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Astor Queensway Hostel
Ranked #109 of 897 Specialty Lodging in London
Reviewed November 3, 2011

Great location. Friendly folks. Opportunity to work there to earn your keep. Dorm-style rooms (don't gripe about that, or you ought to stay in a hotel). Fair to crappy breakfast--bread and jam in a dumpy common eating area with a tv. But heckuva deal and the noise is tolerable, especially if you're willing to go to the top floor.

Room Tip: If you can stand the stairs, take the top floor for a quieter night's sleep. It's also bett...
  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 11, 2011

the astor near bayswater station is my number one destination. it is so friendly and communal. i been in a few rooms during my 6 visits over 8 years.
astor surely is the cleanest and nicest place to stay in the centre. and from 15,50 in the week amazingly affordable.
i also love the new kitchen. loads of space for your food in two huge fridges and there is tea, coffee and toast available all day.
especially the staff make this place. they are always attentive and try to find a room at any time of the year. furthermore there are 4 or so other astors so they always try to accommodate you.
this time i was particularly impressed and delighted by a fellow german anna fech.
it really is a lovely place to stay even if you are on the 6th floor.
thanks guys

Room Tip: just book in advance.
  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled on business
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1  Thank jowadesign
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Reviewed June 29, 2011

Bed bugs beware! We went to Astor after a long day to find bed bugs in our...well bed. Also the room was a mess and the reception was short and seemed bothered by us.

  • Stayed: June 2011
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Reviewed May 10, 2011

We stayed in this hostel for two nights. It was good in general. Staffs are very friendly and very helpful. Breakfast is fine as a good deal in such a big city. All rooms are fairly clean as I expected including toilets and shower rooms. Only minor problems are people who stayed in there not quite respect to others, we heard the banging of door slam all day all night. Also, locker room was quite small, but it was freely provided anyway.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 17, 2011

Don't bother with this place - there are plenty of other hostels out there for similar money which are cleaner, better organised and less bizarre.

In short, it's in need of a lot of work doing to the building to make it less noisy (internally - not from the street which is quiet) and the staff are in severe need of basic training.

On arrival, the Australian receptionist didn't know how to use the computer to check someone in. To me, the clue should have been there. I am aware that the staff at Astor are mostly backpackers working while staying at the hostels which seems like a great idea. However, if you need to use a computer to check people in then you need to know how to use the thing. Took her abuot 20 mins to find the link on the webpage - funnily enough it turned out to be marked "backpackers".

I was booked into a 6 bed "dorm". This is really just a standard double bedroom in the Victorian or Georgian-style building with three sets of metal bunkbeds set against the walls. The receptionist then couldn't find a key for the room, saying that the other beds were booked out so maybe they had all the keys, but to just knock the door and someone would let me in... Typically, no-one was in there when I checked in so she had to let me in with the master key. Later, on meeting the other girls there, it turned out there were two keys available for a six bed room. Hmm.

The curtain pole was on the floor when I arrived. I asked for it to be put back up (didn't fancy a 4am sunrise wake up thanks). To be fair, it was when I got back, but when I then tried to close the curtains, down it came again...! I put it up again and managed to close the curtains without further disaster. No lights other than the rooms ceiling light means that the drunken Spaniards coming in at 3am will either switch it on (to a roar asking them to turn it off); or leave the door wide open (to a slightly more polite request for them to close the darn thing).

The floors are unbelievably noisy - a natural issue in an old building, but the doors all slam shut so hard that the windows rattle.

I didn't stay for breakfast, as I had to be up very early.

Small single shower shared between three dorms and poky separate toilet next to that. The sheets seemed clean enough until I discovered that what I had thought was velcro that was scratching my legs was in fact some utterly unidentifiable hardened white substance (no not that!) stuck to the duvet cover.

Oh, and don't forget to strip your own bed and take it to reception who won't say goodbye to you as you walk out the door, even though you said goodbye to them!

For what it's worth, I stay in hostels whenever I go to London, so it's not me being a snob!

Room Tip: Avoid. Better places that are less expensive.
  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 30, 2010

Stayed there with my friend for 5 days in the 8 bed mixed dorm. Many people actually live here while working or searching for work. It's a great opportunity to make friends and to have fun. It's a great place for single travellers as well as most of the people there were singles.The location is great, as it's close to the tube station and most of the buses pass nearby as well. You can also get to Oxford street by walking for 15-20 minutes. The rooms were clean and warm. The breakfast is also included but you should get there early to be able to get some of the food. Don't forget to wash your dishes afterwards. The whole kitchen can be used throughout the day, you can cook there as well, there is a washing machine and dryer. place to store your baggage after check out or before check in. Overall, a great place. Would definitely go there again. Plus, very cheap

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 21, 2010

I searched several websites and read hundreds of reviews before selecting this hostel and I'm so glad that I did.
It was very clean and the staff was helpful and friendly. Very young crowd that likes to have fun so bring earplugs if you like to get to bed early. Everyone there was very laid-back and easy-going. The rooms were nothing extraordinary but they were clean as were the linens. Tip: the shower on the second floor had more places to hang clothes/bags/towels and had more space for actually moving around than the shower on the third floor. Bring a small flashlight or reading light if you plan on reading in your room b/c the lighting in the rooms is very very dim. There was only one outlet in my room which was taken up by the two girls who's beds were closest to it so i spent some time out in the stairwell reading while my phone and iPod were charging in a hallway outlet. A lot of the cafe's and coffee houses had ample outlets so you can always charge there as well.
ALSO, free wifi in London is sparse BUT if you sign up for Starbucks rewards on the Starbucks website, you can log in to their free wifi at any of the shops around the city using your username/password. I didn't use the wifi at the hostel b/c it was too pricey and I knew I could get it for free at one of the shops/cafes but I heard from one of my roommates that the wifi connection was really good.
Excellent location and near lots of restaurants and shopping and safe neighborhood.
I would stay here again.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled solo
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Address: 45 Queensborough Terrace | Bayswater, London W2 3SY, England (Formerly Astor Quest Hostel)
Location: United Kingdom > England > London
Hotel Style:
Ranked #109 of 897 Specialty Lodging in London
Price Range: $28 - $92 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Astor Queensway Hostel 3*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Formerly Astor Quest, a boutique budget hostel located in the bustling neighbourhood of Bayswater. With 100 beds, this hostel is charming and welcoming and set is in a quiet street minutes from Hyde Park. The Astor Queensway is one of the best low budget hotels, and the staff will keep you staying with a smile on your face throughout your stay. Welcoming backpackers through it's doors for over 20 years, this has the feel of a guesthouse. A short bus or tube ride takes you into the centre of town and all the sights including Oxford Circus, Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden. With a tranquil kitchen and dining room to converse with fellow travellers, 24-hour reception and clean comfortable beds, with breakfast included, the team at the Astor Queensway present much more than just a low cost room. Please note that we only allow guests between the ages of 18 and 35 years old as we are a backpackers hostel. ... more   less 
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