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Church Street Hotel
Ranked #477 of 1,067 Hotels in London
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“Beautiful stay”
Reviewed 5 February 2014

I was looking round all these different websites for a decent hotel to stay in for a night and was almost at the brink of giving in to Premier Inn, Ibis or Travelodge, which isn't great if you're celebrating an anniversary.
Found this place on lastminute.com and when I looked at the rooms I thought to myself it couldn't be real! But I fell in love through the pictures and when forwarding the details onto my better half, we needed to book it! We got ourselves the Superior King Size double standard room. The receptionist was friendly when she greeted us and helped us find our room as well as the living space where they had a huge selection of DVDs and complimentary teas. There are so many corridors it's easy to find yourself lost and trying to remember the painting on the wall that was near your room, which is all part of the fun.
The room was beautiful. A little bit smaller than we thought, but beautiful nonetheless. It was clean, the chocolates and books were a lovely little touch and the toiletries were really cool. I admired the tiling in the bathroom, the way the room was painted and the soft lighting. We both live in a noisy area so we didn't feel it was noisy during our stay.

The location is a bit strange and hard to find if you don't know which direction you're going in, but the buses that ran through went through Central London which is convenient.

Only thing stopping me from giving it a full 5 is I think there was a loose wire in the DVD player so we couldn't get to watch any film properly.

But, this isn't a hotel you should be comparing to with other ones, you found this one, you go here and you won't regret it

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 February 2014

I love this hotel! I was traveling to London alone for a conference and stayed at the Church Street Hotel for 2 nights, I can't fault it in anyway. The staff were lovely, the hotel was homely and quirky and very comfortable. The minute you're inside you forget you're in Camberwell. Room was a decent size with a shared bathroom that was immaculate. The chilli chocolate and hot sauce in the room were a nice touch. The restaurant downstairs was always busy and breakfast was brilliant - I'm coeliac and usually hotel breakfasts are a pain, however there were options I could have and they made me (awesome) scrambled eggs both mornings. And the coffee was cracking.
A little strange staying so far from a tube station, but the bus services are pretty frequent and the stops just minutes from the hotel so surprisingly not much of an issue. I have no desire to stay anywhere else when I go to London now.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled solo
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2014 via mobile

I stayed there in the smallest single room I ve ever been in. However, it was clean, had a small ensuite bathroom and was ok. Probably not a room you would want to stay in for more than one night though.....no window to look out of either as it was high up and seemed to look onto another buildings air conditioning unit. Credit to the hotel, the breakfast was free!

Stayed January 2014, travelled on business
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Alrewas, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 January 2014

We spent a single night at the hotel and were very impressed by the helpfulness and friendliness of the staff. The room was very clean and well appointed. The bathroom was lovely and the little extras such as the chocolate and the collection of Blake poems on the table were nice touches. The visitor lounge was excellent offering free beverages and an honesty bar. Our breakfast, and I would certainly recommend the full English, was amazing and set me up for the whole day. We are not frequent visitors to London but would not hesitate to stay at this hotel again and recommend it to anyone.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Sikelia_CHST, General Manager at Church Street Hotel, responded to this review, 23 January 2014
Dear Peter,

It’s nice to hear that you had such a positive experience! Thank you for all the lovely comments about our team, we’ll reiterate that to all members. We do our best to make all guests feel like at ‘casa’ and part of the Church Street Hotel ‘familia’, so it makes us extremely happy when we succeed that :)

We’ll be glad to receive you again when you are back at London!

Best wishes,

Sikelia
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London
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Reviewed 30 December 2013

I tried to imagine the conversation between the hotel developers and their bank. "We want to open a Mexican-themed hotel, in an edgy part of south London halfway between Brixton and Peckham and nowhere near a tube station"
"Certainly sir, here's all the money you need."
This is not an obvious location and not an obvious approach to hotel development. But it works brilliantly.
Other reviewers have described it as quirky. It definitely is, and it wouldn't suit everyone. Mention has also been made of the quality of the toiletries (fab!) and the fact that the stairs would make it impossible for elderly or disabled people.
The reason I have given it a 4 rating rather than 5 is that it is also quite noisy - its on a main road, and the floors do not have carpets. If you're a light sleeper, don't expect too much sleep. Which is a pity as the beds are a joy.
But it's a wonderful place, (probably best suited to young people!) with excellent service and with a tremendous restaurant attached providing great breakfasts and some of the best tapas I've ever had.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sikelia_CHST, General Manager at Church Street Hotel, responded to this review, 23 January 2014
Dear Margabe,
Thanks for your comments.
Indeed, Latin boutique hotel in South London was met with disbelief initially, but our passion for the area with its vibrant mix of cultures, cool music venues, independent shop/restaurants and fabulous people drove us forward. We wanted to reflect this warmth, colour and vibrancy in the decor and design of our hotel, paying homage to still, a very real, local part of London.
We find guests increasingly want to experience local London, and our location means guests can have the best of both worlds; a comprehensive bus network on our doorstep, straight into the city in 25 mins, while outside our door, we have a wealth of great local venues to enjoy.
Since we opened we have seen the area develop with more cool little places popping up every year. Not to mention our sister restaurant Angels & Gypsies and the latest addition to our sacred trilogy, the Communion bar! We hope the next few years will see more of a celebration of this cultural vibrancy. Especially now that Denmark Hill overground station has minimised distances to Victoria, London Bridge, Clapham, etc to 10-15 minutes.
We do understand that due to the nature of the building, some rooms may be located a few extra steps further up, but we have to work in symbiosis with the nuances of this wonderful 150 year old building.
Should guests advise us in advance about special requirements we strive to allocate them on the lowest floor possible. Further our receptionist and staff are always on hand to help with luggage and any other requests. On the same note though we have some rooms on the high street, all of these rooms are triple glazed for added comfort, with ample rooms at the rear of the hotel.
Next time that you are staying in the area please do let us know your preferences so that we can help you enjoy your stay even more!
Best wishes,
Sikelia
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Reviewed 29 December 2013

