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My room in…London

July 7, 2011

Astor Hyde Park, London hostel

Trying to find a decent hostel in a major city can be a nightmare.

Well before the days of websites like Hostel World and before my first trip to Europe I spent hours researching hostel options for cities like London and Paris. While the ones I ended up in were okay, they weren’t great.

So I was more than pleased to find, after six years and several visits to London staying at hostels of various quality, one that I will actually return to.

Astor Hyde Park hostel is in South Kensington, in a quiet street filled with foreign consulates. It’s about a fifteen minute walk from High St Kensington and moments from the Queen’s Gate entrance to Hyde Park.

The closest tube station is Gloucester Road, which is on a direct line to Heathrow Airport.

The biggest downside is that it’s a bit of a trek to the tube station if you’re carrying all your gear – it takes about twenty minutes even if you’re a power marcher like I am. And because it’s on a quiet street, there aren’t many eating options close by.

Astor Hyde Park, London hostel

I’ve found that the problem with London is that so many of the buildings are old, gloomy and unloved.

Astor Hyde Park, however has been renovated with a fresh, clean look while still retaining the building’s charm, and that’s one of the things I like about it.

The dorms are clean and spacious (rare for London!) and most feature ensuite bathrooms. There’s free breakfast and free wifi (although the wifi was pretty unreliable), and all the other usual hostel bits and bobs.

As with most hostels in London there are a few long-termers hanging around being all unfriendly, but that happens everywhere in Europe so don’t take it personally.

It’s the only London hostel I’ve stayed at more than once!

Astor Hyde Park, London hostel

It might sound like it, but this was not a sponsored post. I wish! I paid full price for my stay. I simply wanted to take the guesswork out of your own ‘where to stay on the cheap in London’ research.

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  • Reply Vishal September 9, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Have you tried CouchSurfing? I have formed lasting bonds on both surfing and hosting.

    • Reply MeganRTW September 12, 2011 at 6:24 am

      Hi Vishal – haven’t tried couchsurfing yet, though I have met plenty of couchsurfers! It’s something I plan to do in the future though. Great to hear you’ve had positive experiences.

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