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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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100.0%
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Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

23 August 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: This was one of the best hostels I stayed in while traveling Europe

Disliked: It's a little crowded in the rooms but isn't bad

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

Customer review

Alone

City break

22 August 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Clean and original place. Helpful staff.

Disliked: The room I stayed in was really small, it should have been a 4 bed room, not a 6.

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Mark Greig

Alone

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

18 August 2011 Mark would recommend this property

Liked: I cannot rate this hostel highly enough. I've stayed here on three successive visits to London and every time it has proved to be a brilliant place to base yourself whilst in London. It's above a pub, which is the common room for the hostel. It's not a busy pub, clean and quiet. The minute you arrive the staff offer you a drink (all soft drinks free) and there's always a bowl of some kind of sweet on the bar to lift your sugar levels. The rooms I've stayed in have always been clean and airy. There are large lockers in the dorms, you can buy a padlock or bring your own. If you're lucky you'll get a room with a balcony overlooking the Thames, directly across from the Battersea Power Station - surely the only place in London where a backpacker can stay and have a view of the Thames from his bed! Bu 24 stops right at the door of the property, 10 minutes to Trafalgar Sq. Easy access to centre but quiet at night. The bus runs 24 hours, really regularly. There's also free parking if you need it. Once again, staff are great, they really make an effort.

Disliked: That they don't have a jacuzzi.

82.9%
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Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Alessandro Di Ruscio

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

17 August 2011 Alessandro would recommend this property

Liked: Nice and cosy hostel! Near the centre and with close bus stop and tube.

Disliked: Breakfast not so complete.

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Maria Sole Favetti

Alone

Sightseeing & culture
Work / volunteering

16 August 2011 Maria Sole would recommend this property

Liked: Cleanliness, good pub and good food, location, music in the weekend, and bus stop closed to the hostel.

Disliked: Nothing

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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Partying / nightlife

15 August 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: nice place and very good pub

Disliked: a bit far from the tube but close to the bus stop

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Maria Sole Favetti

Alone

Sightseeing & culture
Work / volunteering

10 August 2011 Maria Sole would recommend this property

Liked: The hostel is nice and clean, there is a good pub with music on weekends, and you can eat delicious Thai and British food . The location is good, quite but not far away from Victoria station and the city centre. I chose it because of the 24 bus stop right in front of the hostel, it is really useful. The general vibe is really good.

Disliked: Nothing really.

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Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Events / festivals
Sightseeing & culture

31 July 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The staff is so great, they did me a special favor and let me sleep in the lenin room becuase all of London was sold out. Big thanks to the Travel Joy staff. Also great location very close to the awesome Sloane Square and VA museum, magnificiant!

Disliked: flawless.

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Margot Van Den Biesen

With friends / other travellers

City break
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

30 July 2011 Margot would recommend this property

Liked: When we arrived we could settle down immediatly and we got a free drink. The staff was very helpfull and there was a pleasant atmosphere. I loved our stay there! We could get everywhere very easily with the tube and the bus. that bus drove 24 hours long. It was fantastic! I would recommend this hostel to everyone.

Disliked: The showers were too soft, it was hard to get all of the shampoo out of my hair.

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

Customer review

Alone

Business / conference
Sightseeing & culture

23 July 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Free (non-alcoholic) drinks in the pub downstairs. Free on the counter next to the check in (in the pub). Free wifi in the pub downstairs. Friendly staff. Linen, towels, etc. included. Lockers in the rooms (although only 6 in a 10-bed room. but there's more in the hallway, and I never had a problem with not having a place to keep my things) Quite affordable considering it's in London. Great location. You can get most places on the 24 bus which stops right outside, and the tube station is only a 10 minute walk, if that. Quiet, safe neighborhood. Enough showers and toilets. Toilet paper etc. Consistently stocked with soap, toilet paper, etc. Towel/mats on the floor outside the showers. Free ear plugs in a dispenser in the hallway.

