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“Ok for a couple nights stay” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of St Christopher's Oasis at the Orient

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St Christopher's Oasis at the Orient
Ranked #283 of 828 Specialty Lodging in London
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19 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Ok for a couple nights stay”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2012

This hostel, which is an all girls hostel is located directly across from borough market! Which is such an amazing market, delicious smells and meals. And only a couple blocks away from the London bridge tube station. It's great location wise but it's quite an old building. The bathrooms/showers are quite old, need serious renovation, poor sleep due to street noise, the windows are not actually sound proof windows. And there isn't any hangout space. Unfortunatly there is not a communal kitchen either, a frigde would be so much more convenient since the food in London is rubbish, would rather cook my own food. I would say this is an ok hostel if you were to stay only a few nights, like I did.

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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Australia
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2012

I was really worried about staying here because of some of the other reviews but was pleasantly surprised with the room. I stayed one night, the room was nicely decorated and clean- the bed was really comfy! Also, there were fresh flowers and lots of storage space which was really good. There is quiet a bit of noise from the street but it isn't too bad. The bathroom needed a clean and I can't comment on the shower as I didn't use it. We had some trouble with out swipe cards and had to walk back to the main reception to get them fixed, a bit annoying when you have to walk a block in the snow, and mine still didn't work. The girl on the desk when we checked in was really lovely, but when we went back about the cards there was a guy who was unhelpful and quiet rude. I guess it's luck of the draw! Overall, the hostel was comfortable and in a good location (across the road from the wonderful Borough markets and walking distance to the Tower of London) and for the price we paid I thought it was a good deal.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Tokyo
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143 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2011

First, this hostel was the noisiest hostel I've ever stayed in. It's on a major street next to a hospital (think ambulances all night long in addition to London traffic) and has single paned windows. The breakfast is ok but nothing more (think toast and Nescafe). To get the keys, check out, get breakfast, or do anything, you have to go 2 blocks away to their other hostel. It's down a dodgy alley, so I wouldn't recommend single women to come back at night alone. It was very basic and cheaply done--no extras to make it nice or comfortable. The biggest issue I had was that live-in staff had literally taken over the guest dorms. They took the bottom bunks, spread all their stuff (they live there, so have a lot) everywhere, and used my linens and pillow before I arrived. The one was sick, which was really awkward. They said their had been "something going around the hostel," which is not what you want to hear upon arrival. But this girl looked like death and was seizing. It was handled very poorly--she wasn't taken to A&E but shook my bed all night long, everyone was mostly worried about whether she could work and said she'd been sick for days. She needed the window open, which made a very noisy room impossible to sleep in. It was a scene! And all in the guest dorms! I've never seen workers mixed with guests before and recommend against it.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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57 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2011

A good location, but if you want more than just a place to sleep and leave your things, look elsewhere.

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Cattytraveler11
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2011

Whole street under reconstruction- dusty room- poor air flow and stuffy- bad for your health if you have asthma or any allergy- stuff not helpful as they are not able to do anything about the situation- It is cheap but it is absolutely terrible if you can't breath- beware! Also no lift only stairs plus can be very noisy so if you are not an easy sleeper don't come here- lots of false advertising beware! Main reception area very far away- security poor as no staff in the actual building. Lots of drunk people outside as next to several bars. Definitely not the top 10 women's hostel as it is advertised. Stop patronizing women!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank judamani
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2011

The whole area is under construction at present June/ July 2011- it is marketing as the women's hostel- but the street are full of bars and drunken people at night and whole area is under construction- which is very noisy all the time till very late at nigh. The room that I lived is a 8 bed share all the windows are being blocked and there are dust everywhere and no air flowing through the room- the staff is not able to do anything other than refunding me the money- but I have no place to go in London- if they had told me earlier this is going to happen I wouldn't have come here. One of the window is broken and I have to hold it up with books. They also allow very late check-ins and people arriving at midnight in the morning and wouldn't shut up and go to sleep until 130am- rude Koreans. There is no lift in the hostel and the stairs are very narrow- so don't come here with any big luggage. There is no staff in the Oasis building, there is no common room area and you have to walk 2 minutes down the block to the main reception area to ask for anything. I was told I can keep luggage in the reception area but you actually have to pay for it and the storage locker is very small - like those electronic one you see outside the train stations. When I ask the receptionist she wasn't very helpful and wouldn't explain anything in detail to me and I have to ask her 3 times for her to be bother to explain where things are instead of saying just over there and randomly pointing a direction- she is obviously more interested in serving her male customers. Anyway, definitely not what it is advertised for- if this is the top 10 women's hostel in the world I must say they are patronizing women as we deserve better (this is the main reason why I come to stay in this hostel- as I have stayed in a women's hostel in Christchurch and had such a great time there).

