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Hotel Description

At Kensal Green Backpackers 1 you'll be 2.3 km (1.4 mi) from Portobello Road Market and 3.4 km (2.1 mi) from Queensway. Highlights at this hostel include a restaurant and a bar/lounge.

WiFi and safes are featured in all 103 rooms. Bathrooms are shared.

This smoke-free hostel offers free WiFi in public areas, a 24-hour front desk, and a game room. Added amenities include a coffee shop/café and laundry facilities. Buffet breakfast is available daily between 7:30 AM and 10 AM.

With a stay at this Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea hostel, you'll be 3.7 km (2.3 mi) from Westfield London Shopping Centre and 3.9 km (2.4 mi) from Kensington Gardens.

Basic Twin Room, Shared Bathroom

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
AU$57* Per night/room 12 Mar. - 13 Mar.

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

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

Basic Quadruple Room, Shared Bathroom

Bed Count room.options.bedSize.BunkBed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Basic Shared Dormitory, Shared Bathroom (8 Bed Mixed Dorm)

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

Basic Shared Dormitory, Shared Bathroom (8 Bed Female Dorm)

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

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

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

Kensal Green Backpackers 1 ratings based on 2 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
1.0 out of 5 1.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 1.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 1.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 1.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 1.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Kensal Green Backpackers 1

Everyone (2)
1 out of 5

Dingee and on the dodgiest area of london

Ended up checking out a day early. Was awful - felt like the majority of guests were older men who would take note of the room I would enter and exit from, staff had low levels of English, corridors and rooms stunk, no supermarket near by., very poorly equipped kitchen. Don't stay

Posted by , from nz on 13 Mar. 2016

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1 out of 5

Significantly unpleasant

Pros: Unfortunately nothing. It's proximity to the tube was the only convenience,
Cons: Service, cleanliness, organisation, hospitality, maintainance and most importantly; vibe. We did not feel welcome and wanted to leave immediately.
Location: Kensal Green isn't really a hive of activity, however there's a decent pub next door.
Inefficient check in, rooms were dirty, had to have people ejected from room after being given the key (previous occupants still in there), linen was yellowed and obviously unwashed (as previous occupants were still in the room when we were sent up to it), dance party held to 3am in the common area. WC facilities did not flush and lock was absent from WC door. WCs not maintained or cleaned in the time we stayed. Pain peeling, musty and damp smell, very limited English seemingly spoken by hotel staff. Staff seemed genuinely unfriendly and genuinely uninterested in being helpful. The overall impression was rather hostile. Oppressive atmosphere, insufficient security, horrifically uncomfortable beds and substantial mould on sink and shower. A pair of shoes and socks had been left beneath one of the beds that did not belong to us. It is at the extreme end of budget accommodation but there are far better low cost alternatives in London to this.

Posted by , from Australia on 22 May 2015

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About the Kensal Green Backpackers 1

Location 639 Harrow Road, London, England NW10 5NU

Property Features

There's a restaurant on site, as well as a coffee shop/café. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. A computer station is on site, and both WiFi and wired Internet are free in public spaces. Kensal Green Backpackers 1 also features an arcade/game room, laundry facilities, and a grocery/convenience store. This London hostel is smoke free.

  • 103 guestrooms or units
  • Dining venue
  • Bar or lounge
  • Coffee shop
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Game room or arcade
  • Pool or billiards table
  • Convenience store
  • Computer for guest use
  • Television in lobby
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site


Available in all rooms: WiFi (surcharge)

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet


  • Airport: Heathrow Airport (LHR) (22.9 km / 14.2 mi)
  • Train station: London Kensal Rise Station (1.7 km / 1.1 mi)
  • Metro station: Kensal Green Underground Station (0.1 km / 0.1 mi)

Room Amenities

Kensal Green Backpackers 1 offers 103 accommodations with safes. In-room wireless Internet access is available for a surcharge. Guests can make use of the shared/communal kitchen. Guests have access to shared bathrooms. Bathrooms include showers.

  • Bathrooms are shared
  • Communal kitchen access
  • In-room dining (24 hours)
  • Shower
  • Safe
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Climate control (air conditioning)

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy buffet breakfast daily from 7:30 AM to 10 AM.

Onsite venue - This theme restaurant specializes in Brazilian cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

24-hour room service is available.

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 2:00 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18
  • Check-in time ends at midnight

Special check-in instructions:

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation.

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation.


  • Check-out by 10 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children younger than 18 are not allowed at this adults-only property. All guests 18 and older are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.

Pet Policy

  • No pets allowed


Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A credit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

No onsite parking is available. This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place. Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; guestroom doors are sealed after cleaning. Personal protective equipment, including masks, will be available to guests. Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions; masks are required in public areas.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cots (infant beds) available
  • Minimum guest age is 18
  • Caters to adults only
  • Debit cards not accepted
  • Staffed front desk
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wear personal protective equipment
  • Protective clothing is available for guests
  • Masks are available for guests
  • Shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitiser
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Contactless check-in is not available
  • Property does not follow regional sanitisation guidelines
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Individually wrapped food options are not available
  • No gap period between guests' stays
  • Staff temperature checks are conducted regularly
  • Temperature checks are available to guests
  • Commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Contactless check-out is not available
  • Property does not follow sanitisation practices of any association
  • Guest accommodation is sealed after cleaning
  • Cashless transactions are available
  • Masks are compulsory at the property
  • Mobile key entry is not available


Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Deposit: GBP 10 per accommodation, per stay
  • Towels/sheets: GBP 1.5 per person, per stay

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property.

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for buffet breakfast: GBP 2.50 per person (approximately)
  • Fee for in-room wireless Internet: GBP 24 per 24-hour period (rates may vary)

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • 639 Hostel
  • 639 London
  • Kensal Green Backpackers Hostel London
  • Hostel 639 London
  • Hostel 639 Hotel London
  • Hostel 639 London, England
  • Kensal Green Backpackers Hostel
  • Kensal Green Backpackers London
  • Kensal Green Backpackers 1 Hostel London
  • Kensal Green Backpackers 1 Hostel
  • Kensal Green Backpackers 1 London
  • Kensal Green Backpackers
  • Kensal Green Backpackers 1 London
  • Kensal Green Backpackers 1 Hostel/Backpacker accommodation

You should know

  • This is an adults-only property and guests under 18 years old aren't allowed.
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*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.