Disliked: Room 6 is pretty cramped. It's hard to get in and out without bumping the beds near the door. After staying there for five nights, room 8 seemed palatial despite having the same number of beds. (These were the two 10-bed female-only dorms). I did have to move once (though I was here for a week, so only one move is pretty good). The beds are a bit creaky, so it's hard to come in quietly after people are asleep, especially when on the top bunk. One of the shower doors didn't latch (but there are curtains between the door and the shower, so it's not too bad). One of the showers was only hand-held, since the thing to put it in on the wall was broken (I did find a way to get it up while rinsing my hair, but it was kind of tricky). It was loud one evening (I think Friday) because of music in the pub. Normally, though, you couldn't hear the pub from the rooms. And even that night it stopped being loud at 11 or so. Once one of the staff who came in to show someone to their bed turned on the light even though we were already asleep. Normally, though, they try to be quiet and don't turn on lights.

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

CHUN KHAN LEE

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

20 July 2011 CHUN KHAN would recommend this property

Liked: nice and clean. well done! recommend for the backpackers, as the bus no.24 can reach most of the tourist spot and it is 24 hours operating!

Disliked: limited shower and WC. but understandable with a dorm type. not 24 hours online service, but still acceptable.

97.1%
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Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

15 July 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Awesome hostel, great staff always willing to help you out with whatever you need, will be recommending all my friends from home stay here when they visit

Disliked: not alot to dislike, has its own thai kictchen great food, cheap beers and a great feel about the place.

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Customer review

Alone

Business / conference

13 July 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Great experience!

Disliked: everything is fine.

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

Customer review

Alone

Visiting friends or family

08 July 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Quality of Staff. Cleanliness. Price. location.

Disliked: It seems a bit isolated at dark, rainy nights.

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

Kathrine Dela

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

04 July 2011 Kathrine would recommend this property

Liked: Love how friendly and helpful the staff is -especially John who is the Director. Also offers a decent breakfast and it's nice that they offer free (non-alcoholic) drinks. The 24 bus also stops right in front which is convenient.

Disliked: In a fairly quiet area, so not much happening in the neighborhood.

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

Md Redzuan Zoolfakar

Alone

City break

04 July 2011 Md Redzuan would recommend this property

Liked: Good

Disliked: Nil

74.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 40% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 80%

Sonja Rehme

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

03 July 2011 Sonja would recommend this property

Liked: staff was very friendly. Each day you get a free drink

Disliked: Rooms far too small. Had problems getting in my bed, had to squeeze myself through the ladder and the bed post

45.7%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 20% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 40% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 40%

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

02 July 2011

Liked: Free drink definitely is a good thing, but the bar closes too early (like 12AM/1AM) so you can't take too much advantage from it.

Disliked: The lower deck bed provides incredibly small space. You will be very likely to hurt your head when you get up (or head up). I can't see the reason why they set it so slow...maybe that prevents us from staying in the room too long, thus lowering housekeeping cost.

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

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

28 June 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Very friendly staff, they couldn't help enough. Good services too.

Disliked: Location.

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Orsolya Szommer

With friends / other travellers

City break
Sightseeing & culture

27 June 2011 Orsolya would recommend this property

Liked: Very friendly and helpful staff providing map and direction to where we want to go. Close to any major attraction from the Northern part of Thames: Victoria station 15 mins, Trafalgar square 35-40 mins by foot. Food is great. There is a pool table and football table in the bar.

Disliked: Bar closes early: 11.00pm 12.00pm. Rooms are quite crowded.

62.9%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 80%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

27 June 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Location

Disliked: Cleanliness

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edward phipps

Alone

Events / festivals

25 June 2011 edward would recommend this property

Liked: location was excellent-right across from battersea power station-a good landmark if u get lost,staff were very friendly and helpful and a really nice vibe going on

Disliked: nothing whatsoever-it was 100 per cent awesome

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Customer review

Alone

Events / festivals

23 June 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: I arrived after midnight at the hostel, the staff gave me the code through e-mail, so that I could enter the hostel safe and sound.

Disliked: nothing

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

Customer review

Alone

Business / conference

19 June 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The service

Disliked: The location

77.1%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break

13 June 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: location, price, possibility to stay 1 night only

Disliked: breakfast, 6 beds in 8 square meters;) everything is possible


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