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Hostel | The King William IV, 111 Grosvenor Road, London, England SW1V 3LG

88.7% Overall Rating

484 out of 519 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (09/06/2014)

"The staff is very nice and helpful, everything is well organized, the location is perfect, the rooms are clean, very nice bar downstairs"

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Facilities

  • Bar
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Car Parking
  • No curfew
  • Currency Exchange
  • Free city tour
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Restaurant
  • Safety deposit
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Washing machines
  • Laundry service
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • ATM / cash machine
  • Bar(s)
  • Café
  • Internet access in public areas
  • Internet café
  • Outside area

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Breakfast
  • Linen
  • Towel

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88.7%

Overall Rating

484 out of 519 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Travel Joy Hostels'

Atmosphere
91.2%
Location
86.4%
Facilities
85.6%
Cleanliness
83.2%
Staff
96.8%
Value
88.0%
Safety
89.6%
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60.0%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Work / volunteering

24 March 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The thai menu on offer is excellent. the chef was more than happy to cater for my needs (the food was just spot on). the free drinks is also a bonus and helped to save money.

Disliked: There is VERY limited space in the shower cubicles to shower and then be able to get dressed afterwards with getting everything you have wet. As I was in am mixed room I did not feel comfortable getting fully changed and would have liked just a few more inches without having to stand back in the shower. Also the shower pressure went on and off so at one point I wasn't sure if I was going to get water to fully wash the soap suds away... Also not the fault of the hostel but between a large group of 16+ spanish kids and a very old bloke who snored louder than I have ever heard throughout the entire night on the bunk below me I only managed about an hours sleep in total... But I'm afraid this did not help my experience of the hostel (sorry)

82.9%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

22 March 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: lots of room downstairs to relax & use internet, free soft drinks, able to buy meals on-site

Disliked: two different type-in codes to access building and room was annoying - key or keycard system would have been better, needed to buy padlock for lockers (did not understand why not take a deposit and give refund on return of padlock), staircase access to rooms awkward, serviced by 24hr bus but a location close to tube instead may have offered quicker time to get to centre of town

68.6%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 40% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 80%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break
Sightseeing & culture

21 March 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: You get free soft drinks and coffee throughout your whole stay and the location is great because there's a bus going down town 24/7.

Disliked: Unfortunately, the bathroom wasn't very clean. I don't know if it's always like that, though.

85.7%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

19 March 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Great place to stay, but be aware it's a few minutes from the tube. Also, you might have your beds switched with another's.

Disliked: The bed system is dysfunctional. My bed was double booked. But on the bright side, there was another free bed. This happens often, but they do have a bed for everyone regardless.

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

15 March 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Everything

Disliked: Nothing

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

BOGDAN VOICU

Alone

Work / volunteering

10 March 2011 BOGDAN would recommend this property

Liked: free wi fi,coffee and sky sport....

Disliked: nothing ,all ok

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Fernanda Leite

With friends / other travellers

Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

09 March 2011 Fernanda would recommend this property

Liked: This is a great place to stay whenever you go to London..Great staff, very helpful for whatever you need! We have free soft drinks during the day, internet facilities and a open pub at night for those who won't bother going out to have a drink!

Disliked: We've got to admit that the hostel is a bit far from the center..But this is not a huge problem as there is a 24 hour bus stop right in front of the hostel!

48.6%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 40% Facilities - 20% Safety - 80%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 40%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

06 March 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Free non alcoholic drinks any time at the bar. It's cheap.

Disliked: The reception is located in the bar. There is nowhere to chillout besides in the bar. If it's busy there's nowhere to side. The bar doesn't open until 8:15am, so if you get up early, you can only sit in your dorm or outside. The service was slow as the staff have to bounce between the bar and reception. Twice i ordered a drink and had to ask for it again later because the guy forgot.

82.9%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break
Visiting friends or family

03 March 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Location

Disliked: nothing

91.4%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Visiting friends or family
Work / volunteering

03 March 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The staff at Travel Joy Hostels were so welcoming, friendly and helpful. Breakfast was great and free coffee and soft drinks all day was a really nice touch. I would definately stay here again and recommend it to friends.

Disliked: The only point for improvement would be to have a kitchen available for guests.

85.7%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Marek Putera

Alone

Sightseeing & culture
Work / volunteering

26 February 2011 Marek would recommend this property

Liked: It was nice stay for me, friendly and good position for London walking. Interesting: the river :-)

Disliked: Not directly dislike but kitschen would by fine. But this is not a minus for me, because the service is good.

88.6%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

24 February 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Very delicious fish and chips, good atmosphere, helpful staff.

