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Headed off to a boat cruse up the Thames (pronounced tames) and decided to stay on and check out Greenwich. It was dark and driery so didn't take many photos, bought some postcard and will do some creative Photoshop later.
Came back to the Tower of London and thought it would all be about …
Woke up with the news of gale force winds in Scotland, did I leave something at home, how long would it take me to get there, can I hire windsurfer? All easy to organise but how I would have to explain this to Julie - I think I will forget this plan. Plus having to much fun being a tourist.
We caught 4 trains to Portobello markets, on the map …
We are just about to start our 2nd day in London. Yesterday was what typical tourist would do- arrive at Heathrow at 5am. Juilie wanted to ask everyone that walked past "where do we go from here, am I doing this right , are we standing at the right bagage carousel"? Where as I was the opposite- "I know were to go, Ive done this before, trust me I …
I do not know if it is my age, or the fact that I had spent so long on a plane on Friday, but the 14 hour flight to London was one of the toughest flights I have ever taken. By the time we finally collapsed into our Base2Stay hotel in Kensington I felt too exhausted even to eat. This morning I felt much more civilised after a decent 7 hours of …
Just in case you’re about to try it, don’t sleep only for 2 hours immediately before a 16 hour flight. It’s really not the best experience ever. So, needless to say, our first day in London was especially... blurry in many ways.
The flight was pretty standard and nothing really stood out. Flying is one of those things …
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Historical Traveler Reviews base2stay Kensington London
Just returned from 1 night at Base2stay. Had booked a single room but was upgraded to a superior on arrival. Review may have been different had I been allocated a single which I understand can be quite small. Helpful and pleasant staff and a clean, well equipped room. Hotel very well located just a few minutes walk from Earls Court tube and M&S for food to cook in room. Hotel great for business travel. Staff trying very hard at the moment. Key to future success wil be whether they can keep up the high standard of decor and equipment along with reasonable prices when the hotel has been in operation for some time. I'd go now. It represents very good value.
I simply booked this hotel because I wanted to try what they claim to be a new concept, I am a french freelance journalist (UK based) working in the airline industry and it is clear that this company is spending a lot of money, morethan required in PR- The same technique easyjet used to launch the their first low cost flight to Geneva. I wanted to find out what the whole thing is all about.
How was the hotel? Well, in one word (Perfect). All what you will not expect for £99 a night. A very quiet AC, 30" LCD screen, massive comfortable bed, a very clean room, (not typical for many London 4* hotels), a professional and friendly bunch of staff, good size windows, double electric showers, very good security at the hotel, free internet on TV, cheap phonecalls.....I was so happy with the service and the non rip-off culture of the concept that I have decided to do an article for them in a french hospitaity margazine. I have also booked the hotel for fellow reporters who are coming down for the T-games, Wimbledon.
The staff are noticeably organised for a new concept, not usual for many new openings. I really for once cannot find anything to criticise about this hotel.
Well looked after
When I booked base2stay I wasn't sure what to expect, all I knew was it is a new hotel design concept. Even though I checked-out the website, I remained apprehensive. I very quickly upon checking in realised there was no need to be concern. The staff at reception showed all the professional qualities you will expect from well trained staff. The check in process took less than 2 minutes and I was told everything about the hotel even before I arrived to my room. I was asked by Khatuna/Vinnay (if I remember right from the name badges)?? if i would like help with my luggage.
Entering my room I was super surprised as to how fresh, organised and intimate everything in the room was. I had a choice of either ordering room service or going down to eal's court to get some items for the fridge provided. I find the place perfect and the staff caring, attentive and willing to help at all times. The rooms are not oversized but pretty good for what we paid £ 99.
I took 30 brochures with me to the states as i am so happy with the service I got from everyone at base2stay that I have decided to be their unofficial sales rep in Texas.
I certainly will highly recommend this lovely hotel to everyone who is looking for the perfect place to stay and you wont regret it I promise you.
