Beyond a doubt, the best thing about this hostel is the location. It is around the corner from Pimlico tube stop (Victoria line) and less than 10 minutes walk from Victoria station. Westminster (parliament buildings, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey) are about 20 mins. walk to to the south and Buckingham Palace about the same distance in the other direction. Really handy for getting around the city and cuts down on transport costs, as most of the tourist attractions are in Zone 1 of the Underground.
My sister and I stayed here for 3 nights. Although we had booked a 4-bed ensuite female dorm, the dorm was not ensuite (there was a sink in the room) and mixed. Since we weren't really bothered by this, we didn't mention it -- but the staff should have said something when we checked in. The room itself was tiny but the beds (bunks) were comfortable enough and the room was clean. It did get very warm and I can imagine this would be a problem in the summer. We were there in autumn and slept with the window open to let some air in, which was fine. Curtains would be a nice touch! As it's an older building, there is no lift and we were on the top floor (4th) but this was not really a problem as we were only there to sleep anyway.
Breakfast in the morning was basic but plentiful. We went down at around 09:30 each morning and there was always plenty of cereal, bread, jam, etc. available, as well as dishes and cutlery.
The staff were friendly and fairly efficient, no complaints in that department. There seemed to always be someone around if you needed to ask something.
The bathrooms were a bit grubby, but not terrible. The showers on our floor (2) had plenty of hot water and hooks to hang up clothes, etc.
They were in the middle of painting/renovating the hostel while we were there (first week of November 2011), so I imagine that will brighten the place up a bit when they finish. As I said before, it's an old building so it does look a bit shabby -- but that's to be expected and sort of adds to the charm of it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Astor Victoria is the largest of our budget accommodations, split across two adjoining building. The atmosphere can be described as laid back and an ideal place to meet new friends. We have been operating here for close to 15 years, with the Victoria hosting the after party for Astor’s roaring 30th Anniversary at Pacha. This hostel is one of the best London Hotels near Victoria Station, and is a just a short walk to the River Thames, and many art galleries.Stay at the Astor Victoria and you will be sure to have a thrilling time! With two large kitchens in the basement, this young hostel has plenty of space to meet other like-minded travellers. You'll find Free Fast Wi-Fi, Reception is open 24-hours for late check-ins and we provide everything else including free safes, towels for hire and padlocks. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Astor`s Victoria Hotel London
- Astors Hotel London
- Astor Victoria Hostel London