Disliked: Showers and toilets.

68.6%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 60%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

23 February 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Price

Disliked: location

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Carlena Payne

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

20 February 2011 Carlena would recommend this property

Liked: There's free coffee and soft-drinks all day every day for guests of the hostel. The free use of a REAL towel was a bonus considering most hostels charge for towels (travel towels just aren't the same!). There was always a nice hot shower available. The bar downstairs is fairly quiet, but its a nice relaxed atmosphere and the Thai food was yummy. Even the wi-fi was trouble-free, unheard of!

Disliked: My bed on the first night (bed 8F) was too short and the mattress too thin for a comfortable night's sleep, but I was able to switch beds without a problem the next day. Also beware if you have a lot of luggage - the staircases are steep and narrow (but you have the option of leaving stuff in the storage room)

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Shopping
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

07 February 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: I truly recommend this place for everyone! Great people around :)

Disliked: -

25.7%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 20% Facilities - 20% Safety - 20%
Location - 40% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 40%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

02 February 2011

Liked: To be honest northing was great, it was dirty and the staff was not friendly.

Disliked: As above and the reception was right at the bar, didn;t like that. the staff was not helpful, and for early checkouts there was no service, i was told someone will be there at 7 no one was there.

88.6%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

29 January 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Great location, very easy to get around, expecially with the 24hr bus right on the door. Good sized room, with plenty of lockers, 2 showers and a toilet in our room, and a private balcony! Free tea/coffee/juice was great. This place has a very comfortable, relaxed feel. Nice and quiet and everyone was very considerate. Plus the thai food that they serve here is brilliant and well priced!

Disliked: Doesnt have an appropriate sized wash room for clothing, and there is no kitchen facilities, which is annoying if you want to save money by bring your own food.

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Monika Nováková

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

21 January 2011 Monika would recommend this property

Liked: great location - really near to Victoria station (station for bus from Luton airport) and from underground station Pimlico, near to Bib Ben, Trafalgar Squere, Tate Britain, on the other side V&A Museum, Saatchi gallery, Hyde park, simly good breakfast (toast bread, cereals, marmelades, juices, milk, tea, coffee)

Disliked: narrow stairs - i had a problem with my luggage to go there, it´s not so important, but you should to know it, if you will have the bigger one ;-)

77.1%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
City break
Events / festivals
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

21 January 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: location is very good.

Disliked: don't have a 24h lounge and kitchen facilities.

85.7%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Wadim Rjats

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

18 January 2011 Wadim would recommend this property

Liked: Location is great, nice staff

Disliked: it takes a few minutes to adjust water temperature in a shower and even then you can easily get burned if somebody flushes the toilet behind the wall, stairs are too narrow, but it's quite common in old buildings. Breakfast is just toasts with butter or jam and drinks, no eggs or cheese

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Eleanore Clarke

Alone

Business / conference
City break
Shopping

18 January 2011 Eleanore would recommend this property

Liked: Its Irish owned, which translates to a friendly welcome and a friendly, laid back atmosphere. There is a policy of free soft drinks which is a welcome bonus. The Thai restaurant on site has excellent food at very reasonable prices. The 24 bus stop is outside the door and very convenient to all tourist attractions. The international staff are very friendly and helpful, if english isn't your first language theres a good chance that one of the staff can translate for you.. how does it get any better than that?

Disliked: nothing

80.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Dominique Croteau

With friends / other travellers

City break
Sightseeing & culture

18 January 2011 Dominique would recommend this property

Liked: Staff, pub, food, room felt secure - would have liked to stay more than overnite

Disliked: Accessability of taxis (hit & miss) , washrooms left something to be desired, room set up awkward

71.4%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 60% Facilities - 80% Safety - 60%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Louis Marfels

Alone

Work / volunteering

08 January 2011 Louis would recommend this property

Liked: Good value, free softdrinks all day long, free wifi, sufficient breakfast (toast + jam, cereals, juices, coffee, tea), pub with good food attached, no waiting time for showers or toilets, pimlico tube 10 minutes footwalk away, free towels and bedsheets

Disliked: downstairs toilet cleanliness, snoring roommates (not to blame the yh for, but i didnt have any sleep in the night), quite noisy (also by night) and illuminated road next to hostel (grosvenor road)

65.7%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break

07 January 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Excellent value for the money. Decent facilities. Rooms not overcrowded. Free breakfast.

Disliked: Mixup where my bed got turned over even though I didn't check out. Seems to be some confusion around bed assignments.

74.3%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

03 January 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Fine atmosphere.

Disliked: Not enough bathrooms available in the morning. Showers are a bit like dungeons.


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