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St. Christopher's Inn Hostel - London Bridge
Ranked #203 of 824 Specialty Lodging in London
Hobart, Australia
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52 reviews
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“Great location, good service, below average cleanliness.”
Reviewed March 19, 2013

This hostel is in a great location, very central for walking to tourist attractions, and very close to a train station. The staff are helpful, and the bar has some great discounts on food and drink for hostel guests. There is a free cereal and toast breakfast. However, the hostel is not kept very clean, and of the 3 toilets on our floor, two were out of order for the entirety of my stay, leaving one toilet for several dorms of 12+ people each. In all, great location, average pricing, but not very clean.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 5, 2013

Me and 7 other friends stayed here for the weekend and I can not say one bad word about this place! This is ideal for large groups as we had a room to ourselves, it was very lively which we loved, the 2 for 1 on spirits was a brilliant deal at £3.40 for 2 vodka mixers! The bar staff and reception were more than happy to help and really friendly. We had breakfast one morning which was lovely and the other food smelt delicious. The room was spacious and clean as were the wash rooms. The bar was lively with great music and non guests were more than willing to pay the 5 pound entry fee. overall we had a great stay and I would highly recommend to any large groups to give this place a go!

Room Tip: No pool or fitness so cant really comment
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed December 17, 2012

Hostel location was great: walking distance to attractions in the City and London Bridge tube station. Hostel staff were friendly and helpful. Very simple free breakfast (toast and cereal) is included; you do have to wait a while for toast if you want it as there was only one toaster. Price is OK (for London).

However, the hostel is above a bar with very loud music and patrons. Beds and pillows were uncomfortable. There wasn't really enough power outlets and those were in silly places. Not many bathrooms for the number of people, and the cleaners always seamed to clean those at the most inconvenient times: between 9 - 10 am when people are trying to shower/brush teeth etc. before checking out. All the hang out areas, reception and breakfast are down the road at The Village (only a short walk but long enough to be unpleasant in the rain).

Room Tip: If I stay again, I would consider staying at Village rather than The Inn.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Haledon, New Jersey, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed November 2, 2012

My husband and I (both in our early 20's) went on a Eurotrip which included a stay at St. Christophers INN, London, England in July.

Cons:
We stayed in an 8 person dorm room which was all the way up like... 6 flights of stairs on the top floor. The entire floor smelled like horse poop. I'm not even exaggerating, it smelled like farm animals. The bathrooms are all "community bathrooms" for each floor, and they looked and smelled like they hadn't been cleaned in months. The rooms smelled like beer and sweat and the beds are basically bunk beds with a plastic mat laid on top...not so comfy. (NOTE: if you choose an 8 person dorm, be prepared to have people being loud, walking in at random hours of the day and night.) All of the door handles and floors were sticky and covered in...who knows what. (SUGGESTION: bring antibacterial hand sanitizer.) The free breakfast was what was expected - gross instant coffee and toast. (Please just go somewhere else for a Full English Breakfast....you'll thank me!)

PROS:
This hostel was pretty cheap for the 8 person room we slept in. However, if we had spent $10-20 more dollars, we probably could have gotten a private and much cleaner hotel room. The bar/restaurant right downstairs was very convenient and had friendly bartenders. The location of this hostel was also great. It was right up the street from this AWESOME market. (Make sure you find out what days and hours the market is open and go to it!) I also suggest that you go for a very long walk and get yourself lost for a day. We found so many awesome little areas after exploring London on foot.

TIPS:
- bring an umbrella and sweatshirt/jacket because its cold and it rains every 20 minutes. NOT KIDDING. This was in mid-July.
-bring baby wipes/hand sanitizer/ cleaning products?
-bring a lock for your locker
-go get lost in London! visit the Markets first!
-skip the free toast/instant coffee breakfast and go get a FULL ENGLISH BREAKFAST!
-If you are traveling as a couple, try finding cheap hotels to stay at instead of hostels...Sometimes 1 room at a cheap hotel is actually cheaper than 2 beds at a hostel.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed October 23, 2012

A complete shambles. Yes, we are looking for budget accom, but this is more like a down and outs hovel. The stink of puke and urine from the filfthy toilets and shower rooms is bad. The staff are also pretty stupid and seem to be just passing through themselves. A real do-it-yourself place. Its also far too noisy of a night and you cant get any sleep or peace. Its a bit like trying to get a sleep on a night time bus but even more unpleasant. I WILL NEVER USE THIS PLACE AGAIN. YOU GET THE FEELING THAT ALTHOUGH YOU DONT PAY A LOT YOU ARE BEING RIPPED OFF BECAUSE ITS SO SO POOR.

Room Tip: Go to another hostel or hotel. The bargains at the moment are out there. Dont be fleeced by this lot...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Reading (W)
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed October 20, 2012

First time I found this a friendly, lively hostel on a one night stop.

I stayed again for a week. and saw the reality. You could smell the toilet down the corridor, mind the vomit, luke warm showers, tired facilities overall. I had 3 new backpackers checking in after 1am when people are sleeping, plus all the party revellers coming through all hours of the night. A staff member put the lights on, woke everybody up at 1am to check if you're in the right bed. So disorganised with bed allocation. And if you do manage to sleep through that there's the loud music going till the early hours downstairs.

Friendly but filthy disorganised hostel.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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great britain
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed October 16, 2012

I recently stayed in this hostel. My opinion is as followed

service: on check in, was given plenty of information about the place, where to get breakfast, if need help etc

value: got a basic but good breakfast, quite near tube and some big attractions, but got a few things that let the place down, as will explain

sleep quality: loud music, playing till at least 2am, if you plan on doing a lot of sight seeing and not too bothered about the bar etc at night, i do not recommend this place. Went back at nights tired, woke up in the mornings even more tired

cleanliness: not impressed, on the first day there, our nearest toilet on the top floor was blocked with vomit on top, an out of order sign was placed on, and still there when we checked out 2 days later, got wiffs of a horrible sick smell when passing by to our room, the stairs were dusty, no hand wash facilities in the toilets, some no soap, some no hand dryers, dirty air vents, bins that wasn't emptied all day, toilets not seen to properly , showers not their best and with push buttons that got annoying when trying to get washed and out of it

location: good for tube, and to go to places like, hms belfast, the tower and tower bridge, monument, st pauls cathedral, to get on the thames river cruises, got some good shops and cafes on the high street

rooms: cleaner than rest of the place, had nice pics on wall, secure locks on the doors, clean bedding, only downsides i felt to room was, it was very cold at night, and the top bunk was a bit dodgy to get on and off.

I'd like to add, i've stayed in worse bed and breakfasts than this hostel, hence the overall rating of average, with less breakfast and paid more, poor location etc, but the noise and the poor shower and toilet facilities i won't return.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Property: St. Christopher's Inn Hostel - London Bridge
Address: Southwark 121 Borough High Street, London SE1 1NP, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Southwark
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Restaurant
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Ranked #203 of 824 Specialty Lodging in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — St. Christopher's Inn Hostel - London Bridge 2*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Originally an Inn for weary horse drawn coach travellers, this St Christopher's Inn offers a traditional taste of English life and easy access to the attractions of the South Bank. You can enjoy fish n' chips with a pint of ale at the pub downstairs and be at the Tate Modern 15-minutes later. ... more   less 
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