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Reviews of FRESH @ The Crown, Clapham

Hostel | 102 Lavender Hill, London, England SW11 5RD

82.9% Overall Rating

247 out of 278 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (19/07/2014)

"Very clean with a friendly atmosphere. Buzzing with young people who are willing to make friends. A great place for someone fresh in London!"

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Facilities

  • Bar
  • Credit cards accepted
  • No curfew
  • Free city tour
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • 24 hour reception
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Bar(s)
  • Outside area

Purchasable Extras

  • Towel USD 8.48

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Breakfast
  • Linen

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82.9%

Overall Rating

247 out of 278 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'FRESH @ The Crown, Clapham'

Atmosphere
84.0%
Location
80.0%
Facilities
77.6%
Cleanliness
78.4%
Staff
84.0%
Value
90.4%
Safety
85.6%
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88.6%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Rachael Cortesi

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family
Work / volunteering

25 July 2014 Rachael would recommend this property

Liked: It was nice

Disliked: Nothing

51.4%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 40% Facilities - 20% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 40%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

20 July 2014

Liked: The actual decor of the bar was nice.

Disliked: It was hot as hell in this hostel. Granted the weather was remarkably hot for London's standard. The hostel was pretty much unbearable. The bar downstairs was cooler than the rooms upstairs. There wasn't enough bathrooms. There was about 4 or 5 showers and there was 12 people in my room and there was one room with 16 and I believe a couple other rooms with almost 12 or so people. The wifi barely worked. You weren't allowed to bring in outside alcohol because it was a bar downstairs. But this is a hostel and people aren't going to want to buy the expensive drinks at the bar. You could bring food if you sat down in the designated area in the back which was extremely hot during the day. The bathroom smelled like mold. The staff was all really nice except the heavyset Spanish guy who was rude.

88.6%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Work / volunteering

19 July 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Very clean with a friendly atmosphere. Buzzing with young people who are willing to make friends. A great place for someone fresh in London!

Disliked: The rooms are very hot in summer. Currently seating in bed :(

88.6%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

15 July 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Cleanliness, price, the pub downstairs, people

Disliked: One smelly guy I had in my room. But I guess it's not a hostel flaw.

40.0%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 20% Safety - 60%
Location - 20% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 40%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

04 July 2014

Liked: Triple bunk beds

Disliked: Not clean, there was a fly in my food.

60.0%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 60%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Family Holiday
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

02 July 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: breakfast, not far from bus and train

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

82.9%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Events / festivals

01 July 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The environment of the bar downstairs and the breakfast are great. The hostel is well located, near some supermarkets and also Clapham Common park.

Disliked: They should improve the cleanliness of the bathroom, toilets and shower. Generally, there are just 2 members of staff in each turn responsible by both bar/pub and the hostel guests. So, you probably have to wait before being served. However, they are willing to help.

60.0%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 40% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

City break
Events / festivals
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

29 June 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The low price. Convenient access from Gatwick via Clapham Jct. In general, clean and tidy.

Disliked: Needs more sockets in rooms since nowadays EVERYBODY charges his/her phone EVERY night, and EVERY hostel owner should know this. Also, I can't believe nothing is done about the mould-filled health hazard (NOT exaggerating) of a hand-washing basin on the second floor. Other bathrooms are OK.

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture
Work / volunteering

23 June 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: First thing I saw was a very nice and proffesional receptionist, and tidiness around the pub. Rooms and showers were also clean, I would like to highlight showers and toilets since they looked quite renovated and really well maintained. There is a code-access, lockers at room (you need your own lock or buy one for 4 pounds if you want to use them), and also guarding receptionist, so I wouldnt be worried about safety. Free wifi and breakfast at bar with sofas zone, books and board games are also very nice bonuses. Pesronally I dont think you can get more for the price (15/day, and I booked the day I came to hostel, so it might be even less if u book on time).

Disliked: 3 storey beds. For me as a bigger person it was little complicated to get on and off to the middle one, but it was only 2 times a day so its not a big deal. The worse thing was really high temperature on the top floor, and the window could be opened to 1/3 only. But we didnt complain so there was nothing they could do about it. And also missing fridge and kitchen, but man can not have everything.

