If you are looking for a relatively economical place to stay while visiting London (have to say relatively this is London we are talking about), Astor Victoria is a good choice.
- Excellent location: Located in Westminster... easy walk to many tourist attractions (you can save money by not using the tube) and the Victoria station (comes in handy if you want to take a day trip around England or if you are flying in from Gatwick Airport...it's only a 30 min train ride and has trains leaving every 15 mins).
- Friendly, helpful staff
- Free breakfast: Don't expect a gourmet breakfast at a hostel, but they had a variety of cereals, freshly baked bread with jams or peanut butter, tea, and coffee. It was enough to keep me satisfied until noon. They also have several refrigerators and 2 kitchens if you prefer to do your own thing and be a little more fancy.
- Rooms: The beds were comfortable, the rooms and bathrooms were clean, and while there are always people to talk to (or party with) downstairs, my room was very quiet when I wanted to get some sleep. Also the views from the upper floors were pretty cool to wake up to in the mornings.
- Facilities: If you forgot a few things or are looking for entertainment, they have a lot to offer. They have free books and DVD's to borrow, as well as towels, hair dryers, locks, and power adaptors to rent for free (they may have more but that's all I asked about).
So why only 4 stars? As some other reviews have mentioned, the internet is really slow and sketchy. I was able to use it for what I needed, but it was a little frustrating at times.
Overall I was happy with my experience and would stay there again.
Rooms are kinda noisy, beds are a bit uncomfortable but at least they are clean....
Wifi didn't work, (Couldn't connect to it)
Showers weren't very clean, there was hair...
Breakfast was "meh"...
Not enough places to charge your phone.
The best thing of the hostel was the receptionist, she was good-looking and kind.
Good location but there was a party going on in the kitchen, right next door to our room, and they didn't kick the party goers out till after 5am at which I heard the receptionist say "You aren't staying in this hostel, so it's time for you to leave". It was after 5 in the morning! They could have done this a little earlier!
The room itself was big and there was a bathroom in the room. However, there were not enough showers.
Overall, I would prefer to stay elsewhere next time I am in London.
Close to pimlico station, walking distance to victoria station and right in the centre of pimlico propper.
nice little hostel and good for a few nights.
lots of dvds and free breakfast
i needed a place to crash as my "accomodation" had fallen through and booked a bed that day (the perils of long distance relationships) - good nights sleep and breakie and i was on my way...
got me out of a jam and i thank them!
From a review I did on another site:
Astor Victoria does "hostel" better than all of the six hostels I stayed in when I was in Europe. Oh yeah it was pricey ($40/night), but that's the price one pays for living in the City of Westminster for five days. When I was first assigned the topmost room my jaw almost dropped since there were no elevators. Once I saw the views outside my window, I fell for it. I could see all the sights along the Thames including the Parliament and the Eye. The room was tip top clean though you sleep next to the sink (Europe is just weird with plumbing). Unlike the other places I stayed in, the showers were easy to operate though the water t..r....i....c...k....l.....ed, which I blame on the lack of pressure at this height.
The Pimlico station is a couple of blocks down and the big Victoria station is about 3/4 mile the other way. Actually, the neighborhood is properly called Pimlico and its jammed with small hotels. It's the perfect place to hit all the main London spots and avoid excessive noise.
As for the services, it was friendly. My one reservation is the security of your luggage since you throw it into a cramped closet with the others. There is one key for it.
The rooms are ok in size.
Shower in room was rad.
Bins below your bed for storage.
Internet room was ok, but cards were pricy from going through them quickly.
Very clean. Always good.
People were meh....
Near some cool eateries and pubs.
All in all. I've experienced better, but it decent for the price.
Clean rooms, friendly staff, cheap and cheerful.
Great as a base to explore London and the fantastic sights such as the london eye, thames, big ben etc..
However - i agree with the other reviewer about the doors being noisy!!! Hard to creep around and be quiet!
The rooms have a vanity so you don't have to leave the room to brush your teeth. But watch the locks on the door. We were locked inside our room for quite awhile on New Year's Eve. Almost missed out on the celebrations.
It's cozy and doable. Like any dormroom feel.
Stayed here on a trip in feb o9. if you can consider being there for all of 7 hours, "staying." the staff are exceptionally dim and indifferent, the lights were burned out in the washroom and they couldn't be bothered to fix it. we were in a stuffy, smelly room with a bunch of drunken yahoos.
We checked in at midnight, and at 7 am, demanded a refund and found a better place to stay.
Great location, clean nieghborhood, clean rooms, good prices, cheap internet connection. This was the hostel my friends and I stayed at when we back packed through Europe. I've stayed in many hostels but this was definitely the best one.
Cheap and nice
Everything there. Breakfast 8-10am includet as warm water and bed linen and WiFi.
1Pound for Internet Acess Small Room witrh Couches for hanging around. A kitchen with everything in for Cooking. 2 more TVs in the Diningrooms. Lockers under the Beds. Bring a padlock! The Crew ist nice.
But the Hostel ist very loud because it nearly impossible to close the doors quietly. Most of the Hostel is clean, in one room and the shower there was mold at the wall
There ist a small Cineroom where you can look DVD with a Beamer for 5Pound Deposit. There are los of DVDs
You need also 10 Pound Deposit cash for your RoomKey
Victoria is very near. It s easy walking there.
The Bus 24 starte near the door and 5 min away ist the tube Pimplico.
Busticket 3,50 Tube 6,50 a Day
It is even possible to walk into the city. it s 12 min to Buckingham.
Checkin is at 2pm until then you can leave your backages in a room and wait or go out.
Leaving the hostel the last day until 10am
Allgemein: Sehr günstig laut aber soziale "Kontakträume" gute Lage. Ich mach s wieder
This particular group of five freindly hostels are located in various parts of London and are really nice to stay in especially if you don't have a lot of money to spend on expensive hotels. Other than having all the usual amenities that accompany a place like this travellers can get a free breakfast and the benefits of two late night hostel bars and cold beers everywhere.
cool hostel! You can find a lot of guys and the stuff is nice. Central location, everything worked nice for me. Well the mixed dormitory was a little bit noisy. Good prices.
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