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FRESH @ The Steam Engine, Waterloo Reviews

41-42 Cosser St, London, England

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77%

Rating
1662 Total Reviews
  • 78%Value For Money
  • 76%Security
  • 91%Location
  • 86%Staff
  • 76%Atmosphere
  • 65%Cleanliness
  • 68%Facilities

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80%

It's quite small, there were a total of 12 people in my room and at one point every bed was full. It is impossible to move around with everyone's suitcases. There are only 2 toilets, few plug-ins, and the bar downstairs is open 24 hours so you can hear the music all night long. Other than that it was nice, I was only there for a few days and it's a nice atmosphere to meet new people. There are security codes on all doors and visitors aren't allowed in rooms which is fantastic!


71%

I thought it was a good mix of locals and travelers in the place. The staff was nonjudgmental and glad to meet as many requests as possible. Everyone was helpful and answered many questions I had about the area and what kind of stuff there was to do. I thought it was convenient to be very close to Waterloo station that was it was so easy to get around the city.


74%

Good things: staff was helpful, the beds were not too old, free breakfast, the pub was really nice (and it wasn't too noisy if you were in the room!). I'd say it's in a good location, close to Westminster and the London eye. The Lambeth North and Waterloo stations are quite close too. Bad things: Small rooms (not stuffy but a bit confining), only two bathrooms for four rooms (if I'm not mistaken) Overall, it's cheap and good enough if you are staying only for a few days.

  • 9th Apr 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Spain
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


100%

It was wonderful stay. Especially the staff was amazing!


60%

Hostel was okay, but the staff and bar were great. Cleaning staff obviously work hard but the building is run down and there are just too many beds per room. I was not horrible, but definitely not amazing. However, the staff definitely made the say enjoyable and memorable, They are all super fantastic and helpful and very interpersonal. I would be nice if there was more of a food selection or at least a fridge/kitchen.


94%

Probably the best hostel ever. The staff were superb, the guests talkative and fun. The rooms were interestingly compact and really need a nice Japanese lady to help push you inside. But saving the best for last ... Its a pub! You receive a half price pint upon arrival and excellent espresso when leaving. The staff made sure I was set for the day when I set off at 5:30! I will be coming back :)

  • 24th Mar 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


91%

Wow. I absolutely loved this hostel. It is in the perfect location as it is a 2 min walk to the metro. It's very cute and the bar gets pretty hoppin at night giving you the opportunity to play pool with locals! The staff is incredible. They help carry your bags and Daniel was such a great guy he carried my heavy bag all the way to the bus stop when we had to leave. For the price it is a steal. Everyone was nice and welcoming and we really couldn't have had a better experience.


74%

I booked this based on location and value, I dont normally book hostel rooms with 6 or more beds, the room I was in had 12 all tho the room was small it felt cozy! the room had good bedding and nice heating, individual safes in the room and down stairs in the storage room. staff were friendly and helpful. GREAT location walking distance to most attractions. Very clean and the bar atmosphere was nice and happy hour made it nice on the change purse too. Over all I would book this place again.

  • 22nd Mar 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


80%

The rooms were very crowded and there were only 2 toilets for all visitors. But all in all we had a good time there!


71%

The Steam Engine staff were very nice and welcomed us to the hostel. They were pleasant. The hostel itself was good for the price, the internet worked perfectly, and the bar on the first floor was a nice addition. The rooms however were very tight, and the bathrooms were not always very clean. More round the clock cleaning of the bedrooms and bathrooms would have been preferred.

  • 18th Mar 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


80%

The hostel is nice, secure and the staff is very nice. But there are only one bathroom for 15-20 beds, and there is not always hot water... I had only one night there, and one shower, but at the end, there were no water anymore! The location is nice because it is close from the metro and also you can go by foot to westminster and to the london eye (10-15mn), but it is not right in the center. The breakfast is basic, but for the price, it is ok.


89%

Our first stay in a London hostel and we loved the experience. We didn't catch the tube at all while there because its in walking distance to all the major attractions you want to see in London. The wifi worked well in both the bar as well as the rooms. A free breakfast is a BONUS! Good basic food to get you started for the day. All the staff we dealt with were lovely! Beds are warm, soft and comfy! A good place for a good nights sleep! Would easily stay again! Thanks guys!


86%

The hostel was great. The staff was the best part, so nice and helpful. The location was close to a lot of sites that we wanted to see like Big Ben and the Eye. I however did not like the bathroom in the hostel. It wasn't very clean and it was almost always occupied.

  • 14th Mar 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


54%

Hostel has 40 beds and 2 toilets and 2 showers. Which causes absolute mayhem and waiting in the mornings. The bunk beds are 3 layers. The lowest one is virtually on the floor, than another, and the highest is almost touching the ceiling. Due to the high number of beds in such a small area te rooms tend to e extremely smelly and muggy. Rooms are extremely small and cramped. Absolutely no room to put backpack or any bags. People were tripping over everyone's things, complete chaos.


94%

Staff very friendly and helpful. The location is absolutely perfect, quick walk to Big Ben, London Eye, Westminster Abbey and next to a tube station. Very safe with codes for opening the doors, you just have to bring your own padlock for the lockers. Pub downstairs is great! Rooms are simple and small, but who cares... is just for sleeping anyway.


94%

It was nice. Easygoing.


94%

Nice place, in a quite area of London. Gianluca is very kind and helpful. Nice athmosphere at the pub downstair. I think over the british stadards for the hostels.


80%

It was located above a bar, so it was a little noisy sometimes in the evenings (but not enough to prevent me from sleeping). There were only 2 toilets and 2 showers which I expected to be a problem, but I only ended up waiting for a shower once (and only for 5 minutes). Rooms and bathrooms were clean, but the water in the showers was too hot and there was no way to turn it down. Overall a pretty decent hostel, close to the underground and good price.


97%

Loved my three days at the Steam Engine! little size but a big heart and a lot of character and intimacy. Daisy was great in making my friend and I feel comfortable and welcome on day 1, and Albert and Martina were great the rest of the days! definitely will return someday.


74%

They have 3 bed bunks, so it's a little awkward trying to get into the tiny bottom one. The bathroom facilities were small (two toilets for six rooms) and I felt I had no privacy. The bar downstairs was very friendly though and had great character, also close to the tube station so it was fairly easy to get around.


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