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Hootananny Hostel Reviews

95 Effra Road, Brixton, London, England

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1126 Total Reviews
  • 75%Value For Money
  • 78%Security
  • 77%Location
  • 82%Staff
  • 76%Atmosphere
  • 59%Cleanliness
  • 67%Facilities

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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)


Quite tired, very average hostel. Fine for us as we were just after a place to black out after the Rugby 7s. Some members from our group, on a completely seperate booking to mine, were unable to make it. I was asked by the hostel staff to pay for their beds, which I thought was pretty unprofessional. Take a deposit if you want to cover yourself against that risk.

  • 15th May 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


The only irritating thing is all this codes in every door! They should use smart cards, but once again is a small place, to go inside you need to use at least 3 codes! With 6 or more numbers! The pub is one of my favourites, but a bit disappointed now you have to pay £0.50 for card transactions I had spent £12.50 also security and toilet lady really annoying! Sort it out plz!


We loved staying here, cool people, interesting atmosphere.the bar and garden under the hostel is great!


as always this is a good place to stay


The condition of this hostel is below average. It is run down, dirty and loud throughout the night. Given that it is above a bar with live music, ear plugs are a must in order to get sleep at all. The kitchen was dirty and the toilets sometimes lacked toilet paper. The showers, however, always had warm/hot water and were never crowded so that was a plus. The manager was also friendly. Overall, the only perk of this hostel was that it is close to the O2 Academy Brixton.

  • 1st May 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Hootanannys was relaxed and fun, if you dont mind having a bit of noise at night then this place is a great time.

  • 29th Apr 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


I loved this place. The staff where very warm and welcoming. The atmosphere is great. The other hostellers are friendly and comraderie-like. Plenty of socials and amitie. Very lovely place. Would heartily recommend.

  • 22nd Apr 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Female, 31-40
  • (1 review)

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