When we decided to visit London we wanted something clean, close to city center and with bathroom ensuite. Safestay ticked all the boxes, had very good reviews and even looked very good in the pictures.
Ironically when we just arrived to SAFEstay we couldn't approach the hostel because of the fire that broke out in the city hall just across the street and when we finally entered staff was wearing surgical masks, but that's really situation that has nothing to do with the hostel itself.
So pluses would be cleanliness, nice interior and even its location, at gritty, eclectic Elephant and Castle proved to actually be cool. And since you can catch two tube lines at the nearby Elephant&Castle square and dozen buses in the vicinity it doesn't take too long to get anywhere in central London it proved to be practical too. In addition to having bathrooms ensuite there are several bathrooms scattered around every floor so you never have to wait too long. A big plus when your roommates from Spain turn out to be a bunch of inconsiderate bathroom hoggers or you end up with taylor-swift-blasting-marathon-showering queen.
However, beds are rather small, rooms are crowded, even for a hostel and breakfast served is poor. I cant even recollect what was served every morning. i only remember blandness and tastelessness. But one huge plus, at least during our stay, was the staff. Very friendly, efficient and professional. And good looking too, i might add.
All things considered Safestay offers a lot for its price and in that light it deserves a high grade. It could use some minor improvements like windows in the rooms that actually open or somewhat better breakfast but those are hardly deal breakers.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Safestay London Elephant & Castle is located in the former 18th century labour headquarters, just a few minutes' walk from Elephant & Castle tube station and close to the River Thames and Southbank. You'll love the affordable accommodation and stylish social spaces, 24 hour reception and free Wi-Fi throughout. With twin and triple en-suite rooms as well as en-suite and standard dormitories for 4, 6 and 8 people there's a bed for every budget. All bed linen is included and private rooms boast flat screen televisions, tea and coffee making facilities, and towels too. In dormitories Safestay's own brand of bunk beds are fitted with a personal night-light and surrounded by privacy curtains, allowing for a comfortable night's sleep. There's a locker for each bed too, making it easy to store your luggage and valuables. The beautiful social spaces include a large licensed lounge bar where continental breakfast is served and a variety of snacks and drinks are on offer throughout the day, there's also a games area with pool table, computer room with comfortable seating and a courtyard garden. The hostel has a laundry, ATM, bike racks and a luggage store for guests to use at their pleasure. The first Safestay hostel, the building has been extensively renovated and thanks to the striking interior design you'll love relaxing here after a day's sightseeing. Great for groups and individuals Safestay Elephant & Castle is the ideal base for exploring London's famous attractions. Stay at Safestay London Elephant & Castle and you'll find Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, Oxford Street and Leicester Square all less than 15-minutes away by tube. Tate Modern, the National Theatre, The Imperial War Museum, London Aquarium, London Dungeon, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, the Kia Oval and the famous Ministry of Sound are all within 1.5 miles of the property. ... more less
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