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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.

Summary

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
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Astor Victoria Hotel Reviews from the Web
Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
4   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 ()
1   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.  ()
2  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!  , Switzerland ()
3  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.  , Australia ()
2   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.  , USA ()
1  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!  , Italy ()
2  If you want a loud, noisy, dorm-like atmosphere, then this hostel is for you. When you enter, loud music is playing in the reception, lots of people sitting around laughing, playing cards. We felt it was too crowded/too noisy as we were looking for a more relaxing atmosphere. Internet access is not free. They do not give you towels. Map of London is 1 GBP. We stayed in the hostel for one night only. We got a double room, it was facing the opposite of the reception and surprisingly it was quiet. The bed was big and comfortable. The sheets were clean, they asked to bring used sheets to the lobby just before you check out. The room was small, there was a TV, sink, and a wardrobe. Bathroom was shared but it was right near our room and it was relatively clean. The night reception guy Adam was nice and helpful, he showed us our room because we wanted to make sure it was not loud. The lady during the day was not that friendly. Location is good about fifteen- to twenty-minute walk from Victoria bus station, fifteen-minute walk to Buckingham Palace, twenty-five minutes to Big Ben. Security was good, they lock the door to the hostel every time someone exits, and have a luggage room. We left our bags for the day. When we came back for some reason the room was unlocked, so security is not that great.  ()
3  Let me start off by saying this is not the hostel of choice for me in london, there is much better around! However what this place has going for it is it's proximity to victoria coach station, very ideal for all of those needing to get to/from stanstead airport early/late for those cheap ryanair flights. Another good point is that it's within easy walking distance to Buckingham palace and not too far too BigBen and Wesminster Abbey. Also the beds are reasonable. Other than that the rooms are terribly stuffy (you will die in the summer time) and the 'common room' is really flawed...not a good place to meet travellers, the staff could also learn to loosen up abit. Go there if ya need to get to victoria coach station really early or late or if you've just arrived from some long overseas flight and need to get over jetlag for a couple of days. It's all about snooze rather than booze at this little hostel.  ()

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