Pros: Generator was a well-designed, high-quality hostel. Check in and out was very easy. Prices were upfront. Good facilities. Cons: There is no kitchen, all food or drink consumed must be bought from the bar. Bar plays loud music at night (held a 9pm album launch below my room!). Social interaction in common areas is not great. Breakfast was quite pricey for what it was. Other: The clientele was a broad mix of ages. For many it was a hotel rather than hostel. Recommended
Astor Quest is in a convenient, fairly quiet location quite near to Hyde Park and inner London. The building seems to be a converted apartment building, with many floors and thus, many stairs. Walking to the uppermost floors could be challenging. There seemed to be a shortage of toilets and showers in the main areas, and a really weird in-room shower arrangement (with just a shower curtain and no privacy) in my room. TV room was boiling hot and always filled and I never used it. Generally OK.
Generally a nice stay. The building is the converted space of two town houses. Fire code compliance probably needs to be improved (with the central fire door not closing and always being left open). Laundry service reasonably prices but the washed laundry left near the smoking area. Loaned a padlock for free from reception which was nice. Overall the place was worth what I paid and generally quite comfortable.
Quite a nice place. Courtyard is excellent for social interaction and seems to be the centre of social engagement. Free computers are a plus, but mainly because there was always a queue and this lots of chatting opportunities. Kitchen was quite small for what I would expect of a venue of this size. Breakfast was a simple affair, but was free.
Pros: Nice courtyard and secure complex against external visitors. Close to bus terminal. Front desk staff generally helpful. Cons: Basically impossible to get warm shower (even with less than 50% occupancy, it ran out every day). Common area/bar/"restaurant" is enclosed with no ventilation, and a continual hangout for smoking staff and guests. Very unpleasant if you´re not a smoker. Rooms very basic. Some mattresses worse for wear (I felt like I was sleeping on railroad tracks).
America Del Sur was, on the whole, very good. Pros: excellent staff with great English, VERY clean common areas and rooms, cosy common room and fairly reliable wifi. Cons: Very loud music during early mornings, central courtyard echoes loud voices into open windows, only one key per room means rooms can be unlocked when all are asleep, not much attempt to match room occupants for background etc.