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Hostel | 144-152 Walworth Road, Elephant & Castle, London, England SE17 1JL

88.0% Overall Rating

215 out of 223 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (14/09/2014)

Bronwyn Morgan thinks…

"The cleanest hostel in London I have stayed at. The staff are all very helpful and friendly. I stayed in and 8 bed dorm the rooms are awesome, nice and spacious and the beds are comfortable with new…"

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Facilities

  • Bar
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Games room
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • 24 hour reception
  • Safety deposit
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Washing machines
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Fax
  • Café
  • Common area / room
  • Elevator / lift(s)
  • Internet access in public areas
  • Outside area
  • Pets allowed
  • Television room

Purchasable Extras

  • Towel USD 3.25

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Breakfast
  • Linen

Important Information

GENERAL 1. A group is any party consisting of 10 people or more. 2. A £250.00 security deposit is required at check-in for any damages/vandalism caused to the hostel. This deposit will be returned on the day of your departure if no damage is detected. You can leave the deposit by cash or debit/credit card. Cards will be pre-authorized on check in for the full amount. If your deposit is being secured for with a third party credit card we will require written authorisation to be provided by the card-holder. 3. Payment for Group Bookings is pre-paid. All payment must be sorted prior to arrival or you may be hindered from checking-in to the property. 4. The remaining balance must be paid at least 4 weeks before your arrival date. This is to include all extras and fees. 5. All fees incurred by the payee due to the method of payment, (i.e. bank transfer fees issued by the sending or receiving bank), are to be paid by the group. Safestay Ltd is not responsible for these fees. 6. If any payment under these terms and conditions is overdue, then without prejudice to our other rights and remedies we may cancel your booking; and/or we may suspend the supply and/or deliveries of any other services provided to you by us. We will however inform you in writing prior to any such action. - In the case of a late departure (after 10am), Safestay reserves the right to charge for a further nights stay at the appropriate rack rate of the bed(s). - We reserve the right to charge the guest for any damages/vandalism caused to the hostel, by their actions, including accidental or incidental damages. Damages will be required to be paid prior to departure. Should this damage come to light after the guest has departed, we reserve the right to make a charge to the guest’s credit / debit card. We will however make every effort to rectify any damage internally prior to contracting specialists to make the repairs, and therefore will make every effort to keep any costs that the guest would incur to a minimum. - We reserve the right to charge the guest the cost of replacing any items that are removed from the premises by them without consent. The charge will be the full replacement amount of the missing item, including any carriage charges. Should the fact that the item is missing come to light after the group has departed, we reserve the right to make a charge to the group’s credit / debit card, or send an invoice for the amount to the registered address.

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88.0%

Overall Rating

215 out of 223 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Safestay'

Atmosphere
89.6%
Location
80.0%
Facilities
89.6%
Cleanliness
90.4%
Staff
88.8%
Value
87.2%
Safety
90.4%
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Sriram Yagnaraman

Alone

Partying / nightlife
Shopping
Visiting friends or family

07 April 2013 Sriram would recommend this property

Liked: The hostel was described appropriately in hostelbookers.com. It is really safe stay, the dorm that I stayed was a mixed dorm. It is a good place to meet fellow travellers. It was clean and well maintained. There is a bar area within the hostel, which was a nice place to relax. I think its a good place to come with friends or alone.

Disliked: There was only one shower for 4 dorms with 4/6 beds. I think there could be more showers and bathrooms. The place is a bit far from the metro stop "Elephant and Castle", you have to walk about 15 mins. But it is quite close to city centre from the metro station.

97.1%
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Customer review

Alone

Events / festivals

02 April 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: A chic hostel is a rarity to be seen. The purple sheets were absolutely gorgeous, slept like a baby. Definitely the best bed in this London trip and such a stylish decor. It is close to tube and buses go all the time from front to the center. Had a nice chat with personnel. Breakfast basic but good.

Disliked: Well at first I thought that this is the Banging Doors hostel. Earplugs saved me. Towels would be nice without an extra cost. The breakfast/bar in the basement is not inviting to have a drink if compared to a pub but as a breakfast point it is perfect with those lovely armchairs and lamps and even a garden.

100.0%
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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break
Family Holiday
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

31 March 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: We really, really liked everything about the hostel. Throughout the years, we have tried a lot of different hostels in London and this one was the best by far. The location is great because the tube is just 3 minutes away and it takes you anywhere...the neighbourhood is peaceful with lots of different restaurants (Chinese, Vietnamese, Indian, ...) and is not dangerous at all (as some people suggested). When exiting the tube, there is a shopping centre with Tesco, so you can buy your groceries whenever you feel like it. The rooms are very clean and the showers are great (hot water at all times), the breakfast is just delicious (coffee machine, orange juice, water, milk, cereals, croisants, jam, margarine) and not to mention the beautifully decorated interior of the hostel and great staff. The best value for money!

Disliked: We wish we had stayed longer and not just 5 nights...:)

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break

25 March 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Very clean place, spacious rooms, good breakfast. Beds are ready to use when you arrive. Free WiFi. Great common area (lounge).

Disliked: Not directly in the city centre, but that doesn't really matter, because Elephant & Castle has good connections during day and night with the public transport.

