Usually going for the safety and standardized facilities of big chain hotels, pure desperation over the ludicrous rates led me to trying out the Pasha hotel for a weekend booking. It turned out to be a reasonable choice. The Pasha seems to have proprietors with background from the Asian territories of the former Soviet Union; an intriguing Kyrgyz-Kazakh kebap restaurant belongs to the premises, and we deeply regret not having tried it out for dinner. Overall, the hotel's amenities were ok but not without flaws, so I would not recommend the place to people who are fussy over details. Service overall was very friendly, both during booking communications and during our stay. However, some errors in the workflow were detectable, for instance the service entered my room without knocking, and the cooked English breakfast was brought to our table without any kind of choice or initial question whether we'd actually liked the stuff. Not good for vegetarians who get the sausages and the ham no matter what. My disabled room on the ground floor (there are no lifts) had a functional bathroom. Some people would have complained about the lack of a door, but for wheelchair users who need space leaving the door out actually was the right decision. As in the entire hotel, flaws in details could be observed, such as a carpet coming off the floor and spots on the walls and in corners that looked like they were forgotten during renovation. Some decorations gave the impression of being left half-finished which was an odd contrast to other decorations that looked brand-new and extremely nice.
The area is quite interesting, Camberwell Road is a lively place with all kinds of shops. The area did not feel unsafe. Very good bus connections.
Unique Quality: My handicap room was functional, though slightly uninviting and rather cool. Heating a bit on the ineffective side. The walls and the carpet could really use some redecoration.
Comparing the hotel with a hostel or a b&b, I'd say the 75 quid I paid for b&b was okay and reasonable, though not really such a bargain, given the overall quality. You can get travelodges for the same rate that offer a better overall quality through their standardized workflows and facilities. I would stay here again if the rate was discounted a bit more to GBP 50 - 60.
A new and interesting "boutique" style hotel on Camberwell Road SE London. Friendly helpful staff speaking lots of different East & Western European languages, nice clean room with all the usual trimmings tea/coffee, tv etc, gorgeous bathroom! (no internet in the rooms though but there is free internet for guests in the lobby).
Our room was on the third floor and this involved a lot of stairs (no lift at the moment - things here seems a little unfinished in places - so very glad we only had small rucksacks to carry). (We were able to leave our things at reception as we arrived early, before check in.)
Our room had a view over the railway tracks but no trains went past during our stay - not sure if that particular line is disused these days - but worries of being kept awake by trains were unfounded.
There is a secure car park for guests around the back of the hotel at an extra cost of £5. Finding a parking place on the street would be almost impossible so it's an extremely reasonable price!
Full English is the only style of breakfast on the menu in the morning (no continental croissants here). And if you are a vegetarian (like me) - see pic for your delicious offering! Breakfast wasn't included in the price of the room (£5 per breakfast) but the service was really fast because guests aren't asked what they would like - they are just presented with it within minutes of sitting down. I had to send mine back to have the meat removed and it came back adorned with cucumber (who eats cucumber for breakfast???) and an extra - hastily cooked - egg.
Camberwell is a busy multi-cultural area a couple of miles from central London so the location was great for getting around particularly as it is so well served by various buses. The hotel is right on the high street and from the outside it just looks like any other glass fronted shop but it goes back a very very long way and goes skyward even further! It's modern and new and in places the decor looks a little unfinished but it's bright and cheerful and the Kazahkstan/Kyrgyzstan restaurant gets very very popular in the evening. We were advised to book in advance if we wanted to eat there which we didn't as we had other arrangements.
The hotel also has disabled rooms - please see RhineRoll's hotel tip for more information.
Unique Quality: Ooooh!!! and I nearly forgot to mention! The hotel also has a Hamam! Unfortunately we just didn't have time to give this a try but I definitely would if I stayed there again for longer!
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Address: 158 Camberwell Road, London, SE5 OEE, United Kingdom