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Very confortable, convenient in location because as well it is not in the middle of the center of London, it has a bus stop in it door.
Their owners are very kindly and in the hostel you can rest well at night but if you want you can enjoy the company as well, and if you're lucky like me, listen a band which has played very good covers. However, if you wanted to be asleep it does not hear anything.
I stayed at Travel Joy Hostel in April 2010. The thing that impressed me the most about the hostel was the friendly, helpful staff. They really made my stay, so much so that, on the way back, I stayed there again!
The negatives about the hostel were the rickedy beds. The first time I stayed there, I got a top bunk. There only was a bar on one side (it's a good thing that I don't move a lot when I sleep!) and on the other side was a gap before the wall, so I could have easily fallen off the bed. It made me nervous.
The sheets were scrupulously clean and the comforter was warm. The bathrooms were decently clean, but the shower drain clogged once and water spilled everywhere. I liked the modern decor everywhere. Also, the hostel seemed to be in a perpetual state of construction. They must be doing some remodling. The showers and toilets were pretty nice.
The hostel has internet facilities. I didn't need to use laundry facilities so I didn't check to see if they had any. The computers are pretty quick, which is nice, because you don't always get that!
The hostel has a bar that is pretty much always open, so you can get a pint whenever you want. The Thai restaurant opens at 6 PM. The food was pretty good- not fantastic- but good enough for a hostel restaurant. By the way, stay away from pear cider (bad, bad headache)! The free breakfast in the morning was good, but began a little late, not until 8:30. That is fine of you are just sightseeing, but if you have to catch an early flight (mine was at noon), then you can't eat breakfast! Just so you know, it takes two hours to get to Heathrow from this hostel, so budget your commute to the airport accordingly.
The hostel is located on the Victoria line of the tube, which is a pretty good line. I found it easy to get from place to place using both the tube and the bus. The popular 24 bus goes right passed the hostel. To get to the hostel, you go to Pimlico Station. It is about a half hour walk to get to the hostel along the Thames, but you seem to do a lot of walking in London, anyway. Just make sure that you have a well-made backpack for walking a bit!
And that's it. Oh, I should mention that the hostel isn't wheelchair accessable. So if you have physical handicaps, know that you will have to walk up a couple slightly narrow flights of stairs to get to your room. Maybe it would be better to go somewhere that has a lift?
I have moved over to the UK from Australia and I have been staying at Travel Joy Hostel for a while now because I have got work near by and have been looking for a place to live. It is a really good hostel and the staff are really friendly and helpful n it is real clean. My favourite part is that the showers stay on and you don't have to push a button to make it turn on......
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111 Grosvenor Road Pimlico
Travel Joy Hostels is a relaxed and chilled-out hostel which focuses on personal service. We are the only London hostel overlooking the river. Were extremely centrally located between Chelsea and The Houses of Parliament.We provide free tea/coffee/soft drinks to residents at all times, free linen/towels, free earplugs, free sweets, Wi-Fi in the entire building and free continental breakfast. There are no hidden costs. There is bicycle dock and a 24-hour bus outside the door that goes every ten minutes to Victoria Station, Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Soho, Oxford Street and Camden. We have a Thai and European restaurant on-site as well as a tour- and theatre-tickets desk.We have PCs in the lounge area which can be accessed for a small fee.We also exchange at no commission and no spread. We just take the rate from xe.com. (As such, we are the best place to exchange in the UK).Our other facilities include a postal service, card phones, a washing machine/dryer, iron/ironing board, hair dryers, on-street parking and free luggage storage.Our large bar below the hostel is a great place to relax and socialise, with guest drink specials. You can also BBQ on our terrace or hang out in our common room. Our building offers all modern facilities and guests can feel very safe and comfortable.We can assure you that your stay with Travel Joy Hostels Chelsea will be enjoyable and relaxing and give you a wonderful taste of Central London.We have Free Salsa Classes on Wednesdays, an Open Mic Night on Fridays and Live Music on Saturdays where you can take the stage and show your talent. We also have deals with the major London nightclubs and various pub crawl operators.
Guests must take their designated beds.
* The Customer Satisfaction score is based on a combination of ratings from Travellerspoint and external websites. The score of 85% for this property is based on ratings provided by 269 guests.