The first day when I arrived at Astor Hyde Park Hostel I was in a huge hurry to check-in and get going to my first event. I was happy that the hostel was only a 10 minute walk from Gloucester Road tube station. The staff were friendly from the get-go and super helpful with any question I had. (I had many.) Hyde Park hostel is in an absolutely gorgeous Victorian townhouse, and still maintains many of the original features. Right away it didn’t feel like a normal hostel, and I am still really impressed that such affordable accommodation is possible in this area of London.The next morning I was able to start exploring the hostel further, beginning with breakfast in the basement. The breakfast/lounge room is a really fun space. There is a foosball table, comfy seating, and amazing London themed murals and art pieces on the walls. It has a bright energy, regardless of the time of day, and always seemed to be buzzing with conversation and friendly faces. I worked at the tables in the room on several occasions, and though I had a few issues connecting to the wifi, it is free and worked fine the majority of the time.The rooms themselves were clean, with en-suite bathrooms. The beds were comfortable and linen is provided. Basic, but very nice. There are also lockers beneath the bunks, and you can get a padlock from the front desk free of charge. Towels are available for hire (I needed one!) and only cost £2 plus a £3 deposit which you get back on check-out. The floors underneath the bunks were a little dusty, so be sure not to put your clothing directly in the locker if you don’t like grey.The shower and toilet rooms were en-suite, but separate, which is really awesome when you have six people in your room! No complaints. There are also washers and dryers available for use, and soap is available at the front desk for a small charge. They seemed to work just fine, and my clothes definitely smelled much better after!