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Work / volunteering

13 June 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The cleanliness

Disliked: Traffic noise

91.4%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

David Miko

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
City break
Sightseeing & culture

12 June 2014 David would recommend this property

Liked: The bar downstairs is very nice, and you get a 10% on all your drinks and food bought there!

Disliked: The triple decker beds in the shared rooms are decent, but you can't properly sit up if you get one of the bottom two as the next bed above you is too close. It deosn't matter too much, just a minor inconvenience.

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Alana Foote

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

06 June 2014 Alana would recommend this property

Liked: Hostel is extreamly close to public transport, making it easy to get everywhere. Big bonus!

Disliked: There went ebough toilets.

82.9%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

04 June 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The bar is spacious and good.

Disliked: Shower is a joke. The wifi is slow.

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Damon Acland

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

30 May 2014 Damon would recommend this property

Liked: Location, price, beds,staff

Disliked: Nothing

62.9%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 20% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

28 May 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Good stay

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

82.9%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 60%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Toni Sian

Alone

Work / volunteering

27 May 2014 Toni would recommend this property

Liked: Awesome pub. Love the centralised bar, super nice red and lime-green leather couches, cute little reading area with ceiling windows and a bunch of old classics to pick up and read. Bar staff were awesome, full of beans. Breakfast was pretty decent. Bunk beds are nice and rooms are spacious with big lockers. Most bathrooms were also really good with great power showers although there is one bathroom area that needs some work because the entire area smells like mouldy old boots constantly.

Disliked: Just that smelly-ass bathroom.

74.3%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Events / festivals

25 May 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Lovely and clean. The bathrooms were always clean and the showers hot.

Disliked: Not being able to make a coffee when I needed one. The only real down to the stay was the selfish cow on the Saturday night who owns the world's largest zip collection, and she woke us all at midnight with a 20 minute non-stop noisy demsontration.

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Margaret Costello

Alone

Visiting friends or family

17 May 2014 Margaret would recommend this property

Liked: Friendly atmosphere, helpful staff, great location

Disliked: Margaret left no negative feedback.

82.9%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

With a large group / tour

Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

13 May 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: 24hour reception was realy useful could come in at any time & also order food any time was really good aswel.

Disliked: The Lockers were very small and not many no idle for some people but for us was fine as we were a large groups so had an entire room to ourselves.

88.6%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

11 May 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The price was great and it included continental breakfast. The room was big with lockers in it. Good experience.

Disliked: Not immediately obvious it is an hostel. I thought it was a pub at first.

91.4%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 80%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Phil MacDonald

Alone

Work / volunteering

09 May 2014 Phil would recommend this property

Liked: Friendly staff, nice bar, great breakfast.

Disliked: Phil left no negative feedback.

37.1%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 20% Facilities - 20% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 20%

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

19 April 2014

Liked: the outside terrace

Disliked: EVERYTHING ELSE

51.4%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 40% Safety - 40%
Location - 40% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 20%

Customer review

Alone

City break

14 April 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: - clean and comfortable beds - good connection with city center (both day and night) - bar downstairs

Disliked: - no division for boys and girls in the shovers - poor breakfast - problems with booking via HostelBookers (they offered me diff. room than booked)

74.3%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

Laura Thomas-Pike

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Visiting friends or family
Work / volunteering

09 April 2014 Laura would recommend this property

Liked: 24 hour reception, friendly staff and travellers.

Disliked: Laura left no negative feedback.

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Sarah Hollstein

With friends / other travellers

Partying / nightlife

07 April 2014 Sarah would recommend this property

Liked: I felt very safe staying here due to the coded locks on every door of the bedroom and on the door that leads to the bedroom part of the house. I also liked that I didn't have to worry about my belongigs as there were mini lockers (which are just big enough for a handluggage sized suitcase). Bring your own lock though, as you might have to buy one from the reception for 4 pounds. I also liked the bar downstairs and I loved the fact, that in the bedroom part you couldn't hear anything of the loud music anymore!!!!!

Disliked: The offer of food for breakfast could have been a bit better but should do with chocolate rice krispies, rice krispies, frosties, toast, about 5 types of jam, milk, hot water, coffee and tea. But this is just because I felt like I need to say SOMETHING bad :-P


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