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Hootananny Hostel Reviews

95 Effra Road, Brixton, London, England

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1027 Total Reviews
  • 75%Value For Money
  • 76%Security
  • 75%Location
  • 75%Staff
  • 73%Atmosphere
  • 61%Cleanliness
  • 66%Facilities

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I was surprised about the quality of this hostel, as according to the rating it should be much better facilities. It was old, with bad smell. But the worst is that my friend's wallet was stolen in the bar downstairs of the hostel. The owner didn't seem to care, even there are camera they didn't check what happened that night and weren't helpful. I do not recommend this place.

  • 9th May 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Poland
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


This hostel has large rooms and kitchen (you have to bring your own food for breakfast), pleasant bar. As for many hostels, don't care about the cleanliness in bathroom : the floor is quite dirty, there isn't any tray to put down your clothes. More over, it's impossible to change the water temperature in the shower ... unbelievable ! Another point : it's difficult to sleep because the bar and the street are too noisy. Finally, the location isn't good if you want to access the center of London.


We knew beforehand that it would be noisy at the weekends, but it did not prepare us for the actual noise level we experienced. Seriously; don't go there if you want to sleep at night. The music sometimes plays till 3am in the morning. BUT, the location is good and the staff was really nice and helpful.


Was clean enough to stay one night. Loud music carried on late from pub/club downstairs. More sinks needed by toilet facilities as thst put me off the place, ended up having to brush teeth with bottled water as someone was in the shower which is where the ONLY sink was.

  • 2nd May 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Beds were really comfortable so me and my friend were able to get good nights sleep (ignoring the music that lasted till the early hours of the morning in the venue below). Staff were very polite and explained the systems about security etc for your stay. Only issue is that the window in the girls shower room should be frosted.

  • 25th Apr 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Northern Ireland
  • All Female Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)


The hostel is not really clean and the showers for example are very dirty....the breakfast included was not really a breakfast....toast and milk and some cornflakes in the kitchen....

  • 18th Apr 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • All Female Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)


It was a good value and decently clean and comfortable, but beware the music venue on the ground floor. Yes, it's great that guests get a discount at the bar, but if you plan on getting any sleep at all, best bring your earplugs or sound-cancelling headphones. The music was SO loud EVERY night that I could feel my metal-frame bunk bed vibrating to the too-high bass. If you're there to party, or if you're only there for a night or two, it'd be fine. But be aware of what you're getting into.


A really cool place, a lot of long termers, and some rather odd folks, but majority very friendly and willing to meet new faces. With a bar downstairs there's plenty of great nights, even if you know no one there already! Brixton is far away from central London but close to lots of cool things in the neighbourhood (mostly bars). Good kitchen, and COMFORTABLE beds!


There's nowhere in London quite like the Hootananny. It's above a Reggae venue and the Mary Jane tones from downstairs drift up to the hostel. Not for families. I had a good time there and the guests were the friendliest I've found anywhere. During the week most of the guests were up early for work so weren't partying till late. Unfortunately, I didn't get to experience a weekend there. Recommended


The Hootananny is a great place to make new friends, that can become a family away from home. Just 2 suggestions: double glazed windows are a must as some are broken & this will reduce noise issues. When first checking in there needs to be signage saying there is a hostel & a note of how to check in would help. The bar staff need training-they are bad! The kitchen/lounge facilities are great (except broken oven) & the bar below has excellent entertainment. This is my favorite hostel in london xx


The mattress was poor but I stayed during the week and it was quite quiet. The only thing that was clean was the kitchen. Bathrooms were a pain to get to and there were no sinks in the closest toilets to the rooms. It was a nice atmosphere but I won't be staying here again.

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