Fascinating hotel, in Spanish style with an eclectic range of iconography - withnail, mama roux, Christ and peasant girls.
Excellent reception, shared lounge with range of drinks, hot are free, alcoholic on honesty book.
Room was more than sufficient, bed very comfortable, and like the associated restaurant, Angels and Gypsies, the detail is what makes this exceptional. Individual rooms, chocolate, hot sauce, free papers. Yes, it's a warren, but don't bother if you're not looking for an interesting journey, yes you could probably find something cheaper, but it would be same old, same old corporate stuff. No, it's not in Central London, but one of the advantages of a city is that you can find places like this where you discover parts off the beaten track.
This is unusual and a very welcome change, transport is easy and we will definitely stay here again.
(Accidentally hit the pool rating and can't get rid of it - there is no pool!)

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sikelia_CHST, General Manager at Church Street Hotel, responded to this review, 23 January 2014
Dear RobinHood,
We are excited that you enjoyed your stay at the Church Street Hotel! It seems that you have not only understood but also embraced our philosophy :) We aim to create a space where guests can enjoy the southern hospitality and flavour true London off the beaten track. And yes, we do try to excel through detail. Every little item from the Lupita dolls in the cavity walls and the Honesty bar mentality to the complimentary L’Occitane amenities and our homemade hot sauce have been selected with a lot of love and care. Though we may not have a pool, no matter how much we’d love one, we strive to offer everything we’d like to find in our ideal hotel!
Looking forward to receiving you again soon!
* Tip, just behind the hotel is our local leisure centre which has an amazing swimming pool indeed worthy of that five star rating.
Best regards,
Sikelia
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2013

Stayed for 2 nights in December for a family wedding in Camberwell so perfect location.
Paid for a superior room so not bad for space but very dark at the back of the hotel - tricky for trying to putting on make up, could have looked like coco the clown !
Positives - very comfy bed; good toiletries; very helpful staff; good breakfast in restaurant at additional cost.
Negatives - wardrobe so short could not even hang a suit or dress, had to hang on the outside; no in room tea/coffee; room very dark but atmospheric.
Overall an enjoyable stay but at £145.00 a night plus breakfast quite expensive for the area being way out of central London.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Sikelia_CHST, General Manager at Church Street Hotel, responded to this review, 23 January 2014
Dear Jill,
Thanks for your comments and feedback allowing us the opportunity to grow and better our service.
Upon making the reservation you requested a quiet room hence allocated in one at the back of the hotel away from the main road.
We enjoy an eclectic mix of rooms within the 150 year old building in which we are located. No two rooms are the same, and we celebrate this uniqueness which is reflected in the furnishings and decor of each room. Our reception team is always on hand to accommodate guests’ requirements wherever possible and reasonable in the case of any dissatisfaction.
All Superior King rooms apart from the full body mirror (150cm x 48cm) located in the bedroom enjoy a 40cm x 30cm mirror in the bathroom with a minimum of 3 halogen spotlights in the bathroom wherever possible. Further the wardrobe in your room had a cavity of approximately 85cm-100cm height. Though we understand that this may not be suitable for a maxi dress, it would suffice for most clothing items.
Part of our “home away from home” mentality is celebrated in our Havana Lounge. This is a warm and welcoming space for our guests to relax and enjoy a great selection of complimentary gourmet teas and Monmouth coffee. And should you find that you are too tired and the distance seems too long our receptionists are always happy to bring the beverage of your choice to your room.
Overall we feel that the rate is reasonable for a Superior King room which as such enjoys French period style furniture, custom hand-made King size bed, fluffy Floringo towels and Snuggle down duvets, air conditioning, 32 inch LED TV and Blue ray DVD player, a luxurious bathroom with hand-made basin, pedestal, hand painted Mexican tilework throughout; all inclusive of Unlimited High-Speed Broadband connectivity and 20% VAT.
Finally we think that it will be hard to match a £5.00 Organic Continental Breakfast anywhere in or outside London with unlimited access to our house-made organic sourdough bread, in-house freshly squeezed juices and smoothies, Monmouth coffee from Borough Market, Organic muesli and cereals, pastries from the local French baker in Blackheath, organic milk and yoghurt from Neal’s Yard dairy and free-range boiled eggs.
If you do decide to stay with us again, feel free to contact me on sikelia@churchstreethotel.com and I would be happy to better accommodate your requirements.
Kind regards,
Sikelia
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Property: Church Street Hotel
Address: 29-33 Camberwell Church Street, London SE5 8TR, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > London
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#149 Business Hotel in London
#240 Romantic Hotel in London
#344 Family Hotel in London
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Hotel Class:3 star — Church Street Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 31
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