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