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“Ok for the price” 3 of 5 stars
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PubLove at The Steam Engine
2.0 of 5 Hostel   |   41-42 Cosser St | Waterloo, London SE1 7BU, England   |  
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Ranked #136 of 684 Specialty Lodging in London
Fort Collins, Colorado
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6 hotel reviews
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“Ok for the price”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2011

Staff was very nice and helpful. The 12 bed dorm was extremely cramped. Your luggage has to be in the bed with you so people have room to move. The lockers are very small (big enough for a purse). It was very clean - there was always someone cleaning while we were there. Showers were clean but very little hot water existed. Great location, close to lots of great attractions and the tube. The bar was nice after a long day of sight-seeing and had good pizza specials for travelers on a budget. If you're looking for something cheap in a great location this would be it.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Southport, Australia
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2011

My partner and I stayed at the Steam Engine for 4 nights before departing on a 5 week euro trip. We arrived early at 7am and were greeted by a staff member. Although it was early in the morning, the check-in process took forEVER (the guy must have been half asleep still). We weren't able to get into our room as suspected but were given a couple of drink vouchers and left our luggage in the secure store room.
Rooms were clean but cramped - triple bunk beds with the bottom mattress sitting on the floor and unable to sit up in bottom bed. But otherwise, nice clean white sheets and fluffy doonas.
Breakfast was basic - toast, cereal, communal tubs of jam that people would get butter all in, and god knows how long the milk is left out on the bench for! Drink prices at the bar were reasonable but no atmosphere at all at the bar, unless you're a local 50-year-old footbal fanatic who's every second word is a swear word.
Bathrooms disgusting - once you manage to get hot water after 30minutes or so, the shower will be overflowing as the drains are clogged and start regurgitating brown stuff. No where to put toiletries or dry clothes.
Location wasn't bad - close to convenience shops, Lambeth North train station and a short walk to Westminster Bridge and Imperial War Museum (a must see).
Wifi was good!
Overall, there's too many things that I did not like about this place to ever return.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2011

If you spend a lot of time at your hostel, I do not recommend the Steam Engine: With the only "public" space being the pub downstairs, there is nowhere to really relax; the staff were a bit brusque although efficient; the breakfast was very meager (cornflakes, cheap bread and lipton tea being about the extent); the two bathrooms were not cleaned frequently enough; I was on top of a 3 bed-bunk, and with zero floor space for my luggage, had to awkwardly carry it the three levels and sleep with it on my bed. Despite all this, as a solo traveller who didn't spend much time at the hostel, the Steam Engine worked out well and was worth the cheap price. It seemed to attract a lot of other single travelers who were easy to meet, and the location really was perfect. In summary, nothing to boast about, but for its value and handy location, the Steam Engine is a reasonable accommodation at a very fair price.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 41-42 Cosser St | Waterloo, London SE1 7BU, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > London
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #136 of 684 Specialty Lodging in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — PubLove at The Steam Engine 2*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
PubLove at the Steam Engine is an award-winning backpacker hostel above a traditional London pub. We have comfortable beds, in-room security lockers, 24 hour reception, and a great team of PubLovers to make your London experience the time of your life. We also have a 24 hour bar exclusively for hostel guests and a wide range of damned good drinks waiting for you in our glorious London pub. ... more   less 
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