Astor Hyde Park Hostel, London
This gorgeous, award-winning hostel with free Wi-Fi is just steps from Hyde Park in central London.
Housed in a historic building full of light and character, the Astor Hyde Park Hostel offers 28 private rooms and shared dorms, the vast majority of which feature en suite bathrooms. All come with free Wi-Fi, fans, heating and free bed linen (towels for hire), while private rooms also have tea- and coffee-making facilities. Grab an adapter or a padlock for your locker for a small deposit from reception, or borrow a hairdryer or iron free of charge.
Guests can prepare their own meals in the shared kitchen and enjoy them in the airy dining room, or tuck into an all-you-can-eat breakfast, the proceeds of which benefit charity. The spacious lounge is a great place to watch films and sports on the big screen projector with your fellow travellers. The friendly staff at the 24-hour reception will provide you with a free city map and inform you of the daily activities the hostel offers.
Within an easy 15-minute walk, you'll find the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Natural History Museum, plus the Gloucester Road and South Kensington tube stations to whisk you off to other top London attractions.
Astor Hyde Park Hostel: Location and transport
Bus (various lines): opposite.
Underground: Gloucester Road and South Kensington (Circle, District, and Piccadilly lines), both 965 metres.