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Old 09-28-2006, 02:52 AM   #1
 
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I unfortunatly stayed for one night at Hostel 639 in London - and a little word of advice DON'T

The showers are in the dorm rooms...even the mixed dorms...but ok I can deal with that

The whole place is a little shady and reminds me of a crack house...but ok I can deal with that too

It's in the middle of frickin no where, but it is next to the tube station...although it takes you 30min to get into central London... but alright no problem

But the thing that really broke this hostel for me... IT BACKS UP TO A CEMETARY
That's right the lovely view out of all the back windows in of a cemetary that has seen better days, the crosses are all falling over, the graves are coming out of the ground, and I swear to god if that place isn't haunted I will die from shock

So moral of the story - dont stay at hostel 639 while in London, there are way better places to spend you're hard earned money
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That reminds me of my family home, there's a very old graveyard out the back of it.
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that would creep me the heck out at night.

thanks for the heads up

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Well what is wrong with a crackhouse next to a death place?
One word convinience they thought about everything:
A) they sell the spot and the crack
B) You shoot in your room
C) You O.D
D) they clean the mess in the same place (you said the showers were 'aight there right!)
E) Well you know where the corpse finish!

Woo Hooo!
Oh and if they need an escape well the Tube is right there!

So now we now where the green dude is.
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Oh man guys it was awful...tear - ok come on hot tpunk guys come comfort me
No but seriously I swear to god this place was haunted and if it isn't I'm going to go there and die so that I can haunt it
The funniest thing is that if you go to hostelworld.com and read the reviews they arn't bad at all, they just say that it's close to the tube and blah blah...I think they paid people to say that, or else they put them up themselves - so that's why the guy I was traveling with picked it - ya that't the last decision he got to make for the whole trip
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What tube stop was it next to?
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Yeah i'd love to see some pics of this place.

and I'd second that question about the tube stop.
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yeah now you got me interested... like now I kinda wanna go check it out for a few nights!
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oh damn it all now they're gonna get all this buisness because people want to stay in a shitty hostel....ya here's the view out the dorm window
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good times eh? the only way to start a morning....
Lets see if I can remember the stop....nope can't, I seem to have represed all memories of this place
but it's called hostel 639 and if you go to hostel world I bet it'll say

ok the picture didn't work that time...here I'll try again

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ok if it doesn't work this time just go to my photobucket and click on england the url for that is

http://s20.photobucket.com/albums/b212/KaseyCaye/

alright so there ya go

ah yes Kensel Green that's the tube station
see that's how much I love u guys i actually went to hostel world and checked for myself...and still no one has said anything in the comments about the friggin cemetry - these people must be outstide their minds
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That is BAD-ASS! I love old cemetaries! Seeing old graves from the 1600s, 1700s, etc...and trying to imagine the story that accompanied that person's life is so interesting.

OK, so each dorm has an en suite bathroom with shower? Sounds like a positive to me!
Right next to a tube station (Kensal Green)? Sounds like a positive to me!
Historic cemetary out the back? Sounds like a positive to me!

The only downside would be this "reminders of a crackhouse" thing...if it signified the hostel was not in a less-than-safe area, then it's a negative. If it's just a little run down and the neighborhood is overall pretty safe, then not such a negative.

Biggest deciding factor? Price. :D
And guess what? It ties the Royal Bayswater Hostel for cheapest bed-price for mock dates in May 2007! (BUT...the Bayswater doesn't include taxes while Hostel 639 does)
Free breakfast & linen rental, a 20 minute walk from Portobello Road (Notting Hill)...

Next time I go to London, I think I'll try a night in this place just to see if you're right and it's not worth it...
Hmmm...any other T-Punkers brave enough to try a night or two at this hostel to see if it's shite or golden?
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^^^^ I thought the same thing. I'd love to stay somewhere near a cemetar.
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By the way, here's a link to the hostel's location on Google Maps...you can see the cemetary out back and its proximity to the tube station...

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Ok all the plus ain't quite what they seem -

there is NO en-suite bathroom, there is literally a shower stall in the corner of the room, that's it, and ours had a delightful mat of back hair in it (I know that's not the hostel's fault but still....ew)

but hey the hostel's gotta rock someone's boat or else it'd be out of buisness right?

so i guess I should have said :

if you like cemetrys and shower stalls with mats of back hair in them and the homey feel of a crackhouse then by all means pay the 10 to stay at hostel 639

good times

oh and by the way thanks for puting that picture up - I can dye the hair any color i want but im still blonde
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Yeah that view looks pretty tight to me. Although Kensal Green isnt really that great of an area to base yourself in London. Its semi ghetto and a little far away from the desired areas to visit in London. The hostel probably caters more to immigrants than the traveller set.
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Immigrants/crack whores/criminals, all the people you want to meet on your trip

it really is kinda funny that for some reason I'm actually making this place sound good
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(xanthuos @ Oct 5 2006, 06:32 AM) [snapback]141736[/snapback]</div>
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That is BAD-ASS! I love old cemetaries! Seeing old graves from the 1600s, 1700s, etc...and trying to imagine the story that accompanied that person's life is so interesting.[/b]
I'm the same way Matt! When Mike & I went to Jamaica last year I was having a ball reading all the old headstones in the old church cemetery - you know, the ones where they tell a little story about the person. Mike thought it was morbid. I'm fascinated!
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Even though we all seem more interested in the hostel now than before thank you very much for the input. I know that some punkers will be very glad to know that there is a cemetary and a crack house feel to the place and will think twice. Well done!
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I'd call the cemetary the only REDEEMING quality of the place... cool
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