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Reviews of Travel Joy Hostels

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

89.8% Overall Rating

495 out of 530 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (15/04/2015)

Ingigerdur Osk Gunnarsdottir thinks…

"It was full of character, looks like a pub from the outside. Inside, the dining/lounge area is really spacious. The 6-bed dorm we stayed in was very clean, had a balcony and best of all, two seperate…"

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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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89.8%

Overall Rating

495 out of 530 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Travel Joy Hostels'

Atmosphere
92.8%
Location
85.6%
Facilities
88.0%
Cleanliness
84.8%
Staff
96.8%
Value
89.6%
Safety
91.2%
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Ryan Stephens

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

11 July 2013 Ryan would recommend this property

Liked: Comfortable beds; clean sheets; clean bathroom stocked with hand soap, body wash, and shampoo; incredibly awesome bar underneath with unbelievable staff. All non-alcoholic drinks are free at bar if you stay at hostel.

Disliked: The curtains in the room are light-coloured and thin. The sun comes through and wakes you up early.

100.0%
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Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

30 June 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: It was close to the metro stop and there was a bus stop right outside the hotel. The staff was friendly and helpful and the drinks provided during the day were a nice touch.

Disliked: The windows in our room were single pane and sometimes didn't sound like they were shut all the way and didn't keep a lot of noise out

97.1%
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Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

29 June 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Excellent atmosphere and VERY welcoming staff. Much more friendly and helpful then previous hostels I've stayed at.

Disliked: Location wasn't absolutely prime but the the view was quite good and only a thirty minute walk from major monuments. Really everything was practically perfect though

97.1%
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Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

23 June 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Very good location. Good breakfast. friendly staff, free drinks( water, juice, coffee and soft drink areFREE:)Don't have to go market to buy water!!)

Disliked: Wifi is 1 pound

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

jenny fu

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

14 June 2013 jenny would recommend this property

Liked: close to the bus stop and 5mins walk from the tube. the hostel is in a nice old pub. good free breakfast with omelettes. lockers available.

Disliked: have to pay £1 per day for wifi.

97.1%
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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break
Partying / nightlife
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

01 June 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Everything was Awesome!

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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

Samet Özcan

Alone

Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

30 May 2013 Samet would recommend this property

Liked: staff was very helpful. the athmosphere is nice.

Disliked: beds are very uncomfortable!!

88.6%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Shawn Tobin

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

20 May 2013 Shawn would recommend this property

Liked: Great location! Staff were friendly and patient.

Disliked: Shower pressure was not the greatest and the 12 person room was a little small/awkward but manageable.

60.0%
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Location - 60% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

18 May 2013

Liked: Friendliness of the staff nice location and balconies

Disliked: lack of cleanliness of the bar cleanliness of the incredible small shared rooms payed wifi when was advertised that it was free

65.7%
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Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Sightseeing & culture

12 May 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Very nice location and a very cute bar on the ground floor.

Disliked: The price (we had a twin bedroom at an off season period). I guess one pays the "london" location more than the facilities.

97.1%
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Keisha Hanbury

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

07 May 2013 Keisha would recommend this property

Liked: The staff are fantastic, they make you feel very welcome. Rooms have secure lockers and there are security measures to get into the dorms and room, always felt very safe. Free breakfast was great, the best omelettes I've ever eaten! Good selection of juice, cereal, toast, yoghurt etc. Central location, 20 minute walk to Big Ben/Parliament Square/London Eye or straight bus outside hostel to all main attractions. I will definitely be staying here again.

Disliked: Nothing!

97.1%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

xavier Lavayssere

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

27 April 2013 xavier would recommend this property

Liked: An ancient pub with caractere, a friendly and helpful staff, bathrooms in the rooms, great breakfast, concerts on Friday, terraces.. Everything is done to make you feel welcome, to relax, and to enjoy your stay. During my stay in London I tried a few hostels with 80 something grades. If you look for a warm place, not an usine for drunk teenagers trying to rip you off, this is your choice.

Disliked: With this much style in the common area, rooms could gain from more elaborated paintings and decoration.

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Stephanie Orive

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

23 April 2013 Stephanie would recommend this property

Liked: This was the first hostel we have ever stayed in and we found it outstanding! The staff were extremely helpful and went above and beyond to help us out when we needed advice. They also let us use their phone. The breakfast is great; cereal, toast, omelettes and pancakes! For free! The wifi is excellent in the common area and in the rooms. Free soft drinks, juice and tea and coffee at the Bar anytime you like. We felt really safe and welcomed. Not really a party hostel, but you can book pub crawls from the staff.

