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Gallery Hyde Park Hostel
Ranked #508 of 856 Speciality Lodging in London
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
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“Changed my perception of hostels!”
Reviewed 11 July 2014 via mobile

As my expenses budget didn't stretch as far as a London city centre hotel I opted to have a look into hostels. I haven't stayed in one since a school trip and was apprehensive about the reviews for most.

I booked one of the private en suite rooms and was given 108. This is a very light airy space with a double bed and shower bathroom.

It was very clean.

The location was also fantastic. I was working on Oxford Street and was able to get the tube from Queensway (in the street behind the hostel) on a morning then walk back through the parks (Hyde and Kensington) on an evening.

It was very safe. You need to ring a bell outside and have staff buzz you in if they know you're staying there or need to check in.

The staff were very friendly and approachable!

I had to check out on the morning but wasn't leaving til later that night and they provided a safe room for my luggage until I finished work.

My only troubles were that it was very warm so it would have been great if there's been fans to hire. Also the curtains didn't totally cover the windows so it was very bright first thing (which isn't an issue when you've to be up at 6am anyway!).

You will need to pay to hire a towel so it may be an idea to pack one!

I had planned on staying at a hotel when I visit again for fashion week and more business in September but I will definitely be back! Thank you :)

Stayed July 2014, travelled on business
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 4 July 2014 via mobile

I only stayed one night and the location of this place is awesome, directly opposite Hyde Park. Visit near Queensway station and the central line on the tube. Good restaurant strip one Street over sage and clean to walk to.
The 10 bed dorm I was in was clean and spacious and had a good feel to it. Simple bunks with no lockers but available free in reception for valuables (byo lock). Bedroom door often didn't close well so security want ideal.
The room was a front room onto the street near reception. Sadly with no curtains it was bright and noisy from the busy foot traffic. People sitting on the front step smoking were b noisy and smoke drifted in the open dorm windows which had to be open for air flow. Sounds bad but it was a good night really.
Bathroom was not amazingly clean, sloppy floor, but no timer on the shower and good hot water.
Common room was small with few seats but free wifi in rooms too. Staff in reception were v helpful and friendly.
Dining room was v small for breakfast which was simple tea/coffee/cereal/toast. Kitchen (which I didn't use) was small but seemingly well kitted and clean.
God for a cheap stay close to Kensington and city

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Reviewed 17 October 2013 via mobile

This place looks more like a creche (a lot of teenagers making a lot of noise). You pay just for bed and that's it. Shower dirty and the drain was clogged. For bfast you get only tea, coffee and toast with gem and nutella and is served only for 2 hours from 8 to 10 which is bad if your plan is to go early in the morning to visit the city

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Miami, Florida
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Reviewed 6 September 2013

My #1 complaint is that there was absolutely no cooling in the room. I was in the female 6 bedroom and it was BLAZING hot, 4 of us did not even sleep. One in the group asked about it and there were no fans available. The bathroom/shower was not cleaned properly and the facilities still need some work - 1 toilet out of order and our door wasn't closing properly while I was there. Breakfast needs improvement. On the bright side - this is a good location, the staff was friendly and the other people staying at the hostel were pretty laid back.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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David, Panama
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Reviewed 15 July 2013

Finally a hostel that is not too obsessed with being cool and offer all kinds of exiting activities!

We actually had the downstairs room with kitchen view that someone else mentioned. Granted, it was not a great view, but with a hostel I don't expect that. I liked the room as it was quiet and peaceful. A great place to rest and sleep.

The staff are super nice and helpful. They have power converters and safety lockers.

The location is also superb. Right next to hyde park and tube station for the central line.

