By Hollie Lowes

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I have been to many, many different hostels in London and by personal experience; it is difficult to find the right hostel and location you would like to be. London has so many different personalities to it, let alone trying to find an affordable central spot. Well I have to say: I found it. Astor Museum cannot come more recommended. It’s central, affordable with an amazing atmosphere to back it up. Here is a run down of all things that matter when choosing a hostel and what Astor Museum has to offer.

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Location/ Price

Astor Museum is easily one of the best-located hostels in all of London. It is physically right next to the British Museum and in the middle of 3 tube stations within a 5 minute walk (Holborn, Russell Square & Tottenham Court). London is huge which means you are bound to need a tube at one point or another but this hostel is so central that there are many different areas and sights you can go to within walking distance.

 

Security

When you walk up to Astor Museum, you immediately see a blue door in a wave of red doors. To your left hand side, you must be rang in or use your room key to gain access. If that’s not already enough, you must go through a second door where you use a code they provide you with once you check in.

 

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Staff/ Atmosphere

Once I was rang in, the first thing I see is the receptionist, Iago, helping a girl with her bag to the luggage room downstairs. I am immediately impressed with him going beyond his job duties to help. When it comes time to check-in, he is helpful, informative and tells me about all the spots to go in London on the free map they provided. From that time forward, Iago knew my name every time I walked in.

Once I finished checking in with Iago, Medo, another staff just hanging out next to reception, immediately invited me to come hangout with everyone tonight to watch Game of Thrones. I told him I’m behind a season, he said no problem, they can do any episode! The next day he invited me to the event of the night, drinking games in the downstairs kitchen. But you are not forced to go and do anything you don’t want to. For the lazy (me 50% of the time), there’s a room to hangout in with Netflix and Play Station, for the energetic (me the other 50% of the time): they have a board at the front for every activity they have for each night. Plenty of ways to meet people, there’s really never a time you feel left out with these staff!

 

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Amenities

Among having the best Wi-Fi I’ve seen at a hostel (I was watching Netflix in my room on the this), Astor Museum has many other options. A television with Netflix and Play Station, a computer, lockers in both the rooms and reception, a full kitchen with complimentary tea and coffee all day, continental breakfast (all they ask is for a donation to the charity they are helping), a free to use luggage room, the list goes on! Astor Museum really makes an effort to make you at home which is exactly why I always choose medium-sized hostels!

 

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All in all, there’s no doubt about it, I will be visiting Astor Museum again. The best hostel I have seen in London!

 

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