Hostel Review: A Stay at Astor Kensington
One of my favorite areas of London to stay is the sweet spot right between Notting Hill, Paddington and the Oxford Street shopping area. It's called Bayswater and it rightfully is served by the Bayswater tube station, with Queensway stop right near by as well. Across the street is Hyde Park for a lovely walk, and within a quick tube, bus or brisk walk, you can find yourself in a vibrant and exciting part of London.
And the best place to stay 'round these part? Astor Kensington Hostel! This lovely accommodation is tucked away on a quiet street within a few minutes walk of transportation and food. When you walk into the building, you're greeted by a wall full of currencies from all over the world, which is great to know you're in such a multicultural hub.
The front desk workers were all so friendly and accommodating as I checked in and even as I entered and exited each day, I got a happy hello and goodbye. It's little things like this that are always nice to have to make a stay much better. There was construction and painting going on during my stay, but I could tell that it was to make the hostel even better.
I spent the first few nights in a 4-bed room. which is always a struggle as I get older to sleep alongside other people who aren't exactly the best at being respectful of the needs of the room, but at least the bed was comfortable and I had earplugs and an eye mask so I could sleep a little more soundly until I got to transfer to a private room.
Once I got to the private room, I felt like I was in heaven. It was so nice to just lay down on a bed and enjoy my own space, which I rarely get to when I travel. The room was so cute and had the most adorable London pillows, some tea for when you needed a cuppa, and a nice roomy bathroom for a much-needed shower.
I admit I didn't get a chance to go for breakfast this time around since I usually missed it because I had to get up and leave in the mornings for plans, but Astor Kensington has a similar scheme to their other branches, where you pay £1 for breakfast and the money goes to charity. You can see a bit more of what their breakfasts are like from my review of their Hyde Park location.
This particular private room was also on the top floor, so it had a great view and I could catch a glowing sunset at night falling over London. And up at the top, it felt a little more detached from the hubbub of the city below, and therefore quite peaceful for a nice rest. And of course, for us millennials who always need to be connected, the wifi was super fast and easy to connect to.
The prices are extremely inexpensive with rooms starting at £15 per night (that's like really cheap for London, believe me). You can book directly through their site and use the code ASTORLUV for 10% off your entire stay! If you're hoping to get some time in the city and need a perfectly located hostel for a stay, I wholeheartedly suggest Astor Kensington.
Disclaimer: I was a guest of Astor Hostels. All opinions are my own.