Just a disclaimer that I'm giving this 3 out of 5 stars on the hostel scale.. for backpackers/budget travelers and therefore one can't expect a whole lot.
This is a very large hostel in South London. Modern building. Wifi in common areas. Rooms are small. We had a private, 2 twin room with bathroom (therefore cannot attest to the shared bathroom concerns I've read in other reviews). Staff was nice, and a bug problem we had in our room was addressed quickly. Nice outdoor grass area to sit in. Surprisingly nice market attached to the gas station across the street.
A few negatives - one is the location. For me, location is the most important and this hostel was a little too south. Bus stop right out front and ten minute walk to the tube station but not super central in terms of seeing tourist sites. Furthermore, the neighborhood isn't much. North of the river, many areas further south have cute little neighborhoods with shops, restaurants, etc. but nothing really near the hostel. Another negative was how hot the rooms were. London had very warm temperatures, which is somewhat unusual for the summer, but the windows can only be opened a few inches and no fan/AC so sleep was almost impossible in the heat. The size of the hostel being able to accommodate large groups also made for lots of groups of high-schoolers milling about outside and in the halls. Not really the typical hostel/backpacker atmosphere.
A few pros and a few cons make this just a so-so hostel for me.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- REST UP hostel in London has been established within Driscoll House, a unique pre-WWI baroque style listed building, unlike any other in the surrounding suburb of Elephant & Castle. We have a century old history of being a hostel, a claim that we are very proud of, originally just for women and children however now open to all. With an original exterior, the interior has been brought up to date with modern common areas perfect for relaxing and zoning out of reality and into the cyber world with our FREE WIFI. Our TV room and terrace are both great places to enjoy some snacks and laze around in the brightly coloured chairs/ bean bags and soak up the sunlight (on the rare occasions when London’s weather decides to shine). English not your mother tongue? That’s not a problem! We have multi-lingual staff that are here to help you. A hostel unlike any other hostel; with the hustle and bustle of central London on our doorstep complimented by the great array of guests within (young and old from all around the world) as well as friendly staff and delicious meals available throughout the day it’s the perfect place to make new friends, relax and REST UP at Driscoll House Hostel. ... more less
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