Can we please have a couple of base2stays' in Texas complete with a captain and his nice and friendly people?
My girlfriend and i visited base2stay hotel 18-22nd May for a long weekend for my birthday.We chose to stay at base2stay after reading the numerous good reviews and was not dissapointed.the hotel is a 4 star and looks to have undergone a refurbishment recently all done very well.We stayed in a standard room we managed to get for £100 per night (not including breakfast).It had a great big modern bathroom large lcd tv and the best bit an absolutly massive bed that has got to be the most comfiest ever slept in, which is what you need after a tiring day around london.the staff are friendly but not intrusive. Staff knew what they are there for and we had excellent service from the point of checking in to when we departed. The hotel is aprox 4 minutes from earls court tube station which gets you any where you want to go. its also cheap to eat round earls court if you are on a budget.
All in all a brilliant hotel and when we return to london we will stay here again. would recomend this hotel very highly.
Base2Stay - great value
We have just had a nigt at Base2stay in Earls Court, for £89.00 it is great value. The rooms are clean, modern, well furnished with a good size bath/showerroom. Kitchenette is a good idea but sadly no coffee or tea bags provided. Good location close to buses and tubes. Will definately return on next London trip.
The Real Deal - Fantastic
We come from Honduras. We stayed for 5 nights @ base2stay hotel and we were very impressed by what I got for the price I paid. The room cost us £99 a nights and for that, we got a room better than what we usually get in most four star hotels. 32'' LCD Screen, 6ft bed, fantastic shower room with power shower that gave me and my wife a good massage. Everything is new and we got very good service. The staff are efficient and friendly, breakfast comes in a box, but for 4.95£ we were happy, and it was also delivered to our room door. The rooms are spacious for London and we are very surprised with how clean our room was. All the things are nicely presented. We went to the local store to buy some food and it was so nice to have the feeling of home. There is also a clever kitchenette system. We use the TV internet for free. We are very pleased with our stay and we will definitely book this hotel again when we come back to London. I also like the area very much.
I always like to try new hotels so when I read about base2stay in the Toronto Globe and Mail, I thought I'd try it on my next trip to London. It sounded too good to be true for the price. It didn't start off well when my first email went unanswered. But that's the sort of thing that you can forgive in a new hotel. However, my arrival was handled politely and efficiently. The room wasn't huge (I'd booked a single) but was brand new and sleek with everything you'd expect in a more expensive and bigger hotel room - air conditioning, flat screen TV, desk, broadband internet (you have to pay, but internet on the TV is free), and - halleluiah! - enough plugs for all my equipment without having to pull out the bedside light - a first! I'd forgotten my iPod, so the discovery of a music "library" via the TV was an unexpected bonus. I rarely use room service (usually too expensive). However their alternative of a kitchenette looked like a good idea, though I only used it for a morning cup of tea, as I'd ordered their breakfast box - another good idea. There was a fantastic shower, which I didn't expect in London and a surprising amount of space to hold my toilet kit in a bathroom that felt much larger than it actually was.
All told, it was an incredible value for my two nights in London. It felt like
I was staying in a more costly hotel, and had everything I needed to do my work.
On my next visit I will go for a bigger room - at such prices, I can afford it!
Sorry for my English, but I'm from Italy. I stayed for 4 nights at base2stay hotel with my girlfriend. The room wasn't very big but it was beautiful : we had a 32" philips lcd tv in front of the bed, a little fridge, a microvawes oven, spoons, kinifes...etc.. You can also use a fast internet connection on the TV ( 15 min. are free then if you want to use longer you have to pay). The bathroom and the shower were simply perfect! The shower box is very big! (i took a shower togheter with my girlfriend!). Everything is very very clean (the hotel is new).
The staff was very friendly and competent and could suggest you about the restaurants and shops in the area. The earl's court station in 2 minutes from the hotel and the hotel location is in a very pretty road!
I will surely return here! I have been in other London hotels of the same price but this one is the best I have ever been!