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank judamani
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Helsinki, Finland
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2011

The room was clean, there was no smelly carpet and the bunk beds were sturdy. Otherwise, the St Christopher's Oasis (for women only) was a huge disappointment.

They are supposed to have "extra measures to ensure that the area remains female friendly" and have many "girly" extras. They promise a lot on their web page starting from "scented hallways" but unfortunately most of it is not true!!
For example:
- Security: there were just as many locks there as in other hostels; also I did not feel very secure knowing that there was no staff staying in the building
- No extra storage except a hanging rail
- There were NO bedside lamps in my room as promised!
- No full-length mirror
- I found only one double socket in a room for eight + an extension cord, considering the fact that everyone has a mobile phone and many travel with a laptop there were far too few power points!
- The sheets were pink but the pillows, duvets and mattresses were exactly like at St.Cristopher's Shepherds Bush
- I found only one single hair dryer in the hostel
- The bathrooms are not beautifully decorated, they are not decorated at all, they're in a need for renovation
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- Also there was only one waste basket for eight girls which was not enough
- The guy at the reception was a bit patronizing
- They run out of toilet paper one morning
- It is very inconvenient to walk several blocks for breakfast to the reception
- Lots of dust and noise coming from the street through the window which had to be kept open for ventilation

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank happyheart2003
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Property: St Christopher's Oasis at the Orient
Address: Southwark 59-61 Borough High Street | (reception at St Christopher’s Village, 161-165 Borough High Street), London SE1 1NE, England (Formerly St Christopher's Orient Espresso)
Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Southwark , London Bridge
Amenities:
Free Breakfast
Hotel Style:
Ranked #283 of 828 Specialty Lodging in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — St Christopher's Oasis at the Orient 2*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Oasis in London Bridge is exactly what it sounds like - a protected retreat of tranquillity just for girls, right in the heart of London. This youth hostel shares a check in, reception and breakfast area with the St Christopher's at the Village hostel - so there's plenty of opportunities to meet fellow travellers from all walks off life and you get to make the most of the on-site nightclub, cinema, comedy club, bar and restaurant - also at the Village. Add to that the fact that Borough Market and the Tower of London are on your doorstep from this location, and you're guaranteed to have a good time. When you've finished tasting the many free food samples at the belly bulging Borough Market, an amazing walking route along the River Thames is only minutes away. After you pass The London Dungeons and Sir Francis Drake's ship - the Golden Hinde, this path heads west to take in St Paul's Cathedral, the amazing and free Tate Modern Gallery, the OXO Tower, Gabriel's Wharf, the British Film Institute, the Southbank Centre, the London Eye, and the Houses of Parliament! Needless to say, you won't be at a loss for something fun to do! This London Bridge location is also a short train ride away from Greenwich with its famous observatory where time is set, the Maritime Museum, the 02 Arena and the Cutty Sark tea clipper! Please note that guests under 18 years of age must stay in a private room with guardians. They cannot share in general dormitory rooms with people who are not part of their own group or family. Under-18s are not allowed in the bars or pubs. If you do not make this clear and book children into a mixed dorm, your reservation will be cancelled upon arrival and you will not receive a refund. Please note that guests under 18 years of age must stay in a private room with guardians. They cannot share in general dormitory rooms with people who are not part of their own group or family. Under-18s are not allowed in the bars or pubs. If you do not make this clear and book children into a mixed dorm, your reservation will be cancelled upon arrival and you will not receive a refund. Please note that the maximum stay policy is 14 days A £2 key card deposit will be required upon check in (refundable on check out) Breakfast not included, £3 for unlimited continental buffet. ... more   less 
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