Astor Victoria Hotel



Hostelz.com's Review

Although the bathrooms and rooms leave something to be desired, Astor Victoria Hotel gets the job done.

The Location

Although it is not necessarily located close to any of the big tourist spots, the hostel is a few blocks away from Victoria Station, a major hub of transportation, which makes getting around fairly easy. The area around the hostel is pretty quite and feels safe. The few blocks between this hostel and Victoria Station are lined with tons of hostels and hotels. There are a few restaurants, pubs, and at least one small convenience/grocery store nearby.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms and bathrooms are clean, but it is quite a hike up several flights of stairs to get to a lot of the rooms. There are lockers underneath the bunk beds, but they can't be locked with a normal, small backpack lock (however, they are cage style, so you can lock your backpack to the locker itself). There are shelves and hangers in the rooms, along with a sink, and only two power outlets located near the door. The beds are bunk-style, but an average-sized person can't sit on the lower bunk without having to crouch. The walls and doors are fairly thin, so if other guests are noisy in the hallways, you will hear every word.

Bathrooms are located on their own floor in between the floors with the rooms, so guests must walk up or down a flight of stairs to use them. Each floor has two closet-sized rooms with a toilet and a sink, as well as two slightly bigger rooms with a shower. The water pressure isn't the best and at least one of the showers is missing a curtain, so water gets everywhere.

Common Spaces

The reception area has three couches around a table covered in magazines. The walls are covered in various tour and pub-crawl posters. Many people hang there to charge their phones using one of the power strips and to take advantage of the Wi-Fi (only found in the common areas and parts of the kitchen). There is a vending machine with candies, chips, and soft drinks for a small price. The reception desk is manned twenty-four hours a day and whomever is working caters the background music to their preferences.

Down the hall, across from the free luggage storage area is a movie/computer room. Here, there are three more couches, some desktop computers, a TV, and more power strips available for charging electronic devices. The Wi-Fi in this room is spotty depending on what device is being used. Downstairs consists of two separate seating areas, each with a small kitchen room attached. These kitchen rooms each have sinks, a stove, an oven, utensils, bowls, and microwaves can be found in the seating areas. Breakfast consists of warm buns with toppings like jam, peanut butter, and Nutella; three kinds of cereal; milk, tea, juice, and instant coffee.


The staff are all young, fun, and seem helpful. The common spaces make it easier to meet people and the all-you-can-eat breakfast will fill you up. The lack of plugs in the rooms is made up for with plentiful outlets in the common areas. Overall, it is a pleasant stay.
by Haley
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
November 2013

6 Bed Dorm
Un-lockable lockers under the beds; mattress and pillow
Shelves and hangers
One of several staircases to reach the room
Small shower room
Tiny toilet room (sink behind door)


(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Astor Victoria Hotel" at 71 Belgrave Road.)


71 Belgrave Road, Victoria, London, Greater London, England
51.490102, -0.137588
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews

