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PubLove @ The Steam Engine, Waterloo Reviews

41-42 Cosser St, London, England

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1726 Total Reviews
  • 78%Value For Money
  • 80%Security
  • 87%Location
  • 86%Staff
  • 79%Atmosphere
  • 70%Cleanliness
  • 67%Facilities

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Great location for me since I was going out in the London Eye area that night! Quiet location but still easy to get into more lively areas! Great pub downstairs which is open for guests close to 24hrs/day! Very friendly staff!


This hostel is the most expensive I've ever been in the UK, but the service is very lame. The dorm rooms are very tiny, so it's kinda awful to put 12 guests there. It is so tiny, that if you get the top bed in the dorm you might smack your head with the ceilling. The towel service is a shame, you can't rent one, you have to buy one for 5 pounds, but if you want to save some money, you should go to the pharmacy around the corner and buy one for one pound.


Really enjoyed my stay! First of all I was greeted by a very nice blond girl who was working behind the bar/ receptionist and she was very lovely throughout my stay! Also when you check in you get a voucher for 1/2 priced drink which really surprised me and made my evening working in the bar area much more pleasant! Location was amazing, 10 minute walk to London eye and the nearest tube was literally 5 minute walk away. Recommended to everyone who is travelling on budget!

  • 7th Jul 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Lithuania
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


English pub-turned-hostel with all that brings of atmosphere and patrons. Good experience with great people. Facilities are all average and clean, though dorms can get cramped (not that you'll do anything else than sleep in there anyway). The only minus is the unannounced security check of the lockers, where they will remove your belongings for safe-keeping in the reception if they do not deem your padlock safe, without warning or a notice of any kind. Not a bad idea, but should be announced.


The staff are friendly, the location was so great. just in the central of London.


It's all above a pub, which lends to a steady stream of people to talk to (although, it's generally an older crowd than most of the hostels). It's also right near the South Bank, which is one of the coolest parts of London. Felt safe.


Such a lovely hostel and clean. The staff were very friendly and helpful. They were also very accommodating; allowing me to store luggage there for a week while I was away. The hostel is clean if a little squishy but the pub downstairs and the great atmosphere make this hostel enjoyable and fun I would stay there again.


It's a really nice place for a good price


Was a pretty good place, no complaints. Staff were helpful on arrival. The hostel was connected to a pub but the pub was mainly filled with older people, like 50-60s so it didn't attract many other young people. The hostel part had a security code which was good and so did our room door which made you feel pretty secure. Toilets were pretty good. Realllly good location right near Waterloo station which made it an easy walk to big Ben etc and also to tower bridge area.


The facilities were not the best. Sharing one bathroom for 4 different rooms of 9 people, it gets messy and crowded. Lockers were available but they were quite small so only certain things can actually be put in it (no big bags, suitcases, etc).


Good staff, especially the Eastern European man who assisted my son during a diabetic attack on Wed June 19


There isn't any toilet paper in the toilets. The location is excellent. From the Hostel to London Eye takes 10 minutes.

  • 14th Jun 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Turkey
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


The staff at this hostel were absolutely exceptional. They were extremely friendly, always willing to chat, and they went out of their way to make sure that our experience was the best it could be, without us even asking.

  • 13th Jun 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


positive: - location - style - staff was nice although they have 12-hours-shifts, wow negative: - 3 people sleeping above one another - less toilets, wet floor and very narrow - Bar (where we could take the breakfast) smelled like spilled beer always - no facility for cooking or at least a fridge

  • 11th Jun 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


this hostel was by far the dirtyist, least secure and in general i felt unsafe and disgusted by the living conditions. i have really low standards for hostels but when you are stacked three high on bunk beds and literally have no space to move in your own room that crosses the line. there were no redeeming qualities, the showers were covered in hair and dirt, the bathrooms were basically open, you had a door on your stall but there was no real door. do not stay here. you are wasting your time.

  • 11th Jun 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Couple, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Only drawback is that they just have 12/16 bed dorm options. Rest is fine.


Great people and location for an interesting place to stay :)

  • 10th Jun 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Italy
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


The hostel was above a bar which made it easy to meet people. It was nice overall. Just wish the rooms were not as crammed with all the beds.


The location is what I love about this hostel. Only a 5 minute walk to southbank ( Big Ben, the eye etc) and it has such a nice atmosphere. For the price you are paying it is a bargain.


Had a good time as we met great people. Hostel was clean. A little squishy in the rooms. Staff were helpful. Good location as only a 1 minute walk to underground.

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