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Hootananny Hostel

95 Effra Road, Brixton, London SW2 1DF, England
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  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2 of 5 stars
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Carlsbad, California
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150 reviews 150 reviews
10 hotel reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This has a great location. It is near the tube, bus, shopping, parks, and places to go out for the night. This place has good food in the bar and it is decently priced. It was beautiful near the holidays with all the Christmas trees in the back.

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San Diego, California
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147 reviews 147 reviews
12 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I staid there during the winter right before the holidays. The rooms were warm and the beds were comfortable. There are two types of crowds that were drawn to this location. Luckily I met the people that were very kind and backpackers themselves that wanted to experience what it was like around the 1800's there are many old buildings, markets,... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

I stayed here with some friends, thankfully only for one night! Not your standard sort of hostel, more of a bar with some rooms above it. Unconventional entrance to the hostel which means you have to actually go behind the bar (thus always needing a member of staff to let you through) in order to access the stairs up to... More 

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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Don't even consider this place. It is disgusting and not worth anything you'd pay for it. When we arrived we couldn't even find the hostel entrance because the only entrance is through the bar (and I mean literally through the bar, walking through the bar counter to some door behind). And this bar has signs plastered everyone stating that it... More 

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Europe
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Definitely a quirky kind of place, which won't be to everyone's liking. Not your traditional type hostel, just a nest of assorted rooms above a large lively/noisy pub - so standards not necessarily what you'd expect. Full of people living there for cheap London accommodation. I'd say it's good for a night or two, and more suited to the experienced... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Chose this hostel as it was cheap and close to the O2 Brixtion Academy. Stayed for 3 nights. Upon arrival we were taken in through the bar area and shown the layout and explained how to get in etc. Very helpful guy. My friend and I were in the female dorm by the kitchen so it was quite noisy as... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

I booked it because it was very cheap. After arrival I realized why. There were mostly permanent residents in the rooms, which were therefore messy and dirty. Scary stairways and passages. It has its atmosphere, but not for me, thanks.

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 via mobile

There is a man named Ricky from Ireland staying there who was keeping people up all night, talking loudly to people at 5am when they try to sleep. He tried to pressure me and another woman to snort coke with him and his delinquent friends. Funny that, as I saw a sign stating "quiet at 11" and "zero tolerance"? Also... More 

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Milan, Italy
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

It was cheap and that was why I booked it. The location is rather off the beaten track and I ended up spending more on the tube to get to historic places. I found Hootananny Hostel to be overall dingy and unkempt. It seemed some people were just living there and did not really run into any other travelers. They... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

I think this could be enough to avoid this place.When my friend and I have reported to the office the presence of bed bugs in our room(my friend has woke up full of red points all over right leg and both arms) they just cleaned the room with a vacuum and throwed away some quilts ,which is not enough to... More 

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