Abigail's is nicely located near the Temple Bar and Trinity College area, and pretty much in walking distance of everything in the Dublin's centre. Security is decent, though there is no personal lockers in the rooms so if you need one you have to pay to use the lockers in the lobby area. The lobby area is quite nice, and breakfast is decent and free. In the dorms the bathrooms were large, though the rooms had carpet floors (not a fan of) and few electric plugs (4 for 10 beds).
The hostel was a good basic hostel. They were good about security and the building is certainly very interestingly decorated. The included breakfast was okay, very basic. The hostel did some decently clean but the rooms had carpet down which always feels a bit dirty to me. The bathrooms were also quite small and few, and considering how large the dorms there are I would be worried about bathroom line-ups in a full hostel. Overall it was fine, but I'd worry about staying here in busy season.
It was a nice, pleasant, clean hostel and was only like 5 minutes from the Field of Miracles and about a 20-30ish minute walk from the main station. The rooms were clean with good pillows, individual lights and shelves for each bed and lockers within the rooms. Only negative issues were that there are only two bathrooms (though I think place could only have a max of 12 people) and the breakfast available there is from a vending machine (but there is a large supermarket a couple minutes away).
It's a very nice place with quite friendly staff. While not a lot of security within the hostel (locked rooms/lockers), a max 12 people can be in the dorms and the staff are within easy reach so that isn't too much of a worry. The owner also puts out wine and snacks out each night so if you attend that on the first night, you'll likely meet and know everybody who is visiting anyways, so there is a very nice community feel. The staff also give a detailed description of Florence when you arrive.
The owners were nice, also very helpful and accommodating. While the hostel is outside the main bit of Rome, there is a metro stop a quick walk away that is only a couple of stops from the southern touristy bit of the city (and the tourist area is actually quite easy to walk around). The bonus of being outside the main tourist area is that shops in the area (groceries/gelato/food) are more reasonably priced than in the city. For such a small hostel too, they also do have a number of washrooms.
- Novice Nomad
- All Female Group, 18-24
- (8 reviews)
Overall, Astor Victoria was a nice a hostel but there was some drawbacks. On the side of the hostel I was at, here were washrooms and showers sandwiched between each floor so access was good. But some certain notes, I had booked a 6 room with en-suite had only a shower and sink, so en suite didn't include a toilet in this case. Also, I visited in June and with only a window as ventilation the room ended up getting extremely hot and hard to sleep. Else wise quite nice.
There were some really nice things about the hostel. The dorm I was staying in had all the bunks coloured and nice colourful looking linen on the beds. It was in a good place to walk to Drumnadrochit (10 mins, has a bunch of Loch Ness stuff) and to walk to Urquhart Castle (about 20-30 mins). But if you have a room in the initial old farmhouse part, the security is light due the front door always being open and not having to pass reception to go upstairs, though they do have lockers downstairs.
Overall it was a really nice hostel with a large kitchen and dining room area. They do ask that you are out of the hostel between 10:30 AM and 3:30 PM, so if you have nothing to do during the day you have to stick to the quiet room. It is a 30-40 min walk from Glencoe village (where the store is at) so if you need buy things make sure to grab them as you leave the village. If you got to Glencoe you go for the walks and scenery so keep that it mind.