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“Clean and modern but not close” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Safestay London Hostel at Elephant & Castle

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Safestay London Hostel at Elephant & Castle
Ranked #24 of 828 Speciality Lodging in London
London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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“Clean and modern but not close”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2014 via mobile

I had 4 nights here in mid summer and the rooms were clean, spacious with individual lockers under the beds (provide own lock). Good hot showers but they flooded the floors.
The common room was great, plenty of room, seats etc with available powerpoints.
Staff were friendly and helpful.
Sadly there were lots of school groups so lots of teenagers raging around.
Breakfast was for the quick with the cereal and today running out nearly every day before the scheduled time. No complimentary tea and coffee facilities after breakfast.
The location is not great for a single traveller, the area is a bit dicey even though it looks close to South Bank. Not much in the way of restaurants or eats but a good vietnamese Street food place next door.
Buses are your best bet as several stop right outside. I would recommend catching the bus from Waterloo and bypassing elephant and Castle station especially in the evenings.

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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Delfgauw, The Netherlands
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13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2014

The beds in this hostel and lockers/cages are really good. You can have your own privacy just by closing your own curtains at your bed. Though, the showerdrain and hair in it which is disgusting and downstairs, where the bar is, you're not allowed to bring your own beverages. It's mandatory to buy it at the Hostel's bar. Not really my idea of a hostel...
For these two reasons, my experience was average.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

We picked the hostel for a one night stay in London. The location is debatable. The hostel is close enough to the Tube station but the neighborhood isn't the best. Within one night, we encountered drunkards getting into a fight and couples yelling at each other—overall we just weren't very comfortable with the safety around the area.

Our room was on the first floor, and clean towels and duvet covers were provided. The bathroom was spotless as well. The room also had a huge fan, which surprisingly was not enough to keep the room cool. The weather outside was quite chilly, but even with the fan on full blast, the room felt like a sauna! Throughout the night, I could hardly fall asleep and woke up a few times even after I did manage to get some shuteye.

Additionally, for a room designed for three people, our room has a serious lack of outlets, with only two on the wall at chest level, and one occupied by the TV. There is Wi-Fi-, but it only worked in the bar in the basement. The included breakfast was very basic, with cereal and some fruits, and ended relatively early.

But perhaps the biggest issue was with the staff. I understand, perhaps they're just doing their job but for the most part their attitudes were quite abrasive. We did not get the type of room we requested at check-in, and the guy at check-in offered absolutely no intention to help. We were disappointed enough to e-mail them after our stay, and got a one-line, "we hope you enjoyed the stay otherwise" response from them.

Overall, for a one night stay, there are probably much better choices in terms of neighborhood, room condition, and staff members in London for similar prices.

Room Tip: Don't hold high expectation of staff members.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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20 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2014

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.

Room Tip: Make sure you understand the number of beds in the room.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2014

Safestay is a very good, well organised hostel. The only very cricitical remark is about Easytobook.com, because I thought I had booked a single bedroom, but ended up in a dorm with 6 people and also mixed!!! That was an unpleasant surprise and totally thanks to easytobook. It was simply misleading. The hostel is great for all kinds of travellers. The continental breakfast was a bit poor with fruit, yoghurt, cakes and cornflakes. Not very 'continental' to me.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Review collected in partnership with Easytobook.com

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scotland
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2014

Stayed in May 2014 with a school group. Very safe hostel, modern décor, very clean and ideal for school groups. Showers had constant supply of hot water. Lockers in rooms to store valuables. Large breakfast area, good continental breakfast. Free wifi in bar/ lounge area and pool table etc to entertain. Handy for underground into centre of London or within walking distance of London Eye. Luggage room where you can store bags on the last day for free. Staff were friendly, polite and helpful. Strict about noise in rooms and damages though, so be prepared to treat the rooms and other guests with respect - as it should be! A hotel experience in a hostel. Got a thumbs up from our pupils. Fab stay - would definitely come back! :)

Room Tip: Ask for a room at the back - has views of the Strata building and the Shard - also quieter.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2014

We were reluctant to come to this hostel, but BOY WERE WE WRONG!! This was a great hostel. The staff were friendly and helpful, the rooms/entire building was extremely clean and the washrooms were private. To top it all off, everything was pink! We were a group of 5 girls staying here for a night because we went to a concert on a Saturday night. We felt extremely safe and we were very happy to know that most major doorways needed a key to open and that the front door was 24/7 locked and only allowed for guest entry. Thank you for the great experience, we will definitely recommend you guys and we will DEFINITELY be back again! :)

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 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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Property: Safestay London Hostel at Elephant & Castle
Address: 144-152 Walworth Road | Elephant & Castle, London SE17 1JL, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > London > London Bridge
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 828 Speciality Lodging in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Safestay London Hostel at Elephant & Castle 4*
Number of rooms: 74
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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