27 Oct Hostel Review: Astor Hyde Park, London
It was hard to choose a hostel in London, mainly because there are so many of them! A lot are centred around the areas of Kings Cross Station, Camden and Fulham and of course there’s the famous St Christopher’s party hostel in the Greenwich area.
I was going to a job interview so I wasn’t looking for the party atmosphere, I was looking for a nice hostel at a cheap price in a convenient location to get on the district and circle line.
I plumped for the Astor Hyde Park hostel, part of the Astor hostel chain. At £15 a nice and in the posh area of South Kensington, I got off the tube and walked passed the famous Boujis bar, the Science Museum and lots of hotels in gorgeous Victorian buildings. If you get off at South Kensington station its about a 5-10 minute walk to the hostel, which is situated on the main road of Queen’s gate. It’s a beautiful area, although it depends what you’re looking for from your stay in London. If you want the studenty-backpacker vibe South Kensington isn’t that.
As for the hostel, it’s in a grand period Victorian house. The only frustrating thing is there is no lift so if you have a big bag, it’s quite a mission up all those flights of stairs! The receptionist was really helpful and the downstairs common room has a large flatscreen plasma TV with sofas, tables, desks and computers. WiFi is free and the computers are coin operated. I noticed a lot of people were looking for work in London or preparing for interviews so it was a great place to sit and get work done in the evenings, or simply chill out and watch a movie.
I stayed in a 6 bedroom dorm which was very modern and had a nice clean en suite shower and seperate en suite toilet. Breakfast in the morning was served in the basement kitchen, which consisted of toast, different spreads, cereal, coffee and tea. The £15 was value for money in my opinion when you look at the prices of some of the other hostels in London.