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Whilst wandering around Holland Park in 1974, noticing the abundance of backpackers sitting in doorways with nowhere to stay, Alan Rivers, and partner at the time Simon Lofts had the idea of starting the first independent Youth Hostel, and the rest as they say is history!
With the UK in recession, and little prospect in the property market, we decided to open a youth hostel, says Alan Rivers, Chairman and Founder. We didn’t have a clue what we were doing back then, but that was all part of the fun!
Through four decades Astor Hostels has grown from strength to strength, having occupied more than 30 sites in West and Central London, and a summer project in Portugal, where Alan and the team took over a school to create a 600-bed hostel for four years.
Now, Alex Rivers, son of the chairman has taken over and the baton of history has been passed on to the next generation. Having grown up around Astor staff for as long as I can remember, I have become accustomed to the roaring parties and eccentric characters. Alex hopes to continue to grow the company, and the list of people who have stayed, worked, lived, and been touched by Astor Hostels.
In October 2014 Astor Hostels celebrated 40 years with an amazing party at the 20th Century Theatre in Notting Hill with the whole past and present Astor Family. It was an important milestone for the Company so it had to be celebrated in great style. You can take a look at a small video of that night by clicking here.