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Church Street Hotel
Ranked #500 of 1,067 Hotels in London
Certificate of Excellence
London
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27 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Wonderfully strange”
Reviewed December 30, 2013

I tried to imagine the conversation between the hotel developers and their bank. "We want to open a Mexican-themed hotel, in an edgy part of south London halfway between Brixton and Peckham and nowhere near a tube station"
"Certainly sir, here's all the money you need."
This is not an obvious location and not an obvious approach to hotel development. But it works brilliantly.
Other reviewers have described it as quirky. It definitely is, and it wouldn't suit everyone. Mention has also been made of the quality of the toiletries (fab!) and the fact that the stairs would make it impossible for elderly or disabled people.
The reason I have given it a 4 rating rather than 5 is that it is also quite noisy - its on a main road, and the floors do not have carpets. If you're a light sleeper, don't expect too much sleep. Which is a pity as the beds are a joy.
But it's a wonderful place, (probably best suited to young people!) with excellent service and with a tremendous restaurant attached providing great breakfasts and some of the best tapas I've ever had.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sikelia_CHST, General Manager at Church Street Hotel, responded to this review, January 23, 2014
Dear Margabe,
Thanks for your comments.
Indeed, Latin boutique hotel in South London was met with disbelief initially, but our passion for the area with its vibrant mix of cultures, cool music venues, independent shop/restaurants and fabulous people drove us forward. We wanted to reflect this warmth, colour and vibrancy in the decor and design of our hotel, paying homage to still, a very real, local part of London.
We find guests increasingly want to experience local London, and our location means guests can have the best of both worlds; a comprehensive bus network on our doorstep, straight into the city in 25 mins, while outside our door, we have a wealth of great local venues to enjoy.
Since we opened we have seen the area develop with more cool little places popping up every year. Not to mention our sister restaurant Angels & Gypsies and the latest addition to our sacred trilogy, the Communion bar! We hope the next few years will see more of a celebration of this cultural vibrancy. Especially now that Denmark Hill overground station has minimised distances to Victoria, London Bridge, Clapham, etc to 10-15 minutes.
We do understand that due to the nature of the building, some rooms may be located a few extra steps further up, but we have to work in symbiosis with the nuances of this wonderful 150 year old building.
Should guests advise us in advance about special requirements we strive to allocate them on the lowest floor possible. Further our receptionist and staff are always on hand to help with luggage and any other requests. On the same note though we have some rooms on the high street, all of these rooms are triple glazed for added comfort, with ample rooms at the rear of the hotel.
Next time that you are staying in the area please do let us know your preferences so that we can help you enjoy your stay even more!
Best wishes,
Sikelia
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Nottingham
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Reviewed December 29, 2013

Fascinating hotel, in Spanish style with an eclectic range of iconography - withnail, mama roux, Christ and peasant girls.
Excellent reception, shared lounge with range of drinks, hot are free, alcoholic on honesty book.
Room was more than sufficient, bed very comfortable, and like the associated restaurant, Angels and Gypsies, the detail is what makes this exceptional. Individual rooms, chocolate, hot sauce, free papers. Yes, it's a warren, but don't bother if you're not looking for an interesting journey, yes you could probably find something cheaper, but it would be same old, same old corporate stuff. No, it's not in Central London, but one of the advantages of a city is that you can find places like this where you discover parts off the beaten track.
This is unusual and a very welcome change, transport is easy and we will definitely stay here again.
(Accidentally hit the pool rating and can't get rid of it - there is no pool!)

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sikelia_CHST, General Manager at Church Street Hotel, responded to this review, January 23, 2014
Dear RobinHood,
We are excited that you enjoyed your stay at the Church Street Hotel! It seems that you have not only understood but also embraced our philosophy :) We aim to create a space where guests can enjoy the southern hospitality and flavour true London off the beaten track. And yes, we do try to excel through detail. Every little item from the Lupita dolls in the cavity walls and the Honesty bar mentality to the complimentary L’Occitane amenities and our homemade hot sauce have been selected with a lot of love and care. Though we may not have a pool, no matter how much we’d love one, we strive to offer everything we’d like to find in our ideal hotel!
Looking forward to receiving you again soon!
* Tip, just behind the hotel is our local leisure centre which has an amazing swimming pool indeed worthy of that five star rating.
Best regards,
Sikelia
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 27, 2013