Disliked: You could feel the springs in the mattress, but I stil slept fine.

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

20 April 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The free breakfast with omelettes, free drinks, free wi-fi, free towel and linen. The atmosphere in this hostel was great! The staff was really welcoming and friendly. Can definitely recommend to everybody! Terveiset suomalaiselle työntekijälle, oli mukava tutustua:)

Disliked: No kitchen, only a microwave and a small fridge.

100.0%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Yasmin Burtally

With friends / other travellers

Work / volunteering

14 April 2013 Yasmin would recommend this property

Liked: Excellent amenities and location was perfect. Very good value for money, and loved the live music downstairs in the pub.

Disliked: Nothing!

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

DIMITRIOS DIMITRIADIS

Alone

City break

13 April 2013 DIMITRIOS would recommend this property

Liked: This hostel lives up to its name: great atmosphere, it's on the river Thames at a very nice area with friendly staff. very good showers and basin in rooms.they also give you a free towel.

Disliked: small room. not much space for luggage.Dirty and untidy beds

91.4%
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Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Partying / nightlife
Visiting friends or family

10 April 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Good bar, fun weekend nights, friendly atmosphere to meet people. Awesome breakfast.

Disliked: Room size was small, but I guess that's typical for London. Lockers could be a bit more sturdy as my one couldn't handle the weight of the bag on top, so it was quite a mission to lock my locker. 3 sets of door pins to keep with you, so it takes a while to get into your room after a late night. But the good parts about the hostel more than outweigh these minor issues.

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

Christopher Burdick

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

10 April 2013 Christopher would recommend this property

Liked: I really like this place. I've stayed here before about a year ago (the manager recognized me!) and I'm glad I came back. The free breakfast is excellent - a huge step above the regular toast & cereal, adding hard boiled eggs and fresh prepared omelets. There's a mini-fridge and microwave to use. The rooms are nice and have free lockers (with your own lock,) free (non-alcoholic) drinks all day, great staff, good wifi (with one caveat, read below,) staff play good music in the pub downstairs, and it's well-connected via public transport. The beds have a curtain, which is nice for privacy and sleep quality. Free towel, and the showers are good (they have adjustable temperature and stay on without having to push a button every 10 seconds.)

Disliked: It's not in a great location, but it is well connected via a bus just outside the hostel or if you're willing to walk. The wifi wouldn't let me fetch mail on my iPhone, which is weird, but allowed everything else and was reasonably quick. The hostel is above a pub - the norm for London it seems, which is fine but it closes at midnight, meaning there's no common area after 12 - you have to go to bed or leave the place. The rooms (at least mine) lacked power outlets - pretty normal for an older place like this. No kitchen but a microwave and mini fridge, which is more than most places without kitchens can say. A few negatives among a load of positives. Stay here.

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break

07 April 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: - free wifi - free soft drinks - location

Disliked: nothing really, we had a good stay

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

Customer review

Alone

City break

03 April 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: free soft drinks and juices

Disliked: the bar was a bit isolating -- perhaps because of the arrangement of couches and chairs... Shower did not have warm water in the morning...

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

Customer review

Alone

Events / festivals

02 April 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: A lovely area, ideal transport, nice relaxed atmosphere, very English. Great staff. The pub is cosy to hang around. Good service with food and drinks.

Disliked: The bunk beds. Was a bit sleeping like in a doubledecker bus shaking easily by another sleeper. Cold in the room but fortunately managed to have an extra blanket. In the dorm relatively little space to lockers there's always someone at the same time. The shower room upstairs icy with a broken window. No toilet in the room only a shower with low pressure water.

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

Customer review

With a large group / tour

City break
Sightseeing & culture
Work / volunteering

02 April 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Nice pub, good atmosphere and good food availability.

Disliked: Unclear bunk assignments in shared rooms. Came back to find someone else sleeping in my bunk on several occasions.

94.3%
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Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Choi Ching Lai

With my spouse / partner

Sightseeing & culture

29 March 2013 Choi Ching would recommend this property

Liked: Great to have free drinks provided anytime. Stuff are friendly and helpful.

Disliked: There are few shower rooms and toilets. Not very clean in the common area.

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

Yun-Ting Lee

Alone

Events / festivals

28 March 2013 Yun-Ting would recommend this property

Liked: It's clean and the food was good. Staffs are very nice.

Disliked: Yun-Ting left no negative feedback.

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

27 March 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The staff was very helpful, the atmosphere was very nice and the hostel had excellent location - only 20 minutes by foot from Victoria Coach Station

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.


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