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Hootananny Hostel Reviews

95 Effra Road, Brixton, London, England

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1022 Total Reviews
  • 76%Value For Money
  • 77%Security
  • 76%Location
  • 77%Staff
  • 74%Atmosphere
  • 63%Cleanliness
  • 67%Facilities

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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.


It was an ok hostel but more of a place to go if you're in a group looking to go out at the weekend. Everyone staying there is practically living there trying to find work so it's a bit awkward if you're not doing the same. However, people were friendly enough and the staff were helpful. One minor point is that in the girls bathroom there's no frosted glass on the window or even a blind so you have to get changed in full view of apartments and houses next door, definitely needs more privacy.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi there, Thanks for your comment. In the girl's bathroom, we do in fact have a kind of film that covers the surface of the window, which allows those inside to see out while blocking the view from outside. Thanks for your stay.


I had a very good time, and for one night it was perfect, low value. Would definitely stay again if visiting london again.

  • 28th Feb 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)

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