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“lovely staff, good vibes, noisy trains”
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The Walrus Hostel
Ranked #38 of 838 Specialty Lodging in London
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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“lovely staff, good vibes, noisy trains”
Reviewed September 8, 2013

I had a great stay at the walrus last august. The staff were welcoming and the small but quirky bar below gave the place a wonderful atmosphere. While I managed to sleep through the trains which pass by metres from the bedroom window I did speak to some people who said the train situation seriously disrupted their sleep. Another minor, but mentionable issue is the weird shower situation. Some of the showers don't really function as showers should and are waaay too tiny! I couldn't even lock the door! I thought they were ornamental showers when I first arrived. Luckily there are a couple of descent showers with space to hang up your towel etc., you just need to search for them. Otherwise, I do recommend staying at the walrus hostel. For me personally, the welcoming, quirky vibes and great accessibility overrides the negative points.

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Abergavenny, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

Stayed here for just one night but it was a positive experience. There staff are great, it has a nice atmosphere, good bar, lots of other travellers to meet, and perfect location. The only downside to the location is that you can hear the noise of the trains- be sure to bring earplugs. Other than this everything was perfect, I'll definitely stay again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 5, 2013 via mobile

Loved this hostel great atmosphere pub is lovely staff are sooooo friendly drinks are cheap and yummmmm... Amazing spot close to everything walking distance to so much and tube is a min away min walk away from 24 hr supermarket, laundrette and quirky classy shopping with great pubs rooms are basic showers are ok train outside hostel and it's on a bridge so quite loud but I slept threw it and I'm a light sleeper if you can't sleep threw it your day wasn't busy enough ... Great place and would stay here again In a flash... Thank you Alex and his wonderful team

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 5, 2013

Amazingly central to everything, close to a metro station and in walking distance to the Big Ben and London Eye. Gets extremely noisy during day/night due to train station next door, so make sure you bring ear plugs.

Fantastic service, working facilities and clean rooms.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

The walrus, Hmmmm Good mix of people, central to basically everything that you want to see in London, Really easy to get on the tube and tube around everywhere. depends on what room you get but there is about 30 train tracks outside your window. But this seems to be a common thing among hostels... be it either chickens, trains, people, bugs, trikes, or bars... something is always outside your window... I don't mind, I bring ear plugs and go outside... don;t stay in your room, thats lame anyway. Good times PC

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

This is a great place to stay in London.
It’s a hostel with a pub downstairs. You get a 15% discount on all drinks & Happy hour is from 5 to 7pm.

You check in at the bar & the staff are very friendly & helpful. Don’t hesitate to ask them for advice on anything while you’re in London. Check-in starts at 2pm but there is a luggage room where you can leave your stuff if you arrive early and if you get there before 10am, they’ll even offer you breakfast.

The hostel is extremely central, a five minute walk from Big Ben, the London eye & Southbank. Within walking distance It is very easy to find from the underground station Lambeth North, which is just 300 meters away. You are also just five minutes away from Waterloo station & there’s a bus stop around the corner. Supermarkets, bank, bars & restaurants are just minutes when not seconds away.

They have 4, 6, 10 & 18 bed dorms. One of the 4 bed dorms is girls only & the other one features a sink & a mirror. They also have 1 private room available.

The rooms & bathrooms are very clean & the beds are extremely comfy, especially the pillows !

You get free lockers in the rooms but bring your own padlock, there is a kitchen for use & one or more showers on each floor, toilets are separated.

Additional services include free wi-fi, free maps, free towels & earplugs (ask for them at the bar), adaptors & padlocks for rent. You can also leave your valuables at the bar and they will take care of them for you.

Breakfast from 8 to 10am at the bar downstairs is included and consists of toasts, cereals, cookies, fruits, orange & apple juice, milk, tea & coffee.

You can access the building anytime. When the bar is closed, you just enter through the back door with a code. You also have a code to your dorm. This makes the place feel really safe & secure.

You must check out before 11am but you can still use the showers, kitchen, toilets & of course the luggage room until your departure.

It does get quite noisy at night because it is so close to public transport. We slept with the window open but other people closed it and said they were not bothered at all.

I posted lots of pictures there : http://cappuccinofields.com/2013/08/27/the-walrus/

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Jakarta, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

Things that makes Walrus is the best hostel are the awesome staffs and nice bar that create friendly atmosphere.. comfortable common area, free wifi, unlimited and can be accessed from the room. The hostel is not too big which a good point, so you can be more familiar with other travelers. very good location, only 2min from the tube and many restaurants around.. Love it :)

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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Property: The Walrus Hostel
Address: 172 Westminster Bridge Rd, London SE1 7RW, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > London
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #38 of 838 Specialty Lodging in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A 5 minute walk from London Eye, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Westminster and all the excitement of the Southbank. The Walrus is the best place to enjoy a short break or stay for up to 4 weeks as your base in London.Located beside Waterloo station, and other near by tubes and serviced by buses along Westminster bridge road into central London. As such it can be a bit noisy at times (free ear-plugs are available on request, but most people are not bothered by the noise). We feature FREE Wi-Fi for those who bring there own laptops, lockers, a FREE simple breakfast of tea/coffee, toast and cereal and FREE bag storage on early arrival.Our aim is to make you feel welcome on arrival, and help you enjoy a safe, secure stay while you get the most out of your time in London.Our award winning friendly staff can offer information on London, and the ins and outs of getting around easily and quickly.We look forward to seeing you soon. ... more   less 
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