I have never stayed here but include this as part of these comprehensive London pages. However a relative has and recommends it highly.
Set just a few minutes walk from the river this is a very interesting area with lots of history although sadly bombing in WW2 destroyed most of the old buildings in the area. However despite that the rebuilding is good and this area is good for anyone who wants to stay a little out of the central area.
Directions: Take the Overground to Rotherhithe and the hostel is a short walk. Turn left out of the station and it is a 500 meter walk.
Buses C2 and 381 stop outside.
Rotherhithe Youth Hostel is a great alternative for student groups and budget travellers.
I have stayed at Rotherhithe a couple of times, once in a large group. The staff is friendly and helpful. Rooms are ok, clean but no luxury. The breakfast is very good.
On the downside this hostel is not central. It is a 20-30 min tube ride to the most central areas. And a 10min walk from Rotherhithe Tube, but you can easily jump on one of the many busses passing through the hostel.
Cheap, and worth a try.
Directions: 10 min walk from Rotherhithe Tube.
To get to the hostel you can get the tube from Waterloo to Canada Water. You can get an all-day ticket for £4.90, which will get you on the buses as well as the tube. At the top of the stairs is a stretch of water, which has been designed to look like the Dutch canals. The pavement alongside the canal is both cobbled or flagstones & is a bit bumpy for wheelchairs, although you can see coots & ducks sometimes.
The YHA is wheelchair friendly; access is through a black gate of which you have to ring reception before they will let you in. Over the road is a bus stop which goes right into the heart of London. Although there’s no shelter.
The reception is big & airy with a lounge on one side which has plush sofas & chairs (blue or red). There’s also a plasma TV and a bar where you can get drinks in the evening like hot chocolate for £1.50. On the opposite side is the dining room which does continental breakfast, you will be given a ticket which will entitle you to the breakfast. There’s a coffee machine in the dining room ( 50p a go) & an upstairs area. The breakfast consists of cereals, toast, French thingy (can’t spell the name, nor can my pc word), fresh fruit & the usual fruit juices.
There’s three floors, also a lift for wheelchairs. Residents are given a key & all rooms have bunks, en-suit bathroom with shower & automatic light. The beds to me are comfortable because I have been hostelling before, the others hadn’t so I think they might of found it a shock; as long as it’s clean & friendly is all that matters.
Unique Quality: Reception will help you with things, unless you get the foreign one who gave us the wrong closing time for the London Eye which closes at 8pm on a Friday, not 9pm like he said. My only complaint was that I had forgot to pack my tooth brush so I went to reception hoping to get one but they had ran out, they also didn’t have any camera batteries.
There’s also a laundry, basement to leave your bags although it’s a bit hot down there, Internet access in the lounge that will let you access some free sites (not much), it was 50p for ½ hr. B&B is £15 including bed sheets etc.
Directions: Tube from Waterloo to Canada Water or Rotherhith, & along the canel.
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Address: 20 Salter Road, (formerly Rotherhithe Youth Hostel), London, SE16 5PR, United Kingdom