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Hostel Review: SafeStay, London

I stayed at the SafeStay Hostel during the World Travel Market, which took place early November in London.

Elephant & Castle

The hostel is in an area called Elephant & Castle about 15-20 minutes from the center of London. It’s just a stone’s throw away from the identically named underground station. From there you are easily connected to any other part of London. They also have a bus stop right in front of the house. With the N155 you directly get to the Trafalgar Square.

SafeStay Hostel Review London

Nice interior design

The Hostel is in an old house and fully renovated from inside. They have a friendly and warm welcome area and a computer room where you can connect to the internet if you shouldn’t have a laptop with you.

Downstairs in the basement you will find a lounge with enough space to relax, play a board game or simply work with your laptop. Wifi down there is slow but free. They also have a bar where they serve all kinds of drinks.

Tip: Connecting to the internet doesn’t always work for some reason, stand under the router next to the bar to connect. Chances to connect are higher next to the router!

The breakfast is included. It consists of cereals, milk, strawberry yogurt and coffee.

Spacious rooms with lockers

The rooms are spacious and have 4 bunk beds and fit 8 people. I loved the curtains you have around the bed. In case somebody should leave the light on, you can close the curtains, this way it’s much easier to sleep and you have a little privacy in a room sharing with strangers.

Underneath the bed there are two big metal boxes where you can lock your things. Don’t forget to bring your lockers!

The rooms have an en suite bathroom and separated shower.

The hostel seems to be very new, cause they couldn’t fix their problems with our keycards. Every time somebody checked in and they made a new key, all other keys weren’t working anymore… this was a bit annoying since you always had to ask for a new key at the reception when you were returning to the hostel.

What is important to you when you book a hostel? We are looking forward to your opinion in the comments below!

Disclaimer: I was invited by SafeStay to review their hostel. However, all thoughts are mine and not influenced by their invitation.

Sebastian Canaves

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5 comments on “Hostel Review: SafeStay, London

  1. Maria on

    Hey clean, so close to an underground stop and free wi-fi made the list for me. Add in the bed curtains and I think you have a home run!
    Now on my list for the next trip to London.

  2. Shaun on

    Nice place! I stayed at the Royal Bayswater hostel while there and it was just so-so.

    There’s always growing pains in new hostels. For me, he internet problem would rank it further down then the keycard problem though. lol.

  3. Hannah on

    Nice place! We stayed at YHA hostel St. Pauls in London it was clean and had the most comfortable beds hostel beds I have ever slept in!
    The essentials for a good hostel for us are:
    free wifi
    good location
    Friendly staff and a common area to meet other travelers. Free breakfast is good but we never wake up early enough to get it so I guess it doesn’t really matter lol.

  4. Katie on

    I recently stayed at SafeStay and I think they’ve figured out their issues now – a couple years on and everything seems to have smoothed out a bit! Great hostel reviews though, I’ve added them to a resource list of reviews my bloggers on my site :)