59 of the World's Best Hostels
Not all hostels are a place for backpackers to crash. They're a social hive, and some can have just as much luxury as some hotels.

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Budget Digs Can Be Chic

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Located in the Elephant & Castle area on the south side of the Thames, Safestay hostel is chic and shiny new. It's also, budget-friendly!

With beds beginning at just £18, Safestay is a great option for visitors to London who are on a strict financial diet. Sure, London's museums are free but every traveler knows London itself is hardly perfect for the shoestring plan. Safestay on the other hand...

Of course, just because a place isn't expensive doesn't mean it needs to sacrifice quality. The building (an 18th Century Georgian mansion) and the decor are upmarket, yet comfortable and the work/play areas are abundant. One needn't stay with a fear that the only place to hang out is a dorm room!

Laundry and luggage storage is available. WiFi is free in the basement commons area which has a wonderful patio, bar and games tables. Continental breakfast is served from 7 to 9 AM and coffee is free all day. The hostel is a very short walk from the Elephant and Castle tube stop off the Bakerloo/Northern lines and even more convenient to several bus stops. It's also directly across from the Cuming Museum.

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by Kirsten Alana
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