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St Christopher's Oasis at the Orient
Ranked #267 of 860 Speciality Lodging in London
australia
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Worst mattress ever”
Reviewed 15 September 2009

The mattress had exposed springs so I was sleeping on metal with one flat pillow. I paid 55 aud a night to share a room with a friend so 110 per night to walk up 5 flights of stairs and get to a tiny hot dusty room with not much ventilation. Checking in at one place and then walking down the road after a 24 hour flight just sucks and is surely not necessary. The shower had a clump of hair in it for the three mornings I wasthere and I ended up removing it as I figured it was never going anywhere.

I like to see the positive in everything so I did like that it had a womens only floor with tampons and other girly stuff for free in the loos. Thats ace when travelling. Very close to the tube station too but I say for the same price go to Wigram house in Victoria

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with friends
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Sheffield
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviewed 20 June 2009

I was in an 8 bed dorm with 3 large windows which was welcome on a hot day. The beds and bedding are standard. The hostel was very quiet as advertised and I didn't see many other people during my stay. I've been in nicer hostels but there was nothing particularly bad to report about it, except that the floors were quite dusty under the beds. My only other negative thoughts are that I couldn't find anywhere to get a drink within the building and there was no staff presence in this part of the villiage that I was aware of. I would stay here again for a cheap stay and a good nights sleep.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled on business
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Zurich, Switzerland
Level 6 Contributor
63 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2008

The Location
-- I like it that its next doorish to the London Bridge Underground station. The Borough Market, Southwark Cathedral, the Market Porter Pub and delicious Monmouth Coffee are also just across the street.

-- I didn't like walking about 120m just to get to St Christopher's reception and bar - in the cold rain...


The Reception
-- I like Julian, the helpful French guy at the reception (merci beaucoup).

-- I was extremely appalled by that rude Asian woman working with Julian (I think her name's Vicky).


The Bar
-- I am grateful to the helpful Canadian barman (thanks for the help with directions)

-- I didn't quite enjoy the breakfast food and sticky table full of dried up unmopped spillage.


The Room
-- I like my clean and comfortable "Oasis" room.

-- I took a while to get used to the loooong way up all those steps to my top-floor room (bad news for people with heavy bags).


Generally, I enjoyed my stay and will go back. Will just pack lighter and make sure I don’t deal with that rude woman.


Yvonne (Singapore)

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — The rude Asian woman at the reception
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled solo
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Wellington, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2007

The main reception and facilities are a 5 minute walk away, with a bar attached. If you want somewhere quieter and more secluded, the Orient Espresso is down an alleyway upstairs above a coffee shop.

Good facilities at the St Christophers Inn, a great chill out room and fun bar. Would be better to stay at The Village if you want to have more fun.

Staff were good but not overly friendly.

Perfect to meet people and a good location near the tube!

Stayed December 2007
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Thank Pip H
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Lulea, Sweden
1 review
Reviewed 3 March 2007

We have just returned from a pleasant stay at the Orient Espresso in London. The first impression was that it was clean. The showers and toilets were cleaned everyday. We are a group of five people who booked an entire dorm room of six beds to get privacy. For a hostel the comfort is good we all thought. In our group there are members from 15 year-olds to 52 year-olds.
The breakfast is continental, toast with jam and corn flakes with milk and coffee and tea and it is served at the hostel where the reception is. Of the three hostels at this street the Orient Espresso is very quiet and the party was probably at the St Christopher's Village.
The staff was nice and very helpful. The system with keycards is good as well.
The beds were bunkbeds with OK matresses, and very clean linen.
The location was close to the underground London Bridge and also very close to buses. I can also recommend the airport transfer service which can be booked through the hostel's homepage. The coach took us from the airport directly to the hostel which was very comfortable.

  • Liked — Location and cleanliness
  • Disliked — No reading lamp
  • Stayed February 2007, travelled with family
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Thank teacher_snape
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dublin, ireland
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2004

Ok, so Londons expensive but we found the rooms at the Orient Espresso were more prison cell like in their appearence. Also, there was the hastle of going further down the road to check in and have breakfast!
Some rooms didnt have electrical sockets and even in the depths of winter were really stuffy so cant imagine what it would be like come summer ! On the plus side its really quiet - if thats what you want!
Security is good with swipe cards on doors. Its about 5 min walk from London Bridge tube station.

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5 Thank alisonmurph
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Additional Information about St Christopher's Oasis at the Orient

Property: St Christopher's Oasis at the Orient
Address: Southwark 161-165 Borough High Street | (reception at St Christopher’s Village, 161-165 Borough High Street), London SE1 1NE, England (Formerly St Christopher's Orient Espresso)
Region: United Kingdom > England > London > Southwark
Amenities:
Free Breakfast
Hotel Style:
Ranked #267 of 860 Speciality Lodging in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — St Christopher's Oasis at the Orient 2*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Oasis in London Bridge is exactly what it sounds like - a protected retreat of tranquillity just for girls, right in the heart of London. This youth hostel shares a check in, reception and breakfast area with the St Christopher's at the Village hostel - so there's plenty of opportunities to meet fellow travellers from all walks off life and you get to make the most of the on-site nightclub, cinema, comedy club, bar and restaurant - also at the Village. Add to that the fact that Borough Market and the Tower of London are on your doorstep from this location, and you're guaranteed to have a good time. When you've finished tasting the many free food samples at the belly bulging Borough Market, an amazing walking route along the River Thames is only minutes away. After you pass The London Dungeons and Sir Francis Drake's ship - the Golden Hinde, this path heads west to take in St Paul's Cathedral, the amazing and free Tate Modern Gallery, the OXO Tower, Gabriel's Wharf, the British Film Institute, the Southbank Centre, the London Eye, and the Houses of Parliament! Needless to say, you won't be at a loss for something fun to do! This London Bridge location is also a short train ride away from Greenwich with its famous observatory where time is set, the Maritime Museum, the 02 Arena and the Cutty Sark tea clipper! Please note that guests under 18 years of age must stay in a private room with guardians. They cannot share in general dormitory rooms with people who are not part of their own group or family. Under-18s are not allowed in the bars or pubs. If you do not make this clear and book children into a mixed dorm, your reservation will be cancelled upon arrival and you will not receive a refund. Please note that guests under 18 years of age must stay in a private room with guardians. They cannot share in general dormitory rooms with people who are not part of their own group or family. Under-18s are not allowed in the bars or pubs. If you do not make this clear and book children into a mixed dorm, your reservation will be cancelled upon arrival and you will not receive a refund. Please note that the maximum stay policy is 14 days A £2 key card deposit will be required upon check in (refundable on check out) Breakfast not included, £3 for unlimited continental buffet. ... more   less 
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