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YHA London Thameside
Ranked #105 of 909 Speciality Lodging in London
Reviewed 28 April 2012

Im a tour guide,and in the easter time i take groups of students to London.As you may imagine ive stayed in many hotels and youth hostels around London. This one is a typical youth hostel:lots of screaming kids running around the corridors and slamming doors at 6am,very poor cleaning and room features (mine didnt even had a shower curtain)! There is surprisely coffee and tea facilities but i wouldnt for those ina thousand years!!!Food was of really bad quality and variety and being the last group to eat there wasnt enough food done for the whole group.
I asked to change room the 1st night as iOtd was placed among a group of really young and noisy french kids and staff thought it was ok to go to my room,get my stuff inside my bag and leave the open with reception staff for a whole day!!
Its bad enough that all my intimate stuff was there to be seen and touch but i also had hundreds of pounds belonging to the travel agency i was working for!!!Its it ironic that the next day while my suitcase was in the luggage "room" the same pounds that were there for everyone to see were stolen??
I only realised i was robbed when i got home so i didnt have the chance to press charges but the travel agency is taking care of that now...
Although i was naive and had no lock on my suitcase you always think your bags are safe at the place you staying. I will never think that way again!!
So if you decide to stay at this place is up to you but dont say i didnt warn you!!!

  • Stayed: April 2012
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Reviewed 26 February 2012

Our group had a wonderful stay , we knew on arriving it would be pretty basic , and it was! Although the staff are very friendly and rooms are basic. The beds are very comfortable just a 5 minute walk to the tube station so it was all we needed!

  • Stayed: January 2012
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Deputy M, Manager at YHA London Thameside, responded to this reviewResponded 11 March 2012

Hi XxR,

Thanks for taking the time to post a review on here. I'm glad your group had a good stay.

Thanks

Amy
Deputy Manager

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Reviewed 27 November 2011

Reasonable location, and the hostel doesn't kick you out for the day like some others (St Pauls for example). Rooms good, but top bunks are difficult and uncomfortable to climb up.
Rooms are modern, with tea making facilities - well kept.
Location of hostel is easy to find, if you know how - take tube to Rotherhithe, turn left at exit, walk straight on for 1/2 mile to gas tower on right, keep straight on, hostel is about 150m further on left.Though this place isn't exactly central London, the ride to/from isn't too far, and it's an interesting one. Plenty to do in Docklands, cinema, Docklands Museum (v.good), Royal Observatory at Greenwich.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 October 2011

I took three Scouts and stayed here - a youth hostel with TV and Tea and Coffee making facilities and on a direct bus route into central London! This place is a hidden gem, the staff were great, the breakfast was huge and we easily got to the Cinema and restaurants in Canada Water as well as to and from central London - I was very hesitant about staying this far out but can thoroughly recommend it. Our rooms were clean if basic and a snip at the price.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Mandi V
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Reviewed 13 October 2011

We stayed at this YHA hostel just for 1 night and a half (we left early in the morning), and I'm quite glad it wasn't longer.

The location is nice and, as someone already pointed out, the canal is beautiful, but to get there from the previous hostel in Earl's Court we had to travel a bit.

The staff was ok, except the first receptionist who was quite rude, in fact - but that depends on the individual, I guess.

We arrived a bit earlier and our room wasn't ready, so we had to put our luggage in the lockers; no problem with that, except for the fact that we had to pay for it twice (tot 4£) as we wanted to take something from one of the bags and had to put coins again in order for the locker to close (the sign said that for 2£ you could leave stuff there for 24h).

When we arrived to our room, we were very disappointed: it was very small, the beds looked like small, white coffins and the carpet was stained... I can't say for sure that it was dirty, but surely looked like that. On a more positive note, we had a TV set (which we didn't use, as we didn't spend much time at the hostel), a boiler with cups, sugar and tea and a private bathroom with the shower.

Still, the bathroom was quite problematic: when we checked in, we were informed that, due to the setting of the fire alarm, we had to keep the door shut while showering or using sprays for not taking these precautions would have caused the fire alarm to start and the evacuation of the building. OK, no problem with showering with the door shut... but when I came out of the shower and had to dry my hair I discovered that the only socket available was near the door, under a fire detector...

Overall, this is not a horrible place to stay - I've seen worse - but, at the same time, for the same price you can have much better!

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about YHA London Thameside

Address: 20 Salter Road, London SE16 5PR, England (Formerly Rotherhithe Youth Hostel)
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Region: United Kingdom > England > London
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Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #105 of 909 Speciality Lodging in London
Price Range: ₹ 1,203 - ₹ 7,129 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — YHA London Thameside 2*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
YHA London Thameside. Popular with School Groups from around the world as well as Individuals and families.All 70 rooms Ensuite .Easy to get to using Public Transport. Bus 380 and C10 outside of Hostel. Easy walk to either Canada Water undeground or Rotherhithe Overground. Great Breakfast, Snacks and evening meals available. Free WiFi with England & Wales Membership. Discounts on attractions and theatre shows. Really simple connections to Londons city centre and top attractions or just chill by the river Thames in SE16. Make Thameside part of your London memories. ... more   less 
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