Clean confortable and practical
It's a good option next to Victoria station. It's clean, it's big, but doesn't feel crowded. Lots of help from staff. Breakfast not so great, but ok.
Age 33, México
A cosy, clean youth hostel at excellent location
At arrival I was pleasantly surprised of the beautiful, relatively quite location (the street is filled with stately houses) and the beautiful old victorian(?) building. The staff is very friendly and helpful, there are extra facilities free of charge (use of wifi and use of a computer, lockers) ... breakfast is included and almost every morning you are surprised by a new drawing on the chalkboard. Beds are comfy -- despite being a light sleeper and sharing a room with a person that snored I slept ok. The building looks well maintained and the common areas & rooms are quite clean for a hostel. Would use again and recommend to others.
Age 31, Netherlands
Very poor
Do not stay here. this place has a reasonable location but is a terrible hostel. The staff are rude, it smells and is dirty, and the bathrooms are disgusting. It is impossible to sleep with all wasters coming back through the night.
  The hotel's location is good and the hotel's worker are quite nice (depend on who you have to talk). But the hotel itself is in bad state. The building is old and needs repairs. The bathrooms seem not so clean. However, the worst thing that we have to support was a terrible vibrating noise during three nights. They have had to change us room every night because we couldn't sleep. At the end of the stay, we ask for a refund, which was refused!
  This hostel's best feature is its relative closeness to Victoria coach station (and tube and mainline station). It is the only place close enough to walk there or back for early or very late departures. The neighbourhood is nothing special although there are some supermarkets, takeaways and pubs on the way along to the coach station. If coming from Luton airport, it is quicker to get the bus direct to Victoria rather than get the train and the change onto the tube (it is also cheaper). The facilities, on the whole, are fairly basic - nothing special but do the job. The showers, though small are reliably hot. There is a lounge with plenty of chairs and a kitchen downstairs with plenty of seats so it can be a fairly sociable place. A breakfast included - a basi choice of cereals, toast and tea ancd coffee. The booking process seems unduly complicated - so that they request you send an email to confirm receipt of the email confirmation and they then ignore your email anyway. Their arbitrary checkin procedure requires photo ID such as a passport and they take only 18-35 year olds. For a hostel relying so much on the coach station for their clientele their strict check in times are unhelpful.
The Location The Astor Victoria Hostel is located in a nice area and in a great location for access to Victoria Train and Coach stations. It is within walking distance of Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and other London attractions and the closest tube station is Pilmco, for quick and easy access to the rest. The directions provided by the hostel are good -- finding it from Victoria Station, while potentially confusing, is not difficult with the help of the instructions. Rooms and Bathrooms If you have heavy bags, be prepared for steep, narrow staircases to get to your room. The rooms are a fair size and open windows prevent stuffiness (although they don't do much for security) and some have views to the London Eye. There are lockers (cages) under the bunks, with locks available for hire at reception if you don't bring your own (or if your lock is too small for the giant latches). It's not the best system, as they are awkward to access and, when open, can take up the entire floor space in smaller dorms. Being cages, they aren't overly secure for valuables and chances are you won't fit all your belongings in there anyway. The rooms are quite noisy and you can hear people walking up and down the stairs and doors banging all night. Our six-person dorm includes a sink and some have showers as well, although this is really just a stall opening directly to the rest of the room. Otherwise, bathrooms are scattered about the floors. These are small and there is no ventilation in the showers. They aren't spotlessly clean, but aren't too disgusting either. Common Spaces There is a kitchen in the basement and a small common area downstairs, along with pay-as-you-go internet terminals at reception as well as free wireless internet if you bring your own laptop. Breakfast is also free, but is little more than stale cereal and dry bread, so if your budget will stretch a few extra pounds, skip it for something else. Summary The staff are hit and miss. Some are extremely helpful, but despite a twenty-four-hour reception, some have to be sought out in the kitchen and are reluctant to interrupt their conversation to check you out and return your key deposit. Be sure to allow time for this process if, like us, you have an early morning flight to catch! Also be aware that there is a key deposit, payable on arrival in cash only, so have some British currency on hand to avoid being caught out. As London hostels go, Astor Victoria is not bad. It is reasonably clean and secure and fine for a couple of nights, or a great place to stay if you need early morning access to Victoria Station.
Miranda Mercer
Not Recommended
I booked to stay in this hostel for thirteen nights. What a mistake! My wallet was stolen from my handbag, which was locked in the "cage" under the bunk bed. I had only been downstairs (my room was on the third floor) for about an hour. When I went down to report it the girl at reception actually told me to "calm down -- it's not that bad." She also said there was no reason to contact the authorities because it's not an emergency. She was extremely rude and unhelpful (petite brown haired girl). Not a pleasant person.I actually think it may have been a worker from the hostel. This was the third day of my arrival and the workers were not pleasant with me from that day forward. It was a horrible experience. The only good thing about this hostel is the location.
  I will just say that if you are smart, you won't go there. People there are extremely rude. Dorms are dirty, probably never cleaned. Disappointment!

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