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95 Effra Road, Brixton, London, England

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1140 Total Reviews
  • 75%Value For Money
  • 78%Security
  • 75%Location
  • 81%Staff
  • 75%Atmosphere
  • 60%Cleanliness
  • 67%Facilities

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What a hostel. A great time.


Lots of flies near the bathroom was pretty gross but otherwise a good stay. I wish reception was open a little later, because I was never back from my day before they closed, and I would have liked to ask questions. Access to plugs was minimal. More extension cords would have done a lot. Free dinner on Friday was delicious!!!


My bedding cover had vanished when I came back at night... And the room need to be ventilated more. The water temperature at the bathroom is warm. It is not bad. but the size of the shower room is too small.

  • 30th Jun 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • South Korea
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


I like here compared to the hostel where am staying now. HOOT is a reasonable for saving money and the oom is big nd comfy. Free dinner On Fridays is also surprised me..it is to so far away romantic centre buses r convenient . The only thing is a little it loud downstairs cause of the pub. But of ourselves if u like it you probably enjoy your staying...Good place and I like here


Great social atmosphere. Location was awesome, only a few stops to city centre. Good kitchen and common areas. Need lots of codes to get through doors so security isn't an issue. Bar downstairs plays live music so can be a little loud but earplugs fix that.


Though the staff is friendly and helpful, I really disliked the hostel itself. The layout is confusing, you have to have a key and memorize 3 codes to get to your room, and the girl' shower was the worst. I felt anxious about taking one in there. It's a public shower and 2 of the 3 showerheads were broken (they only spewed out hot, scalding water). The reception desk is only open from 9 am to 5 pm and the music from the bar below is so loud it shakes the beds until 1 am or later.


It was an ideal location for the purpose of our visit. The atmosphere was great. But music did keep awake. Not the fault of the hostel just happened to be a live band playing. Staff were polite and helpful. Definitely recommend for people to stay.

  • 20th Jun 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • All Female Group, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Everyone was very friendly and the staff was excellent. It comes with a common room and a kitchen which is really nice for hanging out and making meals. The kitchenware is a little worn out but it's better to have something rather than nothing at all. The beds in the room were pretty unstable making the top bunk rock about a foot each way which was a little off putting. Overall had a great stay in London!


Guests and stuff contribute to nice atmosphere in the hostel, but other then being cheep, it is only good thing about the place. If you would like to take a shower, be prepared to leave all your things outside of cabin in public bathroom, as it is all really small. Sure you could use tiny locker provided to store valuables, but it does not look safe. Big theft does not seem to be a problem, but someone was stilling my juice (signed, as hostel rules advice) every night. Remember to take earplugs

  • 3rd Jun 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Poland
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)

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