Safestay is a very clean and nice place, which is why I won't rate this hostel lower than a 3. The building also feels very safe and modern. The downstairs bar/lounge area is very nice and spacious with a lot of room to relax and talk or watch tv.
However, our stay was not desirable. The room was so hot that I was unable to sleep more than a few hours, even with the fan blowing on me on high. The windows couldn't be opened more than a few centimeters. It was not even hot outside (~12-15 C), which was the frustrating part. Also, we booked a "three bed private ensuite", which to me means that the room contains 3 beds. It instead means that there is "room" for 3 people. We even contacted the hostel prior to staying there inquiring about the number of beds. Our room only had two beds, one double and one single. Even after discussing the problem with a staff member, we were not able to compromise on a solution so that two people didn't have to share a rather small double bed. In summary, make sure you fully understand the number of beds in your room before staying.
- 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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