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“Run down, just an old hippie crash pad” 2 of 5 bubbles
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Hootananny Hostel
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Hootananny Hostel
Ranked #510 of 828 Speciality Lodging in London
Milan, Italy
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9 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Run down, just an old hippie crash pad”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2014

It was cheap and that was why I booked it. The location is rather off the beaten track and I ended up spending more on the tube to get to historic places. I found Hootananny Hostel to be overall dingy and unkempt. It seemed some people were just living there and did not really run into any other travelers. They did have free wifi and I was able to use the kitchen. If you really have very little money and just need to get out of the rain then I would consider this place.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank vickars c
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Rating summary
  • Location
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    2 of 5 bubbles
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Berlin, Germany
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2013

I think this could be enough to avoid this place.When my friend and I have reported to the office the presence of bed bugs in our room(my friend has woke up full of red points all over right leg and both arms) they just cleaned the room with a vacuum and throwed away some quilts ,which is not enough to be sure they gone.not clean at all, no reception which means you need to arrive before 8pm (20.00).Much better hostels for the same price or even less.Loudly due to the pub downstairs.

Room Tip: I think room number one is larger than others.Female dorm near to kitchen so noisy and overheated, n...
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Mel K
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London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2013

Hootananny has great atmosphere and very friendly staff. I stayed in the 6-bed female only dorm. Fun paintings and colours on the walls. Beds reasonably comfortable, bedding quite tatty. A lot of noise from live gig in the pub underneath. Showers and toilets old and kind of run down, but clean. Common kitchen OK. Breakfast and lockers included in the price. It feels safe. Quite close to the tube. I think that young people especially will find it fun.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank lilome19
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Brasov, Romania
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2013

Not sure why this spot is getting such spotty reviews. I actually liked it a lot. Cheap, safe, great atmosphere. If you're going for a romantic getaway, this isn't the spot. But if you're traveling solo or with a friend, it's great. Right above a live music venue, so it's a bit noisey, but good for shows.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank alex h
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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101 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2012

this was the first time we have been here and we went for just one night. we were going to the brixton o2 which was only down the road. when we arrived the place had quite a few people doing the same. all of them were very nice and we all got on well. we then continued to go to the event with these people. after the event we all met back in the living room and continued to chat. the staff were all very nice including the manager who made us feel at home. Every person we came in contact with was very nice even the people staying for a long duration. The staff were even very flexable with when we needed to leave and said stay as long into the next day as we need

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Anza_989
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2012

Guys it is up to you!!!If you don't want to ruin your journey in London,which is so amazing,then avoid hootananny hostel.It is an old,dirty and noisy place.You cannot sleep until 3 in the morning because of the music playing downstairs.The rooms are quite good,but you don't have enough space anyway,because there aren't any wardrobe even if you are a longtermer.The toilet is old and dirty.The shower are too hot or cold.The most time they are cold.The breakfast in the morning is so poor that you cannot call it breakfast.I used to stay there for 3 month,as longtermer,and it was a nightmare!!!!!!the cleaner is never get in my room.Seriously,once a week I had to carry outside the rubbish by myself.We pay to get a room clean ,too.Sure the price is cheap,but it can't be otherwise.IT is really a bad place.When I got there the first days,they even get me wet linen.If you arrive after 8pm is a problem.,because the office is closed and in the bar downstairs often they are too busy to make your check in.I know people who stayed all night out because they got there at midnight and even if they rang the doorbell nobody answer to them!!!!!Of course they did not have their money back for that night.!!!You have just a little locker to put your valuables but I know several people who told me somebody open their locker(it is close just with a little key)and stole everything.It is never happen to me,but be aware!!!!About the zone ,you know,is not the ideal place to stay it's pretty dangerous,especially if you come back late in the night.It is full of weirdos!!!!I just don't want that other people have a bad experience like mine.!!!!!

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank rose w
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england
Level Contributor
9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2012

This place was really cheap and it was close to Brixton Academy (for a gig) so it met my basic requirements.
My friend and myself had different rooms - no big deal.
But we each stayed in a dorm which was, at best, a tip.
Several people actually live there together and so it was more like sharing a bedroom with a gang of little sisters, messy untidy little sisters.
The staff were all perfectly friendly enough and the atmosphere was laid back.

In the morning it was a self serve breakfast of mainly toast - I think the idea is to bring your own food or something, because there was only tea and bread laid on for guests that i was aware of.

The shared facilities are very basic and not very clean at all.
The bunk bed i had was really uncomfortable, the quilt cover didn't fit the quilt, the room stank of hair spray, the list goes on sadly.
Most odd was the fact that you get a small locker outside the dorm room to put your stuff into. In this locker were your cup, plate, bowl and cutlery. You had to make sure all your stuff was there or you would lose your deposit! It didn't leave much space for a bag (small even by Ryanair standards).

If you are young, new to London and want to hang out and meet a gang of fellow travellers and party into the morning, then you will be in luck here. If you don't care less about space, privacy, cleanliness and mess, or getting any sleep then you will probably love the Hootananny (its on top of a lively pub too)..
But, if you want a half decent bed, or bathroom, or breakfast, or clean, or space, or quiet, or not to feel like you are trapped in some teenage dorm room drama.. then avoid this place like the plague.

I feel bad saying it.. because they are all so vibrant. It would be massively improved if they just bloody tidied up.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank missmonster
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Property: Hootananny Hostel
Address: 95 Effra Road, London SW2 1DF, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > London
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Ranked #510 of 828 Speciality Lodging in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Hootananny Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 3
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