60.0%
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Location - 60% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 60%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Work / volunteering

18 March 2013

Liked: The decor is great, reading lights, curtains on the bed, under-bed lockers. Location isn't so bad, although you do have to catch the tube 3 stations to go anywhere worth being.

Disliked: The bathrooms were not only cleaned once over the 2 days. Which meant the floors were covered in dirt, hair and water. Showers are push button activated, so turn off every 2 minutes. But worst is no sound insulation. Door slam all night, people climbing up and down the stairs or talking is VERY audible. The people staying were 70% school children or football teams, so it was very loud.

97.1%
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Hauke Grewe

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

17 March 2013 Hauke would recommend this property

Liked: It was very cleany. TOP

Disliked: Hauke left no negative feedback.

97.1%
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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

14 March 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: It is very nice and clean, and close to the centre of London.

Disliked: No kitchen.

85.7%
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Location - 60% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Francynne Richter

Alone

Shopping
Visiting friends or family

11 March 2013 Francynne would recommend this property

Liked: The place is very good e clean, I recommend. The breakfast is very good and simple.

Disliked: .

65.7%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 40% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Visiting friends or family

09 March 2013

Liked: clean, safe

Disliked: Noisy doors to close, the lift which has been out of service soooo long time. the dirty luggage room

100.0%
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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

07 March 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Its and awsome looking hostel :) . Close to the station (5min) or even walk (cca. 25 min to london eye).

Disliked: - Every room has lockers under the bed, but no locks, so bring one with you.

94.3%
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Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

17 February 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: warm rooms, comfortable beds, clean toilets and showers

Disliked: clairaudient rooms, respectively loud doors

94.3%
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Location - 60% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Shopping
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

15 February 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: I liked the atmosphere, the staff, the other guests and especially the locker underneath the bed.. very cool!

Disliked: I didn't like the area around Elephant&Castle, the nearest tube station, too much. But this is no reason for not going, I survived..

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

Customer review

Alone

City break

14 February 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Clean. Good breakfast.

Disliked: Young school groups.

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

Nicole Kerr

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

25 January 2013 Nicole would recommend this property

Liked: Comfortable beds, warm room during winter, plenty of locked storage space, clean rooms and bathrooms, long breakfast service, helpful and friendly staff, large common room.

Disliked: Lifts were sadly broken, leaving me to carry a 25kg suitcase up the few flights of stairs. In the evening the common room has music playing over the top of the television, gets a little noisy.

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

jeanne Pollock

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

24 January 2013 jeanne would recommend this property

Liked: It is a beautiful place to stay. This is not you usual crowded, smelly, old ragged hostel type, with rude kids around.; this place has an ultra modern interior, with professional staff, ample facilities...I mean I could live here full time, it has everything that I need and more. Actually it is way better than most 4 star hotels in London.

Disliked: It would have been nice to have kitchen access,at the very least to have a cup of tea or hot soup made...specially since I could not find anyone at the bar to sell a cup of tea during the day. Overall, this place is real value for money.

77.1%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

11 January 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: As instalações são novas; as camas têm cortinas para aumentar a privacidade do hóspede; os ambientes são limpos; café-da-manhã bom e o staff foi prestativo.

Disliked: O chuveiro não tem box, o que fazia com que o banheiro inteiro molhasse e tive que usar uma capa de chuva para proteger as roupas; o wi-fi só pode ser acessado no lounge; sala de bagagem sem qualquer tipo de segurança.

85.7%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break

01 January 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Nice new hostel. Good tube connection to the city.

Disliked: No kitchen at all and no plugs in the bathrooms.

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Shopping

29 December 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Very clean and nice to stay

Disliked: Breakfast is bad

85.7%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 40% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Douglas Barbosa

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

28 December 2012 Douglas would recommend this property

Liked: Really clean and safe, well decorated and with quite good location (not that close to the city centre, but there's a good metro station near the hostel).

Disliked: The staff wasn't very friendly, and the wi-fi just in the bar area sucks.

100.0%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Henrique Röhsig

With friends / other travellers

Family Holiday
Sightseeing & culture

25 December 2012 Henrique would recommend this property

Liked: Very well located, clean, easy to get to, nice rooms, nice staff, good atmosphere and nice breakfast!

Disliked: Nothing to dislike! The lift wasn't working and sometimes it was disappointing after a long day walking around London, but not a problem at all!

85.7%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

City break

23 December 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Very nice and clean dorm.

Disliked: shower head was not movable which I did not like

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Partying / nightlife
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

22 December 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Very clean, the rooms were spacious with lockers under the bed and curtains on each bed. It's less than five minutes from elephant and castle station

Disliked: The breakfast finished at 9am which was obviously an attempt to prevent people from eating it, and all your clothes get wet in the bathroom but overall it was a really good hostel for £11

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break

17 December 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Clean, quiet and friendly atmosphere.

Disliked: Not the best for stocking toilet paper in or out of their rooms.

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Business / conference
City break

10 December 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: It was a modern, clean property with good public transport connections. The area was quiet (or my earplugs were working well!). It made our weekend in London hassle free and enjoyable.

Disliked: All of my party missed hooks / knobs to hang up coats in the room. Also we missed a shelf in the bathroom and a shelf in the bed area to deposit your glasses and other small items.

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break
Partying / nightlife
Shopping

09 December 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Clean, nice environment. Nice accomodation

Disliked: Breakfast could be better


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