I stayed three nights at the Base2Stay in May '06 by myself. Since I was traveling on my own, I was initially supposed to stay at a friend's house, but due to some scheduling problems it didn't work out - so I had to book a hotel. I decided to give Base2Stay I shot even though (or because) it was a new hotel and the descriptions on their website were promising - e.g., all rooms are equipped with a kitchenette featuring a microwave, a flat screen TV, a power shower, FREE 2MB internet access, and air cond. And the price wasn't THAT bad for London (considering the amenities), £71 per night for a single room.
The hotel is located near Earl's Court, in South Kensington, which is (at least partially) a bit more upscale neighbourhood. You couldn't be more happier with the services near the hotel - many internet cafés, lots (and I mean LOTS) of different ethnicity restaurants and fast food places, plus all the big chains like Starbucks, McD., Burger King, KFC, Marks & Spencer Food, Boots all have a place there. The Earl's Court tube is just around the corner, and goes straight to Piccadilly Circus in a few minutes for example. So location is OK.
Now, I know that single rooms can sometimes (always?) be "single rooms" a.ka closets, especially in London, but STILL I was a bit surprised/disappointed when I saw the room. There was literally almost no room to move in the room. The luggage had to be placed under the (normal sized) bed, because it wouldn't have fitted anywhere else. From my window there was an enchanting view of a brick wall. Then there was the kitchenette, behind closet doors - which couldn't be opened properly because there wasn't enough room. The kitchenette itself was a fantastic idea though: a microwave, a mini fridge, a full set of dishes and kitchenware plus a sink with running water. As the hotel is new, the room (if you can call that closet that) was obviously clean.
The bathroom was good sized with a great power shower. However, once again it was installed too low - me being 6.0" (183 cm) I couldn't stand straight. The air conditioning? Well, it had basically two methods of operation: cold and loud, or off. It also went off when you left the room, because your keycard had to be pushed into a slot to make the lights and the aircond operate. A BAD idea because at least I want to keep the room cool during hot days.
Facing the bed was the TV, which was basically a very cheap tiny 20" flatscreen (no widescreen, just 4:3). The colors were so faded that you thought you were looking at a B&W program. Although they CLEARLY state in their website that all rooms feature FREE internet access, in reality you can use (at least using the TV) it for literally 5 minutes before you have to buy a 24h usage ticket for £7 if you want to keep using it.
HOWEVER - consider that this review is written on my experiences of the single room. I'm quite sure that staying at a double room, with all the amenities that they provide, with your spouse/partner is much more enjoyable and more value for money. But I wouldn't recommend the single room to anyone, if you're not a businessman or somebody staying for, let's say, 1 night and just need a bed to crash.
I would however like to address some of the points. As a conversion of a number of Edwardian and later buildings, almost no two rooms are alike. Some of our singles are quite spacious with high ceiling. However the room is question IS small (our smallest) and faces a parapet wall but this reaches to only 1/3rd window height. We're at fault for allocating this room to a guest staying for 3 nights, rather than putting them in a larger single. The under bed luggage storage is a specially designed, and we believe practical, feature in all our rooms, even the largest deluxe rooms.
The a/c is the latest Daikin system with simple controls for hotel use. These provide for temp. control by 1 degree stops from hot to cold, with both high and low fan settings. The fans should not be noisy (unless there was a fault of which we were not advised) and at low settings are very quite.
The TV is the latest Philips 20" flat screen for hotels - it has variable viewing settings, but instructions may need to be clearer.
We advertise and offer free internet access on the TV, the 2mb laptop broadband access being a seperate facility for which there is a charge. I've noted that both this review and another review mentioned that they were asked to pay for TV internet after a period. We will look into this immediatelly as, if this occured, it is a system programming fault, for which we apologise and which we will correct.
We encourage guests to complete a guest questionnaire at the end of their stay and to call us should they have any questions or concerns during their stay. Only in this way can we achieve and maintain the high standards to which we aspire.