Travel Joy Hostels

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The Hostelz.com Review

Travel Joy Hostels combines great value dorm accommodation with a comfortable British-pub atmosphere in a quiet London area, with some welcome added touches such as excellent breakfast and free drinks.

The Location

Travel Joy Hostels is part of the King William IV Pub by London’s Thames River, in between Chelsea and Westminster. The hostel is in a quiet residential area, offering a good-value respite from London’s busy tourist centre, while still providing a pleasant social atmosphere at the pub for guests and locals.

The Pimlico tube stop is a ten-minute walk away, providing connections across the city. London’s Victoria Coach Station is also within walking distance for long-distance bus services.

Rooms and Bathrooms

This is a small hostel of nine rooms, with varying configurations ranging from four to twelve dorm beds spread across mixed and female options with en suites or shared bathrooms. The bunk beds and provided linen are comfortable enough, with power outlets at each bed and privacy curtains on lower bunks.

For security, there are electronic key cards for guests to access the hostel main door and the individual rooms. There are large lockers in the rooms for use with your own padlocks or with hired locks from reception.

Note that hostel rooms are located up narrow stairs on the second and third level of the building, without elevator access.

The shared bathrooms are unisex and are kept clean, including a shower room of three enclosed cubicles with limited room for changing. There is one separate shower room with toilet included for more space if you can get it. Towels are provided free for guests. Free Wi-Fi works throughout the pub area and dorm rooms.

Common Spaces

The common area for hanging out is in the lounge area in the pub, with lovely leather couches as well as tables inside and out front. There are also social activities during the week, including nightly movie screenings with free popcorn, beer pong, open-mic nights, and salsa classes.

Travel Joy provides a substantial free breakfast for guests in the pub lounge area, including omelettes and smoothies made to order, in addition to juices, cereal, toast, fruit, yoghurt, cheese, ham, and more.

While there isn’t a kitchen available or food storage area for guest use during their stay, the pub offers an affordable Thai and English food menu on weekday evenings and lunch/dinner on weekends. As an added nice touch, Travel Joy provides free nonalcoholic drinks to guests throughout their stay, including juices, coffee/tea, hot chocolate, and fizzy drinks. Guests also enjoy discounts on alcoholic drinks throughout the day, including a good daily happy hour.

Summary

In addition to the features already mentioned, the hostel also helps to make for a pleasant stay by providing free earplugs and hire-by-deposit for helpful items such as padlocks, adaptors, hairdryers, and bedside lights. Travel Joy Hostels takes great care to provide a welcoming atmosphere to its visitors, and the friendly staff seem to enjoy their work here. We are happy to recommend the hostel as a comfortable and affordable haven in London city.
by Michelle W
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
2017-08-05
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Welcome to Travel Joy at King William IV pub
Reception
Common Area in Pub Lounge
Free breakfast
Breakfast omelettes & smoothies to order
Free drinks throughout stay
12 bed dorm with privacy screens
Dorm beds
Shower room with 3 cubicles
Combined shower & toilet

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(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Travel Joy Hostels" at 111 Grosvenor Road.)

Location/Contact

Address
111 Grosvenor Road, Pimlico, London, Greater London, England
Coordinates
51.485359, -0.141335 (accuracy not guaranteed)
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Website
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Telephone
00442078349689
Fax
+442078340747
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews

 
All Around Best Place
This is a fantastic hostel for a number of reasons, but most importantly, the people. Not only is the staff friendly and welcoming, the other guests are amazing. The hostel is set up so that the downstairs is a lounge/bar with couches and tables, and it's incredibly easy to meet people and feel welcome. I also have to mention the breakfast. After traveling through 11 countries, this is hands down the winner. There are MTO omelettes and smoothies each morning, as well as crepes, yogurt, coffee/juice, the works ... As for the rooms, they are cleaned daily and secure. I stayed in a 4 bed room with a bathroom that was extremely clean. The room was comfortable and all my roommates were friendly and respectful. The locker is spacious and a towel is included. And there's even a fan circulating, which was much appreciated. Fri-Sat there's open mic night and a good crowd. Dinner is reasonable and good, as are the drinks. It's also nice for sodas, coffee, water to be included 24-7. The location is great, too. It's very close to the underground (10 min walk) and bus 24 is in front of the hostel every 10 minutes, 24-7 and takes you all the way to Camden Market. I would easily recommend this to travelers of all ages. Great place, great people.
Lisa
Age 32, USA
2015-08-05
 
Good
This is a second time that i'm going in this hostel. I'm feeling very good there. staff very friendly and helpful, free breakfast, security lockers.
maulik
Age 25, india
2013-04-01
 
I loved it
This is one of the best hostels I've stayed at. The dorms are incredible cheap, and for that price you get drinks, food and a great atmosphere. The location was just along the river, and 10 steps outside the door I could rent a bike for a pound, letting me go around London all day!
Thomas
(Denmark)
2013-01-16

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