Astor Hyde Park Hostel
Located in Hyde Park, just down the way from the Natural History Museum, this hostel is quite impressive. Built in one of the older buildings along Queens Gate, no expense has been spared to restore the original details, including numerous stained glass windows, woodwork and ceilings; the latter had to be hand-molded to recreate their intricate design.
Facilities include inexpensive laundry, free breakfast, a chill-out lounge with a huge TV near the common kitchen and dining room, a front room with a pool table, internet and even a movie projector.
With 150 beds, there is enough space to offer weekly rates to those who require it. Most rooms are en-suite, and the twin and double rooms all come with flat screen TVs, tea and coffee. Dorm sizes vary from 4-6 beds to 15-22 beds. Private rooms are usually hidden away up little staircases increasing the sense of privacy; just be sure to remember which floor you are on as all the hideaways looks very similar.
The small staff is friendly and helpful despite being run off their feet with check-ins and clean up.
Also, if you have the luck to be on one of the upper floors, this means a lot of stair-walking — as there is no elevator.
The closest tube station is Gloucester Road and there are numerous nearby buses to all areas of London.
Astor Hyde Park
191 Queens Gate
Westminster, London SW7, UK
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