The Walrus hostel

There’s something that’s just stereotypical and bland about many hostels. The honest truth is that they’re there to give you somewhere to sleep for as little money as possible. That’s fine, but they could be a little bit more subtle about it. The endless rows of greys and blues and browns on any area that you might conceivable come into contact with, the token bits of white that are intended to convince you that it’s minimalist desire not a purely practical decision.

We have no problem with it, but then someone like the Walrus hostel comes along and reminds us that a budget doesn’t mean that you need to be boring. That’s not being thrifty: it’s a simple lack of effort from the ones providing you with accommodations. With its attentive staff and interesting decor, they’re doing things a little differently.

The difference it makes is incredible. Staying here doesn’t feel you’ve been cutting corners: it feels like a novel little adventure. Sharing is less of a necessity and more something that you actually want to enjoy. There’s a strong sense of community underpinning everything here, a level of care and support that stands in stark contrast to the faceless corporate efforts. Long may it continue.


Address : 172 Westminster Bridge Rd, London SE1 7RW

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