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PubLove @ The Steam Engine, Waterloo Reviews

41-42 Cosser St, London, England

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1774 Total Reviews
  • 75%Value For Money
  • 81%Security
  • 88%Location
  • 86%Staff
  • 76%Atmosphere
  • 68%Cleanliness
  • 63%Facilities

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The location was really good so you could walk to some of the major attractions in no time. It was also one of the cleaner hostels I've stayed in. The downsides: They have a no food or drink policy because there's a bar downstairs, but the only food they seemed to have on their menu was frozen pizza. I ended up spending a lot eating out at restaurants during my stay. There was also a bit of a queue for showers in the morning (there are only two) and there was a shortage of plugs in the room.


Hostel was okay, surprised when dorms were 3 story bunk beds, even though London is very expensive it was overpriced. Good location though right near the Thames and breakfast was good.


The hostel is actually the upper floor of the steam engine pub which means there is no common room or kitchen and the hostel itself just includes the bedrooms and two small bathrooms (and I do me small). The staff were very nice and helpful but it isn't like a typical hostel and the atmosphere is very different as a result.

  • 1st Sep 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


The best thing about this hostel is the location. Only a short walk to Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey etc. The rooms are very small. If you're on the bottom bunk you literally have to slide in from the ground! The showers and toilets were also very small. But I got a good nights sleep every night and the other people are respectful of people sleeping. Not the best for meeting people but an excellent place for a nice nights sleep and in a great location.


TERRIBLE mattresses on all the beds! Lumpy, springs sticking into you. I've been traveling for 18 months and this hostel has the worst mattresses I've experienced anywhere. An When I complained, the staff agreed and said everyone complains but the owner is too tight to triage them. So, Steam Engine owner, get your credit card out and buy us some decent beds or we'll keep giving you the bad reviews you deserve. Inadequate showers and WC's as well!!


Terrible terrible beds - really bad mattresses and cramped 3 tier bunks. Terrible showers and toilets and not enough of them.


Great, clean hostel. Only issue is that the bunk bed situation is a tight squeeze. I would definitely recommend this hostel because of how clean and friendly it is.


It would be better if the power sockets are separated and located on the head of bed! Thanks for everything u gave!

  • 27th Aug 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Taiwan
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Good location and value for money. Beds were comfortable, but far too many people squashed into a dorm. Two toilets and 2 showers are definitely not enough.


Clean hostel, great location, good breakfast. Two toilets and two showers for all is not enough. Triple bunks in dorms - meant having to sleep with the backpack- no where to put it - bottom bunk 5cm from the floor if lucky- too many people in one room.


Good location, easy to find, attractive bartenders


No complaints. Would certainly return :)


This is the place to go if you are into partying all night long. Not for me. Tiny rooms, gross bathrooms (unclean and tiny), noisy in the middle of the night, ignorant hostel goers (making noise in the room all hours of the night).


We really enjoyed our stay! Great location 5 minutes from tube station and 15 minutes walk to London eye/Big Ben etc! This was my first hostle experience and I would totally recommend it! Breakfast was great every morning, staff were welcoming and very helpful. The rooms, although full (9 people, 3 triple bunks), weren't overly stuffy. Only 2 showers and 2 toilets but I never had to queue to use facilities. Relatively clean plenty of sockets to charge phones etc. great stay and would return!


Pretty good place lacked atmosphere but was pretty empty when I was there the staff are really nice and helpful wasn't too keen on the 3 level bunk bed though!!


I really enjoyed my stay here.


Staffs were very kind, close to sightseeing places and clean. the only downside was bed. it's triple so i even couldn't sit up.

  • 6th Aug 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • South Korea
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Close to the Bakerloo tube line and easy walking distance to many tourist attractions that on a first visit you would want to see. Rooms are crowded if everyone is getting ready but clean which is what matters most. Only two bathrooms HOWEVER I only had to wait once!


A bit off to train stn, but metro stn nearby Walkable to wesminster area/ london eye area Hostel itself is very clean, well maintained Friendly staff Good atmosphere and peaceful at night. Locker provided, luggage provided. Possible for 1pm lockout (additional 3pound), which is not provided in any other hostel and it could cause much convenience Good hostel to stay


Very clean, small and secure. Not busy. Good pizza 24 hours a day.

  • 4th Aug 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)

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