cathedral.


Free continental breakfast is served each morning from 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM.


Guests can expect to find free WiFi.

Property features

Smart Camden Inn Hostel features free WiFi in public areas, a terrace, and laundry facilities. Front-desk staff can answer questions 24/7, and assist with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and luggage storage.

Room options

1 Bed in 4 Beds Standard Shared Dormitory, Ensuite

Twin 1 | Sleeps 4

1 bed 6 Bed Shared Dormitory, Ensuite

Twin 1 | Sleeps 6

4 Bed Mixed Dorm with Private Shower

Twin 1 | Sleeps 4

6 Bed Mixed Dorm with Private Shower

Twin 1 | Sleeps 6

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

24% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 271 reviews