I'm definetly staying there again.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 July 2013

We stayed here in a double room. I didn't expect much as its a hostel but it was awful! In the basement with a window looking straight into the kitchen (anyone in the kitchen could see into the room and bathroom) the bathroom door couldn't be closed because of a broken handle, the carpet needed hoovering, the bed felt like it was made of stone with hard nasty pillows. Other guests came to the kitchen in the early hours of the morning being really loud, and the drains from an upstairs bathroom ran outside the window so it was noisy and smelly. The location was really good but nothing on earth would make me stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 31 March 2013

Short version:
The 23 Hostel is undergoing refurbishment and is still unfinished - rooms shouldn't be sold to travellers until the rooms / facilities / doors etc are in working and usable condition. Rooms are not secure, breakfast needs work and hostel is not cleaned regularly.

Long version:

Good points:
The hostel is in a great location, close to 2 Tube stops on the north side of Hyde Park and on a quiet street parallel to a high street with restaurants, supermarkets and shops. The hostel itself is going to be quite nice once it is finished, rooms above ground have high ceilings and the mattresses we had were brand new.

Bad points:
*The hostel has a lot of potential but our stay started off very badly and only slightly improved. Our 4 bed dorm and the hostel in general is unfinished - screws and wheels strewn on the floor, wardobe in pieces leaning against the wall, no water in toilet so unusable, bunk bed mattresses and duvet covers still in plastic packaging. At least that means they were clean but not given proper sheets and receptionist just stole pillows from another room for us, had to unpack beds ourselves.
*The closet-sized shared bathroom (1 toilet, 1 shower) was not cleaned during our 4 night stay, floors were always wet, no toilet paper, soap or handtowel, scummy shower floor.
*Dorm rooms are not secure as some rooms do not lock from the inside and keys to the doors are not given out as a policy unless you demand them (which we did for peace of mind). Two people had things go missing (a necklace and a phone) and there was a very suspicious man at the hostel who knocked on our door early one morning and stuck his head in to see what we had in our room. He also sat in the lounge every day facing the stairs and watched everyone come and go. Staff said they couldn't do anything about him but it was very disturbing.
*The breakfast was below average (1 cereal available (bran flakes) and toast, hot milk (?), orange juice, apple juice, tea and coffee).
*We also saw one of the dorms downstairs - these feel a bit like a dungeon as the ceilings are very low and it's dark in the passageway so probably wouldn't want to stay here.
*The first receptionist we met didn't really know what she was doing but the other 2 reception staff we met were quite helpful. We did have to ask several times to get someone to fix our toilet but they did seem to be trying.

So:
We wouldn't recommend this hostel to anyone unless and until it is properly finished and things actually work. When it's finished the hostel will probably be a very nice place to stay.

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Gallery Hyde Park Hostel
Address: 23 Inverness Terrace, London W2 3JR, England (Formerly The 23 Hostel)
Region: United Kingdom > England > London > Notting Hill
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Ranked #508 of 856 Speciality Lodging in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Gallery Hyde Park Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
However long you're staying and whatever you want to accomplish, you'll find everything you need right here at Gallery Hyde Park. We are now offering: Free breakfast Free Wi-Fi throughout the entire building Free linen Free Safes 24 hour reception We are located in a newly refurbished Victorian building just two minutes walk from Queensway and Bayswater stations giving you easy access to the Central, Circle and District lines. And, most importantly, making it really easy for you to find us. What's more, the stunning Hyde Park is practically on our front door just waiting for you to explore it. We're only a few minutes from the famous Portobello Road, complete with markets, bars and restaurants. And if shopping's your thing the world-famous Oxford Street is just a short bus (24hrs) or tube ride away and so is Piccadilly Circus. When you're traveling, life rarely runs on time and a friendly face can be just what you need at two o'clock in the morning. That's why you'll find a 24-hour reception, complete with awesome, helpful receptionists. Along with free luggage storage and free safes to ensure you can enjoy your holidays on your schedules. Please note: We are a backpacker hostel and therefore cater strictly for the 18 to 35 year old age bracket only. A passport or government photo ID is required upon check in. Check-in from 14:00 Check-out by 10.30am We accept payment by cash & credit card. Cancellation policy - 48 hours. ... more   less 
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