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Safestay London Hostel at Elephant & Castle
Ranked #25 of 908 Specialty Lodging in London
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Reviewed February 17, 2014

Just stayed for weekend at safestay and have to say this is the cleanest most practical accommodation I have ever stayed in would recommend it highly.
It is handy for rail and tube routes plenty of eating places locally and overall a good place.
The continental breakfast could be improved

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 11, 2014

I stayed in this hostel for the second time. Because I like nice atmosphere there and organized trips to nightclubs))). Value for money, cleanness and comfortable beds. The idea with bedside curtain is very good, so in the evening and the morning light doesn't hinder to sleep. And the beds have an individual lamps. Lockers for luggage (without locks).
No kitchen and no Wi-Fi in the some rooms. Very basic continental breakfast.

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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 10, 2014

I stayed at Safestay during the new year. I checked in on New years eve, the hostel was extremely busy but I can't imagine this being the normal situation. It was a great experience and I would recommend it to anyone. The location of the hostel isn't the best, but the facilities and the cleanliness compensate for it.

The hostel has a great common room, with a bar and a nice outdoor area. The internet connection is outstanding in the common area but one of the drawbacks is that there isn't internet in the dorms.

I stayed in a 6-bed dorm, one of my favourite things about the dorms is that you get curtains and a little lamp. I know one of the things about being a traveller and jumping from one hostel to the next is that there is no personal space but I found it quite good to have both side of the coin, the business of a normal hostel but then a little piece of privacy, at least when you are sleeping.

I will definitely stay there if I ever visit London again.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 10, 2014

I stayed at Safestay for 4 days with a male friend.

The bedroom was spacious for 6 people (male&female) and the bathroom was outside the room. The room was basic cleaned every morning.
Each bed was normal size with individual light and it was very comfy. On arrival the lower sheet, the throw and pillow were already on the bed. Although they seemed clean, I wouldn't recommend sleeping there without proper clothing and socks. The room was very warm due the heater and we sleep every night with one of the windows open although it was December (then the temperature was just right). There was a metal box for every person of the room under the beds where we could put our baggage and stuff (although I felt completely safe there and left some things outside) and lock it with your own locker. There was mirror there as well so you could check yourself and the only downside that I found were the sockets. They were near the floor next to the beds but for those staying in the upper one, had to put their things on the floor.
The bathrooms were clean and big. Some had sink and toilet, some others had also one shower with high pressure heated water. On my floor, each room hall had 2 bathrooms for maybe 4 bedrooms and they were available for most of the time. There were also showers rooms and bathrooms and several places of the hostel. If you need a towel, you can rent a towel at the reception and they will refund you at the end.

The breakfast was very nice and had the basic stuff: croissants, milk, coffee, orange juice (really nice!!), cereals, butter and sweat. The breakfast area was a large space, with a pool table, the bar (attention that it closes at 11PM, if I'm not mistaken),several TVs and a terrace. This area is open til the bar closes so you can spend time there during the day. This is the best area to receive internet signal because it doesn't reach the bedrooms.


Every door at the hotel is opened with your own hotel card so as a Female traveller I wouldn't have any problem of staying there alone, although I would choose a Female-only room. It didn't felt like a party or young hostel but they have some parties so expect to see some drunk people.

The location is not the best but within 20-30min you are at the London Eye or the Big Ben. The metro station is 5min away from the door of the hotel and there are bus stops at the front of the hotel so you have connections 24h/7 to every place of the town. The oyster card is a must in London!
There is a market 2min from the hostel where you can buy food and liquids very cheap and it's open 24h. They recommended it to me at the hostel.

The staff was very nice and for 15£ a night I would definitely stay there if I come back to London in the future on a short budget. I felt like I was in a boutique hotel, not in a hostel!

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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 10, 2014

I stayed here for the first time on 6/2/14 for two nights, having previously stayed at many hostels, B&B’s and chain hotels in London over many years.

I was in an 8-bed mixed dorm, 4/5 beds occupied, en-suite with a toilet with wash basin and a separate shower with wash basin.

I paid £46 in total for two nights including booking fee, this was their cheapest dorm. Easy booking on their website. You pay a 10% deposit and the balance on arrival. You can cancel up to around two days before arrival. You need photo id (passport, driving licence) when checking in.

Safestay is located near Elephant & Castle, about 10 minutes walk from the station, which has good travel connections by rail, underground and bus to most of London. The area, while nothing specific wrong with it, is one of the less appealing parts of London, with nothing of interest nearby. Make sure you have a local map so you can work out where to go from the station.

The hostel is large. It is very clean, modern, with good facilities and well maintained, essential items like showers and hot water work well, and attractive decor. The dormitory was large and spacious, with conventional two-tier bunks. The spaciousness was a major attraction, especially for a hostel in London. I think it would not have felt crowded even if all beds were taken. Each bed has a large locker, actually a ‘cage’, most of them under the beds, you should bring your own padlock. There are curtains round each bed - an unusual and welcome facility. The bed was comfortable, good quality bedding and premade. You need to take your own towel, or pay to hire one.