Stayed for 2 nights in December for a family wedding in Camberwell so perfect location.
Paid for a superior room so not bad for space but very dark at the back of the hotel - tricky for trying to putting on make up, could have looked like coco the clown !
Positives - very comfy bed; good toiletries; very helpful staff; good breakfast in restaurant at additional cost.
Negatives - wardrobe so short could not even hang a suit or dress, had to hang on the outside; no in room tea/coffee; room very dark but atmospheric.
Overall an enjoyable stay but at £145.00 a night plus breakfast quite expensive for the area being way out of central London.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Sikelia_CHST, General Manager at Church Street Hotel, responded to this review, January 23, 2014
Dear Jill,
Thanks for your comments and feedback allowing us the opportunity to grow and better our service.
Upon making the reservation you requested a quiet room hence allocated in one at the back of the hotel away from the main road.
We enjoy an eclectic mix of rooms within the 150 year old building in which we are located. No two rooms are the same, and we celebrate this uniqueness which is reflected in the furnishings and decor of each room. Our reception team is always on hand to accommodate guests’ requirements wherever possible and reasonable in the case of any dissatisfaction.
All Superior King rooms apart from the full body mirror (150cm x 48cm) located in the bedroom enjoy a 40cm x 30cm mirror in the bathroom with a minimum of 3 halogen spotlights in the bathroom wherever possible. Further the wardrobe in your room had a cavity of approximately 85cm-100cm height. Though we understand that this may not be suitable for a maxi dress, it would suffice for most clothing items.
Part of our “home away from home” mentality is celebrated in our Havana Lounge. This is a warm and welcoming space for our guests to relax and enjoy a great selection of complimentary gourmet teas and Monmouth coffee. And should you find that you are too tired and the distance seems too long our receptionists are always happy to bring the beverage of your choice to your room.
Overall we feel that the rate is reasonable for a Superior King room which as such enjoys French period style furniture, custom hand-made King size bed, fluffy Floringo towels and Snuggle down duvets, air conditioning, 32 inch LED TV and Blue ray DVD player, a luxurious bathroom with hand-made basin, pedestal, hand painted Mexican tilework throughout; all inclusive of Unlimited High-Speed Broadband connectivity and 20% VAT.
Finally we think that it will be hard to match a £5.00 Organic Continental Breakfast anywhere in or outside London with unlimited access to our house-made organic sourdough bread, in-house freshly squeezed juices and smoothies, Monmouth coffee from Borough Market, Organic muesli and cereals, pastries from the local French baker in Blackheath, organic milk and yoghurt from Neal’s Yard dairy and free-range boiled eggs.
If you do decide to stay with us again, feel free to contact me on sikelia@churchstreethotel.com and I would be happy to better accommodate your requirements.
Kind regards,
Sikelia
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed December 23, 2013 via mobile

This was my first time to London. I was only there for 2 nights but it was perfect. I was quite excited to find a spanish inspired hotel. However it felt like a bed and breakfast, which made it cozy and quaint. The hotel was a few steps from bus lines. The neighborhood was safe. The attached tapas restaurant made it easy to have dinner and breakfast in the morning. The staff was extremely helpful. I would definitely recommend it.

Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Folkestone, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed December 21, 2013

This hotel is quirky as stated by other reviewers. However it is not all it's cracked up to be. There are endless stairs ( no lift) and these are coded red or blue. It's like a rabbit warren and I dread to think what would happen in a fire.it is not suitable for disabled as the stairs are really narrow and steep.
The rooms are very small for the money and incredibly noisy. A single room I booked, was so small the door opened onto the bed and there was no door on the bathroom.I don't know how it was legal.
The bedside lamps have eco bulbs and not bright enough to read by. The walls are dark and this makes the rooms feel small. There are no teamaking facilities in the rooms, so if you want a drink in the night, you have to get dressesd and go the the lounge area.
The toiletries are beautiful (l'occitane) and you get a free bar of Green and Blacks chocolate and a bottle of water in the room,but you pay for this in the room price.
I stayed here twice, but needed to stay in Camberwell for an extended period and this was way too pricey. There is another hotel just along the road which is much better value and where I spent a very comfortable, noise free, three week and had in room tea and coffee making facilities.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed December 19, 2013

We stayed for a saturday night to attend a party nearby. The hotel was very quirky, clean and staff were very helpful. Short walk to train station. Room was not too small for London, clean with some small little touches such as bottles of water and chocolate. Bathroom very colourful and had great toiletries.

We were on the same floor as the lounge where there was complimentary coffee/tea and papers to read as well as vast range of DVDs to borrow if wanted.

We had the continental breakfast which was good with artisan bread .

Would stay again and recommend.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Crowborough
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Reviewed December 14, 2013

Quirky decor, great atmosphere and and helpful friendly staff. Breakfast was superb, only wished we were staying more than the one night.

I stay in lot's of corporate hotels with work and it was a real refreshing change to stay in a place where the owners have included so many thoughtful touches throughout. The breakfast was superb, I mean, home made baked beens for goodness sake!

Our room wasn't particularly spacious but for one night it was perfect and the restaurant that's part of the hotel is equally well decorated and staffed. Next time we'll book a table in the evening too.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Church Street Hotel
Address: 29-33 Camberwell Church Street, London SE5 8TR, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > London
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#149 Business Hotel in London
#240 Romantic Hotel in London
#344 Family Hotel in London
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Hotel Class:3 star — Church Street Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 31
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