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Safestay Elephant & Castle

Safestay Elephant & Castle

Safestay Elephant & Castle

Safestay Elephant & Castle

Safestay Elephant & Castle

Safestay Elephant & Castle

Safestay Elephant & Castle

Address 144-152 Walworth Road; London SE17 1JL
by Wansey Street
Neighbourhood Elephant & Castle | See on map
Tube Elephant & Castle [Bakerloo, Northern]
Telephone +44 20 7703 8000
Website http://www.safestay.co.uk/
Price Shared bunks from GBP 18. Private rooms from GBP 58.

People often wish one another a ‘safe trip’, but rarely do they assume you need to worry about a safe stay. And although Elephant & Castle may not be the most salubrious of London neighbourhoods, it’s also no longer the kind of place where you need to bring a bodyguard. So focus more on Safestay’s interiors and budget-friendly rates than worry about barred windows.

Situated in a Grade II-listed Georgian building (once the Labour party HQ, no less) with plenty of upscale touches like original fireplaces, high ceilings and Tom Dixon lighting, stays start from just £18. It’s very purple, alright, but fairly chic and the colour scheme is broken up with bright graphic patterns to keep you from feeling like you’re sleeping in a Cadbury’s chocolate wrapper.

Bunk rooms sleep four, six or eight people, most with en-suite bathrooms (there are additional cubicles in the corridors), and all come with free bed linen, lockers under each bed (bring your own padlock) and a basic breakfast. If you insist on some alone-time, there are also private rooms which come with TVs and complimentary towels (everyone else can rent them for £1).

You won’t feel confined to your room either, with communal spaces on the ground floor including a bar, restaurant, heated garden terrace, and Internet room where you can take advantage of computers. For your own devices, use the free lobby Wi-Fi or invest in a pass.

While far from luxurious, Safestay does offer a cheap and stylish alternative to grubby hostels, Easyhotels’ headache-inducing orange chambers, or Tune Hotel’s tiny cubby holes. It’s also close to the cultural bounty of the Southbank and within early morning stumbling distance of the Vauxhall gay scene. At which point the only danger you’d be facing probably would be yourself.