There are some dorms with less beds, and private rooms for 2 or 3, mostly but not all en-suite. There are plenty of showers and toilets around the building.

You have a keycard for accessing the building and your dorm/room. There is a storeroom for luggage if arriving early or leaving left, which anyone has access to, so not completely secure.

There is a huge bar/lounge area with lots of tables and comfy seating. The first evening I settled in here at 9.00 pm to read ...... until a few minutes later when a group of 40 French children came in! And another young group later. This is a significant feature of this place, it is used mainly by groups, so can get noisy. The bar was thus less peaceful, but not to the extent of becoming unusable.

Simple meals are available in the bar, which I did not use. Also a wide range of bar drinks and tea/coffee. A drawback of this hostel, compared to many other hostels (even in London), is no free tea/coffee (except in 2/3 bed rooms) or kitchen. So if you want a coffee you have to pay around £2 for it.

A simple breakfast is included in the room price and available from 7.00 to 9.00 am. It comprises cereal, yoghurt, croissants, jam, orange juice and coffee. This was a good breakfast despite a limited selection. The large groups meant it was crowded and far from relaxing.

There is free wifi in the bar area, which appeared to work well but I did not use.

Reception is open 24 hours. Staff at reception were pleasant, staff at breakfast seemed somewhat overwhelmed.

Plus points: Spacious dorm, comfortable bed, clean, well maintained, reasonable breakfast.

Minus points: Large groups, can be noisy, location, no free tea/coffee.

Overall, the spaciousness and comfort of the dorm, and being able to sleep well, means I give it a high rating despite its location and the drawbacks of the large groups.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled solo
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1  Thank Martin_from_Duffield
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Reviewed February 9, 2014

Pros
- really more like a modern hotel, exactly like the pictures, super clean.
- dorms were spacious, curtains on bunks!, en suit + more showers/toilet in hallway.
- free breakfast was basic but way better than any other hostel.
- dining area was impressive, large, Tvs, power outlets, lots of comfy seating, great for privacy or big tables for groups, patio.
- wifi not good in dorms, only downstairs

Possible cons
- location. Not really walking distance to anything of interest. Some food places around. Some people might find the area sketchy, kinda is,
5-10 min walk to underground, fine during the day, I would be cautious after 10pm.
- also it's kinda hard to find from the directions offered. There's many exits from underground and directions given don't specify which one.

The hostel is so amazing it almost makes up for the location. If you are coming for work and will spend most time inside this place is great! But if you doing a lot of sightseeing and just need a bed, you may be better of looking for something more central.



Stayed: December 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 31, 2014

in safestay i was last weekend. the place was clean, elegant and not at all what you think generally about hostels. It is close to subway. i love it there. will be back there next time. i recommend it

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled on business
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Address: 144-152 Walworth Road | Elephant & Castle, London SE17 1JL, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > London > London Bridge
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
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Ranked #25 of 908 Specialty Lodging in London
Price Range: $17 - $170 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Safestay London Hostel at Elephant & Castle 4*
Number of rooms: 74
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Safestay London Elephant & Castle is located in the former 18th century labour headquarters, just a few minutes' walk from Elephant & Castle tube station and close to the River Thames and Southbank. You'll love the affordable accommodation and stylish social spaces, 24 hour reception and free Wi-Fi throughout. With twin and triple en-suite rooms as well as en-suite and standard dormitories for 4, 6 and 8 people there's a bed for every budget. All bed linen is included and private rooms boast flat screen televisions, tea and coffee making facilities, and towels too. In dormitories Safestay's own brand of bunk beds are fitted with a personal night-light and surrounded by privacy curtains, allowing for a comfortable night's sleep. There's a locker for each bed too, making it easy to store your luggage and valuables. The beautiful social spaces include a large licensed lounge bar where continental breakfast is served and a variety of snacks and drinks are on offer throughout the day, there's also a games area with pool table, computer room with comfortable seating and a courtyard garden. The hostel has a laundry, ATM, bike racks and a luggage store for guests to use at their pleasure. The first Safestay hostel, the building has been extensively renovated and thanks to the striking interior design you'll love relaxing here after a day's sightseeing. Great for groups and individuals Safestay Elephant & Castle is the ideal base for exploring London's famous attractions. Stay at Safestay London Elephant & Castle and you'll find Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, Oxford Street and Leicester Square all less than 15-minutes away by tube. Tate Modern, the National Theatre, The Imperial War Museum, London Aquarium, London Dungeon, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, the Kia Oval and the famous Ministry of Sound are all within 1.5 miles of the property. ... more   less 
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