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Astor Kensington

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7.8
Very Good
6468 Total Reviews
Perfect Location
Superb Staff
Awesome Cleanliness

Hostelworld says

Note: 18-40 yrs old only. Astor Kensington won 1st Best Small hostel chain and 1st in the Lifetime achievement awards at the 2015 Hoscars! Astor Kensington is in the upscale neighbourhood of Bayswater, beside Oxford Street, Hyde Park and Portobello market. Hostelworld guests say they appreciate that the hostel is ‘within walking distance of the Queensway and Bayswater tube stations’. Our reviewers appreciate that the staff are ‘really helpful and polite. They seem to have their own little family with each other, making it feel really welcoming and open to guests’, said one of our visitors. We like that this hostel has an ‘excellent’, ‘well-equipped kitchen’ and ‘the best breakfast for hostels for this price range in London’.

Property Description

Located a short walk from Notting Hill, Hyde Park and Kensington Palace (home of William, Kate, and the Royal Babies!) it is easy to see why so many people fall in love with this neighbourhood. With three Underground Lines and countless 24hr buses, Astor Kensington is the perfect hub from which to explore London. A short walk around the neighbourhood will take you through the world-famous Portobello Market, Kensington Gardens and Londons most charming streets! Hop on the tube or bus and within 10 minutes you will be in the heart of Oxford Street, Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square!

The moment you walk through our doors you become part of our family and we want you to have an incredible experience! We want every detail - from our super clean bathrooms and comfortable pillows to our unforgettable social events - to be perfect, giving you a London adventure that is 10 out of 10!


Winner of No.1 Small Hostel Group Worldwide and a Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in the Hostel Industry. We thrive on ensuring every guest comes satisfied, and if you have any problems along the way, we are always there, ready to help! For this and many other reasons staying at Astor Hostels is the top choice for anyone exploring London on a budget!


Reception hours (24 hours)
Check-in is available from 2 pm.
Check-out is from any time until 10 am. Please ensure you check out before 10 am; otherwise, you may be charged for an extra night.
We cater for travellers between 18 and 40 years.

Proof of identification: A valid proof of ID must be shown on arrival, including a passport, driving license, and national identity cards. The property cannot accept paper driving licenses and student or employee IDs as proof of identity. Failure to show proof of ID upon arrival will result in cancellation of the reservation without a refund.

Key Card: You will be required to give us a GBP 5 key deposit for your room access card at check-in time.

Breakfast: We provide Breakfast every morning, which costs just GBP 3.
Dairy-free Milk: Coconut/soy/almond/
Regular Milk: skimmed and semi-skimmed
Juices: Orange and apple
Instant coffee, tea and hot chocolate
Cereals: granola, rice pop, choco pop, honey hoop and cornflakes
Bread: White and Wholemeal

Spreads: White and milk chocolate (Nutella style), peanut butter, regular butter, plant base/dairy-free (butter style) honey, fruit jam (strawberry, raspberry, blackcurrant and apricot) and marmite.
(Items may vary depending on availability and hostel)

Common Areas: The kitchen/dining room and common areas are all back open to enjoy a meal or meet fellow travellers (The kitchen and lounges will be shut at midnight and reopening at 8 am).


Facilities: Please be aware that our building has no lift and that you may be assigned to one of our top floors and a top bunk bed.

Events: The hostel organises events aimed at backpackers between the ages of 18-40 years.

Please note that all bookings are subject to the signing of the property's terms and conditions via a rental agreement which will be emailed to the guest following their reservation. Please note that all guests must be aged over 18. Underage guests who book will not be accommodated and will not be refunded. When booking for 12 persons or more, different policies will apply.

Luggage storage is free on the day of arrival and costs GBP 2 per bag on the day of departure. An extra fee of GBP 7.5 per bag per day applies for the days following check-out. Storage lockers for small valuables are available for GBP 2 per day. Towels are available for rent for GBP 3.

At our fantastic hostel, you will have full access to:
Free Fast Wi-Fi throughout the building
24-hour reception for anything you may need (including late check-in/early check-out)
CCTV is in operation 24 hours a day
Storage Lockers available for your valuables GBP 2 per locker per day
Laundry facilities are available 24 hours
Hairdryers and ironing facilities free to use
Beautiful lounge area with comfy sofas and an enormous projector screen for movies and sports!

Helpful Extras
Free City Maps - QR/digital to reduce paper waste
Tourist Information, walking tours and advice on local attractions and transport (24hrs)
Padlocks and Adaptors are available for sale for GBP 5 each
Discounts at local restaurants and coffee shops
Towels are available for hire at GBP 3
Printing 0.20p per sheet
Clean, crisp linen on your bed, ready to sleep on!
Late Check-Out is available to sleep in a little more until Midday (book in advance at reception)!

Please Note: For the safety of others, anyone exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19 will be unable to stay at the hostel. Therefore, we recommend you return home if travelling domestically or to use specialist self-isolation accommodation. Self-Isolation - Guests who wish to self-isolate in the hostel must do so in a private room; guests must not perform the self-isolation period if coming from abroad in shared dorms.

Reviews & Ratings

7.8
Very Good
6468 Total Reviews
  • Security
    8.6
  • Location
    8.7
  • Staff
    8.6
  • Atmosphere
    7.3
  • Cleanliness
    7
  • Value for Money
    7.3
  • Facilities
    7.1

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Latest Reviews

4.9
Rating
Feb 04, 2023
The receptionist were absolutely fantastic! However, as soon as I arrived and checked in at around 7pm none of the beds were made. After an hour the cleaner stripped and remade the beds however the next day the cleaners took all the belongings including my towel and threw them away, even though I was staying another night. The bathrooms and rooms were not cleaned properly and despite the location being amazing and the price being decent, it was a poor stay sorry.
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Female, 18-24
10
Superb
Jan 22, 2023
Good place to stay at in London, helpful and nice staff and nice for the price. My second time there and I will be back!
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Female, 25-30
8.0
Fabulous
Jan 20, 2023
I'm very happy with my stay. Calm. Clean. Very friendly staff. Nice vibe
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Male, 25-30

Facilities

  • Free

    • Linen Included
    • Free City Maps
    • Free WiFi
  • General

    • Security Lockers
    • Key Card Access
    • Common Room
    • Adaptors
    • Hot Showers
    • Self-Catering Facilities
    • Cable TV
    • Hair Dryers For Hire
    • Safe Deposit Box
    • Washing Machine
    • Covid-19 safe
  • Services

    • Internet access
    • Laundry Facilities
    • Towels for hire
    • Luggage Storage
    • 24 Hour Security
    • Housekeeping
  • Food & Drink

    • Vending Machines
    • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities

Awards

2019

1st, Lifetime Achievement Award

2019

1st, Best Small Hostel Chain

2019

3rd, Hostel Chain

2015

1st, Lifetime Achievement Award

2015

1st, Best Small Hostel Chain

2010

3rd, Hostel Chain

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Astor Kensington says

Astor Kensington won 1st Best Small hostel chain and 1st in the Lifetime achievement awards at the 2015 Hoscars!