- Free towels (this should be a standard in all accommodation but sadly doesn't seem to be sometimes)
- Free padlocks (£5 deposit charged returned when lock is given back) - especially good for valuables where you can put in lockers in reception monitored by CCTV for extra security
- Free luggage storage
- £1 breakfast. The quality was terrible but it goes to charity and it's £1 so you can't complain!
- Free map given at checkout
- Staff seem knowledgable at reception
- Rooms are tiny. I know these are dorm rooms and it's London but the management is clearly trying to get as much money as possible. There was a shower in my (all female 6 bed dorm) which sounds excellent but it was literally just a shower box - no changing space for privacy. Because of this, no-one really used it and I could image the annoyance if a guest decided to have a shower in the middle of the night.
- There are only 4 plug sockets for a 6 bed room.
- Wifi is free but terrible. I get better wifi in a rural village. For a central London hostel this isn't good enough.
- If you are sensitive to smells, do not stay here. There are air fresheners in every room which pump and spray out strong fake smelling flowery smells. With the window open in the room it's ok, but otherwise it would have given me a headache. I see why some hostels/hotels put these in toilets but I do not think it necessary in a dorm room - it was too overpowering.
- Toilets are not regularly cleaned. I know this because they are supposed to be cleaned at regular intervals (I think it's something like 8am, 10am, 2pm and 5pm or something). This is clearly untrue because one toilet had no toilet paper at around 4pm, and at 11am the next day there was still no toilet paper! (This is not to say the toilets are incredibly unclean, but clearly the service is not what they are claiming it to be.)
- There wouldn't be room for large luggage. There are metal trays under the beds for luggage storage (which are lockable if you have a padlock) but the noise they make when you pull them out is incredibly annoying if someone does this in the middle of the night!
- General noisiness: people luckily were respectful when I stayed but the doors slam and you can hear the metal trays moving in and out in other rooms so I can imagine if there was a noisy bunch of people it would be hell.
- Beds are ok but not that comfortable. The metal bunks are clearly quite cheap so they move around a lot when you move and because they're metal, they can be quite noisy. Not as sturdy as wooden bunks and it seemed to me they were pretty narrow. I didn't sleep well the two nights I was there (and have slept excellently in hostels elsewhere).
- There are no lifts - lots of hostels are like this to be fair but if your luggage is heavy something to bear in mind.
The management clearly care about making as much money as possible with their tiny rooms and just because it's a hostel and 'cheaper' this doesn't make it ok. Things such as the four plug socket in a 6 bed room - how quick and easy (and cheap!) would it have been to buy one with six plugs instead? Otherwise not everyone has a socket which is unfair. The breakfast is £1 and for charity but the quality is poor - again it wouldn't cost them much to get slightly better ingredients, and then even charge £1.50 or £2! (The money goes to charity but lots of hostels offer a free bread/butter/jam breakfast which is substantially better than this.) It would be ok for a short stay perhaps - I did 2 nights but honestly anything more would not have been worth it.
To conclude: it's probably not worth the money. I appreciate London is expensive but I'm sure you could find a good deal on airbnb (even if you weren't staying as centrally but to be honest there's not loads to do in Pimlico!).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Astor Victoria is the largest of our budget accommodations, split across two adjoining building. The atmosphere can be described as laid back and an ideal place to meet new friends. We have been operating here for close to 15 years, with the Victoria hosting the after party for Astor’s roaring 30th Anniversary at Pacha. This hostel is one of the best London Hotels near Victoria Station, and is a just a short walk to the River Thames, and many art galleries.Stay at the Astor Victoria and you will be sure to have a thrilling time! With two large kitchens in the basement, this young hostel has plenty of space to meet other like-minded travellers. You'll find Free Fast Wi-Fi, Reception is open 24-hours for late check-ins and we provide everything else including free safes, towels for hire and padlocks. ... more less
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