I suppose the hostel is good enough for unfussy traveler. It isn't too near the centre, not too clean, not too beautiful. I should note that it is not too cheap too.
But it's ok. You have your bed with a curtain, shower with hot water and the same simple breakfast every day.
The staff is polite and happy to help and it's important for me.
The hostel is satisfactory.
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.
If you're looking for a clean, modern looking hostel that has all the modern conveniences you should definitely stay at the Safestay. The staff was very friendly and accomodating, the rooms were thoroughly cleaner every day, and the little curtains on the bed provided some privacy. I stayed here for three weeks while I was looking for a room, and I don't think I could've done that in any other hostel. The only downsides are that there's only wifi in the lounge, where they put the airconditioning on for too long, and breakfast is only served till 9 am.
This place more than surpassed my expectations. It seemed more like a hotel than a hostel, how new and nice everything was. Most hostels I have stayed in the past are rundown and dated. This hostel does not have a lock out period and is 24/7. It is very safe and not in a sketchy area. The bar is only open until 12 which is not the best if you want to meet other people or hang out late night for a drink. There is a local pub a block away that will fill this void if you're looking just to hang out and drink. WiFi is only available in the bar area but you can still get internet access once the bar closes at some small chairs. There is a luggage drop off if you need to drop off your bags until check in or if you leave after check out. There is free breakfast which is not much, coffee, cereal, a croissant and yogurt.
There seemed to be a wide are range of people who stayed here. I saw young solo travelers as well as whole families with children and grandparents. So expect a little bit of everything when you stay here.
The beds in the rooms were comfortable and new. The mattresses and pillows were great, not old and lumpy. The bunk beds were well built and did not shake or sway when the person on top moved around. The curtain going all the way around the beds was great if you wanted to sleep in the daylight or had loud roommates. It was nice just to get a little privacy from everyone else. They have storage lockers that slide out from under the beds which are nice but you need a luggage that is not thicker than a foot. Bring your own lock and towel otherwise they have both available for rent.
The hostel is right next to the Elephant and Castle Tube station which is great for the Bakerloo Brown Line, Northwestern Black Line and the overground train line located in the shopping center. Because of the Tube stop there are also plenty of bus stations, including 24 hour bus stops for the late night trips home. I recommend getting a map to find the hostel from the tube because the directions they provided were not to helpful. We had a hard time finding Walworth Road because we came out of a different exit from the tube. There are two exits from the tube which can be confusing at first, but one exits closer to the hostel the other is a bit farther but still an entrance to the tube, so be careful where you enter and exit.
The area does not have many restaurants or a lot to do directly near the hostel but in general the hostel is located near many attractions and restaurants that are all with a short tube or bus ride.
Depending on your length of stay I would recommend getting an unlimited 5 day Oyster Card which will allow you to take all the trains and busses unlimited depending on the zone you need. Almost all the popular attractions and the hostel are within zone 1.
I used this hostel with 7 friends. We were able to book a en-suite dorm outright. The room was clean, the decor was funky and it has free breakfast (which isnt fancy but it fills a hole). As it is so close to the elephant and castle tube station it was perfect for exploring the sights of London from. The bus to Victoria (for the theatre we were going to) stops just outside the hostel too. Perfect.
The hostel is quiet at night, we all slept well and as there were quite a few of us, we were able to use the communal showers and toilets, which were also pretty clean. We all felt very safe there and I would recommend this to anyone.
I was so pleased that I booked my husband to stay there when he visits London in October.
The only negative is that it was very hot. I slept with no cover over me both nights of my stay and we got rather hot getting ready to go out, especially with all the hairdriers going. Can't really be helped though, London is a hot, stuffy place.